It’s no wonder that the film Father of the Bride is an American classic. It has all the elements of what we adore in movies: humor, sentimentality and familial happenings. But what the movie portrays so eloquently is why a wedding reception at the family home is so special. An at-home fête is sentimental because after all, there is no place like home — or in this case, the home of your grandmother.

After exchanging vows at Christ Church Cathedral, Florence Page and Cooper Brown celebrated their nuptials at her grandmother’s home.

Florence looks lovely as she poses  in front of the portrait of her grandmother.

Florence looks lovely as she poses  in front of a portrait of her grandmother.

Florence Page and Cooper Brown knew from their first date that they were meant for each other. As so many young couples do, they met online. Florence says, “I didn’t know anyone in Roanoke and the thought of going to bars to find friends didn’t appeal to me.” Quickly, Florence and Cooper saw how much they have in common: both love the outdoors and were raised by parents who value family traditions. One year to the date of meeting Florence, Cooper proposed.

Florence and Cooper laughingly call this photo, "The Swirl."

Florence and Cooper laughingly call this photo, “The Swirl.” When asked what was important to her with her wedding, Florence responds, “that the wedding stayed true to us.” Most importantly, she wanted a fun and relaxed affair.

Don't estimate the importance of a good pair of readers as the bride's mother tackles buttoning up Florence's wedding dress.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good pair of readers as the bride’s mother tackles buttoning up Florence’s wedding dress.

It goes without saying how beautiful Florence looks as her mother beams.

It goes without saying how beautiful Florence looks as her mother beams.

Florence and Cooper were blessed to have both of their grandmothers present at the wedding, and for Florence, it was only fitting to have the reception at the home of her grandmother, Margaret Ann Robinson. For the wedding, Christ Church Cathedral was selected, which is one of Nashville’s oldest Episcopal churches and where Florence was baptized. As Florence says, “I loved that my wedding was at the Cathedral and the reception at my grandmother’s home in Nashville. I have so many wonderful memories at both places.”

Margaret Ann has hosted many a party at her lovely home in Belle Meade, but this party for her beloved granddaughter was so special.

Christ Church Cathedral, completed in 1894, is one of Nashville's treasured landmarks.

Christ Church Cathedral, completed in 1894, is one of Nashville’s treasured landmarks.

With Christ Church Cathedral in the background, the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Brown join hands.

With Christ Church Cathedral in the background, the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Brown join hands.

Cooper and Florence with Margaret Ann Robinson, the grandmother of the bride.

Cooper and Florence with Margaret Ann Robinson, the grandmother of the bride.

Cooper and his family join together for a family portrait.

Cooper and his family join together for a family portrait.

In keeping with Florence's wish to keep the wedding simple, she decided to have two bridesmaids

In keeping with Florence’s wish to keep the wedding simple, she decided to have two bridesmaids. On her left, family friend Andra Moran, and on her right is her childhood friend, Elizabeth Stone Gerding. Both are outfitted in dresses from Bella Bridesmaids.

The bridal bouquet and all the flowers for the wedding were created by Tulip Tree

The bridal bouquet and all the flowers for the wedding were created by Tulip Tree.

Did we mention that Florence’s mom, Libby Page, is one of Nashville’s premier event planners? Libby, along with her business partner, Dana Windrow, set forth to create a wedding reception to honor the bride and groom’s wishes. The color blue, a favorite of Florence’s, was present in every element of the wedding. Both Florence and Cooper are drawn to water and the serenity it provides with its varied hues of blue.

As you can see throughout the photos, the color blue serves as a lovely contrast to the greens of the foliage and the gradations of pink used in the flowers. Libby and Dana masterfully built on the theme of each family’s heritage with the save the day card, wedding invitations and other memorabilia. An ingenious idea was to have a custom watercolor of the bride and groom’s homes incorporated into the invitations.

We adore these invites

Tenn Hens designed the invitations for all the wedding events. When it comes to executing a vision, they are known to be one of the best in the South. To create the wedding invitation, Tenn Hens collaborated with Sue Valenti at The Paper Place. The compass is featured with Tennessee landmarks and the Roanoke Star. One of our favorite StyleBlueprint clients, Val Cole, was the calligrapher.

Out-of-town guests were treated to gift bags filled with goodies and ideas of what to do in Nashville.

Out-of-town guests were treated to gift bags filled with goodies and an itinerary created by The Paper Place.  Chock-full of information, guests received great ideas for what to do in Nashville.

There's lots of fun in this photo!

