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Jessica & Justen are getting married on Friday, Oct. 28 th in Nashville, TN.

Jessica & Justen are getting married on Friday, Oct. 28 th in Nashville, TN.

Our Story

New York City will always hold a special place in our hearts. Under the famous Times Square lights on none other than New Year’s Eve, we began our journey together after a night of champagne and mildly bad (albeit fun) dancing.

Convinced that a New Year’s kiss to ring in 2012 was not in the cards for me because I was at a party with my older brother, I was not looking for romance that night. Neither was Justen… in his version of the story, at least. But as fate (or luck?) would have it, the whims of friendship between my brother, Ben, and Justen’s roommate, Steven (two groomsmen), brought us together that night – an unlikely couple living in different cities at the time. As you may have guessed, I did end up getting my New Year’s kiss - on top of the AMC rooftop just after catching a glimpse of the Times Square ball drop as the last seconds of 2011 faded away. Not a bad story to tell our future kids!

The rest is history, as they say. Four years of much love and countless adventures of traveling, big-city living, and outdoor fun later, Justen popped the question on our own NYC rooftop, during our last night as New Yorkers and just before we set out on our two-month European road trip. After a farewell dinner at our favorite burger place, Shake Shack, we made it back in time for one more sunset on our beloved rooftop of our first apartment together. With the city skyline glowing in the background, Justen proposed...and I of course said yes! Although we are proud to call Nashville home now (Go Titans?), and can’t wait for our new adventures that await us as a married couple, we will always reminisce about how we met and fell in love in New York City.

Our Wedding

The Venue

There’s something special about a southern wedding. We fell in love with Cedarwood, the historic farm estate just eight miles north of downtown Nashville. With its beautiful Mooncake Lake and 50 acres of Nashville countryside centered around the stately Yarbrough House (circa 1835), guests are invited to explore the grounds and soak up all the charm this historic property has to offer.

Our outdoor wedding takes place in the fall and will carry on into the night. Temperatures can dip, so make sure you can keep comfortable when you’re not dancing. We recommend having a sweater on hand and wearing a good pair of dancing shoes or boots that will keep you going all night long. Ladies, this means you might want to leave the stilettos at home for this wedding!

And The Fun

What’s a party (especially a Nashville party) without a little music, right? We’ve got Nashville’s very own Bobby Cool to keep us going through the night. He’ll be accompanied by a 5 piece band to play all our favorites and a selection of his original music.

You can also expect:

  • Great company
  • Great food
  • Open bar with beer, wine, and signature cocktails
  • Late night snacks
  • Cornhole, S’MORES and keeping warm by
    the firepit
  • Lots of dancing and singing (If you haven’t already, we strongly advise you memorize the lyrics to Wagon Wheel for a sing-along)

In case you haven’t noticed, we hope this will be a night to remember for all of you, too, our wonderful family and friends. We love you all and can’t wait to celebrate our special day with you in October!

Make it a Nashville Weekend

“Are you down to clown in Nashtown?” We couldn’t be more excited to call this unique place home, and even more excited to invite you to spend a weekend in the Music City. We'll be kicking things off Thursday with a night out on the town and winding down Saturday with a backyard brunch. In addition, we've provided a few of our favorite places below to get your Nashville weekend going. For information on other Nashville sights, like Bluebird Cafe, Country Music Hall of Fame, or Ryman Auditorium, visit Nashville Guru.

Thursday
Night on the town

Feel free to join us for a night out on Broadway and the famous Honky Tonks with the wedding party if you’re in town and want to start the party early. More details to come!

Saturday
BBQ Brunch

For those who are sticking around or can’t make it to the wedding on Friday night, we will be hosting a backyard BBQ brunch at our house on Saturday afternoon. If you’re still in town, stop on by for some burgers, beer, and corn hole. Stay tuned for the time!

Our Faves

A few of our favorite things to do in Nashville.

  • Broadway / Honky Tonks

    Visit Site

    For those who don't know, a honky tonk is an establishment that contains at least one rockin' stage, cold beverages, and a party that lasts all day, everyday. And we mean every SINGLE day. Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway, located on Lower Broadway, is a row of these beautiful things pumping live music into the streets from 10am to 3am. Although technically not a Honky Tonk, we recommend a visit to Acme Feed and Seed on Lower Broadway for some good food, good views, and excellent music.

  • Pancake Pantry

    Visit Site

    Get there early or expect a line because Pancake Pantry is a Nashville Institution. Located in Hillsboro Village near Vanderbilt, Pancake Pantry is famous for delighting both locals and tourists with its amazing breakfasts. Who knows? You might get lucky and spot Connie Britton and the rest of the Nashville cast hanging out at the Pancake Pantry (seriously).

  • Franklin, TN

    Visit Site

    Franklin, TN is a picturesque small town just south of Nashville that is worth a visit if you’re in the area for multiple days. With its quintessential southern main street, there are many local stores, boutiques and antique shops, as well as an abundance of good restaurants and bars. Enjoy a scenic drive through the country and then cozy up in a coffee shop or get a bite to eat. Franklin’s famed Pumpkin Fest will be taking place on October 29th this year, so stop on by if you love food trucks, live music, Halloween, and of course, pumpkins.

  • The Pharmacy

    Visit Site

    If you dig burgers and beer, this is the place for you. The Pharmacy is our favorite beer garden in Nashville with an abundance of outdoor seating and a great burger and beer selection. If it’s a nice weekend, this is the perfect place to unwind.

  • Patterson House

    Visit Site

    Looking for a great place for cocktails and appetizers? We’ve got just the spot. Patterson House is a local Midtown speakeasy that has a good vibe and awesome drinks. Try the bacon-infused old fashioned… we promise it won’t disappoint.

  • Percy Warner Park

    Visit Site

    October is one of the best times of the year to visit Nashville and there are many spots to enjoy the fall foliage. If you’re in the mood for a nice hike surrounded by fall beauty, look no further than Percy Warner Park, located just 15 minutes from downtown. We frequent Percy Warner often and love hiking the trails and taking in nature without having to leave the city! Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and head on down for an afternoon of outdoor fun.

  • Escape Game

    Visit Site

    Hands down one of our favorite Nashville activities. You have one hour to solve million dollar heists, decode secret service missions, and navigate through prison passageways. Can you escape?