January 24th, 2019
A December wedding with all the best parts of Christmas – warmth, glowing lights, and all your people together for one big festive night! And boy, did they accomplish it! How, you might ask? The combination of winter greenery, woodsy colors, the subtle touches of traditional Christmas ornaments and the cheer that only the holidays can bring. With an incredible aesthetic and an accurate reflection of their journey from friendship to marriage, Taylor and Brooke’s day was a fanciful and fun celebration that we were honored be a part of.
The Couple’s Names: Taylor and Brooke Shomaker
Wedding Date: December 16, 2017
Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church; The Cordelle
Tell us “your story” in a few sentences. Taylor and I met working in Knoxville, and a great friendship turned into an amazing love story. We dated for several years and then each made our way to Nashville. We both knew we would spend a lifetime together from the very beginning, and I was ecstatic when Taylor proposed in his backyard with our dog Bear asking me on his collar: “Will you marry us?”
Pick three words to describe your wedding. A BLAST!, SO us, and unforgettable!
You have awesome style! Tell us a little bit about your aesthetic. We wanted a winter wedding without being all Christmas themed, so we incorporated lots of green touches and deep florals + greenery. I love warm and woodsy tones and a soft palate, so I found my inspiration there. We wanted our wedding to feel like a reflection of us, casual yet whimsical. The Cordelle felt like the right spot for us, as we loved the exposed walls and beautiful lawn.
What was your very favorite detail from the day? The clear tent! I almost didn’t go clear, but am so glad I did as it felt magical in the tent that night with all our people together. I also loved the clear ornaments we used for the escort cards that had an olive branch inside, and a tag with the menu on one side and name on the other. A little hint to the holiday season.
What is one thing you wish you would’ve know before you started wedding planning? There are silly things that you get bogged down on, just remember they’re silly when you’re in it.
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies! Emily captured the aesthetic of my wedding perfectly before I had even finished the details of the wedding decor. She had the idea of doing green envelopes, which ended up being a theme throughout the wedding. I LOVED how timeless my invites were, and have it framed now at my house.
There are so many things we love about this couple – SO. MANY. But two words that sum up this couple and this wedding are warmth and joy! It was very fitting that they got married during the holidays, a season all about the warmth of being together and the joy of celebrating. Brooke and Taylor have been warm from first meeting them, and have stayed the same over the years. We have known the bride since she was a teen (!!!) and her warmth has been consistent ever since (and Taylor is the same, as was shared at the rehearsal dinner). Two people who are consistently for their people and for celebrating the present. Brooke was the same when it came to her invites – she wanted the first impression to portray a lovely celebration without being stuffy. Enter gold foil on a soft ivory paper and there you have it! A stunning invitation with hand lettering for the names and a minimal font for the remaining portion of the invitations. A full gold foil suite with a green envelope and gold calligraphy for the addresses – not sure it could be more perfect for them! Thank you, Brooke and Taylor, for using EOH for your paper and allowing us to be apart of your life and your wedding! Cheers to many more magical celebrations!!
DRESS Olia Zavozina // ACCESSORIES wedding band: Consider the Wldflwrs, wedding ring: Markman’s, shoes: Pelle Moda // VENUE Covenant Presbyterian Church & The Cordelle // PHOTOGRAPHY Whitney Neal Photography // WEDDING PLANNER Linley Stokes // PAPER Emily O. Holmes // FLOWERS Electric Flora, Phillipe Chadwick // CATERER Flavor // wedding cake: Publix, groom’s cake: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes // RENTALS Music City Tents & Events & 12th Table // BRIDESMAID ATTIRE everyone picked their own // GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Jos. A. Banks // MAKEUP Giovanni Diaz // BAND Bizz and the Everyday People // CALLIGRAPHY Claire Nuismer Lumsden //
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
April 24th, 2017
There’s something enchanting about the lush, rolling Tennessee hills at the start of Fall. Those long summer days still seem to linger, setting evenings aglow with their soft, fading light. When you add a stunning couple and a crisp reflection pond to the landscape, you get a dazzling, dreamy, modern-day fairytale. Liz and Warren’s October wedding perfectly combined natural beauty with touches of simple and sophisticated elegance. While they let their breathtaking location take center stage, it was the sheer and radiant love of this couple that stole the show.
