Can you believe how fast we are approaching summer? It’s as if we blinked and half the year was gone! But I’m sure that you would agree that there is no better place to be during this gorgeous season than right here.
In this issue, you will get to see all that amazing Tennessee beauty in our Home & Garden section. Dr. Scott & Mrs. Jean Ellen Baker opened their home to Wilson Living Magazine for our wedding shoot. Their home place, located in the heart of Lebanon, is a hidden away retreat. The exquisite house and the surrounding gardens are breathtaking! And, soon enough, many of you will see it in person as the Bakers are the hosts of Cumberland University’s Patrons’ Party. Be sure to get your sneak peek in this issue!
While we are on the subject of breathtaking, be sure to check out our much anticipated Wedding section. To make sure readers get to see all of the hottest fashions, we decided to outfit two brides for this issue. Wilson County native, Erin Chambers, along with Miss Tennessee 2013 Brenna Mader spent the day knee deep in tulle and lace just to showcase the top bridal couture for readers. Many of you may also know the bridesmaids as well. Madison, Jolin and Maggie have been friends since they were two. They have grown up into stunning (and very-well mannered!) teen-agers and had a ball being our models this issue. A big THANK YOU as always to our WLM Styles & Trends Editor Erin Brown who pulled together all the latest information, styles and trends for the upcoming wedding season.
And guess who is also in this issue? You will never guess! Ok, so we’ll just tell you. President Obama, himself!! Lebanon native Matt Gallant recently had the opportunity to meet him and gave WLM an exclusive interview about the experience.
How fun is that!
Of course, that is just the start, we are filled to the brim with great pieces this issue about many of your neighbors both from Wilson County and Around The Bend. Be sure to check out Ken Beck’s latest piece on one such interesting neighbor who makes Lafayette home. So on this beautiful day, find a comfy chair outside and enjoy all that this area offers within the pages of WLM.
Until next time, keep reading!Until next time, keep reading!
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Ken Beck - Ken is a seasoned journalist with more than four decades of experience. He spent 31 of those years as a feature, entertainment and travel reporter as a Tennessean staff member. Ken has written numerous books including more than a half dozen about his favorite subject, Andy Griffith.
Randy Rudder - Randy has a MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis. Currently, he works as a writer/ producer for the Christian Broadcasting Network and a freelance entertainment writer. He is also the author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music Edition”.
Sue Siens - Sue has a long career in communications. She worked in healthcare, public relations and marketing, economic and community development, and has enjoyed many years of writing for a multitude of publications and audiences in both the public and government sectors.
Brody Kane - Brody is a Wilson County attorney practicing with law firm of McBrien & Kane. He is past President of the Wilson County Bar Association, past President of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wilson County United Soccer League and is a Commissioner for the Water & Wastewater Authority.
Roy W Harris - Roy is a writer, journalist and published author. Roy writes a regular inspiration column for Wilson Living Magazine and is a published writer in One Magazine. His book Caring for the Caregiver; a book designed to help those providing primary care for terminally ill loved ones, is now available in 27 countries around the world.
Erin Brown - Erin holds a degree in Apparel Design from MTSU. Erin has worked with top design teams like Ralph Lauren, J Crew and her favorite Henri Bendel’s. She has also attended the incredibly prestigious New York Fashion Week numerous times getting to hang backstage at Marc Jacobs, Luca Luca and Vera Wang
Dr. John Gallaher - Dr. John Gallaher keeps us in the know about all the fabulous places to eat in and around Wilson County. John has been writing his restaurant review column, ‘Dining with Doc’ for nearly two years. Dr. Gallaher is an optometrist and owns and operates Gallaher Eye Care in Lebanon, TN.
Elizabeth Scruggs - Elizabeth is a mother, business owner and entrepreneur. Elizabeth is a general contractor and owner of Superior Construction and Design. She is also a master organizer and decorator. Elizabeth is Wilson Living’s newest contributor. Get ready to read all about design, organization and remodeling in upcoming issues.