Here’s to Love and Laughter & Happily Ever After!

  • This year’s styles definitely are stunners. From princess capes to off the shoulder dresses, to halter necklines, ball gowns, and high collars, this is definitely the year to find the perfect dress for your personal look! All dresses, veils, and jewelry pictured are available at The White Room with locations in Lebanon & Murfreesboro.

We love weddings. Two people, two families, coming together surrounded by those special people in their lives, to celebrate commitment, faith, and a future of hopes and dreams.

So, of course, weddings are a big deal and should be! This year, all the buzz surrounds the royal wedding. What will the American Princess-to-be wear? Who will be her bridesmaids? What fashions will they wear?

Wedding styles have come a long way from when Princess Diana stepped out of the royal carriage in a huge taffeta dress of bows and frills to marry Prince Charles. Today’s bride is a little older, a little more sophisticated and more determined than ever to insure her wedding dress fits her own personal style!

This year, Wilson Living Magazine, set out to find two brides-to-be that embodied this new, independent style for our wedding dress shoot. Nominations were taken from our readers and we were over-run with potential candidates. Ultimately, we chose two girls that were strikingly different to showcase all the latest 2018 wedding trends.


Shelby Pomeroy

This gorgeous raven-haired beauty has been dating her fiancé, Evan Shelton, for three years, but they were friends for
two years before that. A hairstylist at Aqua Bella Day Spa & Hair Studio, she definitely knows what her own personal style is. Evan, a mechatronics engineering student at MTSU and employed for Johnson Technologies knew she was the one! The couple were engaged at a Christmas party where everyone was in on the surprise but Shelby. They were playing Dirty Santa where it had been arranged that Shelby would draw the highest number, and go last. She unwrapped her present to find a box that contained a bottle of wine and a note asking her to marry him. When she turned around, Evan was on his knee with a ring. And the rest, as they say, is history . . .

ABOVE: Shelby and fiance’ Evan Shelton plan to wed in 2019.  

Rachel Eatherly

A blonde, brown-eyed stunner, Rachel Eatherly grew up in Wilson County and met her fiancé, Will Painter, while at UT Knoxville. The couple first met in a conservation class, freshman year, but it wasn’t until Sophomore year that they began dating. After graduation, both returned to middle Tennessee, where Rachel is now a UT Extension Agent & Master Gardener Coordinator for Rutherford County and Will is opening, All Things Solutions, in Wilson County. ATS is a maintenance, landscaping and construction company. Flash forward to the summer of 2017, Will had taken Rachel fishing. It was a hot day and nothing was biting. Rachel was ready to go home! Will convinced her to keep fishing just a little longer and said, “try this one”. She turned around to get a different fly to tie on her fishing pole, and instead found Will down on one knee. And so the adventure begins . . .

ABOVE: Rachel Eatherly and Will Painter were married in May 2018.



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Say ‘I Do’ to a More Sculpted You

How brides can slim down without surgery and downtime

All eyes are on the bride on her wedding day. So, it’s no surprise most spend months preparing to walk down the aisle. That could include everything from teeth whitening and tanning to focusing on healthy eating habits.

For those looking to get rid of some unwanted abdominal fat before the big day, there’s an option that can get rid of those love handles without surgery or downtime: SculpSure.

Mt. Juliet’s Inspire Medical Weight Loss & Wellness team offers this service as part of their customizable treatment plans. SculpSure’s body contouring technology destroys targeted fat cells in 25 minutes, without damaging the skin.

Patients can expect to feel a cooling sensation, which helps keep their skin comfortable, followed by a deep warming, tingling sensation. The heat raises the temperature of the fat cells, which in return, damages their structural integrity. During the next three months, the damaged fat cells are then eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system, giving patients a leaner look.

Like with their other weight-loss solutions, Inspire performs an initial consultation with patients to figure out their specific goals and challenges. They also perform preliminary tests to figure out the best treatment approach.

In addition to SculpSure, they can also use fat-burning hormones, cleanses, B12 injections and other options to help patients reach their goals. They do weekly counseling with patients to help address the eating habits behind their health problems.

