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I love this couple.  Plain and simple.  Love the bride’s classic Amsale gown (check out the fun bustling in the back!) and her loose, carefree up-do, love the groom’s smart silver-grey suit and sunny boutonnière, and la-la-love the intimate hand-holding shots of the happy couple.  Jennifer’s attendants wore slate-colored frocks from Melissa Sweet and Connie Alford designed the bride’s ultra-sweet bouquet.  Thank you to Nashville-based photographer, David Molnar, for sharing this dressed-up backyard wedding.  P.S.  Jennifer + Michael completed this interview via Skype while the groom, an Army sergeant, was stationed overseas.  Too cute!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  (According to Michael)  We’ve known each other for pretty much our entire life.  We grew up at the same church and went to the same high school.  According to Jennifer, we weren’t dating at the time, but I had other intentions for our future.  After several months of “just being friends,” we made it official.  That was almost nine years ago, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing but it certainly has brought us very close to each other.  She is my best friend and the only person I can ever see myself with.  Life wouldn’t be the same without her in my life.
Describe the proposal. (According to Michael) The proposal came after we had been apart for the better part of a year.  I joined the Army in February of 2007, and we spent the next several months dating other people.  During Christmas of that year, we spent some time together and I even left a family holiday event around midnight just to drive over four hours and see her before I returned to my duty station.  During our visit, I told her that we were going to get married and that she should move back to El Paso with me.  She was speechless.  After several months of a long distance relationship, I proposed on a mountaintop in Texas. She was very surprised.  I set it up very nicely if I do say so myself!
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
(According to Jennifer) Laid-back, charming and surreal.
(According to Michael) God-Made, transcending and exhausting.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: (According to Michael) The bluegrass quartet that played our music
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:  (According to Jennifer) My mom, sister and Michael’s mom came up to Nashville one weekend to dress shop. Our last appointment after a long day of shopping was with The Bride Room in Green Hills. They only carry a select number of dresses, so it wasn’t dress overload like most other salons. After realized I probably wasn’t going to find the dress I had in my mind, I decided to try on some unexpected beauties. A gorgeous Amsale dress snuck up on my and stole my heart. As soon as I put it on I began running around the room, carrying the train as if I were running through a field in a movie. (Totally ridiculous I know!)  When I found out the dress had pockets, I was sold!
Describe your wedding flowers: (According to Jennifer) Our color scheme was yellow and grey, so we went with yellow and cream flowers. Cabbage roses were my main priority. I love how puffy they are!
Describe your wedding cake:  (According to Michael) It was the coolest cake ever, especially for a guy.  We had an antique wooden serving tower filled with cupcakes and topped off with a custom-made cake topper in the likeness of me and my bride.  My groom’s cake consisted of an array of pound cakes.  I wish I could tell you what they tasted like, but I never made it to the table.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? (According to Michael) In the near future, we’ll be spending some much-needed quality time together after my yearlong deployment in the Middle East.  I’m looking forward to having a family with Jennifer in the next few years and traveling to all the different places the Army and God take us on our journey.

Congratulations, Jennifer + Michael!  Best of luck traveling and settling into your new life together.

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  1. avatar Jen reply

    i love this color palette! both yellow and gray seem to be very popular this year!

  2. avatar Caroline reply

    Who was the bluegrass quartet? We’re looking for a good one for our Nashville wedding. Thanks!

  3. avatar Aryn reply

    Those suits are gorgeous – I like the idea of gray instead of the standard black!

  4. avatar lace wedding dresses reply

    Superb wedding !You have done a great job with this article

  5. avatar Jennifer reply

    Hi, Thanks for the kind comments on our wedding! The bluegrass band were some relatives of mine called "The Simple Praise Quartet" out of Illinois. They were great! The gray suit was Calvin Klein, they should carry it at almost any tux shop. :)

  6. avatar Chatterberries reply

    I absolutely love the wedding pictures, thank you for sharing!

  7. avatar Jeana reply

    I love the canary and charcoal colors, so chic and pretty….

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Emily must have been on the prowl for some inspirational tablescapes and floral arrangements when she found Chandra + Matt’s Cedarwood wedding, and Phindy Studios definitely didn’t disappoint with their fun images.  (Fun fact: the newlyweds are a success story!)  Chandra wore a slim-cut gown from the Bridal Garden and classic Stuart Weitzman pumps, and decked her maids in royal purple sheaths from Nordstrom.  The cheerful bouquets and bold centerpieces were offset by the couple’s clean and ultra-modern square confection from Patty CakesEmily is training me to be more detail-oriented, so let me direct your attention to the couple’s fun playbill-inspired menus.  (Did I say that right, Em?)  Visit Phindy Studio’s own post about this wedding for a few more shots from the day!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met on in 2004.  Matt “winked” at me, which communicates interest without a formal email.  And, I, managing a flurry of winks, ended up sorting my inbox by height.  Matt (who is 6’5”) was first on the list, and that’s how it all started.  We corresponded via email and IM for five weeks before we met for the first time halfway between Manchester, CT and Tyringham, MA for a six hour dinner.  According to Matt, he knew from the moment he saw me that he wanted to marry me.  I, too, was equally intrigued by him, and secretly envisioned our future together, even from day one.

