Today, we are featuring the wedding of Anna Mary Schaedle to Drew Smith, and yes, we find out how they met, fell in love and got engaged. And, of course, all the yummy details on their gorgeous wedding!
Drew and Anna Mary first met in the summer of 2009, when one of Drew’s friends invited four gals out for a night on the town in Nashville. From there, the group hung out regularly over the next year, and both point to Halloween of 2010 as the date when their mutual affection began. Anna Mary gives props to her Pocahottie costume as the stimulus for catching Drew’s eye, as apparently she had been smitten for over a year, but was waiting for Drew to notice (is that not too funny!?). Yes, Drew’s smooth dance moves a year prior at The Stage on Nashville’s Lower Broad had grabbed her attention, and it was all love for Anna Mary after that. From here, the versions change as to what accounts for their actual first date. Was it a hike off the Natchez Trace Parkway, dinner at Jackson’s or the Wendy’s drive-thru?! This good-natured couple just lets the many versions exist.
The question was popped on Valentine’s Day, with a ring purchased at much-loved Nashville jeweler Walton’s. The ring was burning a hole in Drew’s pocket when he stopped by Anna Mary’s house to have a drink before they continued the date with a late-night dinner reservation. As it was the day-of-love, he arrived with flowers and a card … nothing out of the ordinary, right? As Anna Mary says, “I started to read his card. It read, ‘This is more than just a Valentine’s Day Card’ on the front with a man opening up for a hug. Then I opened it and it said, ‘It’s a long distance hug!’ But long distance hug was crossed out and he had written ‘PROPOSAL!’ As I looked up from the card, Drew was down on his knee and asked me to marry him! We actually took a video and sent it to everyone … us popping a bottle of champagne!” Then a limo arrived to take them to dinner, but instead of showing up for those reservations, they took the limo to pick up all their family to celebrate. The limo eventually dropped them at The Stage (a full-circle moment!) where friends met up with them and even the band got in on the celebration!
Then, the planning began. They set up their registry using local stores, including Corzine & Co., Harpeth Gallery and The Registry. These good friends found love and married on December 13, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation with their reception at the Frist. Anna Mary and Drew’s goal for their wedding was to merge a classic, traditional wedding with an over-the-top, FUN party that would be entertaining to all ages in attendance and give thanks to each person attending for being a part of their lives. From looking through the photos below, we’d say they accomplished just that!
Congratulations Anna Mary and Drew! You two make a fabulous couple!
- Location: The ceremony was at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and the reception was at The Frist (tented in the Courtyard).
- Floral Designer: Terry White of the English Garden
- Event planner: Jenny Ritcher Corts
- Caterer: The Clean Plate Club
- Rentals & flooring: Classic Party Rentals
- Tenting: Nashville Tent & Awning
- Lighting: Bright Event Productions
- Event furniture: Please Be Seated
- Drapery: Events Plus
- Photographer: Brandon Chesbro
- Band: Bobby & The Aristocats
- Cakes: Leland Riggan of Dessert Designs
- Calligraphy and makeup (yes, she does both!): Val Cole
- Hair: Michelle Clark, Clark & Co. Salon
- Save the dates, invitations, programs, menu cards, etc.: Ink Nashville
- Jessica, of Ink Nashville, and Jenny, the event planner, both gushed over the hand-painted details added to the save the date, program, and place cards, which were done by Jeanne Conners Schaedle. You can reach her through Ink Nashville.