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