“We literally hold their hand and keep them accountable and keep asking the question of, ‘Why?’” explains Dr. Jason Burchard, president and CEO of Inspire Medical Weight Loss and Wellness. “‘Why do you want to change? Why are you eating?’”

Their programs can help brides or anyone looking to feel better, lose weight and become a healthier version of themselves.

Inspire is located just off of the interstate in Adams Lane Plaza at Providence (behind Cracker Barrel). For more information, visit


The first 20 callers who mention this article will get a free consultation and $100 off any treatment protocol. Call 615-453-8999 to schedule your consultation today.

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Raised in a Barn

The romance of a rustic wedding in the stables of soon-to-be unveiled Tucker’s Gap Event Center

Photos by Jana Pastors, Kindred Moments Photography

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Photographer: Jana Pastors

Venue: Tucker’s Gap Event Center

Models: Kenzie Gaines, Libby Nave, Noah Baker, and La-Tanya Greene

Hair: Locks and Lashes

Makeup: Beauty Boutique

Wardrobe & Accessories: The White Room

Cake/Tablescape: Oh Crumbs Bakery

Flowers: Gardens on Main


About Our Venue

For this shoot, we were fortunate to partner with Tucker’s Gap Event Center at 2900 Callis Road in Lebanon. Although the shoot was in and around their equestrian barn on the property, a large event center is currently under construction scheduled for completion this summer. The brand new event center will mirror the rustic charm of the cedar, stone and ironwork style of the barn in this shoot. Tuckers Gap Event Center will be a 5000-square-foot climate-controlled venue, featuring indoor and outdoor spaces, formal gardens, suites for the bride and groom, a separate bar area, and catering kitchen. For booking, contact Event Center Coordinator Nancy Baker: (770) 906-0489.

About our Tablescape

Kitty Waters, owner of Oh Crumbs Bakery, created a four-tiered wedding cake with custom sugar roses and baby’s breath. The side desserts for the table were elegant sugar cookies decorated with royal icing, strawberry cupcakes, dainty pink raspberry macarons, and lemon cake pops. They all were decorated in white and tones of pink and burgundy, each easy for guests to pick up and nibble upon.

About Our Models

Kenzie Gaines is a dental hygienist from Mt. Juliet, TN. She is a real-life bride-to-be, and will be married to her sweetheart Wacey Russell in June at Tomlinson Family Farm. She met her fiancé at church in Lebanon , Tn. She thought he was really handsome and knew he came from a great family, so she introduced herself one day and they have been inseparable since. Together they like to go to church, exercise, and hang out with their friends.

Libby Nave is a junior at Friendship Christian School. She plays volleyball, tennis, and is involved with Youth Leadership Wilson.  She is considering sports medicine when she finishes high school. This was her first time modeling for a magazine spread, but nobody could have guessed: she was such a pro. In her free time, Libby likes to go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and participate in travel sports.

La-Tanya Greene is a student at MTSU studying Childhood Education. She has been modeling regularly in the Nashville area for the last few years.  She is originally from San Fernando, Trinidad. She likes shopping and eating everything she can get her hands on!

Noah Baker is Junior at Friendship Christian. He is an avid tennis player and a member of USTA (US Tennis Association) since he was 10. He loves to snowboard, wakeboard, and play and watch sports of call kinds; he also loves sports trivia and is a great cook (specialty is dessert – makes a mean molten lava cake). He attends Providence United Methodist Church and is involved in Service Club at FCS.

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Wedding Cocktails

Because your wedding deserves its own drink

By Brooke Porter, Market Basket Wine and Liquors

Shot at Capitol Theatre


It’s an easy gig: 1. Take five cocktail recipes created by the pros over at Market Basket Wine & Liquors. 2. Head over to Capitol Theatre in Lebanon to surround yourself with the art deco moods. 3. Mix the drinks, photograph the drinks, and taste the drinks.

Is your wedding upscale, even Gatsby? Blushing Bride might be your drink. Is it southern and sassy? Try the Country Girl Cosmo. Is it full of handmade, shabby chic detail? This Cucumber Elderflower Martini will make you wonder why you haven’t been muddling cucumbers in everything you imbibe.

No matter what your personality, there’s a drink here for you.

