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DEAR READERS, Caitlin Daschner creative director

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Happy New Year!

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Antiques at the Factory welcomed fifteen hundred visitors to our Christmas open house on December 3. Everyone enjoyed a smorgasbord of holiday foods and beverages, and fifty door prizes were awarded in drawings conducted by Santa Claus (a.k.a. Chuck Gordon). Sam Coulter of Brentwood won our grand prize, a Remington bronze valued at more than $500. Heartfelt appreciation for and thanks to all our patrons for a successful 2011. We look forward to greeting one and all in the new year. 230 Franklin Road | Building 3 | Franklin, TN 37064 615.591.4612 | www.antiquesatthefactory.com

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December 2011 Volume I - 8

Jingle Bell Run

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Maserati Grand Opening

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WC Franklin Holiday Mixer

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Dickens of a Christmas

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Women in Business Holiday Luncheon

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Franklin Christmas Parade

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Carter House Candlelight Tour

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Franklin Art Scene

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BGA Open House

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Cool Springs Chamber Not-So-Silent Auction

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Brightstone Jingle Bell Sale 23 Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 47

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your getaway: henderson park inn

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Leslie & Jason Henke at CJ’s off the Square. Photography by Frozen Exposure

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YOUR Bridal Florist

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Start of Race

Holly Baumgartner, Billy & Maclean Copeland

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Dennis Ferrier & Clint Redwine

Tyler, Don, Annie, Jessica & Lauren Howell

Jacob Petty & Paula Pike Volunteers, Sophie, Sammy, Grace, Stephanie, Emily & Hallie

Jingle Bell 5 K Run

Story & photography by (Amy Hebden)

YOUR Sponsored Event The Arthritis Foundation sponsored their 3rd annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk in downtown Franklin, ushering in the holiday season. Santa hopped on his razor to start the children’s race which was the prelude for the annual 5K run. Participants were dressed in some truly original festive holiday attire Danny, Cooper, Ainsley & Erin Saurers

for the event, with jingle bells jingling as they ran through the streets. It was a wonderful turnout on a beautiful December morning to raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Cassius & Eli Smith

Sarah Hall with Libby The Allan Family with Santa

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Bobby & Wanda Larry

Derrick Dishner, Kathy White & Lynn Putnam

Maserati of Nashville Grand Opening

Story & Photography by (Amy Hebden)

Maserati of Nashville held their Grand Opening of Tennessee’s first and only factory-authorized Maserati, Bentley and Rolls-Royce  Motorcars facility. Those in attendance had the opportunity to peruse the stunning automobiles on the grounds and showroom in a relaxing and

luxurious atmosphere. The dealership will specialize in luxury vehicles from Maserati’s to Bentleys to Rolls Royce. You can visit their showroom at 225 Comtide Court in Franklin.

414 Main Street Downtown Franklin, TN 615-591-3197 www.mccrearyspub.com We are a proud sponsor of

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Suzanne Matthews & Vicki Kelley

Lee & Lynlee Kennedy, Amy Buckley, Gayle, Nancy & Wes Kennedy

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Y( )UR event Harriett Sawyer & Susan Minor

Debbie Martin, Sandee Tishler, Sheri Riddell & Jeani Holder

Shannon Worley & Denise Dillon

Madelyne Loftin, Lana Preston & Danny Ketchum

Chamber of Commerce Holiday Business Mixer

J. Edward & Brenda Campbell, Lydia & Tom Miller

Story & Photography by (Amy Hebden)

The Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday After-Hours Business Mixer on Tuesday, December 6th at the Franklin Chop House. It was an evening

of delicious food, door prizes and of course excellent networking. This year marked the 17th year Franklin Chop House has hosted the Chamber event.

Joe Shearon, Barb Izzo & Elizabeth Mefferd

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Valerie Buford, Kim Goley & Cathy Houser

Carey McGowan & Holly Curtiss

Lucinda Hall & Jane Bondurant

Garry Buchanan, Hertha Hines, Candy Donegan & Jim Furbush

Barbara Farmer & Cherie Westerfield

Cheryl Wilson, Scott Walter & Rose Meyers

Larry Westbrook, Nancy Conway & Mindy Tate Debbie Borrett, Debbie Proctor & Shelley Moeller

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Tyler Donelson, Anna & Sam Cailouette

Kariss Cone, Reese, Paul & Kelly Benton, Sami & Rick Cone

Rebecca Joyce & Roberta Gregory Robin Ray & Radhika Ramayya

Lisa, Evan & Brady seals

Santa, Megan & Mitchell Lott Tom Shinness

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Story & Photography (K. York)

he 26th Dickens of a Christmas festival was staged along Main Street and around Franklin’s square with Charles Dickens characters strolling through the crowds, graciously smiling for every photo request. Talented musicians played on every corner filling the air with the merry sounds of the holiday season. Artists brought unique

treasures to be admired and purchased for that someone special’s Christmas surprise. Food vendors tempted the crowds with the smells of turkey legs, roasted chestnuts and hot cider. Dickens of a Christmas is a favorite event of the holiday season. You just have to experience it to understand why so many make it an annual holiday affair.

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Y( )UR featured event A Vintage Affair hosts its Fifth annual “A Fashion Affair” on January 28th at in Jamison Hall in The Factory at Franklin– featuring 2006 EMMY® award winning fashion designer Randall Christensen and his dance-wear couture as seen on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars seasons 2-12. A Fashion Affair 2012 is presented by CIGNA Healthcare. This event is a runway show and wine event raising funds for women’s and children’s charities in Williamson County. A Fashion Affair begins at 6:30pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, provided by local restaurants, and an informal trunk show. There will be a special musical performance during the evening, as well. The runway show begins at 8pm, featuring DAN Talent Group models, and will showcase the dance clothing that was performed in on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. VIP Runway Tables of eight and individual seats are $1000 per table or $100 per seat (VIP seats and table hosts will receive goody bags). General Admission is $75 per seat. All tickets can be purchased either online at www.avintageaffair.org/ events or by calling 615-351-8165.

Thank you for picking up this issue of

A Vintage Affair is an organization whose mission is to provide significant financial contributions to various nonprofit organizations in Williamson County whose services benefit the community at large. All funds contributed to the nonprofit organizations are designated for programs to support the well-being of women and children of need. To date, A Vintage Affair has contributed just over a million dollars. To donate or find our more about the several A Vintage Affair events that take place throughout the year, go to www.avintageaffair.org .

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3 Elements Always in Bloom Atrium at 4th & Main BancorpSouth Baxter & Company Bob Parks Realty Black Dog Market Bleachers Boxwood Bistro Cadence Bank Camden Commons Case Select Wine Character Eyes Coffee Beanery Daily Dish Dion’s South Dotson’s Faye Snodgrass First Tennessee Bank Franklin Antique Mall Franklin Athletic Club Franklin Chamber of Commerce Franklin Chop House Franklin Flower Franklin Travel Grassland Market Green Bank Loft at Henpeck Historic Carnton Plantation Holiday Wine & Spirits HRH Dumplins It’s Vintage, Baby! JJ Ashley’s La Hacienda

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Landmark Booksellers Jamie Legends Club brentwood Lunatic Fringe BancorpSouth Mack & Kates Borders Marcia’s Patisserie Brentwood Chamber Mellow Mushroom Cinco de Mayo Nachos Green Bank O’More College of Design La Chique Boutique Our Thrift Store Mere Bulles Panchos Place Moon Wine & Spirits PD’s Pear Tree Avenue Puckett’s Richland Country Club Pulltight Theater Wachovia RB’s Cyclery Red Dog Wine & Spirits green hills Riff ’s Burgers Shane’s Rib Shack Bradford Interiors Shuff ’s Music Margi’s Chair & Chair The Bunganut Pig Alike The Factory at Franklin Suzani Styles The Good Cup The Curtain Exchange  The Heritage Foundation The Iron Gate home delivery to The Registry new residents The Shop Around the Welcome Home Corner Greeting Service TMA Group True Value Vue Optique Wedding 101 Westhaven Residence Center What’s in Store Williamson County Library Williamson Medical Center Xtend Barre

