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YOUR MONTHLY | Winter 2016 . VOLUME I-I Middle Tennessee Edition

FEATURES 31 Fashionable YOU Bridal Fashion in Love and Harmony

45 Bridal 2016 Everything You Need to Plan a Middle Tennessee Wedding

46 Happily Ever After Local Wedding Profiles

114 Valentine’s Day

Hosting a Ladies Night In

115 Valentine Gift Guide The Perfect Gift for the One You Love

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Our very first Middle Tennessee edition of the combined magazines, YOUR Williamson and YOUR Sumner, features our Bridal 2016. Each “Distinctively Southern Place” showcases their own unique Bridal fashion cover. Newly engaged Anna Robertson and Chris Ham adorn the YOUR Williamson cover and soon to be married, Alicia Griffin graces our YOUR Sumner cover. The amazing Nashville Symphony’s Schermerhorn Center was the backdrop for a day of fashion elegance with photography by Andrea Davis and styling by Anna Robertson.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS SOCIAL 16 St. Nicholas Ball 17 Studio Tenn Concert 19 King Jewelers Reception 20 Bal d’Hiver 24 Turkey Trot 28 2015 Holiday Parties 30 Downton Abbey Soiree 78 Homes for the Holidays 79 Deck the Hall 80 Mrs. Santa Tea Party 81 Deck the Hulls 84 Gallatin Christmas Parade 85 Appalachian Tales 86 Merriest Main Street Reveal 98 Franklin Christmas Parade 102 Leipers Fork Christmas Parade 112 YOUR Williamson Holiday Mixer 122 Dickens of A Christmas 124 Christmas 4 Kids Bus Show COMMUNITY 22 YOUR Charitable Self American Heart Association

23 YOUR Education Jump Rope for Heart 104 In YOUR Backyard 2016 Presidential Primary 110 Days Gone By John Eaton and the Petticoat Affair 118 YOUR Community Partner Williamson County Education Foundation 124 YOUR Kids Speaking With Love MONTHLY 10 Letter from the Publisher 14 YOUR Social Secretary 59 Ms. Social Grace 116 Atticus, YOUR “Bone” Vivant 130 Did YOU Know? LIFESTYLE 18 21 25 26 54

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with Julie Jorgensen

YOUR Health & Wellness New Year, New You

YOUR Best Self with Connie Haley

Styling YOUR Everyday with Katie Jacobs

A Southern Gentleman Is with Danny Anderson

76 A Little Something Extra Second Time Around 90 The Lady Entertains with Krista Ehret 92 Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Miss Daisy King 100 Interior Thinking with Eric Ross Interiors 106 Welcome Home The Harrington House 108 Read Between the Lines Black History Month 123 Keeping Score Super Bowl 101 126 5 Sense Living with Lauryn Gilliam BUSINESS 77 Sumner County Real Estate with the SAR 78 Williamson County Real Estate with the WCAR 119 Ribbon Cuttings Welcome New Businesses 120 YW SCOOP YOU in the News 121 YS Scoop Tristar Opens Birthing Center


LET OUR FAMILY HELP YOURS Searching for your dream home isn’t just about buying a house, it’s about pursuing a lifestyle. We’re here to guide you through the journey of finding the one that’s perfect for you. No two home buying journeys are the same and that’s why we love what we do. Don’t take it from us though, take it from some of our satisfied clients!

“The Burnett Real Estate Group proved to me that real estate transactions don’t have to be stressful. The team worked with me, at times during all hours of the day, communicating to me every step of the way in order to ensure that I obtained the perfect fixer upper close to the city. Now, I’m mid-renovations and living the lifestyle I wanted to, thanks to the Burnett Real Estate group! I wouldn’t trust any other agency with my real estate needs!” – Chris Wozniak

“Based on getting to know me well and having taken the time to sit down and really understand who I was and what I wanted for my son she said “if you are willing to wait on a house to be built I think I know the exact place for you and Owen.” She was right! Martie gets to know you personally. We were moving to Sumner County for the schools and for my only son Owen to make friends. She helped me, an introvert, to make friends and to start a new life and that is outside of our comfort zone. She changed my life so much more than the average realtor who finds you a great home. She helped establish me a new life with that home. Due to Marties extra investment in time, my son and I are now living happily in our dream home.” – Yvonna Brown

“We can’t thank the Burnett Real Estate group enough. The quick timing on the sale of our home and purchase of our new home was great. They were very professional and attentive to any questions or concerns we had. They helped us every step of the way. We love our new home!” – The Castles

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YOUR SUMNER PHOTOGRAPHERS

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YOUR MONTHLY | Publisher’s Letter

Sharing the Love Dear Readers, Happy 2016! Welcome back from your holiday revelry into a new year. A year of possibility and renewal as all new year’s provide, 2016 appears to be bright and promising. I mean, we have already had our first snow day! It looks like we may have a long winter, so we need plenty of entertainment to make it through these gray days. Fortunately, events and activities abound! Celebrations and recognitions are also plentiful during the first months of the year with Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ground Hog Day, President’s Day, Heart Awareness Month and Black History Month. Did I miss anything? We like to think of the first of the year as bridal season. Hence the publication of our annual bridal special edition. We always look forward to our bridal issue because we all get to enjoy seeing some beautiful fashions and hear about special love stories and remember fondly our own wedding days. This time around, our love stories were even more special, as three of our brides-to-be are current or past staff members. Ready made models!

ANNA ROBERTSON AND SHELLY ROBERTSON BIRDSONG, SISTERS PRACTICING FOR THE BIG DAY

“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.”

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This year is made even more memorable for us as we publish our first ever Middle Tennessee edition, combining both our Williamson and new Sumner markets into one publication with distribution and circulation, not to mention advertising, throughout Middle Tennessee. We hope you enjoy reading about all you need to plan a wedding in Middle Tennessee. Stay Warm, Shelly Robertson Birdsong | Founder, Publisher shelly@robertsonmediagroup.com

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YOUR MONTHLY | Contributors Julie Jorgensen A self proclaimed Beauty Junkie, Julie is our go-to gal for all things beauty - She scouts out the best deals and the best beauty tricks around. She treats readers to some hilarious insight into the world of what it takes to be fabulous!

Connie Haley Connie Haley Life Coach is a certified life coach that specializes in helping people love the life they have and from there, create the life they always envisioned. Every issue she will show readers ways to find peace and calm in their lives and in themselves.

Miss Daisy King Tennessee’s “First Lady of Southern Cooking,” Daisy King was the founder and chef of the renowned Miss Daisy’s Tearoom and is now the proprietor and executive chef of Miss Daisy’s Kitchen at Grassland Foodland Market in Franklin, Tennessee. Daisy will be the new YOUR Hospitality and Cooking Contributor both in our monthly print edition and online at www.yourwilliamson.com.

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Katie Jacobs Katie Jacobs is a graphic designer, photographer and stylist. She is the art director and creator of stylingmyeveryday. com, a food and lifestyle blog with a focus on styling, entertaining and DIY..

Ginger Jones Ginger Jones is a Speech-Language Pathologist and the owner of Jones Therapy Services, which provides speechlanguage, occupational, and physical therapy in 7 locations across Middle and East Tennessee.

Margie Thessin Franklin on Foot owner and Williamson County historian. Author of Ghosts of Franklin, Tennessee’s Most Haunted Town and Lizzie’s War. Margie is seen throughout Franklin giving historical walking, biking and southern food tours.

Danny Anderson Danny Anderson is a Broker with Parks Realty on Main Street in downtown Franklin. Danny will be the new contributing columnist for our monthly A Southern Gentleman Is… musings, advice, tips and tales for the Gentlemen (and ladies) of Williamson County.

Krista Ehret As an event designer and co-owner of Southern Soiree, a full service event and wedding planning company, Krista collaborates with discerning brides to bring their vision to fruition. With a degree in interior design and a passion for all things domestic, she also enjoys bringing beauty into everyday life.

Lauryn Gilliam Lauryn Gilliam is a seeker of fun, student of life and lover of exploring mindful ways to enlist the 5 senses in all her experiences. Join her in every issue as she takes us on a sensory tour of all things arts, culture and dining.

Eric Ross Eric Ross Interiors specializes in full service residential interior design and interior decoration for homes and provides truly unique, luxury design solutions for any room in your home. From design concept to installation and presentation, Eric Ross Interiors manages every aspect of your project and leaves no detail unattended.


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YOUR MONTHLY | Williamson County Social Secretary

YOUR SOCIAL SECRETARY: FEBRUARY 5

2016 brings a host of fabulous events we can’t wait to attend! Here are just a few to add to the Social Calendar. Visit YourWilliamson.com for more events. FEBRUARY 5

FEBRUARY 13

HeART to Heart Luncheon

Black Tie Affair

Mardi Gras Ball

February 5, 11am Embassy Suites Cool Springs

February 5, 6pm Embassy Suites Cool Springs

February 13, 6pm Embassy Suites Cool Springs

The United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) Patricia Hart Society will announce the 2016 Woman of Inspiration at the annual HeART to Heart Luncheon. The event includes a silent auction featuring items such as gift cards, themed baskets and tickets to Tennessee Performing Arts Center performances. www.uwwc.org

The 15th Annual Black Tie Affair, “African Americans in Franklin and Williamson County” “Education – Our Key To The Future”, is presented by The African American Heritage Society. Social hour begins at 6pm and the program will begin at 7pm. Dinner and dancing will follow. For more information, contact Alma McLemore at 615-305-0904 or Paulette Johnson at 615-243-7751.