 Sunset on the Lake 




What You Need

  • 2 oz. black cherry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Picker’s Blood Orange Vodka
  • 1 oz. Barsmith simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • Filthy Black Cherry, for garnish

How to Make It

  • Shake all ingredients with ice.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with a black cherry







Cucumber Elderflower Martini



What You Need

  • 2 slices of cucumber (1 for muddling and 1 for garnish)
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. Barsmith simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Square One organic cucumber vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • Splash of sparkling wine
  • Cucumber slice, for garnish

How to Make It

  • In a mixing glass, muddle cucumber in lemon juice and simple syrup.
  • Add ice, vodka, and liqueur.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Top with a splash of sparkling wine.
  • Garnish with cucumber slice.





Honey Ginger Sidecar 




What You Need

  • 1 oz. Presidente brandy
  • 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Barsmith Honey- ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

How to Make It

  • Shake all ingredients except lemon twist in a shaker with ice.
  • Strain into a chilled, sugar-rimmed martini glass.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.






Country Girl Cosmo

(Southern take on the White Cosmopolitan)


What You Need

  • 2 oz. Sugarlands Silver Cloud Moonshine
  • 1 oz. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. white cranberry peach juice cocktail
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice

How to Make It

  • Shake all ingredients with ice
  • Strain into chilled martini glass
  • Choose dainty orchid to use as a garnish







Blushing Bride 




What You Need

  • 4 oz. sparkling wine
  • 1/2 oz. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • dash of Barsmith Grenadine

How to Make It

  • Pour ingredients into a chilled fluted glass and stir









Market Basket Wine and Liquors is located at 1505 W. Main Street Lebanon, TN. They pride themselves on stocking the kind of wine they want to drink themselves, and helping a customer to new finds based on his or her individual tastes. Owner Brooke Porter contributes to a wine blog at Learn more at: (615) 449-7115 or


The Capitol Theatre is a premier event venue in Lebanon, renovated in vintage art deco style. In addition to being a prime wedding location, Capitol is also host to live music shows, fundraiser events, and regularly plays old movies. They are located at 110 W. Main Street Lebanon, TN. Learn more at (615) 784-4014 or

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Behind the Scenes: 2015 Wedding Shoot

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A Family Affair: 2015 Wedding Photos

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Photography: Jana Pastors, Kindred Moments Photography

Shoot Direction: Tilly Dillehay

Location: Covey Rise, wedding/event venue – Mt. Juliet, TN

Hair: Jessica Dodds and Haley Herbert, Locks and Lashes Barber & Studio

Makeup: Necole Bell, Beauty Boutique

Wardrobe & Accessories: The White Room

Flowers: Henderson’s Flower Shop


Our Models

Bride: Holly Lane

Holly Lane is Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Country Radio Seminar. She lives in Nashville, and this fall, she’ll be walking down the aisle for real. She met her fiancé, Mike Freeman, four years ago while watching a friend sit-in with the band at Robert’s. After being turned down for a date and her number, he finally got her to agree to a dance. When his group left, he wrote his number on a waitress ticket for her, assuming she’d never call. Well, she did, and they had their first date at the Bluebird Cafe the very next night. He popped the question just two hours after receiving her father’s blessing with a beautiful custom ring and 1930’s vintage ring box from one of her favorite local antique stores.

Bridesmaid: Callie Pittman

Callie is a musician and songwriter with indie band The Vespers. She lives with her husband Reed in Nashville, TN and represents Rodan + Fields product on the side.

Bridesmaid: Taylor Gaines

Taylor Gaines is a Jr. at Station Camp High School. She usually plays more of an athlete’s role than a model’s, having spent years on the basketball court and softball field, but you’ll agree that the camera seems to suit her just as well.

Mother of the Bride: Katrina Byrum

Katrina Byrum lives in College Grove, TN with her husband Bob. She is mother to eleven children and grandmother to four. She is a homemaker and is currently homeschooling seven of her kids, while the others have left the nest.


Our Venue

We were lucky enough to snag Covey Rise for this fall themed wedding shoot. The mansion, located in Mt. Juliet, was formerly a private residence but has been recently introduced to the public as an event venue.

