We always say that doing a little something to get out of your comfort zone for your engagement has a big payoff! Lauren and Jonathan’s sunrise session at Cedarwood Weddings started off with waking up WAY early in the dark, but totally paid off with a gorgeous misty lake and some beautiful sunshine! It was a chilly morning (hard to believe it was only a few weeks ago as we stare down highs in the 90s today!), and Cedarwood’s Mooncake Lake was totally bringing the Pacific Northwest vibe–which was a perfect fit since Lauren and Jonathan first met in the PNW. Lauren and Jonathan met through work and started off as friends first (isn’t that the best?!). Last year, after spending their relationship long distance, they were looking for a place to move together, and decided on Nashville after visiting. And they love it here! They will be celebrating their wedding at Cedarwood later this year, and we are just so excited for them as they begin on this new adventure together!

These two are so sweet and just so genuinely enjoy each other, and are so full of joy. We had an incredible morning exploring Cedarwood with them, so keep scrolling to see some of our favorites!

Lauren and Jonathan–Congratulations! We are so excited for you all! And thanks for getting up so early to hang out with us  🙂  You guys are awesome!

Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend! We are off to shoot a wedding this afternoon, so keep an eye out this week on our Facebook and Instagram for a sneak peek!


What do you do when there’s a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms for your wedding day and you’ve planned an outdoor ceremony?

Melissa and Adam’s wedding day fell on one of the rainiest weekends I can remember in a long time! Melissa said if it was going to rain, then she wanted it to really commit, and did it ever!  They made the decision to move their ceremony into the barn, and the rain didn’t even a little bit put a damper on the sweetness of the day. I love how they just rolled with the weather, and since after years of shooting we’ve encountered just about every lighting scenario there is, we were able to create beautiful images capturing all the sweet moments of their day. All Melissa and Adam had to think about was how excited they were to get married and begin their lives together!

But let’s start back at the beginning! One day, years ago, Melissa was sitting in the hair salon (the very salon below, where the girls got ready), when her hairdresser, Jordan, said she knew someone Melissa just HAD to meet. Melissa resisted and said she didn’t want to meet anyone, but while she was sitting under the hairdryer, Jordan snuck across the hall to tell Adam about Melissa. They talked for hours, and met again the next night for hours, ending with about 48 fla-vor-ice pops on a picnic bench, and the beginning of a love that would turn into forever.

Two things really stuck out to me after we first met Melissa and Adam. The first is how intentional they are about remembering the details of their story. We loved hearing about how they first met, the day they knew it was true love, and all the special memories they share together. The second is how much they love their people! We heard so many stories about the friends and family that would be surrounding them on their wedding day (in person and in spirit!), and they were just SO excited to celebrate the night away with everyone. They especially shared a ton of stories about Grandpa Wally, who we were so excited to finally meet! And when the weather forecast kept holding strong for rain for the wedding day, their friends were there to cheer them up by saying they would take a boat if needed! Luckily, it didn’t get quite that crazy  😉

On to some of our favorite images from the day!

Congratulations, Melissa & Adam! We are so excited for you both as you start out on this new adventure, and loved every rainy second of documenting your celebrations!

Many thanks to Kimberly Strong, florist-turned-wedding coordinator extraordinaire who took such great care of everything and everyone! And to the team at Loveless barn! Venue & Catering: Loveless Barn | Florist & Coordinator: Kimberly Strong | Dress Shop: The White Room Too | Tuxes/Suits: Jos A Bank | Cake: A Little Birdie Told Me | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Music: Melodie Chase for the Silver String Quartet | Reception Music: JD Music |

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! If you’re planning a wedding and want to enjoy your day without having photos interrupt your day, we would love to talk with you and hear about what you’re most excited about for your wedding!

We had absolutely the most gorgeous day to kick off our first session of the year! Meredith and Mike’s mini destination engagement session just outside Lexington, Ky was such a dream. Meredith’s dad is involved in the horse industry, so Meredith found an absolutely gorgeous farm for us to visit for our shoot (and which also happens to be where triple crown winner American Pharoah currently resides!). Meredith and Mike met at UK, where Mike played football, and currently live in Lexington with their adorable dog Hank. They wanted their session to be carefree and fun, and show the lighthearted side of their story and love. Well, I would say they definitely made that happen! These two are so sweet and easygoing together, and we had the best time exploring this beautiful farm with them and documenting just a little slice of what an exciting season of life this is! I love how excited Meredith was because this was the first wedding planning related event that other people would see, so it made it officially official that the festivities are beginning!

On to some of our favorite images!

Congratulations again, Meredith & Mike! We can’t wait to celebrate with you all later this year 🙂 Thanks for showing us around the farm!

Thank you all for stopping by the blog! Congratulations to all the recently engaged couples out there starting out on their wedding planning adventure! If you’re looking for natural photos of real moments for your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!


  • April 18, 2017 - 3:38 pm

    Mahlia - These are beautiful! What a gorgeous location!

One of our favorite things about living in Nashville is that we get to know and work with so many incredible creatives! The team at Cedarwood weddings is no exception, and we are always so excited to see what they bring together for their annual style show. Yesterday dawned unexpectedly snowy after weeks of 70 degree temperatures, but that didn’t slow down the creative energy! Every year, Cedarwood puts together a style show for their couples to come and get inspiration, taste food, and enjoy the venue. It’s Southern hospitality at it’s finest, and besides seeing all the creative decor and catching up with some of our favorite vendors, we just love being out in nature and taking in all the beauty that surrounds the historic home.

Take a peek at some of the beauty from this year’s show! Venue, Decor, Planning, Styling, and Floral Design all by Cedarwood Weddings!

All the stunning paper design by our favorites over at Designs in Paper!

Music by Nashville Wedding Guitarist

Photobooth and DJ by our friends at Premier | The Entertainment Company

One of the delicious food setups by our friends at Dream Catering!

So much love for this building!! <3

To everyone at Cedarwood: Thank you SO much for inviting us out, and congratulations on another absolutely stunning style show! You all are amazing!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Congratulations to all the recently engaged couples out there starting out on their wedding planning adventure! If you’re looking for natural photos of real moments for your wedding day, we’d love to chat with you!