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A Moments Peace Alexander Infiniti Aloft Hotel Avenue Bank Belk Bob Parks Realty Boscos Community First Bank Cool Springs Chamber Cool Springs Galleria Durego First Farmers & Merchants Global Motorsports Jonathan’s Keller Williams Lexus Massage Envy McDougal’s

Mexicali Grille Miles Auto Spa Newk’s NHC Place Pie in the Sky Reliant Bank Salon P’Nash Sperry’s Starbucks at Carothers Stogie’s Street Tuxedo Studio Gaven Tennessee Commerce Bank The Tin Roof Woodhouse Day Spa Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

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Cheeks Optical Christian Bros. Automotive Daily’s In Motion Spine & Joint Center Jersey Mike’s Modern Eye Care My Mom & Me Boutique & Salon

Polka Dotz Salon Blonde Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates Souther Chic Interiors Station Wine & Spirits Vanderbilt at Campbell Station Wind Farm Cafe

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Your Small Business Resource Vanderbilt Legends Club 7:30am-9am brentwood.org

Civil War Round Table Franklin Police Headquarters 3pm carnton.org

Greater CS Chamber Breakfast Prairie Life Fitness 7:30am-9am

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Franklin Farmer’s Market Factory Shed 9am-12pm factoryatfranklin.com

Franklin Farmer’s Market Factory Shed 9am-12pm factoryatfranklin.com

Belk 2012 Fashion Tour Belk of Cool Springs 10am belk.com Young Prof. Networking Event 11:30am-1pm williamsonfranklinchamber.com

January 11 Young Prof. Council Healthways 11:30am-1pm brentwood.org

SAP Sorority Presentation Loveless Barn 8pm 615.714.8185

Women2Women Luncehon Lorrain’e Restaurant – Marriott 11am-1pm williamsonfranklinchamber.com

Powderpuff Fundraiser D1 Cool Springs bvbnashville.org

WC-Franklin Chamber Luncheon Marriott Cool Springs 11:30am-1pm williamsonfranklinchamber.com Women’s Leadership Network Lunch Boxwood Bistro 11:30am-1pm greatercoolsprings.com

Young Professionals Mixer Aloft Hotel 5pm- 7pm greatercoolsprings.com

January 26 Spring Hill Chamber Luncheon The Heron Center 11:30am- 1pm springhillchamber.com

Membership Luncheon Brentwood United Methodist Church 11am-1pm brentwood.org

FiftyForward Art Workshop FiftyForward College Grove 10am 615.368.7093

“An Artist’s Window” Patrons’ Party Gallery 202 6-9 PM www.wavesinc.com

Jan 27- Feb 11 “Barefoot in the Park” Pull-Tight Players Theatre pull-tight.com

Franklin Farmer’s Market Factory Shed 9am-12pm factoryatfranklin.com

A Fashion Affair Factory at Franklin 6:30pm avintageaffair.com

New Neighbors League Club Luncheon Brentwood Country Club 10:30am 615.377.1045

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Sonya Windrow, Trista Ridenour, Jessica McRoy & Sidney Powers Naomi Drake & Courtney Williams

Susan Hurt & Kim Ferguson Diana Richards & Linda Gilliam

Women in Business Holiday Luncheon

Suzan Hindman, Linda McGill & Lauren Carpenter

Story & Photography by (Amy Hebden)

Kim Costner & Debra Welborn

Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce

The Women in BusinessHoliday Luncheon sponsored by It Works! was held on December 1st at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs. The ladies enjoyed great music, food, holiday fashions and conversation. Special guest, Tennessean Shopping Diva, Cathi Aycock, shared with the group the latest in fashion trends. A fashion show featuring clothes from Blush Boutique gave a first-hand look at the season’s hottest styles. Business

networking for women is a key focus of the Women in Business program of the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce. The monthly programs address issues of concern for women and prepares them for leadership roles in their careers, community and civic organizations. The Chamber would like to thank Relache Spa at Gaylord Opryland for their 2011-2012 sponsorship of the Women in Business program! Connie Albright-Manteris & Leigh Bawcom

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Sonna Robinson & Dana Scott

Kellie Thompson, Debbie Whiten, Stacey Baker & Elizabeth Wasternack


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monogramming & gifts

Emma Grace & Hudson Shanks, Peyton Lasley Paul & Lani Grasmanis

The Commons at Spring Hill 5075 Main Street D-5 "We're In the Basement" 615-302-8048

custom embroidery engraved jewelry vinyl lettering ...if it's personalized, it must be polka dotz

Shauna, Russ & Amanda Blady

Franklin story & photography (K. York)

Kristy Thomas & Randy Flagg

Christmas Parade

 

The crowds gathered from Jim Warren Park through the streets of downtown Franklin to see the annual Christmas Parade. There were high school marching bands, beauty queens, mini trucks and Santa Claus to put everyone in

the Christmas spirit. Country music star, Jo Dee Messina served as the 2012 Grand Marshall. The theme of this year’s parade was A Christmas Wish and is put on every year by the cool Springs Kiwanis Club.

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Harold & Jean Joner

Robin Ray & Radhika Ramayya

Amy Munson & Suesann Rickards

Greg Wright & Dena Wofford

Joe & Karen Barklay Boy soldiers

Amy Munson & Suesann Rickards

Carter House Candlelight Tour Story & Photography by(K. York)

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he Battle of Franklin Trust presented the 39th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour in early December. The Carter House was the perfect starting point for the tour as the guides walked you throughout the historical home by candlelight enlightening you with the tale of historical events which took place here. Other fabulous homes on the tour

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were Carnton Plantation, the Lotz House, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Cummins House and Clouston Hall. Each of the historic properties was decorated beautifully and in historic holiday elegance. This year’s tour was respectfully dedicated to Elouise Cole North who was a long-time Carter House employee.

Kelly Harwood, Ira Shivitz Nancy Smith, Jim McReynolds & Jonathan Butler

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Marsha & Anna Erickson

Amy, Huston, Tyler & Brett Tarter Robin Ray & Radhika Ramayya

Tom & Linda Henry

Jeff & Dana Meyer, Linda & Bob Holloway Don, Pam, Kathy & Steve Roney Soldiers

Jonathan Butler, Nancy Smith & Kelly Harwood

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Franklin Art Scene - Tour of the Arts Story & photography by (Amy Hebden)

It was a beautiful December evening for this month’s Franklin Art Scene. Held on the first Friday of the month, The Franklin Art Scene gives art lovers a chance to experience downtown Franklin like never before. From Columbia Avenue to Liberty Pike, art galleries, boutiques and shops open their doors just for the Tour of the Arts. Music and refreshments are served and friendly shop owners are eager to show you their items on display. Visit the website at www.franklinartscene.com and make this a monthly outing. Debbie Smartt & Kelly Harwood Jud Roger & Anne Blake

Shannon Gardner & Sue Gregory

Abby Coon & Barbara Coon

Amy Mauldin, Lori Durso & Victoria Manroe

Jeff & Denise Paine

Barbara Lowe & Brenda Campbell

Scott Moore & Al Gregory

Mary & Kerry Oliver

Brandon Haga & John Bond

Christol Cresason & Cathy Davis

Grace Schoper & Stephanie Sullins

Kris Bagbey, Susan Hilgendorf & Christi Granstaff

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Voted Best Sports Grill in Middle Tennessee

Sterling Smith Ralph Brown, Patrick Roberts & Cathy Irwin

Dili Revere & Susan Minor Dr. John Griffith, Megan Sauder, Eli Mayberry, Megan Barr, Wilson Parker & Thobie Fauver

Elizabeth & Katie Fuller

YOUR HOME FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! WEEKEND SPECIALS Nancy Cowie, Missy McDaniel, Joyce Peterson & Trisha Stanley

BGA Story & photograpy by (K. York)

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attle Ground Academy held an open house in early December for prospective students at the Glen Echo Campus. Over 70 prospective families visited the school to tour, meet the staff and find out more about BGA and their

Lg one topping pizza $10 Three different subs $5 Mimosas & Bloody Mary’s $3 Bucket of Beer (5) Sat $14 Two for One Draft (Sun)

academic program.BGA is a private school in Williamson County for over 120 years. It’s history and traditions make it a sought out school for families in the area. For additional information, go to www.battlegroundacademy.org.