Describe the proposal: Matt and I were living in Chicago and he persuaded me to take a bike ride to the lake.  He had packed a picnic of snacks, so we sat on a blanket staring at the lake, nibbling and chatting about our highly-anticipated future in Nashville, TN (iwe were moving in two months).  Matt was in the process of editing videos – one of his many hobbies – so I didn’t think anything of it when he gave me his iPod and headphones, and told me he had a video he was working on that he wanted to show me. The video was a six minute overview of our 3.5-year relationship that ended with white text on a black background that said, “Our Future.”  I was in tears, and took of my sunglasses to find an engagement ring in Matt’s hands and tears in his eyes.  I was completely surprised.  Our wedding save-the-date was electronic and included the video Matt created to propose to me:
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
The Hatch-show print cards announcing our marriage tucked in the napkins at each guest’s seat.  Behind the Hatch-show cards were ten different cards corresponding to the ten guests seated at any given table.  These cards gave guests extra details about our wedding and provided an opportunity for guests to interact with each other.  Here’s the list of card topics:

  1. First Dance Lyrics, Ben Folds “The Luckiest”
  2. Explanation of the Beer & Wine selection
  3. Specialty Drink Menu
  4. Dinner Menu
  5. How well do you know Chandra & Matt TRIVIA: The Early Years
  6. Details about the cake flavors & the surprise late-night snack:  empanadas & fondue
  7. Part of Matt’s profile
  8. Our first email exchange

10.  Comments card

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Every Thanksgiving, we visit Matt’s family in Greenwich, CT.  On black Friday, my mother-in-law and I ventured into NYC to find my dress.  I had an appointment at the Bridal Garden, which is NYC’s only bridal boutique whose proceeds benefit education for NYC children.  I loved the concept, and the fact that all their designer gowns are up to 75% off retail prices. The first dress I tried on at the Bridal Garden ended up being “my dress.” It was a fun-filled afternoon with my mother-in-law who was an incredible support throughout all phases of the wedding planning.
Describe your bouquet:
I carried a hand-tied bouquet with green mini hydrangeas, green roses, plum dahlias and mini calla lilies wrapped in green moss satin ribbon with copper satin ribbon crossed on the stems.
Describe your wedding cake: We served a four-tier square cake with dark brown ribbon and marzipan green apples, plums, acorns and leaves with a fresh plum dahlia and berries. The entire cake was covered in white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?  My favorite memory of the day was our ceremony. It was written by us, but still full of surprises and filled with humor.  We had two friends pick and share readings, one of which was personally written.  Others shared photos that symbolized something about us, resulting in lots of tears and comic relief.  We also had a close friend officiate the wedding. As this happened, our rings circulated the crowd to be touched and “blessed” by the hands of our guests. Since I am from Oceanside, California and Matt from Greenwich, CT, we blended sand from the east and west coast to symbolize our past, present and future.  It was beautiful in every sense of the word and VERY memorable.
Did you write your own vows?  If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? A week before the wedding, we talked about what we wanted from each other.  Those requests became “promises” and we each said 3 promises as our vows. Here’s mine:

Chandra: “I Chandra, choose you Matt, to be my lifelong partner. I promise to be the healthiest version of myself I can be; to support you, and all of your interests and endeavors; and to prioritize our family, friends, and loved ones amidst the day to day business of my life. These things I promise you, my partner and best friend, on this day, the next day, and every other day, for the rest of our lives.”
What’s next for you as a couple?
 What are you looking forward to in the future?  We’re excited about buying a home, traveling before kids and enjoying each other’s company in Nashville.

Congratulations, Chandra + Matt!  We wish you all the best as newlyweds and beyond.

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  1. avatar Tami reply

    These are fantastic photos! Such a sweet wedding!

  2. avatar Nathalie reply

    I love all of the details! I especially love the barn shots, and the table setting!

  3. avatar Stefani Peterson reply

    Great Fall wedding post! Love all the color. Very inspiring :)Stefani

  4. avatar Sarah reply

    What a gorgeous wedding full of color and rich details! I just love the table card idea!

  5. avatar Latrice – Opulent Couturier reply

    Simply Lovely!!!

  6. avatar chandra reply

    Love this wedding and the couple’s story. And love the bride’s name :)

  7. avatar Matt reply

    I’m proud to be the groom in this story… and I’m lucky to have found such a great wedding venue, fabulous photographers, and, above all else, an amazing wife!

  8. avatar Kerri reply

    Stunningly beautiful — in all ways. Immense creativity and true representation of the bride and groom throughout even the smallest details of this most memorable event.

  9. avatar Brandi reply

    What beautiful pictures! They did a wonderful job!

