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.
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
Bridesmaid Attire: Joanna August, from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen Attire: Combatant Gentleman
Make-up: Hannah Farmer
Band: Number One Party Band