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

here 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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Gifts for Groomsmen

The Perfect Gift


Gifts for Groomsmen

Men’s Leather and Silver Bracelets

and Cuff links by Chisel

$45 – $80

Available @ The Jewelers of Lebanon

Brushed Stainless Steel Flask

with Monogramming


GG’s Jewelry & Gifts (615) 449-8594 

Corsair Small Batch Liquors

produced in Nashville, Gin, Red

Absinthe, Quinoa Whiskey & Triple

Smoke Malt Whiskey



Volunteer Traditions Hats, Visors,

Bow Ties, Neck Ties & Belts

$25 – $70


GiftsPicture Frame, Gifts On Main/Monograms Plus $34.95

So cute with the bow and wooden frame can be monogrammed with “Bridesmaids” or a special sentiment
from you to your bestie. This is truly a sweet gift. *Personalization price varies on this item.

Terry Cloth RobeGifts with Monogramming $39.95

Gifts On Main/Monograms Plus

Love this. Wrap your girls up in coziness! Another luxe, pampering,

option to wear while having hair and make up applied!

GiftsAssorted Colored Clutches with Monogramming, Posh on the Square $29.00

While you may be hitched, chances are, some of your girls are still single and out hitting the town. Let this cute & colorful clutch not only complement their style, but serve as a reminder during their Saturday night searches for Mr. Right, if you found your perfect soul mate, they will too!


Oversized Crisp Boyfriend Sleep Shirt with Monogramming,

Gifts On Main/Monograms Plus

Price Upon Request

You can gift these while they are having hair and make up done, so they can just button it off without ruining their look. Love it.

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Boot Camp

The Bridal Boot Camp

The Wedding Weigh Down & Workout Plan


Amber, I want my fiancé and I to look AMAZING in our wedding photos, but I have no idea how to start a fitness program, let alone one that I’ll want to do while dealing with the stress of planning a wedding. I heard you used to be a certified personal trainer, so I figured I would take a chance of writing in to ask where to begin.

–Barbara, Lebanon

A: Congratulations!

There is not a bride in the world that doesn’t want to look (and feel) her absolute best on her big day. Just know there is not a one-sizefits-all bridal boot camp plan. Lucky for you and your new workout buddy there are PLENTY of options right in your backyard that you might just be willing to say “I do” to!

Let’s dive in with a solution that addresses the stress of wedding planning AND provides a solid, full-body workout focused on strength and flexibility.

Artwork or Unity Yoga Room in Mt. Juliet offers Hot Yoga classes that are great for both beginners and the more seasoned yogi. If you like to feel the sweat of Boot Campyour labor while engaging every muscle, ligament, tendon, and organ in your body in a heated room, you should schedule a class with your honey immediately.

You’ll be so centered that when your maid of honor suggests an animal print bridesmaid dress, your response will be, “Namaste.”

Unity Yoga Room:

Now, if your wedding invitations just came in printed with the wrong monogram, maybe it’s best you go take out some frustrations in a mixed martial arts class or a good ol’ CrossFit session! IMA CrossFit in Lebanon offers functional training (meaning it mimics movements you find in everyday life), taking cues from weightlifting, gymnastics, track and field and more to create short, yet intense, daily workouts designed to get you results FAST. In a CrossFit gym, you compete against yourself while enjoying the encouragement and energy of your fellow classmates. Need a room full of fitness maniacs reminding you of the date of your final fitting? This gym is for you!

IMA CrossFit:

Of course, if you want to feel (and look) like it’s back in the day at the club, you should probably give Barry’s Bootcamp in Nashville a try! Every class combines intense cardio with strength training to the beat of the hottest new music under nightclub lighting. Who knows, even your mild-mannered future hubby might find some reception dance inspiration.

After all, the vibe at Barry’s is all about FUN, so you can let their super star trainers whip you back into shape using their easy-to-operate equipment…only this time it’s going to have to be without cosmopolitan or ultra-light beer breaks!

Then again, maybe reminiscing about your wilder days doesn’t quite provide the best conversation material for the future mother-in-law you’re spending a lot more time with. Perhaps a more elegant path to fitness would show her just what a catch her son has. If that’s the case, Mt. Juliet’s Serenite Fitness offers barre classes that are sure to give you the beautiful body of a ballerina. Combining elements of Pilates, Yoga and an emphasis on Classic Barre isometric moves, this fitness method lends to the sculpted, lean body your bridal portrait is begging for. (And it’s mother-in-law approved!)

Yet NONE of these options will truly get you traction if you and your fiancé aren’t committed to a wellrounded, clean nutrition plan. Why did I say you AND your fiancé? Well, because you need to support each other in making the best decisions (including your nutrition) as you prepare for the wedding (and marriage) of your dreams. The key is to ramp up your whole foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and whole grains) while eliminating processed food. Dramatically decreasing the unhealthy fat, sugar and empty calories in your diet is also a must for success. If you are unclear on what this means, meeting with a nutritionist is a GREAT idea to get on the fast track to understanding what foods best fuel your bridal body.

