The perfect love song featuring Amanda and Bill

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

I moved to Nashville in August of 2009, a few weeks before I started grad school at Belmont. Two days after I moved here, I ran into Caroline Cutbirth at Petsmart. We were acquaintances from our hometown in Texas; we grew up at the same church, went to the same high school, but were 4 years apart, and were not really friends. She was with her boyfriend, Michael. She told me that her boyfriend was in this awesome rock band. The band had a show that night, and they invited me. At the time, I knew not a single other soul in Nashville. All of my belongings were still in boxes at my new apartment. So I went. Caroline and Michael let me tag along with them, and we went backstage, where Bill Satcher and I met. He was super shy. We made small talk about Saved by the Bell. I guess somehow I made an impression on him, because a few days later, Caroline’s band had a show at the same venue, and he went because he heard I was going. Even though he was quiet, he was sweet and funny, and very interesting. I knew I had to get to know him more. Over the last few weeks of summer, we went on a few dates to concerts around town, barbeques, and dinners. That was about it. He had my heart. We fell in love pretty fast. Within the first few months I knew he was the one. Almost 6 years later, I still fall more in love with him every day.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

For Christmas this past year, we decided to go see both of our families…my family first in Waco, Texas, then his family in Newberry, South Carolina. About a month before we went to Waco, my parents planned a party to have a bunch of their friends over to listen to some of Bill’s band’s new music and eat chili. About 20 minutes before everyone came over, my dad said he wanted to take some family pictures by the Christmas tree. After a little photo shoot, Bill said he wanted to go get Kona (my Boston Terrier) from the other room so we could take one more picture with her in it. While my dad was snapping a picture of Bill and I with Kona, Bill asked if I saw her new dog tag. I hadn’t noticed. One side said her name. The back side said “The Satchers” with our Nashville address. He said, “Well since she’s going to wear that, I hope you’ll wear this…” and reached into a cabinet behind me to pull out the ring. He got down on one knee in front of the Christmas tree, my parents, and Kona. It was pretty perfect. About 5 minutes later, all of our friends started arriving. My Godparents were the first to arrive, then my best friend, and my sister. It was awesome. I had NO idea.

Engagement Night

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

We’re having a September wedding in Nashville, with a small ceremony at our chapel and then a larger reception that will just be a big party. We are so excited to have found a great band, amazing food, and a really big dance floor. Our amazing wedding planner, Christina Logan at Christina Logan Design has made the whole process so seamless and easy. Honestly, it has been so fun and stress free. What woman doesn’t want to look at beautiful dresses and flowers? Our “theme” is just natural and ethereal feeling. We have a color palette of grays, taupe, & blush. An ombre sunset. Everything is very organic and delicate. Things that make us comfortable. The Episcopal chapel we are getting married in makes you feel like you are in a forest. It’s stunning.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

Finding my gown! Woah! My bridesmaids were all in town for our engagement party. We had appointment that day at another dress shop in town. I don’t want to say much more than it was not a great experience. I left nearly in tears. My sweet friend and soul sister kind of forced me to push through my bad mood, and all of my bridesmaids stubbornly asserted that we not end the day on that note. When my best friend called to ask if y’all could possibly work us in, the dolls at your beautiful store told us to come in 30 minutes. My best friend described the type of dress I loved and what to steer clear of. The girls at Olia pulled dresses for me before I got there. 6 of my 7 bridesmaids were with me. It was the first dress I tried on, and I didn’t try on any others. It was so easy and perfect. Even though the day didn’t start out great, I honestly believe it couldn’t have ended up so perfect if it didn’t happen just as it did. Later that evening, my fiancé’s band ( A Thousand Horses) debuted at the Opry, and then we had our engagement party with friends from near and far. It was a day for the books.

Thank you for such an amazing experience at Olia. My goal of wedding planning has been just to slow down and enjoy it, and y’all definitely helped me to do that by making it such a smooth process.

Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo
Photo courtesy of Q Avenue Photo

A latte love story with Savannah and Kramer!

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1. We would love to know your love story, how, when, and where did you and your fiance meet? When did you realize he was the one?

We actually met at The Perch. I worked there, and at the time I had a stress fracture in my ankle. So I had to wear this massive boot to work every day. Kramer came in all the time to have coffee and do homework and I thought he was so cute. So I started giving him free coffee. He was oblivious. So then I started giving him free food with his free coffee. He still didn’t really get it. So I had to take some measures into my own hands and I started a conversation with him about homework and school (that’s the trick. Talk to them about school and you reel them right in… Yeah right). So I thought that was it. But then I went to work a few weeks later and wondered where he had been. I honestly thought I’d scared him off. So I talked to my coworker (Jared Foldy FTW) about his absence and mentioned this cute boys name. My coworker knew who he was and suggested that I ‘throw him a bone’ (who says that?). So, I worked up the nerve to facebook message him, and he finally asked me out… to coffee. On our first date, we talked for four hours and probably wouldn’t have ended if the coffee shop hadn’t closed! Needless to say we have crossed from complete strangers to now being engaged and it’s been the most fun year and a half of our lives! And we are pumped to spend the rest of it drinking coffee, laughing, and just hanging out.

