Cara & Jeff
Q & A with the Bride:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there. My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state. The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I don’t know if I could ever pick just three! I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though! The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.
Lauren & Charles
Q & A with the Bride:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We live in Southern Alabama and our families are from Illinois. We knew we wanted to get married in the Nashville area because it is a good halfway point and my dad lives near Nashville. CJ’s Off The Square was perfect because it is a stunning location and it is all-inclusive, which means they took my vision and then took care of everything from the decor, to the food, to the music. Planning from so far away with such a helpful staff made everything a breeze.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My table numbers were hand crafted signs with pictures of the groom and me at the age of the table number. It was fun for my mother and the mother of the groom to put together because they got to pull out old pictures, and it made a great conversation piece for each table
CJ’s set up a hot dog bar as part of our meal. I am a hot dog fanatic, and anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE hot dogs. This wasn’t even an option in their catering package but they were happy to make it work. This was a fun personal touch and yummy too!
My bouquet was wrapped in lace pieces from my mom’s wedding dress and mother-in-laws’ wedding hat. I also had a very special and sentimental broach from my grandmother, and Charlies’ grandmother attached to the bouquet, along with my sorority pin.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
It was really important to me that we write our own vows. My husband is one of the strongest US soldiers you will ever meet, but he was extremely emotional and choked back tears throughout the recital of his vows. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the venue. I kept the ceremony decor very plain and simple in order to stick to our budget, but it didn’t matter because the ceremony was beautiful by itself.