BGA students

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Jenni & Rick Kloete, Debbie Martin

Michele Smith, Carmine Grassi, Marti Veto & Chris Stout

Jim Kennedy & Cindi Parmenter

BethRay Palk&&Radhika Christian Dickson Robin Ramayya

Vanessa Wynn

Joe Budd, Kristen McBryde & Elizabeth Mefferd

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he Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual “Not So Silent Auction� at the Infiniti of Cool Springs Showroom. Many businesses donated auction items as well as yummy food for the festive event. Chamber members and guests enjoyed some holiday cheer and bid on some great items all to benefit the many programs and services of the Chamber.

Beth Lohman & Nancy Diffenbaugtt

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he Brightstone Jingle Bell Sale was held December 2nd & 3rd. This sale is one of the best kept shopping secrets in the area! It features decorative products that have been handmade by adults with special needs. There are ceramic and stoneware pieces, Christmas ornaments, painted flower pots full of holiday goodies, as well as fudge mix, dip and soup mixes and teas. The adults begin

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painting and working in January of each year to get ready for the holiday season! All sales benefit the programs at BrightStone, which provides a comprehensive work, social support and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Alan Jordan, Jessica Bray & Justin El-urfali Barbara Chambers & Mary Kantanie

Pam & Anne Garrison

Diane Hoogland & Paul Holtzinger

Candace Daly & Betty Pigford

Paul Dana, Brenda Hauk & Anna Dana

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Slow Growth . . . For Whom? By Joseph G. Budd, Managing Partner, CFP®, ChFC®

December 1, 2011 I recently read an article about the savings rate in the Unites States rising to 6%. Remember when we as consumers were spending more than we earned for about a decade? Recently, a regional bank economist was fretting over the fact that Americans are saving and that 6% in savings will “hurt our economy”, which he predicts will cause usto limp along for years with slow growth (also known as Gross Domestic Product or GDP). Simply stated; in theory every dollar saved is a dollar NOT being spent on goods and services. Economically, this point may be debatable, but I believe he is underestimating one critical point . . . the earnings growth of American companies that do business all over the world. I hate be the bearer of good news but it looks like the companies in the S & P 500 index will have a 10th consecutive quarter of earnings increases and that the dollar value per share in earnings for the S & P 500 Index for 2011 will hit an all time high dollar value according to PIMCO. This means not equaling a past high but a new high for our 500 largest companies. Thank goodness they do business overseas. You may ask, how did this happen? Well it seems those companies raised cash and reduced debt after the financial crisis of 2008 and didn’t want to rely on either the banks or the government for help (that sounds like a good idea). So, even as the savings rate has increased in the U.S. (not good for GDP but good for individuals) the global reach of those same companies

has allowed them to capitalize on the spending habits of a new emerging middle class . . . worldwide. The point of this is that our shrinking middle class we keep hearing about must be overshadowed by the growing middle class in emerging market countries. We are a mere 300 million people compared to the massive populations of the emerging middle classes of the emerging countries such as: China, India, Brazil, Russia, and South Korea. Just imagine the industrial revolution of our country multiplied by ten or twenty. That sounds like a lot of opportunity for consumer goods companies that we take for granted. I believe those companies that capitalize on this expansion can enable us as investors to grow our wealth over the next thirty years. However, even with the increase of personal savings, most people are behind with respect to their saving for retirement. According to the Employee Research Benefits Institute 2011 survey, most people are putting away one fourth of what they need to save for retirement. So it is here that I disagree with the economists wringing their hands over American saving more. That 6% in saving isn’t going to get us to where we need to be but sometimes you have to drive off the road to hit the guardrail to realize your were asleep while you were driving. Viva la savings! Joseph Budd is a Managing Partner and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional with Budd, Melone & Co. LLC. Joe can be reached toll free at 877-293-5830. Joseph Budd has provided this article for information purposes only.

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Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue‌. Yellow or pink flowers, day or evening, ivory or white, cummerbund or vest? With so many options to choose from on your special day, YOUR Williamson is here to showcase to you some current trends and ideas. With our fashion profile showing off what Bridal trends are for 2012; a do-it-yourself feature with ideas on how to creatively express YOUR own wedding style and cut costs; to the beautiful and special wedding stories, each with their own unqiue perspective on nuptial bliss; YOUR Bridal Guide offers Williamson County brides-tobe the opportunity to check out everything wedding in YOUR community! From all of us at YOUR - Congratulations and best wishes for YOUR special day!


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Greg & Kelly September 24, 2011

Greg and Kelly found each other while working at the same restaurant, Joe’s Crab Shack, in Cool Springs. Greg and Kelly began dating the summer of 2002 when Kelly was going into her senior year at Brentwood High School and Greg was in his second year at Columbia State Community College. After Kelly’s graduation in 2003, the two attended college at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where their relationship blossomed. Greg and Kelly graduated from UTC in 2007 and moved back to the Nashville area. When the time was right, Greg proposed to Kelly in 2009 while on vacation in Park City, UT as they made snow angels in the falling snow. After a two year engagement, their wedding was held on September 24th, 2011 at the beautiful and historic Riverwood Mansion in Nashville, TN. The ceremony took place in the outdoor garden where the entrance was adorned with an ivy covered archway. The aisle was lined with honeysuckle wrapped shepherd hooks and lanterns which led to the arched altar wrapped with more honeysuckle and exquisite flowers. In keeping with a long-time Duke family tradition, the ceremony was performed

by Pastor Bernard Ansorge. Pastor Ansorge has presided over several Duke marriages including Greg’s parents, his older sister, and several others in his extended family. The bride, escorted by her father, walked down the isle to Canon in D performed by a solo aucoustic guitar. With the exchanging of vows and presentation of the couple, Greg and Kelly’s love story began a new chapter. The reception was also held at Riverwood Mansion. Greg and Kelly were introduced to the reception with “Two Step” by The Dave Matthews Band, the couple’s favroite band. They danced their first dance to Ben Harper’s “Forever” which was followed by toats offerred by the father of the Bride, Dr. Anthony Urbanek, father of the Groom, Greg Duke Sr., Maid of Honor, Lauren Brantley, and Best Man, Stephen Tew. A fun night of dinner, dancing, cake cutting, bouquet tossing and garter throwing was concluded by an elegant exit in a classic 1962 Jaguar. Greg and Kelly honeymooned for seven days in beautiful St. Lucia. They make their home in Franklin, TN. january | Y( )UR 27


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Melanie McConnell and Tony Boyles were united in marriage on June 2, 2011 in a late afternoon ceremony at The Preserve Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McConnell of Johnson City, TN. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boyles of Hendersonville, TN. Tony and Melanie were joined by 75 of their closest friends and family for an evening of celebration. The ceremony was held in the Smokey Mountain Chapel, where Tony and Melanie exchanged vows. The bouquets and floral arrangements of white hydrangeas, roses, and tulips were arranged by a close family friend of the McConnell family. The bride’s sister, Stephanie McConnell was maid of honor. The groom’s brother, Patrick Boyles served as best man. Following the ceremony, a homemade buffet dinner, dancing and celebration were held at the resort overlooking the Smoky Mountains. Tony is a graduate of Antioch High School. Melanie is a graduate of Franklin High and Radford University, VA. After an adventure filled honeymoon in Gatlinburg, TN, the couple now resides in Nashville, TN.

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Tissue Pomanders All you need to make your own tissue pomanders are a few Styrofoam balls, tissue paper in whatever color you choose, and some mid-weight jewellery wire. Cut the tissue paper into 5”7” rectangles. Stack four and fan fold them. Tie the wire around the middle and leave 2-3 inches of wire on the end depending on the size of the ball. Holding the wire, gently pull up the tissue paper, one at a time to make a flower. Once you’ve pulled up all of the pieces of tissue paper stick the wire into the Styrofoam ball. Continue until the ball is full. Use them to line the aisle or hang them from a white tent to add a pop of color. Check out these Amanda made over at ruffledblog.com!

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For a simple, natural looking centerpiece plant a flower in a small pot and place one in the center of each table. If you don’t like the terracotta look, paint them to match your decor or use a metal planter. Use them to hold your table numbers or to get extra creative, plant a different kind of flower in each pot and identify each table by its flower. Guests can take the flowers home with them or you can plant them later.