It was hard to choose our shots at this location: between the rolling soybean fields, fountains, lake, orchard, pool, terraces, and gorgeous interior, we hardly knew where to begin. The simple problem is that at Covey Rise, everywhere you look is another vista, and every room suggests another photo.

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Wedding Ready Fitness


By Summer Vantrees

Photography by Jana Pastors, Kindred Moments Photography



Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a happy friend, you certainly want to feel and look your best. To help shed a few pounds or tone in the right places, here are a few fitness tips to help your arms,thighs, and core, all depending on your fitness level and what you have access to at home.



No Equipment:

Nothing is simpler for improving your arms than push-ups. If traditional push-ups are too much, modify by being on your knees rather than toes. Aim for 100, broken into 10 rep sets sprinkled throughout your day.  If you can do more than 10 at a time, go for it!

Some Equipment:

Using a medicine or stability ball for your push-ups will add to the benefit of the exercise. Try putting your feet on the ball and using the incline as an added challenge. Another option is to place your hands on the ball and do your push-ups into it, rather than into the ground.

Full Equipment:

Rather than being restricted to push-ups for arm toning, you can move to pull-ups. If a strict pull-up is too challenging, add a band to the bar to help lift you. Another modification is to add a box under the bar, from which you can jump. With 100 reps three times a week, not only will your arms see a change, but so will your shoulders and back, which is perfect for sleeveless attire.


fitness 2Thighs

No equipment:

Try an air squat. Be sure not to allow your knees to cross over your toes. Get a timer and set it for 3 minutes. In that time, perform as many air squats as possible. As endurance improves, bump up the time.

Some Equipment:

If you have a weightlifting plate or a kettle bell, hold one as you perform lunges. Weighted lunges provide double the impact of a traditional lunge. Hug the weight close to chest and step forward with one leg, while the other knee bends to touch the ground.  As you work, be sure to alternate the lead leg after each rep. Start with 3 rounds of 10 and build up, as able.

Full Equipment:

Front squats with a barbell are a great option for toning your thighs.  For this particular exercise, form is key, so do not attempt to overdo it with weight. Start light and use no weight on the bar, adding as able when strength increases. Try completing 4 rounds of 8, with as much rest between as needed.


fitness 3Core

No Equipment:

It doesn’t get more basic than the sit-up. Make sure when completing a sit-up that you do not put your hands behind your neck and pull your head forward, for this can cause injury. Always keep your hands crossed in front. Beginners should make a target of 3 reps of 15-20 sit ups, twice a day.

Some Equipment:

Bring back the medicine ball or weighted plate and follow the no equipment plan. If the reps are easy, add a pause midway, holding your abdominal muscles tight while gripping the weight at your chest or keeping the medicine ball above your head. This small moment of being still will amplify the impact of the exercise.

Full Equipment:

An overhead squat is one of the most challenging weightlifting moves, but its difficulty comes paired with big results. When performing an overhead squat, you always want to be confident in your lifting ability. In doing this exercise, thrust the bar overhead, arms spaced at least shoulder width apart. With a steady back and engaged core, squat. So as many reps as able, aiming to end before form is compromised. Rest and repeat.


As with any fitness regimen, if you feel uncomfortable or uncertain of any movements, seek more knowledge from a professional. With some dedication, you will be wedding ready soon!

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The Bachelors of Wilson

Six good lookin’ single men. One gorgeous wedding spot—Tomlinson Family Farm Wedding and Event Venue in Lebanon. Coffee, donuts, and a bright and freezing photo shoot morning.

It‘s a tradition as old as Wilson Living itself: 1. Assemble a handful of our most eligible local bachelors. 2. Get them to dress up, pose for pictures, and answer a whole list of difficult (or just plain silly) questions about themselves. 3. Present them for the general entertainment of you, our readers.

This year for the wedding issue, we’re dedicated to making sure the women of Wilson County have everything they need for their big day. Doesn’t it make sense give them a handful of groom options, too? (That’s the hardest part.)