Enjoy an amazing dinner and all the dancing you can handle at this year’s Mardi Gras Ball! Proceeds benefit My Friend’s House, making it possible for youth to have further opportunities and improve their quality of life. The Krewe Party will kick off the event on February 11 at The Corner Pub in Franklin. www.myfriendshousetn.org


YOUR MONTHLY | Sumner County Social Secretary

YOUR SOCIAL SECRETARY: JANUARY 31

Music for Wheels Fundraiser January 31, 12pm-8pm Ri’chard’s Cafe Music for Wheels will include performances by Incognito, Dave Isaacs, Olivia West and others. The goal of the Music for Wheels event, organized by Incognito Cartel keyboardist Don Gaylord, is to help raise funds to replace a disabled friend’s accessible van, that was stolen. The event is free. Donations to Music for Wheels event graciously accepted. www.richardscafe.com

2016 brings a host of fabulous events we can’t wait to attend! Here are just a few to add to the Social Calendar. Visit YourSumner.com for more events. FEBRUARY 5

“The Emperor And The Nightingale” February 5, 7pm Historic Palace Theater Join Nashville Ballet for their free Dance Me A Story of “The Emperor And The Nightingale” presented by the Gallatin Arts Council. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, “The Nightingale”. www.downtowngallatin.com

FEBRUARY 28–MARCH 1

Mid TN Home Show February 28 – March 1 Hendersonville Expo Center The Hendersonville Expo Center will be host to the Mid TN Home Show presented by Sumner Roofing & Exteriors and the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. www.hendersonvillechamber.com


SOCIAL | St. Nicholas Ball

Story & Photography by Cassie Thompson The social event of the season was held on December 12th at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. The St. Nicholas Ball attendees were greeted outside by live carolers as they entered into the festively decorated club. The evening featured dancing, dining and memory making all while supporting the Make A Wish Foundation. This was the ninth year that the St. Nicholas Ball took center stage as part of HolidayFest – a multi event fundraising endeavor that takes place in Sumner County over several months each year. To find out more, check out holidayfesttn.org.

Michael Bickers, Sarah Baker, Caitlin Dobbins, Andrew Freeland

Michael & Sherry Smith

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Lynda Even, Beverly Jones, Connie Maynard

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King & Queen of HolidayFest Bill von Kessel & JJ von Kessel

Christe Ensley & Maureen Linder

Erica Brister & Connie Maynard

Kathleen, Ed & Jeanette Leonard

Jennifer Waddell, Paul Jones, Stacey Jones

Gary Stevens & Jessica McIntyre


SOCIAL | Studio Tenn Holiday Concert Sponsored Event

Story & Photography by K. York The Studio Tenn Theatre Company held their holiday concert this season to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. The concert-style variety show featured company members and guest performers singing favorites like White Christmas, Silent Night and I’ll be Home for Christmas. As always, Studio Tenn put on an amazing performance. For more information on upcoming shows, go to studiotenn.com.

Mary Simpson, Deen Logan, Jennifer & Doug Powell

Carolyn Bryant

Jim & Donna Alonzo, Diane & Bryan Thomas

Linda Stewart, Miller Garrett & Robin Dahl

Ira & Elaine Work, Jim Johnson

Marc & Julie Severance, Mimi &Russ Heldman, Brittany Allen & Mary Deaton Heldman


LIFESTYLE | Beauty Junkie

Sci ence Proj ects

Happy New Year, y’all! I don’t know about you, but I like to treat the new year as a fresh start, all the way around. It’s time to clean up the diet, put bad habits to rest (again), and revamp my skincare routine. The timing is perfect too, because there are tons of products out there that take things to a whole new level. New year and back to school! I thought I’d review these hybrid types of products, as if we were in science class. Pencils up, students! So there are tons of fancy, advanced cleansers out there, and cleansing oils are just the beginning. The geniuses at Glamglow, who launched the now-cult-favorite mud mask of the same name, have a whole new line of cleansers touting methods like “mud-to-oil” and “mud-to-foam,” to accommodate just about every cleansing need. The Powermud Dualcleanse treatment spreads on like a wetter, thinner version of the original Glamglow mud mask. Then, after a few minutes, it is transformed into a cleansing oil, when you massage it with wet fingers. On the other hand, the Thirstycleanse, meant for dry skin like mine and taking a cue from the partner Thirstymud hydrating mask (which I LOVE), makes use of that mud-to-foam method of action. It starts like a thick serum, which then foams up a little with wet hands and some pretty vigorous rubbing. Neither are really meant for taking off eye makeup, and I’m kind of lazy. So, I’m giving each of these a “B minus.” Next project, please... Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean that we have to walk around all pasty-like. I like to self-tan this time of year to make me feel like I’m back from a fabulous beach getaway. I’m always on the hunt for a self-tanner that isn’t just loaded with ingredients that are bad for you. Enter Suntegrity. I discovered this lovely brand, while out in Denver last month when I wandered into this darling boutique called Aillea. This wasn’t just any beautyproduct shop, y’all. The whole place was devoted to non-toxic brands. THE WHOLE PLACE. I had a party to attend and was in need of ANYTHING to eliminate the Casper-like shade of my legs. The Suntegrity self-tanner utilizes vegetable-derived DHA and botanical extracts to deliver a realistic glow in the safest way possible. And? It smells like Sweet Tarts. This stuff gets a solid “A.” Another option is the super-slick new St. Tropez Gradual Tan

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In-Shower Lotion. You wash and ex-foliate in the shower, then turn the water off. Apply the self-tanning lotion, then wait three minutes. Give yourself a good rinse and then the color develops over the next few hours. I saw a pretty glow after just one use. Another “A” product in my book. The lips shouldn’t be left out, when it comes to fancified new products this year. I also recently discovered the amazing makeup brand Ilia. I’m apparently late to the game, as Ilia has already garnered a Green Star award from Elle and an Organic Beauty Talk award in 2014. You know I hold the Beautycounter Lip Sheers close to my heart for their lead-free, glossy gorgeousness, but Ilia is the perfect alternative. Around the World is the most beautiful mauve ever, perfect for my blue undertones, and has earned the coveted “A+.” However, all of the shades are drop-dead gorgeous. When it’s time to wash the day away, throw on Glamglow Poutmud Fizzy Lip Ex-foliating Treatment and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask before bed (in that order). A lip scrub on steroids, Poutmud is rubbed onto your kisser then activated with Glamglow, St. Tropez, and water to fizz like grown-up Pop Bite Beauty: Sephora Rocks. Always follow ex-foliation Suntegrity and Ilia: aillea.com with moisture, and the gluten- and Biossance: biossance.com petroleum-free agave lip mask will R & Co.: Woo Cosmetics, leave your pucker smooth and soft. Green Hills I wish the Poutmud fizzed up a Olaplex: Lather, West End little bit more, so I’m giving it a “B,” but the Bite lip mask gets an “A minus.” Both are worth a try.

Buying Guide

I’m just scratching the surface of new products out there, lovelies. There’s a new plant-based squalane anti-aging serum called Biossance I’m currently trying. Squalane is a virtual fountain of youth, but had historically been found in sharks’ livers, along with a cleansing conditioner called Analog by R & Co., and a repairing hair cream called Olaplex that is supposed to be a blonde’s best friend. Please know that I’ll report back when I’ve graded my latest grown-lady science projects. Until then, a very high-tech cheers!


SOCIAL | King Jewelers Reception Story & Photography by Anna Robertson King Jewelers in Green Hills and YOUR Williamson Magazine held a cocktail reception in early December for guests to get the first look before the store’s special Designers Weekend event. King Jewelers is a luxury destination for fine jewelry, Swiss watches and wholesale diamonds and has been in operation for five generations. For more information, visit kings1912.com.

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SOCIAL | Bal d'Hiver

Story & Photography by K. York Continuing the tradition of introducing young women into Nashville society, the Bal d’Hiver was held at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza this fall. The Kappa Alpha Theta Nashville Alumnae Chapter presented seventyfour accomplished young women at the débutante ball. The evening of dinner and dancing benefited CASA, Family & Children’s Services and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, all organizations which make a positive impact on the lives of women and children.

Anne, Mike & Sarah Riley Saint, Brice Blum

Austin Joannes, Lindsey, Karla & David Landrum

Evelyn Kaestner, Scott Simpson, Margo, Todd, Maurine & Susan Kaestner

Mary Beth, Amanda, John, Madeleine & Mac Gibson

Joanna & Logan Kimbrough

Hayden Alford, Erin, Sara, Robin & David Puryear

Chuck & Susan Blackburn, Mary, David & Eleanor Templeton

Alice Lu & Rachel Gideon

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Brett Barnett & Ana Darielle Nunez

Pat Lyons, Lisa Manning & Mary Lee Bartlett

Katherine Cochran, Jonathan Dencker & Mary Elizabeth Colton

Randee Masters, William & Norma Roach

Kevin & Corinne Mattern, Andrew Kingsley & Mary Liza Hartong

Barbara DeWitt, Buddy & Carolyn Fisher

Overton, Mary Elizabeth & Amy Colton


LIFESTYLE | New Year New YOU

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NAMES CHAIRS FOR 2016 NASHVILLE HEART GALA EVENT SET FOR FEBRUARY 6, 2016 AT THE SCHERMERHORN Ashley and David Dill have been named as chairs for the 43rd Nashville Heart Gala. David is the President and COO of LifePoint Health and serves on the board of directors for the Greater Nashville American Heart Association. The annual black-tie fundraiser will take place on February 6, 2016 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. While $700,000 was raised at the 2015 Nashville Heart Gala, a goal of $1 million has been set for 2016. The theme of this year’s event is “A Magical Affair: Making Heart Disease and Stroke Disappear”. Funds raised through the event go to fighting the No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke, through research, public health and community education programs. 