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Cupcake Liner Garland This garland is super easy and so easily customizable. You will need cupcake liners in colors that correspond with your wedding, thick string, and a large enough needle to thread your chosen twine. We also love the addition of tulle cut into similar sized circles as the cupcake liners. Simply tie a knot at one end of your string, flatten out the cupcake liners a little, and begin stringing them on in no particular order, adding in tulle every once in awhile until you have a whole garland! Make multiples and string them from the ceiling or around entry ways. These are perfect to hang over buffet tables at a reception or even over the alter.

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Matthew & Alicon February 11, 2011

Alicon Lee & Matthew Rogers wanted a wedding that reflected the priorities and goals for their life spent together; Modest, meaningful and authentic along with their love of laughter, music and family. They were married on February 11th, 2012 surrounded by their closest friends and family in the home of Matthew’s parents and grandparents: Captain Mark & Damon Rogers and Jimmy & Pug Akin. It was two years after their first date, which took weeks for Alicon to agree to go on with a very persistent Matt. Since 11 is such an important number to both of them, they each wrote five unique vows to each other with one mutual vow shared at the end. The 15 minute ceremony was officiated by Chief Justice Connie Clark, Tennessee Supreme Court with Ryely Rogers as the flower girl. Matt had seven groomsmen with Alicon’s seven bridesmaids. Forty guests attended the intimate wedding ceremony that was a celebration of love and lasting friendship that started with a toast from the father of the groom and a shot of their favorite Nigiri sake that quickly led to a music and dance party down the street at The Red House. With over 150 guests at the wedding reception and decorations & design by Kelly Spalding at Perfectly Placed, the evening was filled with dance circles, kindred spirits, camaraderie and mutual support on how to build a sustainable marriage. Since their very first encounter, Alicon and Matthew have been surrounded by music, friends, laughter and a passionate connection with the world around them. Their dream to travel the world, absorb new cultures and meet new friends led them to Costa Rica for their honeymoon where they hope to retire someday.


Who would have predicted that two, thirtysomething, Williamson County girls, with no business education whatsoever, would create an original business model, introduce an industry game-changer, and open a successful business . . . in the depths of a national recession? And who would have predicted that the business would attract the attention of other entrepreneurs, and license its brand for more locations in other states . . . in the depths of a national recession? Well, the girls at Wedding 101 did it!

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“When we opened Wedding 101, in 2009, we knew we would be providing an important service to Nashville brides. Traditional advertising mediums felt so impersonal . . . shopping for wedding vendors online was risky, bridal magazines were static, and bridal shows were chaotic. We decided to take the stress out of wedding planning by providing every bride with a one-stop-shop, a year-round bridal expo, a dynamic resource for education and inspiration, and her own personal consultant . . . all for FREE!” Ashley Hicks, Co-Founder “We created Wedding 101 with a bride’s convenience in mind, but soon realized that we were tapping into a real need of the local wedding industry. Nashville wedding vendors needed a go-to place, a brick-and-mortar location where they could conduct business and meet with clients. Many wedding professionals are independent artists, and don’t have storefronts or office spaces. Wedding 101 provides its members a convenient and welcoming space for client meetings . . . and we don’t charge for the coffee!” Amy Dickerson, Co-Founder “We like to say, ‘We’re not your wedding planner, we’re your place to plan!’ Wedding 101 is a wedding resource library, your place to find all of the vendors you’ll need for your Middle Tennessee wedding. You’re welcome to walk-in our studio, anytime, and browse through vendor portfolios and displays, or make an appointment for a one-on-one planning session. Our consultation services are always FREE for brides looking for reputable wedding professionals. If you need a wedding planner, we’ll help you find that too!” Tiffany Walsh, Bridal Specialist “Brides are loving the Wedding 101 blog! We all had such great experiences planning our own weddings, reading everything we could get our hands on, and drawing ideas and inspiration from everywhere. Now, we get to share new ideas, local happenings, DIY projects, actual weddings, and anything else we think brides need to know through daily blog posts. We’re never left without relevant and meaningful content since we’re able to draw from real wedding stories and photos from the oh-so creative Wedding 101 vendors.” Lindsey Reagan, Website Manager and Blogger “Events are an important part of the Wedding 101 experience. We’re so lucky to have a fantastic line-up of vendors to showcase, right here in our studio! We have a full calendar of events featuring cake tastings, catering tastings, jewelry trunk shows, photography showcases, makeup demonstrations, DIY classes, and such. Our events are always open to everyone, and are listed on Wedding101.net and on our Facebook. We’re always adding more events, so check back often.” Kate Leiva, Bridal Specialist Wedding 101 | Located in The Factory at Franklin www.Wedding101.net

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Our models, Leslie and Jason Henke, are newlyweds and were married in Williamson County in October. Jason is wearing a classic and timeless tuxedo, available at Street Tuxedo of Franklin. Leslie shows two wedding gown styles, one being a strapless ball gown by Vera Wang with a true romantic look with a floating multi-layered lace, soft tucked skirt and swirling pleated organza. The other gown is shows off the form more with an asymmetrically draped strapless, mermaid fit with a full skirt with ladder technique, and is also by Vera Wang. The gorgeous wedding gowns can be found at b. Hughes Bridal of Nashville. Leslie wears some fabulous jewelry, with a diamond “bow” necklace and vintage diamond earrings from Walton’s Antique Jewelry of Franklin. The beautiful flower bouquet was created by Always in Bloom of Franklin and consists of white roses and call lilies. YOUR fashion stylist and makeup artist, heyleeB., did the makeup for our beautiful bride. When choosing the makeup look for this bride, heyleeB. went for a beautiful and natural look. Leslie is wearing a light mineral foundation and loose powder to keep her beautiful glow. She kept her eyes light and natural, but with a black long-wear eyeliner to define them. The black on most occasions works best for pictures, unless you are very very fair skinned, and the long wear will help her keep her lasting through the last dance instead of smearing on her face. She did a pink cheek to brighten up her face and a perfect pinky nude lip to finish off her flawless look. All cosmetics used were “brianne” by heyleeB. The bride’s hair was styled by Korie Bernard, and shows off a modern yet timeless look of long loose curls and body with the hair down. The beautiful setting for our Bridal Fashion was CJ’s off the Square, located in Downtown Franklin. They host many wedding events throughout the year with their amazing historic home and outdoor venue with pavilion. The photography was done by Frozen Exposure Photography, who shoot bridal events throughout middle Tennessee. We would like to thank our models, Always in Bloom, Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry, b. Hughes Bridal, Street Tuxedo, CJ’s off the Square, Frozen Exposure Photography, Korie Bernard and heyleeB. for being a part of this shoot. january | Y( )UR 33


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Jason & Leslie October 8, 2011

Divine appointment, friends, family and music brought Jason and Leslie together. Jason, a Nebraska native, and Leslie, from Louisiana, songwriters working in the music business, first met at Which Wich in Franklin on a Sunday afternoon following church. A mutual friend, Jessica, introduced the two and suggested they write a song together. What began as a co-write turned into a rare friendship. As months passed, Jason and Leslie realized their love was very special and that they were meant to be together. When the two road-tripped to Asheville, North Carolina, in February 2011, Leslie had no idea the weekend would be extra special. After a relaxing dinner, they returned to their bed and breakfast room filled with lit candles. Jason asked Leslie to dance and played their favorite songs. He told her what she meant to him, and the two prayed together. That night, February 26, he proposed! Jason Henke married Leslie Martin on October 8, 2011 at historic Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin. Music composed by the bride and groom welcomed guests and Dr. Michael Easley opened with an inviting message. The bride, daughter of Ronald and Barbara Martin of Columbia, wore a diamond white organza and tulle wedding gown with floral rhinestone detail. The groom, son of James and Judy Henke of Fairview, sported a black tux with white and silver tie. The bride’s sisters, Star Killebrew and Brooke Martin, and groom’s sister, Jodi Reiter, were among the bridesmaids who wore deep royal blue dresses. The groom’s father, James, and longtime friend, Reed Trontel, served as best 34 Y( )UR | www.yourcommunitymag.com

men. The happy couple exited the church to Elvis’ “I Want You With Me,” a favorite of the groom. Following photos by Ace Photography, the newlyweds headed off to the reception at The Factory At Franklin’s Liberty Hall in a classic cherry red Cadillac convertible. Chandeliers and Italian string lights lended a sense of coziness to The Factory’s cool industrial architecture. Burning Las Vegas amped up the crowd with their cool Motown style channeling a Tina Turner vibe. The bride and groom’s first dance was to Keith Urban’s “Only You Can Love Me This Way.” To the groom’s surprise, the bride wore a Nebraska Cornhuskers garter (Jason’s alma mater). Friends say the moment that garter was tossed, the Husker football team began making its biggest comeback in school history. Southern cuisine from Stoveworks Restaurant enticed guests and made the Louisiana bride feel at home. A midnight blue cake with pearlized accents served as a fitting centerpiece, and a cherry sunburst Gibson Hummingbird guitar groom’s cake by Sweetface Cakes showcased their love for music. The couple further personalized their day with a music video (a duet sung by the two) by Awaken Films, a decorative message tree, and guitar pick favors. The newlyweds headed to Union Station Hotel for the night before honeymooning for a week in Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Love for music originally drew Jason and Leslie to Nashville, but in the process, they found love for each other.