I always recommend that you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise routine. Likewise, a wellness coach can help hold you accountable to your overall goals, while guiding you through the process and supporting you through the challenges you face along the way. When you have a coach, neither of you are forced to play the bad guy, but there is still someone to give the tough love if either (or both) of you start slacking.

Now, go out there and just start taking action!

Try something new and embrace the experience of working towards a goal with the love of your life. Before you know it you’ll both be wedding picture perfect all about FUN, so you can let their super star trainers whip you back into shape using their easy-to-operate equipment…only this time it’s going to have to be without cosmopolitan or ultra-light beer breaks!

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Peel Experience

The Big Day

Beauty Tips

Whether a bridesmaid or a bride, Necole Bell, owner of Lebanon’s Beauty Boutique has some great tips to have your skin absolutely radiant before the big day!

“Planning most weddings start months ahead with every detail laid out … however, most brides don’t start thinking of their skin and make up until those last few weeks. That’s where the professionals step in.

Beauty Boutique offers a Micro Peel a.k.a. “The Red Carpet Peel”. This 3 step Medical Grade Peel leaves our clients absolutely glowing!! The peel is a combination of dermaplaning (a highly efficient, safe procedure used to clear away dry, dead skin layers), a peeling acid (depending on a clients sensitivity and skin concerns they will determine which strength and acid will be used), lastly followed with CO2 Therapy (CO2 therapy is a clinical skin freezing procedure that increases cellular turnover, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. You are getting three levels of exfoliation in one session!!

$125-$145 per peel

Erin’s Red Carpet Peel Experience:

“The peel was painless and did not take more than 45 minutes from my day, which was fantastic. Afterwards, my skin felt remarkably smooth and literally glowed. I moisturized intensely the week following the peel and noticed little to no flaking.

Peel Experience

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay MasqueClay Masque

The Clay mask made up of natural earth clays along with 5%
hydroxy  acid gently exfoliates and decongests clogged pores.

UV Defense

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 

We love this sunscreen because it doesn’t feel or smell like
regular sunscreen instead its super lightweight, mattifying
and is infused with translucent color (tint) so it’s not chalky white.


SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator 

This resurfacing and replenishment serum exfoliates, hydrates
and promotes new cell migration to the skins surface…
diminishing surface lines and giving skin a softer more radiant glow.

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The Jewels

The Jewels

All things that Sparkle


The JewelsShawn Smith, is owner of The Jewelers in Lebanon. He is incredibly knowledgeable on high quality jewelry and making gorgeous custom designed pieces. He graciously accepted when I asked if he would do a quick Q & A as a favor for our readers.

Straight from the jewelry expert to you:The Jewels

Q: The newest trends in rings…

A: One thing we are seeing is a huge trend towards rose gold and halo variations. Rose gold adds a warm copper tone to the ring. Another trend we are seeing is that our clients are moving toward pieces that are specially designed. They want their ring to be as unique as they are.

Q: Advice to guys on custom designing a piece she’ll like…

A: Custom designing a ring isn’t just for the rich and famous. At my store, we can design about anything. The trick is “what does SHE want?” We can come up with a ring that combines just what she wants, without spoiling the surprise.

Q: What is the cut of stone that will sparkle the most on her finger?

The JewelsA: The sparkle of a stone is directly related to how it is cut. If the proportions are not right thenthe light just dies inside the stone, instead of bouncing back. Certain cuts of stones offer more than others-no matter what. Round brilliant, princess cut, radiant cut and cushion cut are all great stones for sparkle. They have numerous facets that love to reflect light!

Stop by to peruse the store and speak with Shawn or any of his down-to-earth, professional staff on the ring perfect for your engagement, anniversary or any occasion that calls for a token of affection.

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Wedding Fashion

The Fashion

Wedding FashionHere Alex is wearing a crepe wedding dress with raglan sleeves and Chantilly lace back. V-neck draped from the waist. Mocha floral sash-sold separately. On Nick: Khaki Suit from The White Room, Lebanon; Shirt, Tie & shoes, Belk Cool Springs

Wedding FashionCrochet wedding dress with gemstone embroidery and tulle. Sweetheart neckline with narrow crochet straps and plunging V-back. Mermaid, Gown and hair piece, The White Room-Lebanon tulle skirt with crochet strip appliqués. Bracelets: Silpada, Ramona Welch; Faux diamond stud earrings, The Beauty Boutique, Lebanon. Flowers by Henderson’s Flower Shop, Lebanon