There’s lots of fun in this photo, from flip flops for dancing to sunglasses and florescent necklaces and rings. Guests were treated to sumptuous caramel cake by Leland Riggin of Dessert Designs along with the wedding cake by Billie Mochow. The donuts were fresh made on site by Ellie’s Old Fashioned Donut Truck.

The special touches are everywhere, from cocktails in the foyer of the home and the garden to a spectacular light walls in the main tent. When talking with Libby and Dana, they continually mention the phrase “shared vision.” Together, they were able to create so many dramatic elements due to the collaboration of the the wedding vendors.

An example of collaboration to accomplish Libby and Dana’s vision is the light walls. It was important to them that the reception felt open and not too formal, so they decided against flooring and draping in the tent. Instead, they created the spectacular light walls, which created a subtle yet sophisticated aura to the space.

There couldn't be a more perfect entrance for guests as they enjoyed drinks outside.

There couldn’t be a more perfect entrance for guests as they enjoyed drinks outside. It’s obvious the gardens have been cultivated with loving care for years.

Table cards were assembled in the formal dining room

Table cards were assembled in the formal dining room of the Robinson home. The beautiful wedding cake was created by Billie Mochows.

The reception was welcoming and inviting. Guests were greeted by the family in the foyer of Margaret Ann Robinson’s stately home. Then, the guests mingled in the gardens designed by the bride’s father, Ben Page. Lights twinkled in the trees creating the perfect backdrop. Coupled with the lovely October evening, the effect was simply gorgeous.

It was a lovely evening under the stars and lights!

It was a lovely evening under the stars and lights!

The blue adds a lovely contrast to the flowers, greenery and twinkling lights.

The blue adds a lovely contrast to the flowers, greenery and twinkling lights.

Another great idea! Libby and Dana used bookcases with greenery to display the family photos.

Another great idea! Libby and Dana used bookcases, with greenery, that were built into the custom stage to display the family photos.

Tables throughout the reception were graced with many candles and floral combination giving the reception a warm glow.

Tables throughout the reception were graced with many candles and floral combinations, giving the reception a warm glow.

a special moment as they dance the first dance

Florence and her father share a special moment as they dance together.

The two moms look on as the guests dance the night away.

The two moms look on as the guests dance the night away. The photo says it all as the two families share in the happiness of Florence and Cooper’s future together.

The band brought everyone to the dance floor!

The band, Sol Fusion, did a great job as almost every guest hit the dance floor for hours.

As Mr. & Mrs. Brown begin their life together, they will hike and enjoy the beautiful scenic places in Virginia with Cooper’s lab Margo by their side. Cooper is an assistant Commonwealth attorney, while Florence works at Franklin County Aging Services with a plan to pursue her teaching degree. We wish them health and happiness as they continue to build their lives together!

Florence Page and Cooper Brown Wedding

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Brown.

A gracious thank you to Mary Rosenbaum photography for providing all the photography you see throughout this article.

RESOURCES

Event planners: Page and Windrow Event Planners
Wedding dress: Ladies of Lineage
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Mother of the Bride’s dress: Gus Mayer
Wedding Itineraries:  The Paper Place
Invitation designs: Tenn Hens Design
Catering: Sargent’s Fine Catering
Wedding cakes: Leland Riggans of Dessert Designs and Billie Mochows
Late-night dessert: Ellie’s Doughnut Truck
Flowers: Tulip Tree
Ceremony music: Sam Levine
Cocktail and dinner music: Craig Duncan
Tents: Nashville Tent and Awning
Tables, china, flatware, glasses, custom stage and bookshelves: Music City Tents and Events
Dining chairs, side chairs, side tables and custom bars: Please Be Seated
Sofas, side chairs and side tables: 12th Table
Lighting: Bradfield Stage Lighting
Light walls and decorative lighting: Bright Events
Bathroom trailers: PoshPrivy
Heat: Holston Gases (Formerly Welder’s Supply)
Draping for Florals: Events Plus
Arbor and lattice construction: John and Doyle Watson
Videography: Half Shell Films
Custom tablecloths: Lendable Linens
Tablecloths: La Tavola
Custom ramping: E.L. Construction
Dinner waitstaff: Regal concierge
Shuttle buses: Gray Line Transportation
Family transportation and get-away car: Matchless Transportation
Sound: Brantley Sound
Band: Sol Fusion
Hair: Michelle Clark
Makeup: Valorie Ward Cole
Trolley: Hello Trolley

 

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