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For further information about the Nashville Heart Gala visit www.NashvilleHeartBall.heart.org.


COMMUNITY | YOUR Education

JUMP ROPE FOR HEART BOOSTS HEART HEALTH AWARENESS February is National Heart Month and many of the schools across Williamson County will participate in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign that has become wildly successful at boosting awareness amongst young people for things like heart disease, obesity, eating healthy, exercising and the dangers of smoking.

therapies and medications. The Franklin Special School District Schools that will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart this year include: Poplar Grove Elementary School, Franklin Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, and Freedom Intermediate School.

Kyle Rigsby, one of Franklin Elementary School’s Physical Education teachers said “the Jump Rope for Heart at Franklin Elementary School means a lot! We jump to make ourselves healthier, gain lots of skills, and to honor those who have struggled or passed away from heart disease. Over the past fifteen years, FES has raised close to $150,000. This will be year sixteen and we hope to get another

To find out specific days and times for each school, visit www.fssd.org and click on the school name.

$10,000 this year.” Each student participating in Jump Rope for Heart will raise donations that will go to the American Heart Association. The money raised will help pay for latest treatments for kids with special hearts as well as assist clinicians discover new

Williamson County Schools will also be participating in Jump Rope for Heart this year. For more information on the Jump Rope For Heart program go to heart.org.


SOCIAL | Turkey Trot Sponsored Event

Story & Photography by K. York The 15th annual Turkey Trot, benefiting GraceWorks Ministries, took place Thanksgiving morning at D1 Sports Training and CoolSprings Galleria.The 5 K Run/Walk was followed by the Kids Kilometer fun run. Over 3,000 people participated in this year’s event! GraceWorks focuses on family support, hunger prevention, seasonal needs and educational programs throughout our community. visit graceworksministries.net for more information.

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LIFESTYLE | YOUR Best Self

STUCK IN A RELATIONSHIP SPIN CYCLE? TRY THESE THREE EASY TIPS If improving an important relationship is one of your goals in 2016, I so applaud you. After self-improvement, a commitment to better personal relationships will pay the biggest dividends towards a happier life, even more than a pay raise! If you are better at maintaining your car than relationships, don’t despair. Very few of us have formal training. We model what we see growing up, tweak it a little and hope for the best. Below are high level strategies but will work with any relationship, paving the way for more fulfilling connections. Don’t be afraid to “fight”. It’s virtually impossible for two people in a close relationship to avoid conflict. The key here is to drop the belief that disagreeing is a sign the relationship is flawed. Not expressing your thoughts and feelings is a fast track to resentment. Learning to express your feelings, without attacking the other person, is essential. Listening without getting defensive is the other piece of the puzzle. Proper timing goes a long way in resolving differences, as well. Plan a time when both of you are receptive, calm and focused on what needs to be discussed. There are many techniques for conflict resolution. Grab a book, take a workshop, hire someone, but vow to put effort into a method that works for both of you. Creating a safe harbor to resolve disagreements is essential for truly satisfying relationships. Work on connection, not the relationship. “Working” on a relationship is usually centered on fixing what isn’t working. Most of these issues are personality differences and will never be totally resolved. These differences irritate us when we aren’t feeling connected. Focus instead on fun activities, interesting conversations and what you like about the other person. Your spouse may never be on time, your friend doesn’t remember birthdays and your child isn’t as social as you desire. Our loved ones flaws aren’t as bothersome when we connect and refocus on what we appreciate about them.

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Don’t give relationships the key to your happiness. It’s easy to get caught in the spin cycle of thinking we would be happy if the other person would change. In healthy relationships, we should feel safe to state our preferences and create loving boundaries around certain behaviors. The key here is to make requests without pinning our happiness to the outcome. People, even ones we love, will eventually disappoint us. They’re human, as are you. Choose your attitude, and engage in activities that inspire you during these times. You might find when you stop focusing on the other person and take care of you, the matter gets resolved! Be you. No apologies. Connie

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LIFESTYLE | Styling YOUR Everyday

BY KATIE JACOBS

“The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.”

—Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk

Tea Time BY KATIE JACOBS

Refined, romantic and easy on the budget, when hosting a bridal shower or luncheon, consider the time-honored simplicity of a tea party. You don’t have to be a Downton Abbey devotee to appreciate the charm and elegance of an English-style tea party, especially if you’re planning a bridal shower. Whether your goal is a tasteful affair with a nod to yesteryear or you’re simply trying to keep costs down, this intimate pre-wedding party is easy to prepare in advance and gives guests the chance to celebrate the bride and socialize together over cocktails, tea, and snacks. Because of its simplicity, this party format may also appeal to the busy bride-tobe who’d like to host a thank-you tea for her bridesmaids.


The great thing is that tea foods won’t break your budget. You’ll want to feature light, delicate fare and a selection of desserts. Make tea sandwiches, and serve them stacked high on a silver platter. Think cucumber sandwiches, for example. Take thin-sliced English cucumbers and arrange on pressed white bread (crust removed) with a little cream cheese and dill. Arrange store bought assorted cookies and mini desserts on teared platters, serve fresh berries with whipped cream in crystal goblets, and pass cheese wafers in silver baskets.

For more DIY ideas, check out StylingMyEveryday.com Keep everything very traditional when it comes to decor. If your mom has a silver tea set, go for it! Or maybe someone has crystal goblets or a cake stand you can borrow. Use a nice linen, lace, or floral design tablecloth, tie each napkin with a beautiful ribbon bow, and have someone calligraphy place cards for each guest. For centerpieces, fill antiquestyle teapots or teacups with one type of flower,a few pink or white tea roses, for example, or a bunch of tightly arranged carnations. Another affordable idea is to go to an event rental company for vintage-style three-tier stands and dishes, especially if you are serving a larger party. For favors, small individual boxes with a variety of teas, or macaroons tied up in teacups, are perfect. The ladies will love them!


SOCIAL | 2015 Holiday Parties

BrightStone Christmas Program & Reception

Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting

Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt

Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt

What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with the annual BrightStone Christmas program? The Christmas program attracts more than 450 people each year as guests enjoy a heart-warming performance that features the BrightStone adults singing, dancing and playing instruments. This year’s show featured a McKayla & Kaitlyn Watts special ringing of the bells. The free event also had a hot cocoa bar and a delicious reception with hors d’oeuvres following the program. For more information about this wonderful event, please visit brightstone.org.

The annual lighting of the Franklin Christmas tree took place on the downtown Square Thursday, December 3rd. Guests were all bundled up as they enjoyed cookies, cider and the chance to meet Santa and the Grinch. The downtown buildings were a site to see as classic holiday movies were Kiley Wilder & Julian, projected around the Square. Freedom Kaden & Gianna Zakresky Intermediate School Choir and Centennial High School Choir sang Christmas carols before Mayor Ken Moore started the countdown to light the tree. For Cara Bennett more information & Eva Fette on upcoming Tanner, Leah & Kristen Wynne events in Franklin visit www.franklintn.gov.

Claudia Finnegan, Steve & Claudia Zanolini

Robin Morrison, Sarah & Megan Wurster

Christmas at the Parks Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt The agents and staff at Parks Realty in downtown Franklin held their annual Christmas at the Parks Party Thursday, December 10th. Guests gathered in the storefront off Main Street for a night of networking, delicious food and drinks. The beautiful Parks Christmas tree was on display in the showroom alongside tables of delicious holiday treats prepared, as is their annual tradition, by staff and agents!  For more information about Parks Realty and to check out current local properties for sale, visit www.bobparks. com.

Marie & Bob Parks, Gaila Noland

Diana DeLane, Peggy Mather & Donna Rose

Dianne & Pat Petty

Zion & Zoe Redington

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Breakfast with Friends Story & Photography Submitted My Friend's House held Breakfast With Friends on December 9th at Embassy Suites in Cool Springs. The event was free and donations were welcomed. All proceeds benefited My Friend's House.


Italian Dinner Party Story & Photography by Shelby Waltz An authentic and exquisite Italian dinner prepared by downtown Franklin resident, Marti Veto is an offer one cannot refuse. She recently hosted a private dinner party in her downtown Franklin home, which was one of the many unique items up for grabs at the Heritage Ball silent auction held on September 19th. Kim Metcalf of Landenberg, PA won the bid for the dinner. She soon thought to invite Diane Parks, who recently celebrated her birthday. Kim also invited a small group of friends to enjoy the evening with her. The evening was filled with laughter, smiles, and delectable Italian cuisine. Fine wines were also on the menu. The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County holds many events throughout the year, in addition to the Heritage Ball. Learn more about the Ball and other events at www.historicfranklin.com.

Fountains of Franklin Holiday Market Fountains of Franklin hosted its 3rd annual Holiday Market, Music and Munchies on Saturday, December 5. Attendees enjoyed shopping with gift vendors, listened to live Christmas music and tasted delicious seasonal treats. 

