Want to put true love to the test? Try moving halfway around the world for half a year. That's what Jeanette and William, now both 26, did when the pair went abroad (he was in Argentina, she in Australia) as students at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The 11-hour time difference wasn't exactly ideal for late-night chats, but — spoiler alert! — they made it work. Jeanette and William moved to Atlanta after graduation, where Jeanette turned to her adorable grey kitten, Luna (as well as her now-husband) to keep her grounded through the stress of law school. As she entered her last year and she and William started talking engagement, Jeanette and Luna prepared for a surprise. They got it when, after a proposal-less romantic dinner, Jeanette returned home to find Luna wearing a collar with a charm reading, "Let's be a family." Jeanette still wears it on her keychain!
In April, the two found time between their busy jobs — she's an attorney, he's an investment banker — for a spectacular garden wedding in Nashville. Keep reading to see Tec Petaja's photos of their bash!
Jeanette found her silk satin organza gown by Anne Barge in her hometown of Houston. "Ironically, though, the designer lives just a few minutes from me in Atlanta!" She paired the simple, romantic dress — the bateau neck is decorated with lace appliques! — with a sheer cathedral veil and an all-white bouquet of peonies, freesia and sweet pea, tied with a wedding-day charm from her great-grandparents' 1931 nuptials. Talk about something old!
Jeanette's bridesmaids stunned in slate blue Monique Lhuillier. Like her save-the-dates and invitations, Jeanette and William's fan ceremony programs were made of birch paper.
The couple exchanged vows at the Wills Perennial Garden at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville. The location, Jeanette says, was conveniently between their home in Atlanta and her family in Houston. They married under a dogwood tree, and, as if on cue, a breeze showered the guests with petals as Jeanette and William said their vows!
Jeanette and William were struck by the natural beauty of Cheekwood, a historic 55-acre estate on the western edge of Nashville. They chose to tie the knot in April so they'd be surrounded by the garden's 100,000 blooming tulips, dogwood trees and cherry blossoms galore.
Jeanette and William put a spicy kick on a Southern classic, serving jalepeño mint juleps with crushed ice and monogrammed wooden stirrers.
At their tented reception, linen upholstered furniture was scattered around for easy seating, and large mirrors reflected light from the chandeliers. Jeanette and William filled their centerpieces with white and lime hydrangeas and white peonies, freesias, and English roses in a mix of French wire containers, mercury glass, and terrariums. Guests tucked into a menu that incorporated dishes from Jeanette's native Texas and William's home state of Colorado. Bonus: fun facts about each guest were printed on the back of their wooden menus!
The couple served both a bride's cake and a chocolate groom's cake, which, as a surprise, was shaped like a replica of Vail, his favorite place to ski. After the reception, guests waited outside the mansion with bubble guns and wands for Jeanette and William's exit. After a farewell Sunday brunch the next morning, the couple headed to the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua for their honeymoon.
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art || Wedding Planner: H Three Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Anne Barge || Jewelry: Erica Courtney || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair: Randall Dawson of Trumps Salon and Spa || Makeup: Val Cole of Daniel Cole Collection || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, from Bella Bridesmaids || Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Arzelle's || Florist: Branches || Invitations & Paper Goods: Amy Boytner of Papellerie || Music: ceremony - Tres Corda Ensemble, reception - East Coast Entertainment || Catering: d.Kates Catering || Cake: Dessert Designs || Rentals: Settee Event Decor Collection|| Photography: Tec Petaja