March 12th, 2018
Amidst the overpowering glitz and glamor that weddings often fall subject to, it’s easy to lose the sense of celebration that a wedding is intended to bring. Sara and Paul wanted to make sure that didn’t happen on their day. Instead, they focussed on elegance and simplicity. By pulling greenery into both ceremony and reception and borrowing beauty from nature itself, this memorable day was not just observed, it was joyously celebrated!
The couple’s names: Sara Sanfilippo and Paul Meehan
Wedding Date: August 19, 2017
Location: Church of the Assumption; Riverwood Mansion
Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. Paul and I met at The University of Tennessee in college. We were fast friends and eventually became something more. After college we moved to NYC for an adventure together before coming back to Nashville to settle in as a married couple.
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Earthy, Elegant, Simple
You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. Greenery was my main inspiration. We wanted the wedding and reception to feel like a celebration and not too overdone or stuffy.
What was your very favorite detail from the day? My favorite detail of the day was walking down the aisle to Amazing Grace. It is my mom’s favorite song, so my dad and I kept that as a surprise for her. Paul and I did not have a first look, so it was a very special moment when we locked eyes for the first time.
What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? Don’t sweat the small stuff! Everything will fall in to place, and if anything does not you will be so busy that you won’t even notice.
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily O. Holmes custom paper is more than an invitation, it is art. We proudly have our framed invitation suite hung in our house as a beautiful reminder of our wedding day. Emily is extremely responsive and easy to work with. The invitations are so unique and beautiful, they set the tone for our entire day.
When a bride emails you about their wedding inspiration and design, you immediately get a sense of their style and personality. I knew I liked Sara from the start. She wanted natural elements (check), hand lettering (check), and custom watercolor (check and check) – all the things that make me thankful to call this my work. We passed ideas and proofs back and forth and before long we had a lovely wedding suite. Sara selected a beautiful paper and printing combo! Her text was engraved and the watercolor was flat print. What is engraving? It is a gorgeous, crisp and oh-so-fine method of printing that has been around for years and years. Simply put, to get something engraved, the printer takes a metal sheet and etches the text onto the plate. When the plate is passed through a very hot press, it makes the text raised (embossed) so that when you pass your fingers over the paper you can feel all the love and detail. It’s the most classic form of printing and I love that Sara combined traditional engraving with contemporary flat print for the watercolor. Sara also allowed me to paint a custom map for her guest – which is always a treat and such a fun element for guests when they open up a wedding suite. Sara’s mother and mother-in-law where so kind as well to have the whole paper suite coordinate! Love when two families work together to make the bride happy and the paper cohesive! Last but not least, the vintage stamps and watercolor envelope liner – they pull the whole ensemble together. This suite is one for the books, and I am beyond thankful that Sara and Paul loved it so much that they framed it! This couple has a natural and beautiful glow about them that shows in these photos – what a treat to help document and celebrate this wonderful celebration.
DRESS White Dresses // VENUE Church of the Assumption and Riverwood Mansion // PHOTOGRAPHY Waldorf Photographic Art // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Enchanted Florists // CATERER & CAKE 8 Lavender Lane // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Show Me Your Mumu // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE The Black Tux Rental // HAIR & MAKE-UP Katie Russo Beauty
January 16th, 2018
Unpredictability. That seems to be the name of the game when it come to weddings. There may be some details that you care about more than you expected to, and others that you end up leaving in someone else’s hands. Everyone’s answer to the best part of their wedding day tends to vary greatly, and in this case, Kendall walked away loving the music the most. You never know what the day might bring, but Kendall and Carter sure had a beautiful one!
The Couple’s names: Kendall and Carter Henderson
Wedding Date: July 23, 2016
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. We met through friends here in Nashville several years ago and went on our first four dates in one week! We dated for almost two and a half years after that. Carter proposed in Percy Warner Park in December 2015 and we got married the following summer.
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. The most fun!
You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. I wanted everything to be classic but not too fancy because I wanted to feel at ease. I wanted the flowers to be colorful since it was summer, but still soft and understated.
What was your very favorite detail from the day? The music at the ceremony. We chose a few of our favorite songs and asked a musician from our Church (Stacy Lantz) to play and sing. She brought a couple other musicians with her, and they were amazing.
What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? I didn’t expect that I would have strong opinions, but also need a lot of help making decisions. I am so grateful for Linley (wedding planner) and my family!
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily was great to work with, and I loved getting to meet with her at her house. We very quickly and easily found inspiration from her collection!
Classic with a sense of ease perfectly describes this couple and their wedding suite. The monogram sets the classic tone while the hand drawn laurel wreath shows the ease and joy that will definitely be felt by all. The bride selected a beautiful textured paper for the wedding invitation with a gorgeous taupe letterpress. Kendall had a triple threat with her suite – letterpress, beautiful calligraphy and luscious paper! Take notes ladies, classic is always in and you can add a personal touch with custom hand drawings by EOH, or hand lettering by the many talented calligraphers we work with each day. We also LOVED working with Linley Stokes, she is the epitome of a Classic southern lady with a sweet spirit who is always on her game! We also had the pleasure of working with Martha Willis, who shared her amazing talent with the painted laurel wreath on the table numbers, menus and Save the Dates! What a gift it is to collaborate with the many talented folks in Nashville. We are always honored to be apart of such a special occasion. Thanks Kendall and Carter for allowing us to help you set the tone for your classic summer soiree.