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Bobbie Krieger, Brenda Rummell, Billie Hamlett

Family Friday at Loveless Cafe Story & Photography Submitted

Diane Parks, Marcia Franks, Marti Veto, Gina Williams, Terri Allen, Kim Metcalf, Shawn Tomasello & Leslie Horn

Leslie Horn & Marcia Franks

Kim Metcalf, Diane Parks & Shawn Tomasello

At the end of November, Loveless Café kicked off the holiday season with their Family Friday. This event is a tradition at Loveless to encourage families to spend time together on what is normally a hectic “Black Friday” shopping day. All of the activities are family-friendly and free of charge! Guests enjoyed pictures with Santa, shopping, concessions, a kids corner, cooking demonstrations, story reading and a Christmas tree lighting. For more information on Loveless Cafe events, visit lovelesscafe.com.

LOVE SPANS THE GENERATIONS AT THE FOUNTAINS. Resident Janice Cox and granddaughter Courtney Williams

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SOCIAL | Downton Abbey Soiree

Story & Photography by K. York A special preview of the opening episode of the sixth and last season of the wildly successful PBS drama Downton Abbey was held at the historic Franklin Theatre in December. Guests attending the Nashville Public Television fundraiser dressed in 1920’s costumes of beaded dresses, headbands, tuxedos and top hats. British hors d’oeuvres were served prior to the showing.

Monica Farmer, Erica Saeger, Alexis Oliver, Chenoa Jacobs & Nikki Crosslin

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LOVE & HARMONY The 2016 Bridal Fashion showcases designer gowns from Romantic Creations Bridal Couture and b. Hughes Bridal Formal, and the gentlemen’s looks from Street Tuxedo. 2016 brings classic styles, along with unique detail and inspiration. Paired with beautiful flowers, hair and makeup, stunning jewelry and an elegant backdrop of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Bridal Fashion has never been more stunning. Here are some of our 2016 choice looks modeled by local brides and grooms-to-be.


FEATURE | The Fashion

SHELLY ROBERTSON BIRDSONG Right, Shelly is wearing a red chiffon long bridesmaid gown by Monique Lhuillier with a sweetheart neckline. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal. Below, Shelly is wearing a black taffeta short bridesmaid dress by Monique Lhuillier with a lace bodice. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal.


RACHAEL DASCHNER Rachael is wearing a lace A-line gown designed by Maria Elena Bishop with a deep neckline, lace bodice and rhinestone belt. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture. Beautiful diamond cluster earrings complete the look. Available at Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry.


ANNA ROBERTSON Anna is wearing vintage inspired lace mermaid fit gown designed by Maria Elena Bishop with a nude lining, sweetheart neckline and rhinestone belt. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture. Adding to the look is an art deco platinum and diamond watch. Available at Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry.

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ALICIA GRIFFIN Alicia is wearing a silk organza French Chantilly lace gown by Rivini. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal. Art deco diamond and natural pearl drop earrings complete the look. Available at Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry. The night that Alicia and Tyler got engaged is one of their most cherished memories. They were going to Gatlinburg for a long weekend with their best friends to celebrate Valentine’s Day. At this point in time, Alicia knew she wanted to be with Tyler forever but “engagement” just wasn’t something they had talked about a lot, so needless to say whenever it was going to happen, it was going to be a surprise. They arrived at the cabin and then all decided to go out to dinner. Before they left, their friends had mentioned taking pictures

in front of the fire place. Once Tyler and Alicia went to take a picture, he turned and looked at Alicia and said “You know I love you right,” then proceeded to propose to her, and their friends were able to get the whole moment on camera. It was a very happy night to say the least! Alicia and Tyler spent the rest of the weekend in Gatlinburg as a newly engaged couple. Now, a year later, they are getting married in April and couldn’t be happier!”

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CAMERON ANDERSON Cameron is wearing a trumpet style gown with tulle flare by Vera Wang. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal.

REID ANDERSON Reid is wearing a Jean Yves steel grey tuxedo with matching vest and striped bow-tie. Available at Street Tuxedo.

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Both Franklin High graduates, Rachel and Christopher first began their relationship along the halls of high school. Introduced by a mutual friend, they quickly grew close through passing notes, long phone calls and time spent between classes. An affection between the two developed, and before long they were spending their days together and going on dinner dates. While Rachel attended the University of Tennessee, Christopher headed south to Auburn University, but the distance was not enough to keep the two apart. Shortly after returning home for the summer break, they began dating and picked right back up where they left off. Summers filled with Sounds games and days on the Harpeth, falls packed with road trips and football games, Christopher and Rachel continued to grow ever closer. Upon graduating, both returned to their beloved Franklin where they had first started their journey. When another challenge presented itself with Christopher moving to Missouri for work, they vowed to continue to make it work, spending every available weekend traveling back and forth to be together. After over a decade of being the best of friends, having gone from car-rider lines to young professionals, Christopher proposed to Rachel on Thanksgiving Day this last year, surrounded by their ever-supportive families. The two are extremely excited for their big day in October and look forward to starting their next chapter as Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham.

RACHEL WEISHAUPT Rachel is wearing a 2-piece gown with a long sleeve lace top and flowing skirt designed by Maria Elena Bishop. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture. Winter 2016 | YOURSUMNER.COM 37


Justen and Rachael met in high school through mutual friends. It wasn’t until they both came home on Christmas break freshman year of college that they met up for dinner with friends and started a real friendship. They spent time together over the holiday and then later that next semester, both transferred to go to school closer to home. Over the next year, they became best friends. Rachael may have been oblivious to their connection at first, but her sister, Caitlin, started telling people that Rachael would marry Justen one day. Sure enough, they started dating about five years ago and in September, Justen proposed to her on their beautiful farm. They will marry this fall.

RACHAEL DASCHNER Rachael is wearing a long sleeved lace A-line gown with a flowing skirt designed by Maria Elena Bishop. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture. Complimenting the neckline is a diamond art deco necklace with a 180 carat aquamarine stone. Available at Walton’s Estate & Antique Jewelry.

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A few years ago, Cameron packed her bags and moved from Starkville, MS to Franklin. She made a connection with YOUR Williamson and started working with us as Marketing Manager. One of her first events she worked was the Heritage Ball, taking photos and detailing the evening. During the dinner, Cameron stayed in the cocktail tent to catch her breath and grab a bite to eat. There was an amazing coffee bar set up with donut holes, the perfect ‘pick me up’! During her little break, a man wandered out of the dinner tent, grabbed a donut, and asked very sarcastically, “You like those donut holes, huh?” Let’s just say her appetite had caught up to her! So, Cameron was a little hungry? She rolled her eyes until he walked away. Fast forward a year later after Shelly Robertson Birdsong (yep, Anna’s MOH!) introduced Cameron to Reid. He invited her to go to the ball, so she asked if the coffee and donuts where a normal thing. His eyes grew large and he pointed and said “YOU’RE DONUT HOLE GIRL??!!” It was the first time they made the connection that they had actually met previously. They both love to laugh about their REAL first introduction . . . At press time Cameron and Reid had married on January 9th at Christ Community Presbyterian. They happily reside in Franklin with their Border Collie, Riley, and Tabby Cat, Adelaide, and Reid’s parents, Danny and Teresa Anderson, live right down the road.

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Anna and Chris met in March 2012 at one of their favorite Franklin spots, The Bunganut Pig. They went on their first date in April 2012 and soon fell in love. Anna and Chris both learned of the many connections they had to one another throughout their youth, as Chris attended Anna’s sweet sixteen birthday party and they both frequented the same music shows and had the same circle of friends – yet they never met when they were younger. It was truly fate and God’s good timing on when they would be brought into each other’s lives. Chris proposed to Anna on November 12, 2015 at the top of Clingmans Dome looking over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at sunset. Although cold and windy, the proposal was beautiful and perfect. They plan to marry this fall in Historic Downtown Franklin.

ANNA ROBERTSON Above, Anna is wearing a white silk taffeta floral filigree embroidered tulle Oscar de la Renta ball gown with a sweetheart neckline. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal. Right, Anna is wearing an A-line French lace gown with a sweetheart neckline designed by Maria Elena Bishop. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture.

CHRIS HAM Above, Chris is wearing an Ike Behar Collection slim fit navy tuxedo and bow-tie. This look can be paired with other colors for more of a pop. This fashionable suit is made of Super 120’s Wool. Available at Street Tuxedo.

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CHRIS HAM Chris is wearing an Ike Behar Collection slim fit jacket in a rich burgundy color with contrasting black lapels paired with black pants and black bow-tie. This suit is made of Super 120's Wool. Available at Street Tuxedo.

JUSTEN OGLE Justen is wearing an Ike Behar slim fit tails tuxedo in black with a white vest and bow-tie. Available at Street Tuxedo.

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Making Your Floral Dreams Come True . . .

CANDICE ROWLAND Above, Candice is wearing a sand color bridesmaid gown with a cowl back by Monique Lhuillier. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal. Right, Candice is wearing a sequined A-line floor length bridesmaid gown by Watters featuring a modified halter neckline with thin spaghetti straps. Available at b. Hughes Bridal Formal.

