For this couple who met in kindergarten, a sweet wedding at the bride’s childhood home was just perfect. They chose a classic green and white color scheme for a balance of simplicity and sophistication…
Says the bride, “My favorite moment was seeing Cutler for the first time. We took photographs before the ceremony, and I loved having a moment alone with him before everything got started. Our dog, Walter, was there too (he served as ring bearer). Two hours later we would officially become our own little family.”
Liza’s bouquet included anemones, sweet peas, and seeded eucalyptus, and was adorned with her great-great-grandmother’s locket.
Many of the decorative elements were DIY projects, such as the escort card display (wine crates, stained and filled with styrofoam, covered with moss), table numbers (wood pieces, sanded and stained, with house numbers adhered on each side), and table runners (sage-colored burlap).
Centerpieces included a mix of terraria, round vases, and small glass cylinders filled with miniature orchids, succulents, golden moss, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, fennel, rosemary, hydrangea, anemones, hypericum berries and fennel.
The cake was a cream cheese pound cake with cream cheese frosting.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? The location and timing of the wedding were a nod to my parents. They got married in April 1983 and moved into the house where the wedding was held in April 1986, while my mother was pregnant with me, and we got married there in April of 2012. I wanted our ceremony and reception to be really personal, and there isn’t a place in the world that feels more personal to me than the house where I grew up.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I had been cutting images out of magazines for years and had a very clear idea of the look I wanted to achieve. I wanted the wedding to feel classic and sophisticated, but relaxed and comfortable at the same time. I wanted the décor to be very natural and botanical, not forced or complicated. A color palette of ivories, browns, grays and greens worked perfectly to complement the lush, mature landscaping of my parents’ yard. Cutler and I essentially wanted the day to feel like a big, beautiful, outdoor dinner party.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Make sure to hire vendors that you trust and that share your vision. Joan, my florist, was fantastic and created arrangements that were even more beautiful than I had imagined. Monica, my caterer, was also an invaluable resource. We didn’t even do a food tasting before the wedding because we knew dinner would be delicious (and it was). I love Kate Murphy’s photography, and I was confident that she would capture the day without much direction from me. I was able to relax on my wedding day, knowing that everything would be taken care of.
What advice do you have for other brides? Do as much as you can as far in advance as possible, especially if you plan to take on DIY projects. I chose to create a lot of elements myself, and I made sure to complete all the projects as early as I could. I didn’t want to be assembling programs and favors at the last minute! In fact, I had very little left to do by the time wedding week rolled around.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Sometimes simpler is better. Trust your gut, and don’t let people convince you to include elements that you don’t necessarily want. We initially talked about transitioning the ceremony space into a lounge area for the reception, but realized halfway through the process that it wasn’t important to us. We didn’t have a groom’s cake because Cutler doesn’t love cake. Concentrate on the elements that mean the most to you and prioritize accordingly.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Cutler and I met in kindergarten in Nashville. We went to school together through eighth grade, and then to brother-sister high schools. We began dating our senior year. We maintained a long distance relationship all through college, he at Tulane and I at the University of Virginia. It was tough being apart for the better part of four years, but it made moving back to Nashville after graduation all the sweeter. We were engaged three years later and married eight months after that. The wedding was in my parents’ back yard, at the same house where Cutler picked me up for our first date (and many after that).