An Outdoor Nashville Wedding: Ellen + Terry

pastel bouquet

Ellen + Terry were married at Historic Cedarwood in Nashville, Tennessee. Their granddaughters served as their flower girls and their theme was Denim + Diamonds. I fell in love with them after hearing their story and know you lovelies will also…

Five years ago, on September 22nd, Terry was living in Oklahoma while Ellen was in Iowa. Ellen went to Nashville with her daughter, Kirsten, to celebrate her bachelorette party and happened into Crossroads in downtown Nashville to enjoy some live music. Terry was in Crossroads watching his son, Trevor, live on stage. And well, I’ll let Ellen tell you the story…“I noticed Terry and thought to myself, “There’s a good looking man! He looks like Ed Harris!” Awhile later I looked over and Kirst had Terry by the arm beckoning me toward them. She said, “Mom this is Terry, Terry this is my mom, doesn’t he look like Ed Harris?!”! (I had not spoken one word about Terry to Kirsten!) And, off she went, leaving us to ourselves…and the rest, as they say, is history! Do you believe in fate, in 2 people who are destined to be together, meeting at just the right time? We do because it happened to us!”

Five years later, again on September 22nd, Ellen + Terry walked into Crossroads. This time, hand in hand, as husband and wife. Their first dance was to the song “Bless the Broken Road” a song that perfectly describes their relationship. They have gone through a lot to get to where they are today, including the tragic loss of Terry’s son, Trevor, in a helicopter accident, who was a big part of what brought them together. But that road has brought many, many joys as well. Joys that were so evident on their wedding day, as they were surrounded by their parents, their children and even their grandchildren. You can tell by the photos that Kristyn Hogan captured how much love was there that day. I hope this inspires those of you still looking for love – it’s out there and proven by Ellen + Terry! Congrats to them both!!

swing, southern style house

farm, boutonnieres on jeans

white with gold ribbon wedding invitation

pastel bouquet, rings on burlap

irst look

Aren’t they not just the cutest!!? Love that they did a first look also :)

bride and groom, groom in gray suit

navy blue heels

bride in shoulder sleeved dress

bride on swing

bride and groom with flower girls and ring bearer

bridesmaids in navy blue dresses

wooden wedding sign

bride walking down isle

church pews outside

vintage wooden frames outdoor

Such an amazing outdoor ceremony setting…

church windows used at ceremony outdoors

church windows used at ceremony outdoors

burlap love you pillows

hanging mason jar holders

burlap table runners

guitar menu, boot ornament

candle holders, strung lights

candles on mantle

first dance

vintage car

bride and groom toast

sparklet exit

After dinner, they went back to where it all started…Crossroads for their first dance as husband + wife!

downtown nashville bar

downtown nashville bar

Thanks so much to photographer Kristyn Hogan for thinking of me to share their beautiful story with today!

photographer: Kristyn Hogan // caterer: Chef Christopher’s Catering // venue + event design: Cedarwood // invitation designer: Designs in Paper // dress designer: Olivia Kate Couture and Paradise Creations // transportation: Matchless Limousine

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  1. Okay this is just adorable. Beautiful wedding!

  2. I have tears in my eyes…this is one of the sweetest weddings I have seen in a long time. Congrats to the happy couple!

  3. This is, hands down, my favorite feature I’ve ever seen on GWS. She looks AMAZING! And I love the images from their first look- they’re both absolutely glowing. I just love this. Like… a lot. Also, the photography? It’s amazing.

  4. What a wonderfully sweet love story! And the wedding? GORGEOUS.

  5. She made such a beautiful bride and such tasteful decorations

  6. What a beautiful couple and story! Awesome wedding details that made for a gorgeous day.

  7. This wedding melts my heart!!! Love everything about it!

  8. Such a gorgeous wedding! And what a heartwarming story- makes me smile!

    They are a lovely couple- God Bless them.(And he TOTALLY looks like Ed Harris.) =)

  9. tearing up! so beautiful.

  10. Love absolutely everything about this wedding! Their story, the fact that they went back to the place they first met, and that ceremony altar is breathtaking!

  11. Just beautiful, I love the ceremonial set up, so much thought – what a gorgeous couple.


  13. Oh my goodness – definitely tearing up here. This wedding is incredibly sweet and it’s so, so beautiful that they found one another when they did + tied the knot. Love all the images (great job, Kristyn!), the wedding details, and that lovely first look! <3

  14. We are so thrilled to see Ellen and Terry’s wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes. The Cedarwood design team has so much love for these two….thanks to all of you who have congratulated them! We also adore working with Kristyn Hogan Photography – she is top shelf when it comes to capturing our design and styling, AND the love between bride and groom.

  15. Oh wow, what a lovely celebration! Ellen is just RADIANT! This is my favorite GWS post ever!

  16. So so so so sweeet! Loved reading their story and the photos just show the love and the joy.

  17. words can not express how much i LOVE this. <3

  18. Love love love this story! And what a beautiful couple…they look so happy!

  19. Thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for keeping it REAL! This is the most inspiring, authentic post ever!

  20. We are SO honored to have our wedding featured on GWS….thank you thank you THANK YOU!! It was a most glorious day from start to finish and we are filled with gratitude to Cedarwood (the most amazing venue EVER), the staff there, and to Kristyn and Matt Hogan (the most amazing photographers EVER) for capturing the essence of our love for each other, our family and our friends. Our wedding day could not have been more perfect!! Also, thank you everyone for your beautiful and kind comments! Love to you all, Ellen and Terry

    • I cannot believe how speechless I was when I saw your outdoor church setting. Where did you find those church pews and that gorgeous backdrop? I’ve never been more captured.

      • Hi Chrissy,
        Thank you for commenting on our wedding! Our ceremony was at “Cedarwood” outside of Nashville. The pews and gothic windows are options they offer for their outdoor ceremonies. When I saw them I knew they would create the perfect setting and atmosphere for our special day!!! I can’t say enough good things about “Cedarwood.” From start to finish they were amazing, and our wedding was as close to perfect as one could ever hope for!!

  21. so so beautiful! everything about it:)

  22. Donette - Designs in Paper on:

    Thanks for the post! We loved every minute of getting to know Ellen and Terry. Aren’t they just fabulous? Weddings like this, with a team of people like this make us so happy!

  23. Thanks so much Jen for highlighting this beautiful,older,couples wedding! I am so warmed to see it amoungst all the younger adults weddings. Their love is radiant and it just goes to show that you can find love at any age and we should celebrate it until eternity! Love their warm open style and they are both glowing, hands down my favorite post ever as well!

  24. How cute are they!! Makes me happy to see that you can find love at any age:)

  25. The fountain of youth is love. Gorgeous post and wedding.

  26. This wedding is such an inspiration for those of us, a little older than the average wedding posts. It is a lovely story of how they met and the wedding pictures are dreamy. Thank you for this.

  27. Just seen this several days late but still had to comment. This wedding is simply glorious- my heart is warmed on this cold Monday morning!

  28. What a beautiful wedding and lovely story!

    I love the subtle decorations. The bridal bouquet is beautiful too!

  29. Stunning….Tasteful…….Bless them!

  30. I LOVE this wedding. Such a cute couple and love every detail down to the cute pillow! Where on earth did you guys find the gorgeous backdrop??? Are those old windows or doors? I would love to find something like that!

  31. This is such a gorgeous and beautiful story. It makes me smile, because I do believe in two people being destined to be together. the name of the bar couldn’t be any perfect: crossroads, love it!
    I’m sure they will have a beautiful life together, a life full of love

  32. this made me get a little teary-eyed. Great story :)


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