The Happy Couple’s Names: Liz and Warren Beck
Wedding Date: October 8, 2016
Location: Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art (ceremony) and Belle Meade Country Club (reception)
Tell us “your story” in a few sentences.
Warren and I met during the first semester of our freshman year at Auburn University. We ran in the same group of friends but dated other people until I asked Warren to be my date to a sorority function in November of our junior year (his friends were going with my friends so a few of my pledge sisters suggested I bring him along), and the rest is history! After graduation, we backpacked through Europe for two months before landing in Nashville, my hometown. Warren proposed in December 2015 in the Germantown condo we had just closed on.
Pick three words you would use to describe your wedding.
Elegant, uncomplicated, fun!
We chose to feature your wedding, which means we love your style! Tell us a little bit about your wedding aesthetics (colors, inspiration, personal style, etc).
My style is very simple and classic, so I wanted to draw most of our inspiration from the natural colors, textures, and beauty surrounding Cheekwood’s reflection pool—encompassed by decades-old boxwoods, beautiful stone statues throughout and sweeping views of the hillside— where our small ceremony took place. Since the ceremony location is so breathtaking, we let those surroundings take center stage and simply set out white chairs along the pool and put out an oversized flower arrangement to mark the entrance. My amazing wedding planner and florist incorporated that casual, intimate garden vibe through to the 250-person reception at Belle Meade Country Club with family-style tables in the dining room and beautifully styled vignettes throughout of wildflowers, loosely arranged florals, and lots of greenery, including the vine-covered Italian string lights over the outdoor dance floor.
What was your favorite detail from the day?
There were many, but I most loved the details that added a personal touch to the day, from the Tennessee and Alabama flags that hung at the entrance of Belle Meade Country Club to the birthday candles that were lit on our four-tier wedding cake (October 8 also happens to be my birthday). There was also a moment at the beginning of the reception during the cocktail hour when my wedding planner told me to grab my mom and look around before the craziness of the night took off. I’m so glad we had that moment alone to walk around and see how everything came together after months of planning.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known before you started wedding planning?
I wish I had taken a month or so to enjoy being engaged and mentally prepare for the planning process. It seems like as soon as you get engaged, you immediately hit the ground running on planning. It’s sometimes hard to come down from the excitement of being newly engaged and jump into the reality of wedding planning, which is a lot of juggling, budgeting and decision making, and things don’t always work out the way you envision.
Tell us why you love EOH custom paper lovelies!
Emily was so amazing to work with! We went into the paper suite process without much of an idea of what we wanted—just that we knew what we didn’t want—and Emily was so helpful and patient as we went through zillions of options. We ended up going with a simple but classic look. Emily was also able to incorporate a watercolor that my mom painted into the design, which was one of my favorite personal touches of our whole wedding. The final product was a beautiful suite, and I can’t say enough how much I appreciated how easy and stress-free the whole process was.
Liz and Warren’s beautiful wedding was also featured on Once Wed.
Dress: The Dress Theory (Nashville)
Accessories: Branch belt from The Dress Theory; veil from Etsy; diamond stud earrings were my “something borrowed” from my aunt; silver twist stacker from Consider the Wldflwrs; antique pearl and sapphire ring that was an older gift from my mom.
Venue: Ceremony at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, reception at Belle Meade Country Club
Photography: Cassidy Carson Photography
Wedding Planner: Jessica Sloane
Paper: Emily Holmes
Flowers: Melissa Broadwell at Vintage Florals
Caterer: Belle Meade Country Club
Cake: Leland Riggan at Dessert Designs by Leland
Rentals: Liberty Party Rental, Please Be Seated
Bridesmaid Attire: Joanna August, from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen Attire: Combatant Gentleman
Make-up: Hannah Farmer
Band: Number One Party Band