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2. How did he propose? Did you know he was going to?

Kramer proposed at 10:30 on a Friday morning. TOTALLY wasn’t expecting it. He was supposed to be at work that Friday! He had everything planned out for the weekend, and I had no clue what was happening. Our out of town friends had gotten in the night before, and his plan hinged on me being free Friday morning. Everyone knew that except for me, so I swapped with a coworker for a Friday morning shift.

Coffee shops open so early, I thought surely it didn’t matter. At dinner Thursday night, I mentioned in passing that I would be free at 10am the next morning after work. Everyone in the car got pretty quiet, and I suddenly felt like everyone was mad at me. ‘Great’ I thought. ‘Everyone’s being super weird’. Little did I know I was sending Kramer into a tailspin reworking his whole plan.

So I went to work the next morning and my boss walks in. He’s suddenly mad that I’m there and I have no idea why. Even my mom seemed a little stand-offish in text messages. It was apparently the end of the world/ everyone hate Savannah day. I went home, changed, and headed to our friends house for breakfast. I was starving to death, but praise The Lord I decided to the leave the popcorn in the car! I knocked on the door and Kramer opened it. I was so confused. I sure my face wasn’t very reassuring. The door opened a little wider, and I saw flowers and candles and a huge banner. Then it clicked. I screamed, “ARE YOU PROPOSING RIGHT NOW?!” And then the ugly tears came. He said some very sweet things— which I don’t remember— and I absolutely said yes. After that we went back to his house and cooked bacon for breakfast while we waited to reconnect with our friends.

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3. Could you tell us a little about your wedding? Date, location, theme, how far along are you in the planning process?

We’re getting married at The Cordelle on a Sunday. Apparently all of Nashville’s Saturdays in October have been booked since the day I was born. We’re doing a lot of the planning ourselves, and we still have a long way to go. In our head it’s going to be beautiful and not a disaster.

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4. Finding your gown, how was your experience? Who came with you to your appointment? And how did you know which gown was the perfect one?

My experience was so great. I came with my maid of honor and my mom. We walked in and immediately felt welcome. They already knew what my budget was and what I was looking for based on some information they asked for before the appointment. It was super helpful because it eliminated a lot of trying on that wasn’t necessary. The second dress I tried on was ‘the one’. I tried on a few others and just loved that second dress. It’s name was Treasure and I decided to put it back on just to double check. As I walked out of the dressing room we blasted ‘treasure’ by Bruno Mars and it was so funny. I danced my way over to the mirror and then everyone teared up and continued to dance. My experience was so much fun. I got to enjoy the people I was with a had a totally stress free environment where we could just let loose and have fun during the process.

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Laura and Zach Wedding Wednesday!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography
Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

1. We would love to know your love story, how, when, and where did you and your fiance meet? When did you realize he was the one?

I met Zach my senior year at the University of Florida while on the Beta Theta Pi football road trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. We had many mutual friends and saw each other often in the following months. After graduating, we moved back to our hometowns. A year later, Zach told me he was coming to Jacksonville for the Florida-Georgia football game. I had two tickets and invited him to go with me. We had a great time joking around and laughing about college memories. Zach returned to Philadelphia feeling that he might want something more than friendship. We began talking frequently and eventually planned a trip to Orlando with a few of my friends. I knew when he agreed to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that I was interested in something more too. After a great weekend together, we decided to give dating a shot, despite the distance between us. Over the next six months, we visited each other several times and fell in love.

At the end of my two years with Teach For America, I took a job in Philadelphia to be closer to Zach. A year later, I was accepted to Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville and we made the big move down South. Zach quickly found a job he loved and we settled into a new life with our dog, Gatsby.

After three years of dating (and many hints), Zach asked me to marry him under a beautiful waterfall in Tennessee. I was so shocked that I could only nod my head yes. A few tear-filled moments passed before Zach took my hand from my face and put the ring on. We knew Nashville was the perfect place for our wedding and easily found our dream venue. We are so excited to celebrate our love and commitment with close friends and family!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography
Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

2. Could you tell us a little about your wedding? Date, location, theme, how far along are you in the planning process?

The wedding will take place at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 21, 2015. It will be a very traditional and classic black-tie wedding. It’s only a few days away so, right now we’re just finishing up last minute details!

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography
Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

3. Finding your gown, how was your experience? Who came with you to your appointment? And how did you know which gown was the perfect one?