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The incredibly beautiful and romantic backdrop for our Bridal Fashion is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the world renowned Nashville Symphony. Schermerhorn Symphony Center has become a top choice for brides seeking a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. They have eleven opulent event spaces equipped for maximum functionality, able to accommodate everything from a bridal brunch to a rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception. Their stateof-the-art audio-visual services will ensure your wedding is seen, heard and remembered. Contact Senior Event Sales Manager, Johnathan McGee, for more information. Schermerhorn Symphony Center One Symphony Place | Nashville 615.687.6500 nashvillesymphony.org The beautiful bouquets and boutonnières were designed by Always In Bloom. From classic white to vibrant blues, springy pinks and rustic cotton – Always In Bloom can create beautiful flower arrangements to compliment and perfect your wedding day! Always In Bloom, LLC 227 Franklin Road | Franklin 615.591.7990 www.alwaysinbloominc.com Hair and Makeup was styled by the talented team at LW Boutique Salon. Stylists, Ariel Newsom, Leslie Davis and Meagan Gonzales, gave our brides and bridesmaids models their glamorous looks. Contact them for your wedding hair and makeup look. LW Boutique Salon 625 Bakers Bridge Avenue | Franklin 615.229.6567 Also Featured: b. Hughes Bridal Formal 4231 Harding Pike | Nashville 615.297.7800 www.bhughesbridalformal.com Romantic Creations Bridal Couture 2131 Belcourt Avenue | Nashville 615.292.1535 www.romanticcreationsbridal.com Street Tuxedo Four locations in the Middle TN area. www.streettuxedo.com Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry 410 Main Street | Franklin 615.790.0244 www.waltonsjewelry.com

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RACHEL WEISHAUPT Rachel is wearing a mermaid fit lace gown with plunging back designed by Maria Elena Bishop. Available at Romantic Creations Bridal Couture.


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FEATURE | Happily Ever After

Ricco Rosini Brooke Bryant

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Photos: Laura Kay Photography

It was a beautiful May day by the lake for the wedding of Brooke Bryant and Ricco Rosini at the Club at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin. The picturesque buildings and grounds of this lovely location provided an idyllic backdrop for a magical day.

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FEATURE | Happily Ever After

Matthew Rush Benton March 7, 2015

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Though Macey and Matt always had mutual friends at the University of Mississippi, the two didn’t begin dating until the start of Macey’s senior year. Following the Mississippi native’s graduation, Macey moved to Nashville with four of her best friends, where Matt was already settled in his hometown. A job at Franklin-based Sheridan Public Relations, a hyper golden-doodle named Lemmi and three years of courtship later, Macey accepted Matt’s proposal on a fly-fishing trip in Montana in August 2014.

Photos by Karla Pound of Pound Photography

On the evening of March 7, 2015, Macey and Matt were married at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Mississippi, by the bride’s paternal grandfather. The historic sanctuary, which has remained largely unchanged since its construction in 1844, was once occupied as sleeping quarters by Union troops and was the site of William Faulkner’s marriage in 1929. Escorted by her father, Macey chose a body-skimming column of ivory silk crepe, trimmed in silver-threaded scalloped lace at the bateau neckline, bustle and hem, with a tulle train that captured the aesthetic of the 19th-century church. Finishing the look, she wore a double-tiered, cathedral-cut veil and Saint Laurent heels. Her earthy bouquet was a collection of hydrangeas and five varieties of roses, with draping accents of seeded eucalyptus and hanging amaranthus, hand-tied with French hand-dyed silk ribbon and wrapped in an embroidered handkerchief passed down in her circle of dear friends. Wanting to honor her grandparents’ legacy of love, Macey asked her maternal grandfather to create a wooden cross for the ceremony altar using wood belonging to the Simmons, her great grandparents.

A celebratory reception hosted by the bride’s parents was held at The Lyric in Oxford, a venue that originally served as the Faulkner family’s livery stable. Macey and Matt shared their first dance to “Harvest Moon,” and afterwards danced with guests for hours before exiting under a shower of roses, and departing in a 1958 Rolls Royce draped in greenery. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at James Beard award-winning chef John Currence’s flagship restaurant, City Grocery, and afterwards upstairs at a post-toast party for wedding guests. Macey wore the bodice of her mother’s restored wedding gown, first worn in 1985, to the occasion.

After a honeymoon trip to The Viceroy in Anguilla, the couple now lives in Nashville. The bride is a senior account executive at Sheridan Public Relations in downtown Franklin, and the groom is an operations and logistics manager at San Franciscobased Uber Technologies Inc.


The Barn Courtyard by AOC Photography

FEATURE | The Venue

Spreading the Love with Loveless Events Leslie & Dusty Photography

Even before my now-husband got down on one knee, I knew someday we would say our “I do’s” surrounded by family and friends in Nashville, Tennessee. So when the day finally came to start planning, our first decision was where to celebrate and who would help us plan?

Rachel Moore

The team at Loveless Events enjoys working with couples from start to finish to help make their dream celebration a reality. Here, a recent bride shares how Loveless Events handled every aspect of her day and helped make it truly special.

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When choosing a venue, we wanted something that we could customize to our theme and style. I’d heard that The Barn at the Loveless Cafe offers versatility, with an open main hall, two covered porches, a large lawn and a private courtyard. At first, I was only considering The Barn for our reception, but after scheduling a personal tour and seeing the stone courtyard, I knew it was the perfect setting for our ceremony too! Holding our ceremony and reception in a single space would make it possible for our guests to witness our marriage and then walk just a few steps to the reception – no need for transportation to another venue or to stress over parking for there is plenty of parking, and its free! The best reason, however, was being in one space meant we could begin celebrating our marriage immediately! Communication with our sales & event manager was flawless. She always got back to us within 24 hours, and was easily reached by phone or email, which helped alleviate the stress that comes with planning a wedding. Not only did she listen to our requests, she also suggested vendors that were easy to work

with and made everything exactly the way we envisioned. Once I started working with them, I learned that Loveless Events creates more than just weddings. Their culinary team offers a wide variety of delicious menus too! My mother hosted a bridal shower for me at her home in Nashville, and Loveless Events Catering created the perfect menu. I don’t think my friends will ever stop raving about the food. The rehearsal dinner was another big piece to the wedding puzzle, and I can’t begin to describe how simple it was to host it in The Harpeth Room at The Loveless Cafe. It was so convenient to walk over after our rehearsal to enjoy an incredible dinner with out-oftown guests, the bridal party and our parents. Because of the versatility of the culinary team we were able to create different menus for each event and never duplicate tastes – except, of course, those amazing biscuits and jams! The Harpeth Room was the original dining room for the Loveless Cafe & Motel, so it is an intimate space that suited our group well. Plus we enjoyed having cocktails under the stars on the deck. When the big day finally came, the only thing on my mind was my groom. I knew all the details were handled, and I was able to truly enjoy every part of our celebration. We even gave our guests mini jars of Loveless Cafe preserves as favors, to “spread the love!”


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Personalized service: Instead of an impersonal voice thousand of miles away, we are your neighbors. We know what you want and what you value in your travel experience. Franklin Travel Services values your business and is committed to meeting all your travel needs as if they were our own. We take pride in your selecting us to serve as your objective travel consultant. It is our ongoing mission to sort through the vast options to find you the best prices and best value for your airline tickets, car rentals, hotel accommodations, and all our other travel needs. It is our pleasure to handle every step of the travel transaction for you, saving you from the stress, uncertainty, and inconvenience of having to do it on you own. FRANKLIN TRAVEL SERVICES Call us at 615.791.4690 214 E Main Street | Franklin, TN 37064 www.franklintravel.net franklintravel@yahoo.com We will be happy to meet with you and make your wedding/honeymoon the memory of a lifetime. Winter 2016 | YOURSUMNER.COM 53


LIFESTYLE | A Southern Gentleman Is . . .

FAT H E R GROOM OF THE

BY DANNY ANDERSON

“FATHER OF THE GROOM” – well that is a new one for me. I have served as Chair, Co-Chair, Committee Member and Worker Bee for many events - some large and some small but never a Father of the Groom. I now am in this very role, as my son just got married! But, what exactly was I expected to do? Over the years my wife and I have attended many wonderful and fun weddings. So far, the “Fathers of the Grooms,” all did about the same thing. They showed up, looked dapper, mingled with the guests and did what they were asked to do. I am sure they did a lot more than that, but on the surface they all looked calm and collected. When I found myself in that role, I wanted to find out just what the 54 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

duties of the Father of the Groom were, so I went to my wisest friend “Google”… The first thing I found out is that my number one role was to support my son and be a calming influence. That one I knew I could do with pleasure. The second was be involved in the wedding festivities as much (or as little) as the bride and groom wanted me to be. Those that know me well, know that the “as little” part was a tough one for me to pull off. However, all of the articles I read said that the Father of the Groom should try not to be seen as interfering and to not get too involved unless the bride and groom ask for input. OK, I gave it a good try!


According to the articles that my friend Google pulled up for me, today’s wedding arrangements can be much more flexible than the traditional wedding I was used to. The parents of the groom may take on a more active role in both the wedding planning and the wedding itself. It all goes back to what the bride and groom want. While the responsibilities of the Father of the Groom are not high profile, they are important. The below are traditional ideas of what the grooms parents do, but keep in mind that you take a lead from your son.

Support your son, be a calming influence. Contact the bride’s parents to arrange a meeting and offer congratulations. Review financial responsibilities and how you will be involved. Provide the bride and groom a list of wedding guest with their full addresses. Host the rehearsal dinner, if there is one – work on your toast to the Bride and Groom. Mingle with wedding guests. Have fun and enjoy every minute of this special time.