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Stephen & Ashley October 29, 2011

Stephen and Ashley met on December 16th, 2008 after a mutual friend suggested that they meet up for dinner and a movie. Dinner was full of great conversation where the couple quickly realized that they had a lot in common. After a few weeks of dinner and hockey games the couple quickly became inseparable. On December 16th 2010 Stephen proposed to Ashley at their home in front of the Christmas tree. The couple planned for a fall wedding which would take place in Lebanon Tennessee at the Brides family’s church, and consist of 150 of their closest friends and family members. On October 29th after the guests were seated the lights grew dim as the back doors of the church opened up and the bride walked down an aisle lined with candles and 12,000 rose petals. It was a very intimate moment as the couple exchanged vows and their commitments to one another. Shortly after the

ceremony ended the guests lined up outside of the church to see the couple off with a bubble escape. The reception was held in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University. As the guests made their way into the reception they were greeted with an intimate setting. The tables were dressed with black linens that had hurricane globes, votives and gorgeous gerbera daisy flower arrangements as centerpieces. The guests enjoyed great food, music and dancing. The couple treated their guests to a candy buffet as a wedding favor. After three hours of celebrating their marriage, a black limousine pulled up to the chapel where once again the guests lined up to see the new couple off. Stephen and Ashley spent their first night as a married couple at Opryland Hotel where they will spend many more anniversaries to come!


bridal guide One of the biggest trends in weddings for 2012 is a move towards more nontraditional ideas. If that is the case, McConnell House will definitely be a place you will want to check out. Built in 1905, and home of Franklin’s former jail, Chef Jason McConnell has taken a classic historical building ( it’s on the national register of historic places) and polished it into a unique setting that will offer brides a one of a kind venue that is both significant and truly memorable. With bars on the windows,6 fireplaces, exposed brick, wooden floors, and even a trap door still in place, it is a space that lends itself to classic beauty but puts a spin on an interesting past to become one of middle Tennessee’s most premiere venues. The multi-level structure lends way for perfect flow at any event…from sit down dinners in the main dining room, receptions that utilize the entire house, or more intimate events for 10 to 250….

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Rooms & Capacities DRESDEN LOUNGE Named after Dresden, Tennessee where Chef Jason has family, this is the first room on the right as you enter the building and houses a full bar and TV. TROY ROOM Adjacent to the Dresden lounge, rumored to be the sheriff ’s dining quarters. Perfect for seated dinner for 20 guests or reception style events when coupled with the Dresden Lounge for 35 guests.

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HORSESHOE BAR The largest bar located on the second floor. The bar is the location of the cell blocks that housed inmates during the time the jail was in use. RIVES PARLOR Named after Rives Tennessee where Chef Jason’s grandparents lived. This quaint little parlor is a perfect spot on the second floor to relax before meetings or receptions. It can be used for food stations or buffet set ups as well.

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OBION ROOM Just across the stairwell from the Rives parlor, the Obion Room is an open space great for live music or cake display. Obion is the where Chef Jason’s parents are from. It could also host an intimate dinner for 12 or buffet table. The space is best utilized along with the Oxford Room, Rives Parlor, and Horseshoe bar for larger functions. OXFORD ROOM Named for Oxford Mississippi, where Chef McConnell graduated college, this is by far the largest room in the house. This room was where court was held….. The Oxford room features a large television, two fireplaces and massive windows…perfect for a plated dinner of 70 guests. A conference set up for 50 or classroom set up for 100 are additional options for this space GHOST LOFT Located on the third floor, again part of the cellblocks, the loft is the perfect place for children to dine during events or for a small private meeting. McConnell House will provide everything including linen, tables and chairs, China, Glassware and Labor. Chef Jason McConnell, Chef/ Owner at Red Pony, SOL and 55 South invites you to make an appointment for a personal tour with Event Sales Coordinator, Jill Begin and to visit the website at www.mcconnellhouse.com for more photos and contact information.

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The Most Romantic Hotel in America THE HENDERSON PARK INN, DESTIN, FLORIDA

The Henderson Park Inn is known to many a loyal traveler, but guests are almost beholden to secrecy as this little piece of heaven is known to be sold out continuously now that the world has discovered them! Recently named Most Romantic Hotel in America and Second Most Romantic Hotel, by About.com, the Henderson Park Inn has been very high profile of late and receiving many accolades and write ups lauding its unique and wonderful beachside offerings. The Henderson Park Inn is a luxurious New England-style bed & breakfast nestled in the heart of Destin, Florida. And yet seemingly off the beaten path. At least it feels that way when you make your way there; down the old beach road – Highway 98. Perhaps part of the Inn’s ability to be a bit undiscovered is that it has been unfortunate victim to every hurricane to hit the Panhandle in recent years and thus had to endure several spans of time with their doors closed for business. Hurricane Ivan devastated the Inn in 2004, laying final rest to the swimming pool. But making way for a beautiful green space – just perfect for a beachside wedding. One of the most unique factors of the Inn has to be its smack dab on, unobstructed near perfect at every hour of the day, eye level view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Inn has now been restored and renovated, but doesn’t look like any of the typical 38 Y( )UR | www.yourcommunitymag.com

new Mediterranean style condos and high-rises you are used to seeing. More something out of Martha’s Vineyard, with its weathered looking grey clapboard siding and brown roofs. As you pull into the parking lot you are greeted with huge pots of beautiful and colorful flowers and the white rockers just waiting for you to take a seat! The fact that their stretch of beach is private to guests only and that the Inn is protected by a mile of private shoreline on the Emerald Coast, next door to the Henderson State Park, means that to the west – there is an unusually unspoiled, calm and people free view. This B&B for adults only offers elegant rooms all with a view. Plush bedding and linens, complimentary Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and of course – a bottle of wine, rose and fresh fruit in your room upon arrival, make it feel like you are checking into a high end hotel. Rooms are individually decorated and have verandas or terraces overlooking the Gulf. Some rooms include fireplaces, most have whirlpool tubs. The very personable Inn staff has thought of everything to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Lemonade and cookies are available all day, as is a refrigerator stocked with candy bars, soft drinks and water. All complimentary! A full-scale gourmet breakfast is served every morning complete with made to order omelets, waffles, all the accompaniments, juice, coffee


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and more. Boxed lunches are provided to guests and evening Happy Hour as well. Don’t worry about lugging down your chairs, umbrellas and beach towels. Linens are provided daily, and every guest receives complimentary beach chair and umbrella. Other amenities include flat screen TV’s, DVDs for viewing, and high- speed Internet. The amazing effect of this place is that even the Blackberry addict will have no desire to disturb the overwhelming peace and tranquility by turning on a TV or paying attention to a phone and email. Grab a book from their bookcase and actually relax in a rocking chair or gulf side swing! Take a bicycle ride - bicycles are lined up waiting for guests to enjoy a ride down scenic 98 after a day on the beach.

for those looking for a destination wedding location the Henderson Park Inn offers several facilities for a full scale wedding ceremony and reception. The West Lawn and/ or East Lawn allows up to 150 persons to mingle and enjoy the spectacular views of the gulf and sunset, and provides outside seating for wedding and reception functions. The Veranda deck provides a more formal venue with the same views and seating for up to 25 people. The North Lawn can accommodate groups of 250 to 300 people depending on the desired function. Catering is available for any function. And romantic and beachside formal dining is available nightly in the Beach Walk Café. For more wedding information please call event planners at 850-837-6595.