I had my dream dress shopping experience. My maid of honor flew in as well as two of my bridesmaids, mother, future mother-in-law, nana, and two aunts. We had a great time visiting different bridal salons. Before we started, my mother predicted that I would find my dress at Olia Zavozina. It was the last appointment of the weekend. I actually tried on the Tucker dress and loved the lace top. I purchased the Tucker that day but later at home, I found myself second-guessing my choice. I called the next day and the ladies invited me to come back and try on a couple other options. I fell in love with the full skirt and drop waist of the Lauren dress and after a few more changes, ended up with a custom dress that combined the beautiful skirt and details of the Lauren with a lace top inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. Olia’s mother updated my mother’s veil and my vision was complete.

Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography
Photos by Laurel Pankratz, Eilas Photography

Wedding Wednesday featuring Brooke and Tim!

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1. We would love to hear the details of your love story.  How, when, and where did you and your fiancé meet? How did you know he was the one?

Tim and I met in college at Cumberland University. Tim played football and I was a cheerleader. The first time we met was actually on a double date, and not with each other. I was interested in dating one of his friends and my friend was interested in dating him. For the next 6 months, I only knew Tim as my friend’s boyfriend and vaguely got to know him. Tim left Cumberland the following year to go to Iraq and I did not see him again until two years later. He started back at Cumberland to finish his degree, during my last year there. I remember passing him on my way to class or seeing him in the computer lab, but still just simply waved hi and did not think much more about anything. My best friend, Katie, later told me that Tim had asked her if I would be interested in him. Of course that meant setting up a double date that we actually got to go on together for each other. After that double date, we started hanging out more and more over movies, talking and laughing. It only took about two weeks for us to realize that even though we were complete opposites, we were perfect for each other. My biggest fear prior to the two of us dating, was that I would never find a guy that I could completely be myself around and feel comfortable enough with. Not once did I ever question this fear of mine with Tim. I felt completely comfortable with him from the first date. I remember someone once telling me that once you meet the one you just know it is the one. This was exactly how I felt with Tim from the beginning, along with the fact that I did not have to search for him, he found me!

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2. How did Tim propose? Did you know he was going to that day?

Tim proposed 4 years after we first met, on January 9, 2015. I graduated in May of 2014 from WKU with a degree in Dental Hygiene, and Tim graduated from Cumberland in December of 2013 with a degree in History and Education. Since we both were finishing school most of our relationship, we wanted to wait for marriage until we both got on our feet with our careers. With this being said, I was not completely shocked about getting engaged, but was very interested to see how Tim would pull it together. I am such a planner and have dreamed of my proposal and wedding since I was a little girl. Of course this put a lot of pressure on Tim, but he did so much better than I could have even imagined. Tim chose my ring all by himself, and it was the most gorgeous ring I had ever laid eyes on. Not only was I in love with this ring, but I was very excited that he chose it himself. This is what made the proposal even more special. Tim also knew that one of my very favorite places in Nashville was the Parthenon, so this is where he decided to propose. We had visited the Parthenon in the summer of 2012 and took a picture right in front of it. Tim found the exact same spot to propose. My sister, McKenzie, was hiding behind one of the statues to capture the special moment!

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3. Could you tell us a little about your wedding?  How far along are you in the process? Wedding date and theme?

I am a huge planner, so my dream wedding has been planned out in my head for years! The best part of course, is having Tim as my groom! We have set our wedding date for May 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The ceremony will take place at Woodmont Christian Church in Green Hills. I am a member at Woodmont, but had my heart set on this church for a long time prior. I did not even have to think twice about where to have my ceremony. Tim and I actually booked the ceremony prior to our engagement. I was so worried that the church would be booked the year we wanted to get married, so I wanted to make sure to save my spot plenty in advance. The reception was a little bit harder to come across. I wanted something very elegant, as well as near the church, but also within a reasonable budget. We looked at several different venues, but Scarritt Bennett was the one that we continued going back to. We finally agreed upon having the reception at Susie Gray Dining Hall at Scarritt Bennett. As far as my theme goes, I am all about elegance. I want a sophisticated, classy and elegant look from the venue to the attire. Peonies are a must for my flower of choice and I want a very neutral, but spring look for attire. I am mixing both tradition and non-tradition to my wedding style. I was opposed at first to the “first look”, but after much thought, I think it will be a great way to capture a special moment with just Tim and I. As far as tradition goes, I will still be walking down the aisle to the bridal march with the organ. I already have most of my planning complete, which helps make this all a fun and relaxing experience. Along with our venue, we have already booked our photographer, Chesley Summar, decided on our florist, purchased my gown, decided on my bridal party and have bought both of our rings. Since I have plenty of time to plan, it makes me enjoy the entire ride of engagement to its fullest!

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4. Finding your gown, how was the experience?  How did you know it was the perfect gown?

