Intimate Summer Wedding in the Garden

Today we are sharing an intimate summer wedding in the gardens at Cheekwood. It truly was a magical day filled with joy and laughter around every turn, with beautiful heartfelt moments and sweet integrations of family traditions held for generations this feature will have you smiling while tearing up at the same time!

Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? Yes, I tied in quite a few family heirlooms into our wedding. I wore my mother’s pearl earrings, taped my great-grandmother’s penny to the bottom of my shoe, and attached my grandmother’s broach to my bouquet. John and I also wrote letters to our family members for them to open before our wedding to let them know how grateful we were for all they had done for us over the years. I also gifted my mother-in-law a bracelet with my birthstone and gave personalized jewelry to my sister and my mom. I gave my dad a personalized quill, which is also an inside joke because I used to steal his pens growing up.

Mr. & Mrs. Springs: an intimate, summer wedding at Cheekwood Botanical gardens. Avvi and John gathered with their closest family and friends, a harpist, and a minister to be married under a gorgeous Wisteria Arbor. After cocktails and dancing in the garden, a stunning vintage car carried them to a small dinner in downtown Nashville. Although a “simple” structured day, the designer details and meaningful storyline are far from simple. Every moment of the day was intentional, from literal head to toe. The penny in Avvi’s shoe is from her grandmother and has been worn in each wedding shoe by the women of her family for generations. It was a day dripping with symbolism, commitment, and intentionality, and I’m honored to share their story with you. -Rebekah Talbot Photography

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? John and I met on Bumble during the pandemic. We had our first date in August of 2020 at a restaurant in Downtown Nashville. The first time John laid eyes on me, I had a mask on, but he swears he saw a beautiful smile through my mask. My first impression of John was how tall and handsome he looked as he stood outside the restaurant waiting for me to arrive. We immediately felt a connection to one another that we had never felt before.

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? The part of our wedding that was most important to us was exchanging the vows we had personally written for each other during our ceremony. It was hard not to choke back tears. Hearing John read his vows was truly special and he felt the same about hearing my vows. We got to listen to how we felt about one another while reflecting on our relationship in front of our family and close friends.

What is the most honest thing you can say about love? Love is being unreservedly vulnerable while feeling unconditionally safe in knowing that there is nothing you could do for your spouse to not accept you for who you are. John and I truly accept each other for our weaknesses as much as our strengths.

Photographer: Rebekah Talbot
Venue: Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
Family Dinner: Adele’s
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Rebecca Musayev
Floral Designer: Bloom Nashville
Wedding Dress: LVD Bridal
Wedding Designer: Tara Lauren
Cake Designer: Baked on 8th
Makeup Artist: Agency of Beauty
Hair Stylist: Agency of Beauty
Groom’s Tux: Jos A Bank
Rentals: Please Be Seated
Stationery: The Knot
Ribbon & Vow Books: Silk and Willow
Ring Box: Mrs. Box
Veil: Sara Gabriel
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rings: Shane & Co
Film Lab: Photovision Prints
Videography: Kailee Rose Photo and Video
Harpist: Golden Harps of Nashville
Vintage Car: Matchless Transportation

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