DRESS Ti Adora from Arzelle’s // ACCESSORIES earrings from Dillard’s, rings from Shane Company // VENUE Covenant Presbyterian Church & The Cannery Ballroom // PHOTOGRAPHY Cameron Reynolds Photography // WEDDING PLANNER Linley Stokes // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS A Village of Flowers // CATERER Flavor // CAKE The Sweetest Day // RENTALS 12th Table, Nashville Audio Visual, Music City Tents and Events // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE Bella Bridesmaid
December 1st, 2017
When the focus of the wedding goes beyond the day itself, everything else seems to fall into place. While the gold and blush details of their perfect April wedding stunned, Anna and Perry’s focus on their marriage and the rest of forever is what evoked the beauty of that day. They accomplished the perfect blend of the country barn setting with elegance and simplicity. From the tasteful and effortless atmosphere to Perry’s emotional reaction to his blushing, white-veiled bride, the couple brought their infectious joy to the forefront of their guests attention.
The Couple’s names: Anna and Perry Beasley
Wedding Date: April 8, 2017
Location: The Barn at Sycamore Farms
Tell us “your story”. Perry and I were set up by a mutual best friend who thought we would be a perfect fit. Our first date was our first time meeting. Three weeks in he told me he loved me after I had told him I only wanted to say those special words to the man I would one day marry, and yet three weeks after that we knew this was going to last forever. More than a year and a half of dating later, he surprised me and popped the question on the top of the hill at Love Circle (his back yard at that time), later surprising me again with a party with all of our closest family and friends. Then the wedding planning began and Emily was one of my first contacts to have her do my wedding invites! I had seen her work on social media and had received several invitations and Christmas cards over the years. She was also my D-group leader in middle school, so with that special connection and Emily’s design genius I knew I wanted her to design our invites. She blew our minds with what she designed just for us!
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding. Fun, elegant, and simple.
You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. Pink has always been my favorite color. Not just any pink, the palest of pinks: blush. Over the past couple of years, gold has been a color that has gained much popularity as well and I love it, especially in combo with blush. I knew I wanted pink and gold water color for the invites based on what I had seen on Pinterest or in photos of other weddings. For years now I have loved the barn setting, and Sycamore Farms provided that as well as a clean, pretty, and elegant atmosphere. I wanted a simple and elegant feel. We did dull white pottery-like place settings, clear glasses, stainless steel flatware, ivory table cloths, champagne runners, and simple centerpieces of an assortment of lanterns, white candles, greenery, and some white/blush florals. Every other element of our day was simple and elegant, and in my opinion PERFECT!
What was your very favorite detail from the day? Other than Perry’s reaction as I was walking down the long aisle towards him, my favorite detail was my dress, veil and flowers. I still can’t get over it all put together. I want to wear my dress again and play princess!
What is one thing you wish you would’ve known before you started wedding planning? I wish I would have known how to delegate the planning more. I am a do-it-myself kind of girl, so this was hard for me to do during the wedding process. I got the hang of delegating towards the end, but I wish I would have known how important it was from the get-go.
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! I love EOH’s lovelies because of the personal touch. Emily had my mom and me in her home and gave me the freedom to tell her what I wanted. She took that and came up with the most beautiful wedding suite! She made sure everything turned out perfect and just like I wanted. Not many people are willing to listen to personal opinions and desires. Emily is after creative satisfaction for all of her customers, and that’s just what we are–satisfied and blown away!
Anything else you’d like to tell us?! We’d love to hear! I loved our wedding. I would do it all over again and wouldn’t change a thing. Tips for other brides in the heat of planning–don’t sweat the small stuff. Your groom and marriage are far more important than anything involving the wedding. At the end of the day you are married and get to spend the rest of your lives together. Keep that in focus, and your wedding will be everything you truly want and more.
DRESS Monique Lhuillier from The Bride Room // ACCESSORIES Earrings and Veil from The Bride Room // VENUE The Barn at Sycamore Farms // PHOTOGRAPHY Wendy Tate Photography // DAY-OF COORDINATOR Suzanne Nelson // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Joanna Burt at Corley & Company // CATERER Bacon & Caviar // CAKE Million Dollar Desserts // RENTALS Southern Events // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE David’s Bridal // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Men’s Warehouse // MAKE-UP Carolyne Myers // HAIR Shannon Gamble (Shannon’s Hair Shoppe) // DJ Chase Akers // CEREMONY MUSIC Jessica Mack // VIDEOGRAPHY Best Day Ever Videos