The Cheekwood Botanical Garden is a venue you get excited about for your wedding day. Couples and photographers alike google images of this famous garden in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee to admire the beautiful landscapes and flowers. In the days leading up to Alex and Jaynee's wedding day, we would check the weather. It would be cold. It would rain. We were still a week shy of the spring bloom.
When I finally met the couple at their downtown hotel, they were unperturbed and carried on in getting ready. They exchanged love letters. Jaynee opened hers in the hotel lobby. Alex made his way to the venue and opened his letter there so that they wouldn't see each other. Love letters before the first look is a beautiful way to express your thoughts and feelings; it allows a quiet and reflective time before the busyness of the wedding day. They are often the reason for precious love felt tears and laughs.
Alex hid behind the mansion which is situated in the center of the arboretum. The couple loved the large stone pillars and surrounding architecture. Jaynee walked to met her future husband. He would see her in her wedding dress for the very first time. I like to recommend everyone do a first look, it's such a treasured moment reserved for just the bride and groom and the rest of the day just flows a little easier after that. In this case, it also gave us a chance to take pictures while the weather was dry.
It was an intimate wedding attended by their parents (who flew just the night before from Puerto Rico). It was a beautiful wedding! The rings were passed to the parents who then took part in the ring exchange (I even got to play the part of ring bearer!). The officiant prepared a very warm and appropriate message and then pronounced them as husband and wife.
The rain started to come down at the moment of their first kiss and it wouldn't stop even after the end. It was then that I realized something. The downpour didn't distract them from each other. They simply looked at each other with as much love as could have been possible. Their smiles were warmer than a summer sun and their affection for each other was lovelier than any flower that could have bloomed that day. We walked around and took their pictures all around the park. They walked and shared an umbrella. There was a kiss here and there. At the end of the day, they danced!
We're in the South where rain is often plentiful and unpredictable. On your wedding day, the most important thing is being together with loved ones. At the end of the day, remembering that you are with the one you love. Enjoy your day and love every moment of it regardless of everything else.
There is no 'bad time' to get married at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens; it's magnificent in sun and rain. Wedding preparations and officiating were done by Weddings & Events By Raina; I love working with you! The sharp suit and gorgeous tulle dress were from the Men's Warehouse and the Aquarius Brand. The bride's bouquet is from T. Villager Designs.