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Eleven years after they first dated in college, Lacey and Caleb ended up in the same town yet again, but this time, they knew they were meant to be. Two and a half years later, they were newly married at Brownfield Fulford Farm dancing to the very same song they had heard performed at a coffee shop when they were just friends falling in love. Fun fact: BDK and I had our own first dance to the song he played on our first date!

Along with their sweet love story, I am smitten with the beautiful, neutral details filling Lacey and Caleb’s lovely day! Thanks so much to Jen Dillender for capturing it all and sharing it with us!

I went to two different dress shops with something really simple in mind. My mom and my best friend came with me. With no luck at the first place, we headed to the next place, and when we walked in, I saw my dress hanging on a rack. It looked perfect for me! I tried on a few similar dresses, just to make sure it was the one, and it was! I think I looked at it every single day until the wedding because I loved it so much!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look for several reasons. Caleb and I love pictures and we knew that if we didn’t do a first look, we wouldn’t get much time after the ceremony to do our portraits. We also wanted to do the majority of our pictures before the wedding so that we could have more time after the ceremony to be with our friends and family. It was a really special moment and I am so glad we did it!

There are so many details that we loved at our wedding, but the flowers just blew me away. Our altar had two beautiful wine barrels topped with the most extravagant flowers I had ever seen! I could have never imagined such beautiful arrangements and colors!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. A close friend ours, Chuck, married us. He and his wife also did a little pre-marital counseling with us. He presented the gospel and the most beautiful message about marriage. It was perfect.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The venue was a huge barn surrounded by trees. We had mason jars for kids to drink from, mashed potatoes, and sweet tea at the reception. Our dance playlist included lots of two-stepping music and other classics. We were surrounded by rustic wine barrels and chalkboard signs.

For our first dance, our friend sang “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid. We heard Brandon Reid sing it at a coffee shop when we were just friends falling in love, so it was really special to dance to it! We told our parents to choose what songs we danced to with them. I danced with my dad to “I Saw God Today” by George Strait and Caleb danced with his mom to “How Sweet It Is.”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Caleb and I met when I was a junior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We saw each other at a concert, and even though we didn’t speak, we both felt like we had to meet each other. Some time went by, and while I was at a mutual friend’s house one day, Caleb showed up with some of his friends! We never spoke a word to each other while we were all hanging out, but when he saw me leaving, Caleb walked me to my car and asked me for my number. We loved each other instantly and dated for a year and a half, but I broke his heart to go travel and do mission work for a year. We moved on, had other relationships, went through some life-changing experiences…and 11 years later, after moving around several times, we ended up in the same town again. Caleb emailed me (we didn’t have each other’s numbers anymore) and asked me if we could get together and catch up. We met for coffee and talked for hours. I denied my feelings for him for a whole year while he waited patiently, asking me to be his girlfriend over and over. I finally gave in and fell head over heels. We “officially” dated for a year before he asked me to marry him!
Tell us all about the proposal! Besides our wedding day, this is my favorite day/experience/moment of my life! It was my birthday and Caleb had a special day planned for us. First, he picked me up and we went for ice cream. He then drove us to the park and unpacked a picnic that included crackers, my favorite wine, speakers, a guitar, and some presents. We sat on a quilt surrounded by the trees, with a little creek next to us. Totally my love language! He played his guitar and sang the sweetest song that he wrote for me. By now, I was sweating a little…I just had a feeling! He played one of our favorite songs that we had danced to when we first dated twelve years ago, and then he asked me to dance. “If I Fell” by Brandon Reid came on, and he stopped dancing and grabbed something out of his bag–a ring!!! He got on his knee and asked me to spend forever with him. Little did I know, he had one of my best friends hidden in the trees, taking pictures and recording the whole thing! He also had all of our friends and family waiting at my favorite restaurant to surprise me and celebrate with us. Truly one of the best days of my life.
When did y’all get married? August 8, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My cake was an ivory four-tiered cake adorned with fresh flowers and a wooden G, set atop a vintage cake stand. My groom had a rustic pie table full of cherry and apple pies, served with vintage silver pie servers.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! Yes! I borrowed my earrings from my maid of honor, Susan. My mom surprised me with something blue: a vintage handkerchief embroidered with my initials. For my something old, I wrapped a strand of my mom’s wedding veil around my bouquet. My dad surprised me with something new: a beautiful pearl bracelet.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? One of the biggest challenges was planning such a big, detailed wedding in less that six months at a venue that didn’t provide any amenities. It was overwhelming at times, not to mention more expensive, to plan an event from scratch. Totally worth it though!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There are so many, but one of the most memorable moments was when my dad gave a toast at our reception. We stood there for the first time as husband and wife, surrounded by everyone we loved, listening to my dad say the sweetest words. It was a moment that I will cherish forever!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Remember the reason for the season you are in: you are marrying the man of your dreams. Planning a wedding is stressful, for sure, but stick to your vision, and don’t wait until the last minute to do anything!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving married life! Life is very simple right now. We both love where we are with our jobs and just getting to do life together. We look forward to many traveling adventures and hopefully starting a family in the near future!