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  11. avatar Caroline reply

    This was not only a beautiful wedding, but a beautiful article about the wedding.

  12. avatar Mridu Parikh reply

    What a gorgeous wedding with amazing attention to detail. From the flowers to the ceremony to the "featured drinks", everything is so elegant and seemingly unique to the bride and groom.

  13. avatar sam smith reply

    We loved everything about this wedding… the colors were absolutely beautiful, and the setting was picture perfect… congrats to Matt and Chandra …

  14. avatar Viraj Parikh reply

    One of the best weddings we have ever attended. Loved every minute of it, and were amazed at the attention to detail.

  15. avatar Justin reply

    Stunning, stunning, stunning!! Love the pictures.. LOVE the details. Congratulations!

  16. avatar Mindi Dudley reply

    Everything about this wedding was incredible – the amazing venue, the spectacular flowers, the stunning photos. Oh, and the most beautiful bride and her terrific husband. Every detail planned by Matt and Chandra (with the help and support of Cedarwood and their vendors) was special in every way.

  17. avatar Shelagh reply

    The venue was amazing, perfect in every way. Nothing about the wedding indicated that they were stressed or trying too hard. It all fit together very naturally. The flowers and photography were outstanding. I missed Matt dancing though…

  18. avatar Dr. Dave reply

    What a magical country setting for a wedding. Chandra and Matt are a power couple!

  19. avatar Tom Spiggle reply

    I love these photos. Very nice venue and classy wedding!

  20. avatar Demetria reply

    What I loved about this wedding is how personalized Matt and Chandra made all the details. Everything from the flowers, to the table decorations, to the photos were really reflective of the couple’s individuality. It didn’t feel like just another wedding.

  21. avatar The Jones Family reply

    The beauty of the sight, the flowers, the home was without a doubt a fitting setting for the bride and groom who were exquisite and the drink as one response commented "featured " swept away my sorrows when Matt was kind enough to remind me of the World Series won by his beloved Yankees ! Photos were wonderful .

  22. avatar Chandra reply

    I’m lucky to be the bride in this story.. It truly was a magical day. Special thanks to Phindy Studios for rockin’ the camera, and Linda & Karen @ Cedarwood for helping us make it unique.

  23. avatar The Brenninkmeyers reply

    What a beautiful setting for a country wedding! Matt and Chandra made it so personal by their attention to all of the details, and the photos are spectacular!

  24. avatar Ken reply

    A lovely wedding and a fabulous couple. Thanks for the story and the pictures.

  25. avatar jacosta reply

    Chan,You make the family proud. Your accomplishment are amazing! Your wedding fantastic. Matt take care our girl.Uncle Joe and Aunt Lisa

  26. avatar Jo Anne Spiggle reply

    These pictures capture the charming ambience of a lovely outdoor wedding nestled against the natural wonder of Cedarwood. A beautiful and memorable wedding!

  27. avatar Marguerite reply

    A perfect setting for a fun-filled wedding! We loved everything about it. Gorgeous flower arrangements, lots of colour, stunning photos and a gorgeous bride and groom.

  28. avatar Jo Anne Spiggle reply

    These pictures capture the charming ambience of a lovely outdoor wedding nestled against the natural wonder of Cedarwood. A beautiful and memorable wedding.

  29. avatar Robin reply

    I love reading about fellow couples who met on! It’ll be over 2 years since my fiance and I met online get married! congrats to you both!

  30. avatar Emily reply

    I was there and it was an amazing wedding…but it truely was the Bride and Groom that made it that way! Congrats to you both!

  31. avatar Jeana reply

    CONGRATS to the newlyweds, this is such a lovely and unique wedding!

  32. avatar tcamp reply

    the setting was beautiful as was everything else love the picture of bride in front of barn!

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Friday is the day, folks.  Yes, the day that Lara Casey gets auctioned off to benefit Tents in Haiti and CHF International

Last week we introduced you to Spencer Brodsky, the eighteen-year-old whiz kid responsible for launching the philanthropic mission that has taken Twitter – and the rest of the country – by storm.   So moved by Spencer’s energy and commitment to helping the people of Haiti, I ever so generously offered to auction off my boss for one full hour.  (Insert polite applause here.)  Not sure what you’d do with Lara Casey for an hour?  Peruse my list of helpful suggestions here.

If you’re a bride looking for planning tips and design inspiration for your big day or a creative type hoping to get some guidance and a jumpstart on your business plan for 2010, you’ll want a piece of this action.  All proceeds will go directly to Spencer and CHF International as they work to provide temporary shelter to the displaced victims of the earthquake. 

Bidding has already started (don’t forget to place your bid if you haven’t already!), but we will be hosting a live auction this Friday at 4:00 p.m. EST.  And as an added bonus and a thank-you of sorts, the SW girls will be answering any and all of your questions during the live auction, so be sure to tune-in for bidding, banter and office confessions.

Can’t wait to “see” everyone on Friday!  In the meantime, place your bids here.

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  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Beautiful wedding!

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