We give you the Bachelors of Wilson:



Name: John McFadden

Age: 53

Occupation: Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee Environmental Council… Father

Favorite way to spend your down time: Running and hiking, listening to music with friends

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with:Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite book: Wild at Heart

An unusual skill: Whitewater raft guide, wilderness first responder

What you look for in a woman: Christian, loves kids (I am a big one and so is my 14-year-old), open minded/willing to try new things, adventurous.

One of your favorite date activities: Listening to live music

Where you see yourself in five years: Sailing and camping more, working less

Your hero: My dad and mom, Elijah my son

What do you think makes a relationship work? Open and honest communication

Favorite quote: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” -Teddy Roosevelt

He’d never say it about himself (but somebody else did): “Well, maybe this isn’t the best thing to say to a potential date, but they’d find out soon enough—he is passionate and enthusiastic about everything, especially trees and the environment. But the thing that sticks in my mind about him, since he was young, is that he doesn’t take no for an answer. He is persistent and compassionate. Also, he loves the heritage that comes from family. He values it.”  –Miriam McFadden, mother

Beer or whiskey? Merlot



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Name: T.K. Eads

Age: 25

Occupation: Carpenter—Dillon Cabinet & Millwork

Favorite way to spend your down time: Kayaking, camping out on Center Hill Lake

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with:George Jones

Favorite book: Lone Survivor—it’s a book about what snipers go through on a day to day basis, what they do to keep our freedom.

An unusual skill: If it has a steering wheel, I can drive it.

What you look for in a woman: Personality for #1, definitely has to like the outdoors in some way, shape or form. Definitely likes to do her own things on her own time, open minded, outspoken. And of course, the eyes are a big thing.

One of your favorite date activities: I would probably say kayaking. Not too much on the fancy restaurant scene—I’m more laid back.

Where you see yourself in five years: Probably still doing the same thing I’m doing! I love my job. I get to travel all over.

Your hero: My father—he’s ambitious, a hard worker… the ideal father figure.

What do you think makes a relationship work? Honesty, being able to spend time apart—if you can handle a relationship over the phone for a week or two at a time, I believe it’ll work.

Favorite quote: “Dream as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die today.” –James Dean

Beer or whiskey? Depends on the occasion

Records, tapes, CDs, or soundbytes? Records. I’ve got a record player, not an old one—probably from the 90s.



Name:  Jesse Hannam Reynolds

Age:  29

Occupation:  Quality Assurance in Software Development (ForceX Inc.); Intelligence Analyst for the Tennessee Air National Guard

Favorite way to spend your down time:  On a normal afternoon I enjoy a long run to clear my head from the day. On the weekends I look for any reason to put my kayak in the water and I like to top the day off having dinner with my family.

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with:  Jimmy Fallon

Favorite book: My favorite book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. This book addresses love, sacrifice, and the purpose we have here, tying all of these topics into an intriguing read that paints a picture of how even the smallest of experiences are interconnected within our lives.

An unusual skill: I can crush the ABCs in reverse.

What you look for in a woman: I’m initially intrigued by a genuine smile and from there I look for a friend I can laugh with. The most important trait is that she has a strong relationship with her friends and family and can make the most of any situation.  I am intrigued by so many things and am looking to find a women that is adventurous and wants to experience all that life has to offer.

One of your favorite date activities: My favorite date would be grabbing some tacos and margaritas and going to watch a concert.

Where you see yourself in five years:  I recently became an uncle and that solidified the fact that I want to have my own munchkin, or two, crawling around by then. I can see the joy my sister and Stewart have when they’re holding their daughter and I am ready to experience that part of life.

Your hero: My parents truly are my heroes. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from them and I can now see characteristics of each of them in everything I do.

What do you think makes a relationship work? Trust and laughter, but I’m probably missing a few. If I had that figured out I wouldn’t be a part of this article.

He’d never say it about himself (but somebody else did): “I think most people are drawn to Jesse for the same reason I was initially intrigued by him: he simply does not understand the concept of having a bad day. I’ve personally never had a hard time talking to Jesse, and I’m not necessarily a conversationalist, myself.  But if his magnetic personality isn’t enough to charm you, he’ll easily win you over with his laid-back style, keen sense of humor, and his appreciation for all-things-new.  Of course, he does owe me twenty bucks though…” –Brice Rochelle, friend

Superman or Batman? Correct

Boxers or…?  Boxer briefs

Records, tapes, CDs, or soundbytes? Live music all the way. I’m a concert addict.