Photographer: Jen Dillender / Videographer: Brian and Mariah Williams / Planner: Sherry Alexander / Venue: Brownfield Fulford Barn / Florist: Lou Dee’s / Wedding Cake: Market Street / Pies: Slaton Bakery / Caterer: Jeana’s Feedbag / Rentals: Festive Occasions / DJ: West Texas DJ / Programs: Invitations to Celebrations / Invitations: Elli / Bride’s Gown: “L164013” by Jasmine / Bride’s Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. / Bride’s Necklace: Dogeared / Hair Stylist: Cassie Temple of Terra Bella Lubbock / Bride’s Shoes: Chinese Laundry / Men’s Vests and Pants: JCPenney / Men’s Shirts: H&M / Patches: Sew Happy Girls / Lavender: The Lavender Gal / Flower Girl Dresses: Princess Feathers Boutique / Ring Bearer Suspenders and Bow Tie: The Boytique Express

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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If you weren’t already itching to pull out your riding boots, scoop up a #PSL and watch the leaves change, Danielle and Jonathan’s Tennessee wedding will easily have you ready for fall. I’m not sure if it’s the deep violet bridesmaid dresses or the dark wood accents, but it definitely got Lisa and I excited for the fall weddings that will start rolling in soon! After meeting while training for a triathlon (!), Danielle and Jonathan’s relationship grew through a shared love of the outdoors and active lifestyles. When they visited CJ’s Off the Square, they knew right away it was the perfect place for them to pledge their lives to each other!

Thanks to Brandon Chesbro for sending along this gorgeous day!

My something borrowed was a pair of pearl earrings that my friend had worn in her wedding. My something old and blue was a heart cut from my dad’s old blue work shirt that was sewn into my dress.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found my dress at The Bride Room in Nashville with my maid of honor. I chose a lace trumpet-style gown from the Monique Lhuillier Bliss collection. It was only the third dress I tried on! My mom lives in Florida, so she came a month later to see it. When I tried it on for her, we both cried. I definitely knew it was the one.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had a string quartet play the processional, ceremony, and recessional music. “Canon in D” played when I walked down the aisle. Our first dance was to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. We loved the song and meaning. The father-daughter dance was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole. As a baby, my parents had a toy in my baby crib that played that song. I actually forgot about the toy and the significance of the song until my mom gave it to me a few weeks before the wedding. We both cried.

We said traditional vows, but also included a personal message to each other. My favorite part of Jonathan’s message was that I brought him closer to God.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? CJ’s Off the Square was the first location we looked at in person, and we absolutely fell in love with it. It was an intimate setting that we felt was perfect for our wedding day. We didn’t even look at another venue after that!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? It was an outdoor wedding in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, so that’s pretty Southern to begin with! The food included beef and grits and fried green tomatoes, and we served local craft beer. Our décor included vintage furniture, old whiskey barrels, and burlap and lace table linens.

Describe your wedding cake. Our cake was three tiers with white fondant and raffia around each layer. Two wooden birds that we bought on Etsy, engraved with our wedding date and initials, sat on top of the cake.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Since my family has a dairy farming background, we served cookies and milk as a late-night snack.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in July 2011 at the Vanderbilt University pool. We are both triathletes and were training for the Music City Triathlon in Nashville at the time.
Tell us all about the proposal! We got engaged on September 7, 2012. It was simple! We were at home one night, sitting on our couch, and I had an eyelash on my cheek (which worked out perfectly for Jonathan). He asked me what my wish was. I had been wanting him to propose to me for months, so I said, “I don’t want to say my wish out loud.” Jonathan replied, “Just close your eyes and say it.” So I said in a quiet voice, with my eyes closed, “I wish you would propose.” When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee in front of me with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen.
When did y’all get married? October 19, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Since CJ’s off the Square is in an all-inclusive venue, we didn’t have many other vendors. Outside of CJ’s, our photographer, Brandon Chesbro, was amazing and so talented. He captured our wedding day and emotions perfectly.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We are big fans of the all-inclusive venue experience. It simplified the planning process and allowed us to focus on our love for each other and looking forward to our wedding day. I wouldn’t say planning a wedding is “stress-free,” but our venue certainly made it as stress-free as possible. We planned our entire wedding through 2-3 visits with our planner.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Two weeks after the wedding, we raced the Ironman Florida Triathlon as a kick-off to our honeymoon. We look forward to continuing an active lifestyle that we both enjoy, supporting each other in our careers, and having kids in a couple of years.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? As a wedding gift, Jonathan gave me a journal that he wrote in daily for five months prior to the wedding about how we met, our dates, significant events, and wedding planning. My gift to Jonathan was a personalized leather-bound Bible with our wedding date and a prayer I wrote for our marriage.

Photographer: Brandon Chesbro / Videographer: Brian Johnson / Planner: Amy Parman of CJ’s Off the Square / Venue, Catering, Cake, and Lighting: CJ’s Off the Square / Florist: Enchanted Florist / Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental / DJ: Jason Middleton of Premier DJs of Nashville / Bride’s Gown: “BL1208” by Monique Lhuillier Bliss / Bride’s Hair Accessories: Augusta Jones / Hair and Makeup: Amy Lynn Larwig / Bride’s Shoes: Tory Burch / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “G558C” by Amsale / Men’s Attire: Vera Wang

CJ’s Off the Square is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Laura reply

    I love the decor of the reception. You can’t go wrong with mercury glass and baby’s breath.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Such a gorgeous wedding! I love the flowers they chose–just fall-like enough!

  3. avatar Hallie Deyton reply

    I thought this wedding was very tasteful. Everything from the venue, to her wedding dress, to her bridesmaids shoes was perfection. Love this wedding and the venue space! The flower centerpieces at the table were not overdone and I loved that. It added to the rustic feel of the venue.

  4. avatar Kati reply

    What a sweet proposal story! Made me cry at work! We also did an all-inclusive venue and it really does make things so much simpler (especially because we were planning from another state.) Best wishes to the happy couple!

  5. avatar Taylor Smith reply

    I love the Bible gift she gave him! What a beautiful idea! The pictures are gorgeous and it looks like it was a wonderful day for a sweet couple!

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