 WeddingA formal wedding is ideal for those couples who value elegance and tradition. When it comes to gown elegance, less is more. The clean design of an A-line is always suitable. However, one acceptable area of apparel excess is the train. The more formal your gown, the longer the train. Trains can range from a length of three feet up to nearly eight feet. Alternatively, a ball gown with a full tulle, silk, or satin skirt is a perfect formal look sans train. A long tulle veil (in a length that complements your train) with a “blusher” (the part over the bride’s face as she advances down the aisle) adds to the drama. If you don’t care to wear a veil at all, an up-do is your best bet, especially when worn with a tiara or a beaded comb. Her: (left): Gown, The White Room, Lebanon. Unique pale pink trumpet gown, sweetheart neckline, textured bottom, with button lined back. All Jewelery, The Beauty Boutique, Lebanon Him: All Clothing & Shoes, The White Room, Lebanon

 WeddingFor an evening wedding, the groom may wear a tuxedo (black-tie) or tails (white-tie). Another option is the white tuxedo jacket (very James Bond). When it comes to the formal wedding, you can’t go wrong with a black tux. The “rule” that tuxes should only be worn after 6pm is no longer true. Do yourself a favor and check on the difference between renting and purchasing a tux. Sometimes you might pay only $20-$100 less to rent versus buying. We chose to shoot in-studio for this look with the extremely talented, award winning, Amy Rich owner of Amy Rich Photography in Lebanon. Some couples may choose to shoot their more formal shots inside a studio if the wedding location is small or doesn’t fit the aesthetic they envision for portraits. For flowers, you can’t miss with roses, red or white. Or consider rich colored peonies.

 WeddingHer: (below) Pale pink strapless ballgown featuring layers of airy English net covered with lace applique. Faux diamond stud earrings, The Beauty Boutique, Lebanon. Flowers by Henderson’s Flower Shop, Lebanon Him: All Clothing & Shoes, White Room, Lebanon

WeddingFlowers: Henderson’s Flower Shop Brooches: The White Room, Lebanon

Local wedding venues can help you pull together the perfect ceremony…formal or bohemian.

1. Capitol Theatre Lebanon, TN

2. Lebanon Golf and Country Club

3. Five Oaks Golf and Country Club

4. Wedding Woods, Lebanon, TN

 WeddingThere’s nothing like a classic. From the satin lapels to single breasted jacket with buttoned cuff, the classic black tuxedo embodies the essence of sophisticated style.

Wedding Pink is the new White! More and more brides are choosing blush and pale shades of pink gowns instead of traditional white.WeddingWith all the focus on the dress, sometimes the veil can be an afterthought. A single-tier veil with pencil edge completes Alex’s look and helps create a memorable photo of the couple. Earrings & veil, The White Room, Lebanon.

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Wedding Resource Guide

Styles & Trends – Wedding Resource Guide

We wanted to things a little differently with our 2014 Bridal Issue. First, we gave our bride a groom. Lucky for us our “cover couple,” Alex and Nick, are real life lovebirds. So the chemistry you see on the following pages isn’t just good lighting, it’s real. Second, because we shot in two locations, we decided to print two totally different covers. Whether you want to wear a tiara or a flower wreath, veil or no veil, we hope our coverage helps you find some inspiration before walking down the aisle.

Wedding Resource GuideCredits – Becky Andrews-Shoot Director & Concept

Coordinator – Erin Brown-Wardrobe Stylist and Creative

Contributor – Scott Harris -Guest Creative Director


Amy Rich- Photographer, Indoor Shoot- Amy Rich Photography, 615.335.5529,

Jana Pastors -Photographer, Outdoor Shots

Kindred Moments Photography, 615.818.4646,

Clothing & Jewelry

The White Room, Lebanon –Thank you to ALL of Their Knowledgeable Consultants:

Bridal Gowns, Veils, Accessories, Menswear, 615.449.9756, Belk, Cool Springs Galleria -Menswear–-Frank Giardina, 615.771.3200

Bride’s Bracelets, Contact Silpada Representative Ramona Welch, 615.633.8426

Classic Truck and Car – Randall Clemons & Ray Byrd

Flowers – Henderson’s Flower Shop,, 615 444 3084


Beauty Boutique and Skincare Spa-Thank You to Their Entire Glam Squad: Hair- Laura Beth Ray and Kaitlyn Graves, Spray Tan, Make up & Lashes-Necole Bell, Aesthetician-Sarah Chatley, 615.547.4468, *find them on Facebook!

                                                                                         Wardrobe – Brittany Gargis-Stylist’s Assistant

                                                                                         Models – Alexandria Eva, Nick Mitchell

Boho Chic

We shot our bohemian look on location in Granville, TN. Granville is a beautiful lake community just 30 minutes outside of Wilson County. Our host for the day was Granville native, Randall Clemmons. Randall and his good friend Robert Byrd, even let us use a couple of their classic cars to capture some amazing photos. The shoot was a fun combination of two popular styles-boho, with lots of cool, vintage touches.

Conceptualized and planned by Wilson Living Style and Trends Editor, Erin Brown and our Guest Creative Director, Scott Harris then, photographed by the talented Jana Pastors of Kindred Moments Photography, you’re sure to be inspired by all of the lovely, freespirited details incorporated throughout. We’re in love with the simple, yet incredibly beautiful floral design by Henderson’s Flower Shop in Lebanon.

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