Wedding etiquette for parents of the groom has often been neglected. Changing attitudes in modern society have opened up new doors for parents of the groom to take on a larger role. Navigating the gray areas of wedding etiquette is often difficult, but being polite, kind and helpful always makes the process easier. The one thing I know for sure is that I was proud to be a Father of the Groom. My wife and I are so proud of the person that our son has become and are so very excited having his beautiful wife as a loving member of our family. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and no matter which they may be, for me personally, they are all a time of celebration and a sacred commitment of the heart. For future Fathers of the Groom that may want to know what their role is, I suggest that you do what I did – Google it! If nothing else, it is an interesting read…

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FEATURE | Happily Ever After

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David Adam King was married to Kristy Lyn Belcher on June 20th at their Laurelbrooke clubhouse in an intimate ceremony and reception for 120 guests. Originally from Miami Beach, David was accompanied by his parents, Scott and Maxine King, down the aisle. Kristy King, a Nashville native, was escorted by her parents Steve and Deby Belcher. The reception was catered by Johnny Haffner, and music was provided by DJ Cale Carver. All jewelry came from King Jewelers located in Green Hills. Photos courtesy of Amy Conner Photography and Michael Gomez Photography.


FEATURE | The Dress

Behind the Tulle and Lace CONFESSIONS OF A BRIDAL BOUTIQUE ASSISTANT BY CARTER STOUGH

DON’T BRING THE MASSES.

Let’s be honest – being engaged is

TIMELESS TRUMPS TRENDY.

Frankly, I don’t understand why women want to bring so many people with them. I understand you want support, but a few trusted individuals are more than enough. You do not need everyone and their mother chiming in with their opinions. With too many people, one person is bound to not agree with the gown you love, and then you will start to second guess yourself. It is your day. You should wear what you love.

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We all want to look in fashion on our wedding day. However, please remember that these pictures are ones that you will look back on for years to come. In 10, 20, 30 years down the road you don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and say, “WHAT WAS I THINKING??” You are beautiful the way you are. No need to try and be anyone else.

of one’s life. That being said, planning a wedding can drive one to insanity. After spending two years in New York City working for a high end wedding dress atelier, you could say I’ve seen a lot. I was executive assistant to the owner of the boutique. As it was a small salon, I played many different roles, giving me the opportunity to

DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET. This is very important! Determine your budget before you go and stick to it. DO NOT try a gown on that is $10,000 and then fall in love. More often than not, you will leave disappointed. I assure you, there are many beautiful gowns that will fit in your budget. It just may take a bit.

see the business from the inside out. So, I am here to give you some tips, as far as choosing your dress.

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COMFORT TRUMPS SIZE. This is a big one. We all want to look and feel incredible on the big day. That being said, you shouldn’t buy a dress three sizes too small assuming that you will lose all that weight. You can always take it in. Very rarely can you let it out.

AVOID FAMILY DRAMA!

STAY TRUE TO YOUR STYLE.

We all know families can be difficult sometimes. So, try and have a discussion with your family before shopping. Remember, this is supposed to be a happy day. If you feel that it will be too much to have them there, go with a good friend. The last thing you want or need is a brawl in the middle of a wedding salon with your mother (or anyone else).

Sometimes your dream dress doesn’t quite fit the picture in your head. This is OK! The dress should reflect your personality and the style of the wedding. A cathedral train will look silly on a beach. At the end of the day, you want to feel beautiful and comfortable. If you feel this, then you will radiate in whatever gown you have chosen.

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YOUR MONTHLY | Ms. Social Grace

Ms. Social Grace’s Guide to Wedding Etiquette Dear Ms. Social Grace: My daughter is getting married this year in October. She will be married in historic downtown Franklin to a wonderful young man who is new to the area. They haven’t quite agreed on the style of the wedding. Right now, discussions are focused on the invitation itself. We believe the wedding, and therefore, the invitation should be formal and set the tone for our wedding. We need some help in creating the invitation. My husband is doctor. My daughter’s father is my first husband (not the doctor) and is a retired Army Colonel. I am hopeful this will help get the kids some direction. Thank you! Historic Downtown Franklin Mama Dear Ms. Historic Downtown Franklin Mama, Hopefully, an agreement on the invitation style, from font to paper to verbiage will help your daughter and son-in-law (to be) agree on the style of their upcoming nuptial celebration. The invitation sets the tone of the wedding as it is the first correspondence made to guests regarding the celebration.

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Regarding your invitation, if you are leaning toward a formal style, I believe the “rook” font is delightful. I would also visit several paper stores and choose an off-white or ivory paper stock. The invitation verbiage would read: Dr. and Mrs. Historic Downtown Franklin Colonel Father of the Bride United State Army, Retired request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Bride to Be to Groom to be Etc. For greatly detailed invitation information, I rely heavily on Crane’s Wedding Blue Book. The book is a little hard to find, but, it contains a wealth of information. Best wishes! Ms. Social Grace Ms. Social Grace uses several resources including the etiquette defining tomes of Miss Manners as a reference for all responses regarding appropriate behavior. You can get advice on questions of etiquette by writing to Ms. Social Grace at AskMs.SocialGrace@yourwilliamson.com.

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FEATURE | The Wedding Coordinator

PLANNING DREAM WEDDINGS WITHOUT THE NIGHTMARE

Getting engaged is a thrilling and joyful experience. However, the secondary emotion can be anxiety as the overwhelming task of planning a wedding swiftly follows. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy your months of engagement sans panic attacks and actually relax and be pampered on your wedding day? That option does exist and the solution is simple: hire a wedding planner. An expert wedding planning team will use their experience to save you time, money, and strands of hair that you won’t feel the need to yank out. Luckily, we have a great duo right here in Williamson County, Lauren Hartman and Krista Ehret of Southern Soiree.

talents, the ladies make sure each couple gets a tailored planning experience and that their day is a true representation of them. “We’re not here to take over. We want to do everything we can to ensure a great day, but ultimately want you to do the things you enjoy and let us handle the rest.” Another thing to mention about this dynamic duo is that when you hire them, you actually get both ladies all day on the day of the wedding, and they only do one wedding per weekend. “We only take on a certain number of weddings per year to ensure we can devote the proper amount of attention to each. We’re about quality, not quantity”.

Lauren and Krista met in college and decided to go into business together in 2011. Since then, they have hit the ground running planning dozens of weddings and events across Middle Tennessee. Nashville has suddenly become a huge destination wedding location with over 20,000 brides getting married here in 2015 alone. While there are many planners available to cover this demand, there’s something that sets Southern Soiree apart, their unique combination of skill sets. Lauren is the planner. Lists, schedules, calenders, you name it, she’s on top of it. She guides brides through every logistical step from selecting a venue, finding the right caterer, keeping your budget in line, to making sure you make it down the aisle on the wedding day. Krista is the creative one. Her lists are more like random scribbles (that you probably can’t deciper), but her background in interior design matched with a passion for timeless beauty allows her to work with clients to style their big days. Using their opposing

“A wedding planner is someone you will work very closely with and you need to make sure that you select someone that you click with. It’s ok to interview more than one to find that right fit.” They offer complimentary consultations to sit down and see if they are a good match for your needs. To find out more, check out their website at www.yoursouthernsoiree.com

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FEATURE | The Bridal Fair

OLD SOUTHERN ELEGANCE

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Rippavilla Plantation, one of Middle Tennessee’s top wedding venues located in Spring Hill, is joining with Enchanted Brides and DJ’s Party Rentals to host a bridal fair to showcase of some of the area’s preferred wedding vendors. The bridal fair takes place at Rippavilla Plantation on Sunday, March 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Vendors range from traditional to trend-setting and offer a great chance for couples to gather ideas, sample tasty selections from amazing caterers, and enjoy a pleasant day with their wedding party. More information on the bridal fair can be found at rippavilla.org, by calling 931-486-9037, by emailing our staff at maryann.rippavilla@bellsouth.net, or “like” us on Facebook for the latest information.

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ONCE UPON A TIME... HOME BUYING WITH THE BURNETTS

There you are, staring in the mirror looking back at yourself and your seemingly identical mother. As she places your veil on top of your head, a tear rolls down her cheek as she stares back at you and simply says “you’re beautiful.” There’s a knock on the door with a call from an usher telling you it’s time. Rewind a year. There you are at Love Park in West Nashville with his arm wrapped around you, keeping you warm from the frigid air as you watch the fireworks over the downtown skyline. He takes a deep breath and lets go, you look up to him wondering what’s wrong. He kneels down in front of you and pulls out a small black box and out comes a beautiful diamond ring which will represent this story for the rest of your lives. Now you’re engaged and the stress of planning your dream wedding sets in. You have so many unknowns running through your mind; the location, the date, the food, the music, the colors, and don’t even get me started about the dress. Take a breath, step back, and let’s think about this logically. You need a wedding planner. You need someone to alleviate the stress and guide you through one of the most important journeys of your life. Now that you’re married, your husband’s one bedroom apartment that you moved into is feeling a little too cramped with all the gifts you received from your wedding registry. You begin to realize it’s impossible to begin a family in this space and decide to search for your first home. Cue the stress. As first time home buyers, you begin to panic about the process of buying a home and you haven’t the slightest clue as to where to start. We get it. It’s a scary journey, much like the planning of your wedding. Just like your wedding planner who was with you from the beginning 64 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

stages of planning to the moment you said “I do,” you need a real estate professional who will do the same for you in order to move through this process. Finding the perfect home that fits your lifestyle and needs is nearly impossible without a team dedicated to working around the clock for you. We often look at fairytales as something that can’t exist, but we always want to believe they can. We’re here to tell you they can and we are going to make that possible for you. From home and lifestyle searching, all the way to lending and negotiating, we will be by your side the entire time to guide and educate you through the second most important journey of your life. You wouldn’t settle for an incompetent wedding planner so why settle for a less than amazing real estate agent? Our team of real estate professionals will guide you to your dream home. When we, Matt and Martie Burnett, first embarked on our journey to enter the real estate industry, we had two goals: exceed client expectations and always strive for perfection. We came into the business with the idea to sell lifestyles instead of homes, and that’s exactly what we do. One of our greatest joys of this job is helping newlyweds find their fairytale home to build a family in. Having built a family of our own, we know the feeling you get when you find the perfect place to build memories. If you want that happily ever after, start with the Burnett Real Estate Group.