Yes, you could travel the world over and find many a beach side jewel comparable to the amenities of the Henderson Park Inn. However, there is no comparison to getting to this place without a plane ride, within 7 hours, no passport, and on what really is one of the prettiest bodies of water anywhere! Do yourself a favor- next time you are thinking romantic getaway or perhaps even a quaint and truly memorable honeymoon option – think about the Henderson Park Inn. No children are allowed at the Inn, so in effect it is the perfect adult hideaway. And

Henderson Park Inn, the area’s only Gulffront bed & breakfast is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or relaxing vacation. Check out the website at www.hendersonparkinn.com for more details. Convenient on-site check-in is available 24/7. Adults only. For reservations, contact Henderson Park Inn, 2700 Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541, toll-free 1.866.398.4432 for reservations.

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David Robert DeFatta and Laura Rebecca Gentry were married on June 11, 2011. They were married by Rev. John Patton at West Franklin Baptist Church and celebrated with a reception at the bride’s family farm, Gentry Farm. The bride is the daughter of John Scott and Melanie Gentry of Franklin. The groom is the son of Joe and Jodi DeFatta of Franklin. The bride attended highschool at Brentwood Academy while the groom attended Franklin High School. David and Laura began dating at the end of high school. From that point forward they knew that it was all in God’s plans for them to be together and the rest is history! The two attended Middle Tennessee State University together. David graduated in 2009 with a degree in Construction Management and currently serves at his family’s custom homebuilding company, DAC Homebuilders. Laura graduated in 2010 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education and teaches second grade at Grace Christian Academy. David proposed to Laura on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, 2010 at the future site of their home to be on the Gentry family farm. The bride’s dress was designed by Oleg Cassini and she wore an antique diamond necklace given to

her by the groom on the day of their wedding, from local Walton’s Antique Jewelry. The photgraphy was done by Laurel Pankratz, of Eilas Photography. The couple were blessed to have various friends and family to make their wedding a true fairytale. A special thanks to both Christina Martin and Sara Grossholz for creating a breathtaking ceremony and reception. In honor of the brides late grandmother, Rebecca Gentry, the couple used her antique china and silver as part of decor centerpieces at the farm reception. The bride is of the eighth generation to live on the farm and the couple spends much time out at this special place, therefore it was the most ideal location to honor their marriage. It was an incredibly special day to celebrate the beginning of both David and Laura’s lives together with dear family and friends on a perfect June afternoon! May the Lord lead our hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient steadfastness that comes from Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5


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Dustin & Stephanie September 10, 2011

Dustin Carpenter and Stephanie Nee were married in the afternoon at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville on September 10, 2011. They had been planning the wedding for a little over a year and were very excited when the day finally came. Their colors were black, white, and red. They wanted a very classic and regal yet unique style to the wedding. Stephanie wore a dress from The White Room with a black birdcage veil that was designed for her by a designer she found on Etsy. Dustin and his groomsmen wore fitted all black English Laundry suits. They both loved the high ceilings, stone walls, and stained glass that Scarritt had to offer and fell in love with the space right away. They are both music lovers so Dustin and Stephanie thought that the Cannery Ballroom would be the perfect place to host the reception. They had attended shows there and Dustin had played drums in his band there. The reception was a hot air balloon theme.All of the centerpieces were hot air ballons and as the couple left, everyone released red balloons. Stephanie’s dad

was at the Cannery helping blow up balloons and put together the centerpieces hours before the wedding. He also made their fingerprint guestbook tree that was set up in the front room of the Cannery. Dustin and Stephanie had the most magical day of their lives and danced the night away with all of their friends and family. After the reception they took a party bus downtown with the wedding party and friends to continue the celebration. It truly was a perfect day. The photographs were taken by Ace Photography and the flowers were from Flower Express in Hendersonville. Stephanie’s hair was done at Lucy Pop in Nashville by Nichole. The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Davids Bridal, the cake was from Publix in Fieldstone Farms, and the caterer was Flavor. Their dj was Elite Signature Djs, and they used Matchless Limousines for their vintage jaguar get away car from the church to the reception.


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a chef, I think catering is the most challenging, yet most rewarding part of what I do—to create a different menu for each event, taking our guest’s vision of food and decor and bringing it to life. When Nathanial Beaver and I started Harding House Custom Catering and defined our mission, we knew we wanted to help our guests re-create special memories, or create new ones for every event and celebration. Being a custom caterer means getting to know exactly what our guests like and dislike, which allows us to create a one-of-a-kind experience tailored especially for each and every one of our guests. At Harding House Custom Catering, we customize not only the menus but also drinks, décor, lighting, music, cakes, and whatever our guests want. We have a full-time, experienced event coordinator to help with every step of creating your special and memorable day. We can cater a dinner at your house for 20 of your closest friends, or a 1,200-person event in downtown Nashville or Franklin. We have three locations available for onsite events, or we can come to you. I will end with a bit of advice to all the brides to be: make sure you are 100% involved in planning your special day—not just the big things such as food—but the smaller details as well, like the place settings, centerpieces and lighting. This is your day, so make sure it’s everything you want. Don’t settle for anything less than Harding House Custom Catering. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season, and believe it or not, 2012 is already here, so let’s make it the best one yet! Cheers! Chef Tabor Luckey

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BAKERIES Noi Gifts and Gourmet Noi creates beautiful cakes and cookies perfect for bridal showers, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding itself. 1210 West Main Street Franklin, TN 37064 615-807-1959 www.noigiftsandgourmet.com Sweet Temptations Sweet Temptations will make a wedding cake and a groom’s cake to serve any size wedding party. 110 Lancelot Ln Franklin, TN 37064 615-591-3238 www.sweettemptations.biz The Pink Cupcake The Pink Cupcake is a custom order cupcake bakery. You can order cupcakes online or at The Good Cup on Hillsboro Road. 2181 Hillsboro Rd Franklin, TN 37069 615-764-3979 www.thepinkcupcake.net CATERERS Awesome Catering Awesome Catering uses flavors from around the world to create new and exciting menus. 407 Sir John Ct Franklin, TN 37064 615-595-1185 www.awesomecateringbygeorge.com Barker’s Mill Catering Company For over 12 years Barker’s Mill Catering Company has been serving southern gourmet food while helping their clients to create fun, stress-free events. 5109 Seward Rd Brentwood, TN 615-376-2344 www.barkersmillcatering.com Brentwood Catering Service Brentwood Catering Service has hundreds of dishes to choose from to create the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner. 201 Riverwood Dr Franklin, TN 37069 615-791-7154 www.brentwoodcatering.com

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Constant Craving Caterers Inc No matter the size of your wedding Constant Craving Caterers will work with you to plan and create the perfect meal. 230 Franklin Rd Franklin, TN 37064 615-791-1050 www.constantcravingcaterers.com Flavor Caters Food Service Flavor will work with you to create the wedding you envisioned. 9009 Carothers Pkwy Franklin, TN 37067 615-244-9785 www.flavorcaters.com Joyful Provisions Catering Company Joyful Provisions Catering Company specializes in smaller weddings and they’ll do all the work, from the food to the flowers. 7804 Oakfield Grove Brentwood, TN 615-249-8515 www.joyfulprovisions.org EVENT RENTALS The Premiere Event 7101 Sharondale Ct. Brentwood, TN 37027 #600 615-221-0001 thepremiereevent.com EVENT VENUES CJ’s Off The Square CJ’s is a small wedding venue located right in Historic Downtown Franklin. 218 3rd Ave N Franklin, TN 37064 615-216-7576 cjsoffthesquare.com Lillie Belle’s of Franklin Lillie Belle’s is a Queen Anne style Victorian house in Historic Downtown Franklin that offers all inclusive wedding packages. 108 Bridge Street Franklin, TN 37064 615-595-9557 www.lilliebelles.net