When it comes to wedding planning, finding your gown may just be one of the biggest decisions throughout the entire process. My dream dress has always consisted of a few different styles put together as one. My plan for dress shopping was to start looking ten months in advance and no earlier. My plans of course changed when I attended the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show in Nashville. While at the show, I noticed a booth representing bridal gowns. This was Olia Zavozina’s booth, and the fact that I had never heard of this bridal boutique made me interested. I spoke with Malory about the boutique and about Olia, and she had me very interested in visiting the boutique when time came closer. A week later, I received an email saying that I had won a gift card to this boutique. Since I was not ready to look for dresses yet, I decided I could at least stop by to pick it up and possibly purchase a veil. As I walked into this beautiful bridal boutique, I had the urge to try on dresses. I spoke with Malory again and decided to schedule an appointment for the following weekend. My mom came with me, along with my cousin Crystal, who I had also gone with when she looked for bridal gowns for her own wedding. The girls at Olia Zavozina were all so helpful and even encouraged me to send pictures of different gown ideas to help give them an idea on gowns to pull. The best part about the entire experience, was the fact that I had a slot just for me to try on and look at dresses. Unlike other bridal boutiques where several people are running in and out to try on dresses, Olia Zavozina had made a time just for me. The girls were all so helpful and pulled several different styles for me to try on. They were not pushy at all with any dress and even helped me decide on how to custom make my own dream dress. I tried on about five dresses that day, but the very first one was the one I knew was meant just for me. My face lit up with joy when I saw myself in the mirror, and I truly felt like I real bride. I was so excited about this dress that I did not want to take it off. We decided to add a little bit more to the dress, which helped make it unique and just for me. What sold me the most on this dress and veil, was the fact that it would completely be custom made just for me. I would not be altering a dress that other girls had previously tried on, but would have my very own handmade dress and veil. I decided two days later to purchase the dress and I have yet to have any regrets on this decision. The girls at Olia Zavozina truly helped me find my dream dress, that pulled all of the different aspects together that I had always wanted. I would not recommend any other boutique but this one when it comes to finding THE dress! Stay tuned to see pictures of my dream dress that brings the elegance to my wedding theme!

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Wedding Wednesday! Hannah and Scott!

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1) We would love to know your love story! How? When? and Where did you meet? When did you realize he was the one?

Scott and I were introduced during my senior year of college in Birmingham, AL. I was attending Samford University at that time, and Scott was currently living outside of Birmingham. We were introduced in November through my best friend and roommate. Although we were both attracted to each other and enjoyed our first evening out, we were hesitant to start anything serious as we were both going to be leaving Birmingham. I was graduating in May and heading to medical school, and Scott was temporarily relocating to Texas (within 2 weeks of initially meeting him) in preparation for spending 9 months overseas with his job. Despite his move across the country, we talked constantly each day. We were able to spend some time together in Nashville when he got some time off for Christmas, and although we didn’t have any serious discussions about our relationship then, I was starting to realize that I really liked him and didn’t want things to end just because he would be gone for 9 months. Two weeks before he left in March, he surprised me and flew into Birmingham for the weekend and then came back for his final weekend as well. Fast forward 4 years, and we are now engaged! I am so thankful to have found the most selfless, supportive best friend and partner for life.

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2) How did he propose? Did you know?

Since we currently live in Mobile, AL, we planned a trip to nearby Orange Beach for Memorial Day weekend with our closest friends down here. Little did I know that he was also proposing to me that weekend. He proposed to me on the beach, and it couldn’t have been more perfect weather. I don’t remember anything that he said…all I remember is squatting down in the sand and crying before I even looked at the beautiful, unique ring he had picked out. We popped a bottle of champagne and spent the day celebrating on the beach with our friends.

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3) Tell us about your wedding!

Well, we actually don’t have a wedding date yet! We were supposed to get married on May 16th, but we had to postpone the wedding due to an unexpected change in fiancé’s work schedule. However, we are planning on having the ceremony at Brentwood United Methodist Church and the reception at the Pleasant Hill Mansion at the Governor’s Club. Besides that, we don’t have anything planned yet!

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4) Finding your gown, how was your experience? who came to the appointment with you? how did you know which gown was the one for you? 

Ironically, I initially was going to cancel my appointment at Olia Zavozina because I had just learned 3 days before that we were having to postpone the wedding so I was still pretty bummed. However, my mom thought it wouldn’t hurt to look (and it would cheer me up because who doesn’t love trying on beautiful dresses?) so we decided to keep the appointment. My mom and I looked at some of her dresses online before going, and there were 2 that I absolutely loved. Despite me trying on multiple dresses, I ended up falling in love with one of the dresses I initially saw on the website. I loved it so much that we decided to purchase it even though we still don’t know when the wedding will be, but now I’ll have one thing already marked off my list whenever we do set the next date!

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