Name:  Brandon Carver

Age: 22

Occupation: Lawyer-in-training at Rochelle, McCulloch, & Aulds; Piano Instructor at Carver Class of Music; Pianist at Bethlehem United Methodist

Favorite way to spend your down time:  By the fire in the winter; somewhere outside in the summer; meeting friends at a new restaurant in the meantime.

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with:  Reagan

Favorite book:  Anything Fitzgerald; anything on etiquette.

An unusual skill:  I can sell anything.

What you look for in a woman:  A sense of adventure, a sense of humor, independence, and class. Someone I can take anywhere; someone who gives me the same feeling I get when I see the server bring my food out.

One of your favorite date activities: Anything neither of us has ever done before.

Where you see yourself in five years:  Somewhere sunny and 75

Your heroes:  My mother and father

What do you think makes a relationship work?  Mutual interests, mutual attitudes, honesty, and two people that laugh at the same things.

Favorite quote:  “The better you dress, the worse you can behave.”

He’d never say it about himself (but somebody else did): “Well honey, first of all, he’s absolutely handsome. And he’s intelligent, intellectual, has the highest integrity—you know, he graduated from Lipscomb University. He’s a kind and sensitive young man, a dedicated Christian, a marvelous pianist, has a fabulous voice. I would consider him a true southern gentlemen. I just think he’s a dream in waiting for the right young lady.” -Sue Garay, family friend

Beer or whiskey?  Beer.  Preferably Stella Artois.

City or country?  City by week; country by weekend.

Introverted or extroverted?  Outgoing introvert


The Lester Brothers: Kason (left) and Mitchell
The Lester Brothers: Kason (left) and Mitchell



Name: Kason Lester

Age: 25

Occupation: Student at Belmont, singer/songwriter, and I work at Lester Farms with my brother Mitch.

Favorite way to spend your down time: Playing music and writing songs

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with: Brett Favre or Kid Rock, as random as that sounds.

What you look for in a woman: Someone who’s good looking and isn’t attached to her cell phone.

One of your favorite date activities: The movies

Where you see yourself in five years: Not real sure about that one, but I’d like to be making a living in the music industry.

What do you think makes a relationship work? Both people being able to completely be themselves around each other and not having to hold back.

Favorite quote: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

He’d never say it about himself (but somebody else did): “Artsy charismatic personality with a large heart for family, friendship, and God.” –Jana Pastors, family friend

Superman or Batman? Spiderman.

Would you rather be deaf for life, or blind for life? Blind; a world without music would be pretty tough to live in.



Name:  Mitchell Lester

Age: 21

Occupation: Farmer

Favorite way to spend your down time: Eating at grandma’s house, spending time with family, watching Shark Tank and The Office

One person (dead or alive) you’d like to have lunch with: Robert Herjakavec (Shark Tank)

Favorite book: My Side of the Mountain

An unusual skill: I can grow pretty good strawberries.

What you look for in a woman: Genuine, kind, driven, attractive

One of your favorite date activities: Dinner and movies, early morning breakfast—however, the best moments are usually the unplanned ones.

Where you see yourself in five years: Stable enough to support a family through a job I am passionate about.

Your hero: Not necessarily heroes, but I respect my Mom and Dad above most.

What do you think makes a relationship work? Respect for each other and ambition to live life fully.

Favorite quote: “Ask yourself each night, ‘If I lived everyday like I did today, what kind of future would that create?” –Unknown

He’d never say it about himself (but somebody else did): “A determined individual with a mission to break ground on new beginnings.” –Jana Pastors, family friend

Beer or whiskey? Don’t do a lot of drinking.