Owl Creek Properties Owl Creek is a wooded wedding venue located 6 miles from Cool Springs. 9775 Split Log Road Brentwood, TN 37027 615-587-1090 owlcreekproperties.com Southall Eden Paperie and Farm Weddings Southall Eden is a full service wedding venue on a 5 acre farm just two miles outside of Leiper’s Fork. 3270 Southall Road Franklin, TN 37064 615-775-4080 southalleden.com The Inn at Walking Horse Farm The Inn at Walking Horse Farm is a full service wedding venue situated on a 40 acre horse farm in Franklin, TN. 1490 Lewisburg Pike Franklin, TN 37064 615-790-2076 www.theinnatwalkinghorsefarm.com The Red House The Red House is a wedding venue located in Historic Downtown Franklin. 138 3rd Avenue North Franklin, TN 37064 615-435-3503 www.ourredhouse.com FLORISTS Always in Bloom, inc Located in the Factory, Always in Bloom offers bouquets, floral cake decorations and centerpieces to fit any budget. 230 Franklin Rd Franklin, TN 37064 615-591-7990 www.alwaysinbloominc.com Brentwood Flower Shop From the bouquet to the reception decor, Brentwood Flower Shop will make sure you get the freshest flowers for your wedding. 123 Franklin Rd Brentwood, TN 37027 615-373-2333 www.brentwoodflowershop.com


Franklin Flower and Gift Gallery Franklin Flower and Gift Gallery will provide flowers for any color scheme. 1152 Columbia Ave Franklin, TN 37064 615-794-4501 www.franklinflower.com GIFTS A Holiday & Company 7020 Church Street East Brentwood, TN 37027 615-221-5171 GOWNS David’s Bridal David’s Bridal offers a wide variety of designers. 1728 Galleria Blvd Franklin, TN 37067 615-771-1947 Sugar Drop Bridal Boutique At Sugar Drop Bridal Boutique the goal is to help you find the perfect dress in a stress- free environment. 7020 Church St E Ste 10 Brentwood, TN 615-373-5003 www.sugardrop.com PHOTOGRAPHERS DJP Photography David Pavol has many years of experiences photographing people in the entertainment industry and brings his knowledge of many different styles to your wedding. 1421 Clairmonte Cir Franklin, TN 37064 615-790-0087 www.djpphotographer.com Just Portraits Randy Pope has many years of experience in wedding photography. 1733 Wilkes Ln Spring Hill, TN 37174 931-302-0927 www.justportraits.com Kevin Wimpy Photography Kevin and Suzette Wimpy combine their knowledge and experience to capture your wedding and create a personalized wedding album. 1106 Harpeth Industrial Ct Franklin, TN 37064 615-331-1235 kevinwimpy.com T G Photo T G Photo provides wedding photography and videography. 2398 Apple Hill Rd Franklin, TN 37064 931-363-9112 www.tgphoto.com

STATIONERY Carte Blanche Carte Blanche produces invitations and announcements for any occasion. 7110 Town Center Way Brentwood, TN 37027 615-373-7007 Prim and Paper Prim and Paper provides wedding invitations and announcements to all of Middle Tennessee. 400 Main Street Ste 210 Franklin, TN 37064 615-599-0667 Rock Paper Scissors Rock Paper Scissors is a New York style stationery store in downtown Franklin. 317 Main Street Suite 110 Franklin, TN 37064 615-790-0150 www.rockpaperscissor.com TUXEDOS Hong Kong Custom Tailor Hong Kong Custom Talior will work with you to custom tailor a suit to fit your needs. 7016 Church St E Brentwood, TN 37027 615-370-4210 www.nandwanis.com

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Big Events Wedding Big Events works with you to create a memorable day that reflects your personalities. 1710 General George Patton Dr Ste 103 Brentwood, TN 37027 615-371-1223 www.bigeventswedding.com

H Three Events Hugh Howser and Anita Hogin combine their backgrounds in music industry event planning and event designing to help you create the wedding of your dreams. 311 Robinhood Rd Brentwood, TN 37027 615-370-7803 www.hthreeevents.com Signature Events, Inc Signature Events has years of experience and use this to be your complete resource into the world of wedding planning. 241 Mclean Ct Franklin, TN 37067 615-771-0100 www.signatureeventsnashville.com

Men’s Wearhouse Men’s Wearhouse has a wide selection of colors and styles to complement your wedding. 1800 Galleria Blvd Franklin, TN 37067 615-771-7400 menswearhouse.com Spring Hill Formals Spring Hill Formals carries all the latest styles and works hard to give you the best service around. 4910 Main St Ste 102 Spring Hill, TN 37174 615-302-0067 www.springhillformals.com Street Tuxedo Street Tuxedo has experts on staff that will help you choose the colors and style to give you an unforgettable look on your wedding day. 216 Seaboard Ln Franklin, TN 37067 615-771-0948 www.streettuxedo.com WEDDING PLANNERS Beth Anne’s Beautiful Weddings Beth Anne will handle all of the details so that you can enjoy your special day. 2720 Buckner Rd Thompsons Station, TN 37179 615-306-7916 bethannesbeautifulweddings.com

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Decorating FOR NEWLYWEDS

Even if a couple starts out worlds apart, there are more looks and options to choose from today than ever before, and plenty of opportunity to find common ground and create their dream home.

Story by Amy Hebden

Newlyweds receive lots of advice about marriage. But, they are usually not offered advice on the intricacies of designing a new home together. Picture the newlyweds, as the moving van pulls away, standing among the stacks of his and hers boxes in their new, shared residence - and each wondering how they’re going to pull it all together. To ensure that their happy new home doesn’t become a post-wedding house divided, here are a few decorating tips married couples can follow.

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GET INSPIRED.

Don’t worry about what goes with what: Mix, don’t match. A new home, like a new relationship, is about the couple. Follow decorating instincts with pieces that suit both his and her interests and activities.

Research the possibilities as a couple. Get together on the couch and scan newspapers, magazines, and TV shows. Discuss friends’ homes. Find design inspiration and common ground. If she likes Cottage Style and he prefers Modern, both should rejoice upon discovering they prefer lighter wood tones and color schemes.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Beware of underlying emotions. She’ll trample his feelings if she trashes his well-worn recliner - a hand-me-down from Dad. Instead, both need to get creative and compromise: Give it a corner in the bedroom if it’s a “no” for the living room.

PRIORITIZE. Blending pieces from the past is one thing but shopping for new furniture is another, and larger, undertaking. List what’s needed most. While he may want a sleek new media center for the television, does it make sense if the couple is left to sit on a dorm-room futon?

COLLABORATE. Many couples include one décor-conscious person and one “it’s just a chair” person. While one partner may be driving most decisions, for the long-term good of the relationship, involve the other. Don’t forget - it’s his/her home, too. Couples can remove much of the pressure by viewing the experience as an opportunity to share what they love about each other. They should focus not only on the beautiful outcome of creating a new décor together, but the bigger picture as well - starting a new life together.

BUDGET. Be realistic in setting spending limits and work within them. Ask when shopping: Will this be a “forever” dining room or is it just a temporary solution until a future move into a larger place? Saving money now for a better selection down the road is an option, too.

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Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade

Story & Photography by (K. York)

Crowds gathered in the village with great anticipation for the Annual Christmas Parade. Jake, author Robert Hick’s “world famous” dog shared the honor of Grand Marshal with musician Larry Carlton. Vintage vehicles, animals and floats throwing out lots of candy, brought smiles to everyone along the route. Santa was at the gazebo listening carefully to the little

ones as they reminded him of that special something on their Christmas list. This parade is so entertaining you really do not know what to expect next! One thing we can count on in Leiper’s Fork is they are taking care of their neighbors; whether 2 legged or 4 as they collected donations during the parade,to help make others holiday bright.

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Y( )UR news War. This piece, completed in 1887, features the famous race horse, Harry Wilke. Matilda Lotz was around 29 years old at the time she completed the piece. The painting is still in its original frame, and was professional conserved during the last several If you want to sumbit content for YOUR scoop, i.e. business months by local art conservator Sherry Oates from Avalon Studios announcements, personal news, school happenings, etc, please do in Nashville. It will be officially so by the 15th of every month to info@yourcommunitymag.com. unveiled this weekend to Lotz House Foundation members, and will then be on display. Thompson said, “It is an incredible honor to continue receiving historic items associated with the Lotz family. Each new piece we receive brings us closer to understanding and accurately telling the story of this incredible American family. Both Matilda’s work and life story truly move people.” The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. The telephone number is 615-790-7190 and the website is www.lotzhouse.com.

WMC volunteer creates thousands of angels for families during times of mourning, grief That tradition involved constructing little cloth angels out of hospital bed sheets. The initial volunteer who made them had left, and Gwen Pullen, then-Volunteer Program coordinator, hoped someone else would be able to fill her shoes. Fourteen years ago, Nancy Wright volunteered to carry on a young tradition at Williamson Medical Center that provided comfort to families following the loss of a loved one. Wright was that someone. Having been volunteering for little over a year, she instantly found it in her heart to prolong the anonymous gesture of love. More than 3,500 angels later, Wright can’t see herself doing anything less. Four types of angels are made for patients: adult angels, little blue and pink angels for all discharged newborns and little yellow angels for parents mourning the loss of a baby. In recent years another volunteer, Barbara Feaster, has helped piece together the little pink cherubs, but Wright continues to produce the majority of the angels. On the adult angels reads a saying, “Guardian Angels are always at your side to watch, protect ... forever be your guide. The handmade angels are a “sweet touch” on top of everything else the volunteers do for patients and their families, says Angie Birkemeyer-Jones, who began overseeing the Volunteer Program in 2007. For more information about Williamson Medical Center, visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.

REALTORS(r) Play Santa for Graceworks Ministries The Williamson County Association of Realtors collected hundreds of toys for the Graceworks Ministries Manger. Toys, books, games and donations for all ages were collected throughout Williamson County Realtor Offices. The WCAR Young Professionals Network, led by Realtor® Kevin Pellatiro, coordinated the effort with the support of several Williamson County businesses. Waste Management, Reliant Bank and Signs First of Franklin all played a huge part in the success of the toy drive. Graceworks Ministries is a nonprofit ministry funded by individuals, businesses, civic groups, churches and the Graceworks Thrift Store. Since its founding in1995, Graceworks has helped families in Williamson County with food, rent, utilities and other aid, regardless of their personal faith. Williamson County REALTORS® Association (WCAR) is a leading regional REALTOR® trade association in middle Tennessee with over 1400 members.

The Lotz House welcomes home another Matilda Lotz painting The historic Lotz House museum in Franklin Tenn. has been gifted another painting by the late artist, Matilda Lotz, who grew up in the historic home. This is the fifth painting acquired in the house collection in only three years of being open. According to Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson, this is the second Matilda Lotz painting donated by Nora King and her family. King is a direct descendant of Johann Albert Lotz, the man who built the historic Franklin home. The piece was shipped from Martinez, Calif., where Lotz moved his family following the Civil 48 Y( )UR | www.yourcommunitymag.com

organization determined to transform urban America through education and policy reform. Joan Anderson, an Executive Assistant at the non-profit, nominated Charron and has experienced first hand the benefits of Jim’s service. She spoke of Jim’s willingness and “offering his gifts and talents generously” in her nomination. In addition to voluntarily supervising various construction and renovation projects over the years, he has personally helped tile floors, repair windows, remodel kitchens, install drainage systems, and much more. In 2010 he oversaw extensive repairs to a school following the flood and tornado damage that year. Its no surprise around the schools of Project Reflect Jim is known as “St. Jim.” As a part of being a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero, a $500 donation will be made to Project Reflect. The organization fosters an Elementary and Middle School, as well after school programs to help provide education for children at high risk of school failure. The money will be used towards a new science lab on the girl’s campus. Darrell Waltrip Automotive’s Hometown Heroes is a monthly event honoring Middle Tennessee residents who have made a positive impact on their community. Nominate your hero at www.darrellwaltrip.com.

Retired Engineer Makes Big Difference to Hundreds of Local Students In December, Darrell Waltrip Automotive awarded Jim Charron as Hometown Hero. As a retired engineer and contractor, Jim was awarded for spending his time and talents helping architecturally restore his church and the schools of Project Reflect, a non-profit

BrightStone receives contribution from the Battlefield Region Antique Automobile Club of America Members of the Battlefield Region Antique Automobile Club not only love to share their prized automobiles, but they love to share their hearts as well! Recently several members visited BrightStone and presented a check in the amount of $1500 to help with programs and services for BrightStone’s adults with special needs. Funds donated are raised through membership dues and other club activities, such as car shows. The Battlefield Region Club is a local affiliate of the Antique Automobile Club of America. An international organization, the AACA has members in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries of the world. Throughout recent years, the local affiliate club has continued to be supportive of BrightStone’s mission and vision. Club members have visited on multiple occasions, often bringing their cars for the students to enjoy. “We greatly appreciate the friendship and supportive relationship we have with the members of the Battlefield Region Antique Automobile Club,” stated Brenda Hauk, Executive Director. “Our adults, and staff, look forward to their visits. They are very gracious and share their love of antique cars with our adults.” BrightStone provides a comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Visit www.brightstone.org to learn more.

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will be used to support High Hopes’ pediatric therapy and preschool programs which improve the lives of children with and without special needs. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for future academic and social success. “The Battlefield Region AACA has been fortunate to be able to support our local community and organizations like High Hopes. I recently had the opportunity to visit High Hopes and see what great things they are doing for the kids and their families,” said Bob Speights, President of the Battlefield Region of the AACA. “It brings us great joy and pleasure to be able make this donation and we truly hope our gift can help to make a difference.” For more information, please call (615) 6615437 or visit www.highhopesnash.org.

Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, gains personal support of Mayor, Alderman Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore and his wife Linda recently donated $1,000 to Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, as a leadership gift and then Mayor Moore took it one step further. He challenged the city’s eight Aldermen to also lend their financial support to Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, and all have agreed to make a pledge. Fundraising has just begun for Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, which exists to cultivate stewardship within our community to preserve our cultural and natural resources, enhance the park experience and expand its legacy for future generations. Dr. Monty McInturff of Tennessee Equine Hospital serves as president of FoFP Board of Governors and Tennessee Equine Hospital has also made a $1,000 donation to Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC. Franklin’s 16 parks offer a wide variety of amenities, all for free. They are intended to be a place of leisure for families, not a playground for vandals, and with your help Franklin Police plan on holding these vandals accountable. Anyone with information that helps lead to an arrest in these cases can earn up to $1,000 with a simple call to Crime Stoppers, (615) 794-4000. For more information on Friends of Franklin Parks, visit our www.franklintomorrow. org and follow the link to Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC. Donations may be made to Friends of Franklin Parks, LLC, by contacting Executive Director Mindy Tate at 794-0998 or mindy@franklintomorrow.org.

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CAMERA ready The Brentwood/Cool Springs office of Bob Parks Realty held their holiday party on December 10th. The historic Sayer House in the Taramore subdivision was the perfect venue for this festive occasion. Guests enjoyed an array of food and beverages, a photo booth, and danced to the tunes of “On Call”.

BrightStone held their annual Christmas program on December 8th at the Factory in Franklin. This heart-warming performance featured 35 special-needs adults singing an array of holiday favorites. This year’s theme was”Santa Claus is Back in Town”. Guests had a chance to shop for Christmas gifts from a selection of items made by the BrightStone students as well as enjoy a beautiful and tasty buffet spread.

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Agents and friends of Bob Parks Realty came from all over Williamson County to enjoy a Christmas party at the Bob Parks office in downtown Franklin. With fabulous food, spirits, festive décor and Santa, guests truly enjoyed this evening of celebrating the season with good friends and coworkers.

Woodhouse Day Spa of Franklin enjoyed their annual Holiday Open House recently. It was a festive evening and there were plenty of special mini massages, mini pedicures, mini massages, cocktails and appetizers, door prizes and special Christmas discounted spa packages. It was a wonderful and relaxing event at the spa!

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Visiting a primary care physician can help you define your goals for living healthier in the coming year. Through annual checkups, you and your physician can set objectives so you can conquer your new year’s resolution one step at a time. To schedule an appointment with Williamson Primary Care, call 615.435.7780. A long-standing, trusted relationship with a primary care physician will help you stay healthy so you have time for what matters most.

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