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The Venue


Bellwood Chapel Offers Charming Event Venue in Beautiful Country Setting



BellwoodThe groomsmen are anxiously awaiting the beautiful bride and bridesmaids outside Bellwood Chapel.Bellwood Chapel is a hidden jewel, located at 4124 Old Rome Pike just outside of Lebanon, only 9 miles from the Lebanon Square off US Hwy 70 North (Carthage Hwy). It is owned and operated by local business woman Donna Odum, also owner of Henderson’s Flowers on West Main Street in Lebanon. The quaint and historic chapel, built in 1906, was originally a Presbyterian church. It was later used by a Baptist church, then nondenominational congregations, and is still used by a small church for services today. The chapel is a perfect location for an intimate wedding or other events of 100 people or less for seated guests, and 60 or less seated at tables. There is a dressing room for the bride and groom, and they also have a large white tent available for outdoor receptions and parties.

Donna says, “I wanted to own an old church for years, and I was so happy to buy this building. I love the old building,VenueFor informal or formal weddings, Donna can arrange all the details, even a minister for the nuptials the serenity and the peaceful location.” Bellwood Chapel is the perfect place for Donna to utilize her many years of experience in floral arranging, event and wedding planning. You might say she grew up in the business, working with her mother, Joyce Draper, who purchased Henderson’s Flower Shop in the 1970’s. As a teen, Donna delivered flowers, and then learned to do flower arranging, and all the tasks necessary to run the shop. When her mother retired, Donna took over the business. For a few years, Donna also owned another wedding chapel, giving her experience for the full-service operation she offers today. Donna provides a memorable experience, with artfully designed floral arranging and decorations, and many other services that her clients need.

Bellwood Chapel provides not only the chapel building and grounds, but can also service all the needs for the perfect wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary party, or other special occasion. Donna can arrange for flowers and decorations, music and entertainment, catering, cakes, photography, videos, and even a minister for the ceremony. The chapel is also used for all kinds of parties, birthdays and holiday events, family get-togethers and reunions, club meetings, luncheons, church functions, and ladies groups.

“Sometimes it is easier for the clients to be able to work with one person, to help them and coordinate all of their planning needs,” Donna said. “I can provide the building, and any or all of the other services they may want. It takes a lot of stress out of planning the event, and we can work with tight timelines when necessary.” One recent example was a couple who decided to marry and needed immediate assistance. The groom, a serviceman, was on leave, and they wanted to wed before he headed off to military duty. “Because I own the facility, I have more flexibility to work with the clients’ schedules,” Donna noted.

For more information about Bellwood Chapel:BellwodThe chapel is perfect for smaller intimate weddings and events.

visit online at or call (615) 466-7075.

This wedding party looks lovely for photos on the front steps of the chapel. 

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The Planning

For the Perfect Wedding



In the spirit of “something old, something new,” here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to your wedding. Some things are so “old” (as in you always send thank yous), that they will never go to the wayside, but with the popularity of social media there are so many “new” things you can do now too!


  • have a budget! (and then realize it will probably be more.)

• hire a wedding planner. This can be the best money you spend – you will have something go wrong at the event, but with a good planner, you will never know it.

• research vendors and check references.

• let your family and friends know FIRST when you become engaged. You don’t want Aunt Sue finding out about it “on the Facebook!”

• create a wedding #hashtag to be used at all wedding related events.

• consider using a site such as Eventstagram to show social media pictures in real time at the event.

• consider live-streaming the event for those who live far away.

• send thank you’s promptly; NO later than three months. Never use pre-printed or fill-in-the-blank cards, and never send email thank yous. The note should acknowledge the gift, but never the amount. It should be personal and sincere.

• breathe and enjoy your day


  • put your registry on your invitations. This is just a no-no.

• be bossy with your wedding party! We are all too familiar with “bridezillas,” and the chaos this can cause.

• plan a difficult destination wedding. Things can get out of hand quickly, and expecting your guests to accommodate your travel wishes and expensive budget can be just plain rude.

• Rely on Pinterest for everything. Although a great resource, most couples don’t have the time or budget to implement everything.

• fall prey to “wedding envy.” You may not be able to have every single thing the latest web site says is a “must,” and that’s okay.

• Skip a tasting with your caterer- you just never know!

• Over schedule on the wedding day. Have all salon appointments, etc. the day or week before.

• forget your fiancé! This may seem silly, but in all the excitement, you may forget that there are two opinions that matter.

Thanks so much to my dear friend Jacki Wickersham of Jacki Lynne Events in Gallatin for her input on this subject. Find her on Facebook

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