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FEATURE | The Wine & Spirits

WEDDING WINE HOW-TO BY ANNA ROBERTSON

When planning your wedding, one decision to be made will be the wine and spirits to serve and determining how much of everything to buy for your wedding guests. Here are some tips when you are making your wine list for the reception: 1. Menu – Chicken, Beef, Fish...Wine pairings can make or break the meal. Make sure to offer a variety, but also go heavier on the wine that best pairs with the food served at the reception. A simple tip to remember: Pair chicken or fish with white wines and beef or pork with reds. Don’t be afraid to ask your caterer for their suggested pairings. 2. Season – It is important to take into consideration the season when choosing your wine selection. Spring and Summer weddings tend to pour more white wine, while Fall and Winter weddings pour more red. Again, always have a variety of red and white, as some guests prefer one versus the other no matter what time of year it is. It is important to also offer other choices served cold when having a wedding outdoors during the hotter months. This is always a good time to add beer or a cold signature cocktail. 3. Time of day – Like the seasons, the time of day your wedding takes place will reflect how your guests will take their libations. Daytime receptions tend to have lighter white wines, while evenings have more of a variety with red and white. Now that you have narrowed down what you are going to serve, you need to determine how much you will need for the wedding reception. Plan for each guest to have 1 glass of wine per hour. This can work itself out, as several guests may have more than 1 glass an hour, and several may not drink wine at all. The basic formula to use to determine how many bottles you will need is: •

1 (750 ml) bottle of wine = 5 glasses (This can vary depending on your bartender, but for ease of math just plan 5 glasses per bottle). So, if you have 100 guests for 4 hours, then plan on 400 glasses of wine if everyone drinks. It can be safe to divide this number by half, as not everyone will drink wine. So, 200 bottles would be a good amount to work with.

200 glasses / 5 glasses per bottle – 40 bottles of wine. Again, this can be varied based on if you have other cocktails involved such as beer, spirits and champagne.

Lastly, your budget is important. You do not need to splurge on the drinks. No one will walk away from your wedding thinking “Gosh, they served cheap wine!” So, start experimenting months before with reds and whites and see what you like. Less pricey wines are under-rated. You can find some amazing vino to please all palettes for much less than the top shelf fancy brands. Cheers!

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FEATURE | Happily Ever After

Clay proposed to Tatum on a weekend trip to Charleston in March 2015. Nearly seven months later, on October 11, 2015, the two were wed at Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin. “Choosing the venue was an easy decision for us. The beautiful antebellum home and gardens provided the perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Carnton had added significance for us since we attended a number of events and dinners on the grounds during our courtship,” Clay says. They decided on a southern Sunday brunch reception, complete with grits, biscuits, gravy and a host of other southern brunch favorites catered by A Dream Come True Catering. Franklin’s favorite donut truck was also there making fresh Ellie’s Old Fashioned Donuts for guests as they arrived to the celebration. The bride and groom, along with their guests, rarely left the dance floor thanks to the nonstop entertainment of The Downtown Band and even enjoyed a sing along with the bride’s grandfather to an old country favorite. Before their final send off, Clay and Tatum opted for a last song to dance to while surrounded by their loved ones. A suggestion and guidance of this amazing idea by wedding planner extraordinaire, Summer Sheldon. “It was the perfect way to wrap up the most incredible day of our lives. Hugging our loved ones while we all shared in those final moments of the day together was unforgettable.”

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FEATURE | The Caterer

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE...

AND FOOD. With Pinterest-inspired weddings becoming the new normal, brides and grooms often struggle finding something as unique as their own love story to make their day memorable for guests. Make sure your first meal as Mr. and Mrs. stands out amongst all the pins by considering these fun new wedding catering trends: BRING BACK THE PUNCH - LITERALLY! Your grandmother’s punch bowl can come down from the attic. Chic, large-batch cocktails in a beautiful bowl become the center of attention at any event, and utilizing a vintage punch bowl at your wedding is a new old-school take on his-and-her signature cocktails. Take things a step further by initiating a revolving bowl. Each hour, take the bowl away and replenish it with a new, conversation-inspiring cocktail. Name each cocktail with a clever, fun title that tells your love story in a unique way. SWEETHEARTS’ SWEET TEETH Nowadays, many couples forgo the formality of a traditional wedding cake and select dessert alternatives. Consider paying homage to your birthplace or your fiancée’s hometown (peach cobbler for your Georgian man or perhaps whoopie pies for your own Northeastern heritage), or have an ice-cream sundae bar if your first date was over

a banana split. You can take it to the next level by having your entire menu personalized with his-and-her favorites with fun food signs giving your guests an insight into your relationship. MAKE IT MOBILE Deciding to go with a buffet option rather than a plated dinner doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on class or creativity. You can still incorporate upscale food into your food stations by finding unique ways to preportion them. Place your salad in a martini glass or serve shrimp skewers instead of shrimp cocktail. LATE NIGHT NOSH After guests have burned off much of their dinner on the dance floor, bring out a late night snack to keep them going. If you’ve had a formal meal, this is the time to pull out a fresh casual alternative, such as mini tacos served in a lime wedge. You can have servers even bring these items out as passed hors d’oeuvres to keep the party going. Chef ’s Market Catering & Restaurant is a full service catering company that continues to be celebrated as a leader in culinary skill and presentation, voted as Best Caterer in Nashville for the past five consecutive years. Chef ’s Market offers catering and take-away options for both large and small events, from formal corporate galas to casual in-office get-togethers and outdoor affairs. Its Goodlettsville, Tenn. restaurant serves customer favorites for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday. Visit www.chefsmarket.com for more information and menu selections. Chef ’s Market Catering & Restaurant 900 Conference Drive Goodlettsville, TN 37072 615.851.2433 www.chefsmarket.com Winter 2016 | YOURSUMNER.COM 67


FEATURE | The Ideas

“Nailed It” PINTEREST WEDDING IDEAS TO AVOID BY KRISTA EHRET

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f you read my articles somewhat regularly, then you know I am a huge Pinterest.... ummm pinner. This is my go-to site for recipes, outfit inspiration and, most importantly, event design ideas. It truly is a great asset to all, especially those who are planning a big event, such as a wedding! However, hidden within all of the clever posts are some definite flops that should be avoided. I have been styling weddings for a number of years and have experienced many of these “Pinterest Fails” first hand. Allow me to save you the frustration. CREATIVE SELF-SERVE BEVERAGE CONTAINERS Who wouldn’t want to grab their favorite brew from a wheelbarrow or hollowed out canoe? They make for super cute photos and keep the bar lines at a minimum. Here’s the problem... there is no venue from here to kingdom-come that will let guests serve themselves. Due to liability reasons (apparently the wheelbarrow isn’t so good at cutting off those who have had one too many), you must have a licensed bartender serving all alcohol. So unless you’re having a backyard wedding at home and want to assume the risk, simply fill with bottled water and soft drinks to create the same effect. CELEBRATORY SPRINKLES The tradition of throwing rice, as the couple recesses down the aisle, has been around for ages. However, it is currently not allowed at many venues, so alternatives have steadily been appearing. The one that makes me cringe everytime it pops up on my feed is the idea to throw colorful sprinkles at the bride and groom. Ok, so here’s what we know: sprinkles are candy; candy melts; you’re wearing a white dress. The slightest bit of rain or the sweaty palm of a guest and voila, you’re emerging into your reception as the Fruit Striped Gum Zebra. Do me a favor, and unpin this one immediately.

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FLOATING CANDLES IN A POOL This makes for a gorgeous photo of candlelight dancing on the water. The unfortunate reality is that these candles will inevitably float to one edge of the pool and sit in a cluster. We’ve actually had them catch the pool liner on fire before. Probably not the photo opp you’re going for. If you must create this look, make sure to weigh each candle down with some fishing line and a ball bearing. CHALK ON DRINKING GLASSES A cute favor idea is to write each guest’s name onto a mason jar with chalk, have them drink out of that glass all night, and take it home as a favor. The picture looks perfect. However, there are a couple of things to consider. First, glasses are known to sweat, when filled with a cold beverage. The chalk simply wipes away, usually onto your guests’ hands. Secondly, not everyone drinks beer or tea. I don’t really care to drink wine out of a mason jar, so have a back-up for those guests. Lastly, most guests will not take them home, so have a plan of what to do with your new collection of barware. WINE BOTTLE CANDLE HOLDERS There are some gorgeous photos floating around of pillar candles that sit under wine bottles that have had the bottom of the bottle sawed off. The problem is that candles need oxygen to stay lit and not enough oxygen can get into the neck of the bottle. If you like this look, use flameless candles.

CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES WITH A STRAW You tend to see this idea more in regards to a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Super cute mini bottles of champagne with a striped straw tied to the neck and a fun little custom tag. The one time I attempted to drink champagne from the bottle via a straw, the champagne volcanoed out of the neck and all over my hand and the table. Maybe my friend and I had faulty bottles, but please try this ahead of time to savex your guests from uber sticky fingers.


FEATURE| The Ring

ENGAGEMENT RING: THE FOUR C’S For anyone to have hope of understanding diamonds, knowing “The Four C’s” is as important as knowing a new car’s horsepower, fuel efficiency, and safety ratings. This is the start (but not the end) of evaluating a diamond. The Four C’s—cut, color, clarity, and carat— are the criteria by which diamonds are graded. So here you go: The Four C’s are based on a diamond’s rarity: the rarer the C (not necessarily the “prettier”) the more the C contributes to the diamond’s price. The Four C’s are completely independent of each other. For example, a diamond can have high color but a low clarity, or high clarity but a low cut, etc. So unless you know all of the Four C’s, it’s impossible to compare one diamond to another.

CUT

Cut represents 50% of the price of a diamond. A full cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets (cuts). If the facets are positioned properly, light enters the diamond, and bounces across the various facets. The better the diamond cut, the rarer the diamond, the more expensive the diamond.

COLOR

Diamonds are over 95% comprised of carbon. When nitrogen is trapped in the diamond, the diamond begins to turn yellow. The more yellow, the diamond is less rare, and therefore costs less money.

CLARITY

Most often, we see traces of the natural growth process in the finished diamond product. These characteristics are called blemishes or inclusions. The clarity scale ranges from Flawless to Imperfect. The inbetween grades assess how apparent the inclusions are when viewed under 10X magnification. The fewer inclusions, the rarer the diamond, the more expensive the diamond.

CARAT

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. 1 Carat (Ct) weighs 1/5th of a gram. 1 Carat can be divided into 100 points, just as $1 can be divided into 100 cents. Therefore, 1/2 carat equals 50 points, 1/4 carat weighs 25 points and so on. The more a diamond weighs, the rarer the diamond, the more expensive.

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FEATURE | Happily Ever After

October 10, 2015

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Devin and Jameson’s love story has been a fairytale from day one. They met by mere chance through social media, and surprisingly to both, it was love from the first date. The couple knew immediately that they had found something special. Jameson proposed after four months, on an ocean-side cliff at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, using a redesigned family heirloom. Wedding preparations centered around the groom’s family home. The ceremony took place in front of the Roper home, while the reception was in an open tent within walking distance.  Devin’s love of everything whimsical combined with Jameson’s classic and traditional style, made for a breathtaking wedding that portrayed

the couple flawlessly. Speaking of style, the bride “wowed” in a Monique Lhuillier ball gown, and the groom cleaned up nicely in a striking blue tuxedo by Jeff Loring. The pure happiness felt by family and friends was represented at the lively reception. Former ‘Boys Like Girls’ front man Martin Johnson sang his own song, “Two is Better than One” accompanied by MTV ‘Faking It’ star, Katie Stevens. From there, the night was celebrated with a photo booth, champagne toast and dancing the night away! However, the festivities would not end there. Two days later, the happy couple left for a month-long backpacking excursion through Europe.


FEATURE | The Cake

PUFFY MUFFIN ALI BURNS AND HER SON, MATTHEW BURNS Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery and Restaurant, now celebrating their 30th year in business, remains an integral part of Williamson County culture. “I’m humbled each time I read some of the lovely posts we receive on our social media threads,” says Lynda Stone, Founder and CEO. “It astounds me and reminds me that we are fulfilling our mission at Puffy Muffin. Some of the most memorable comments to me have been, ‘We can’t imagine a holiday without Puffy Muffin side dishes and casseroles at our table,’ and “This was my late mother’s favorite place to go and still holds a special place in our heart,’ and ‘We feel that Puffy Muffin is a mainstay in our town.’ Comments like these are cherished and affirm the reason our family-owned business operates with a servant heart to our community. We are truly grateful for the intimate connection we have made with our guests. In a world where large conglomerates are taking the place of our small, family businesses, we are thankful for the trust our community has in us,” says Lynda. “It’s incredibly important to shop local so that we keep this unique, nostalgic, small-town feel here in Tennessee.” Lynda’s daughters, Ali Burns and Kristi Elzinga (both Owners & Managing Partners), were always by Lynda’s side, when Lynda started her business in her home back in 1986. An industrial mixer (that is still being used daily in their Brentwood location), double ovens and a proofer were brought into their home kitchen in order to keep up with the demands of the business. After only one year, Lynda and her husband, Jack, realized this dream was growing into something much bigger than what they could sustain in their home. It was at that time that the Lord presented an opportunity (as He has continued to do over all these 30 years!), and it became evident they should take the next step in moving their family business into the locally owned Huff’s grocery store. Over the years, the cherished recipes from family and friends have intertwined into the signature menu of Puffy Muffin cuisine.

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GRATEFULLY CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

Nowadays, Lynda concentrates most of her time at Puffy Muffin on leadership training, mentoring and developing their future vision. Kristi and Ali now take the reigns and Puffy Muffin has moved seamlessly from Lynda’s hands to her daughters’ as they focus on the future. Ali, original architect of the cake design process, has seen the cake department evolve into something she would never have dreamed possible as a little girl; “My mom took me to Chicago to study under one of the top cake decorators in the world. She believed in my talent and had the foresight and courage to move our business in this direction and to act on this dream for all of us. The older I get, the more valuable my mother’s sacrifices and courage are to me.” Being in business 30 years has meant that they have learned to evolve with the changes and respond to the needs of our guests. This includes a gluten sensitive menu that incorporates many of their signature Puffy Muffin flavors. Confections such as the Chocolate Pyramid, Crème Brulee, Peanut Butter Cheesecake & Daquoise are now prepared with gluten sensitive guests in mind. Wedding cakes and specialty cakes are artfully designed for our gluten sensitive guests so that they may enjoy the same wonderful experience they always wanted. Puffy Muffin specializes in beautiful wedding cakes, custom specialty cakes, catering and dine-in or delivery breakfast and lunch. Puffy Muffin has cake delivery available as well so that brides can rest assured that their dream wedding cake will not only be delivered, but will also arrive safely to their event location. Puffy Muffin has two locations: Cool Springs, 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin 615-309-0703 Brentwood, 229 Franklin Road, Brentwood 615-373-2741 puffymuffin.com Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at ThePuffyMuffin


FEATURE | The Flowers

YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS WITH ALWAYS IN BLOOM When it comes to a wedding, one of the most memorable and eye catching aspects are the flowers you choose for your special day. Flowers create a tone. They create a theme. They make a statement. Flowers can give your wedding a uniqueness and show your personality. To create your dream wedding, make sure you work with a florist who understands your vision and budget. Always In Bloom, Inc., located in Franklin, is locally owned and operated and can be your wedding florist. They offer a wide selection of bridal bouquets, wedding ceremony flowers, floral cake decorations and centerpieces to fit any budget. Surround your guests in a floral wonderland with beautiful centerpieces and decorations. Fresh flowers add something special to any celebration. Whether you want a casual gathering on the beach or a more formal evening event, flowers help set the mood. The Always In Bloom designers will work with you to create the look you want for your special day. Always In Bloom, Inc. 37064 227 Franklin Road | Franklin TNB:9.25” 615.591.7990 | www.alwaysinbloominc.com T:9”

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FEATURE| Happily Ever After

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Glen Johnson Ondrea Harrison

March 15, 2015

The phrase, yours, mine and ours which applies to brides and grooms who are entering a second marriage and bring with them their children, would describe Glenn Johnson and Ondrea to a tee. Glenn Johnson grew up in Middle Tennessee, and he has been with the Franklin Fire Department for 22 years. His new bride, Ondrea says he still goes to a fire every time he gets a chance. “I’ve learned to sleep to the noise of dispatch over his emergency radio!” she laughs. Ondrea grew up on a small farm in West Tennessee and now works for End Slavery Tennessee as the Director of Community Relations here locally.  Between the two of them, Glenn and Ondrea have merged their families of five children into one. Ondrea’s three sons Jack, Liam and Connor Harrison, ages 16, 14 and 11 and her daughter Meg; and Glenn’s daughter Sarah, all now make up their new family unit. Glenn and Ondrea had actually known one another for several years. They met when Jack and Sarah attended the same daycare in 2000 as two year olds. They lived in the same neighborhood and their families were friends with one another. Life circumstances 74 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

took them in different directions for a while, but when Ondrea found out that Glenn was single, Ondrea actually tried to set him up with one of her friends! Lucky for her , that didn’t work out! “Believe it or not, we started dating because of an opossum. I had one at my house I couldn’t get rid of. One night I sent a text to Glenn about midnight to ask him how I could get it away from my house. He came over, got rid of  the opossum, and the rest is history,” she says. Glenn eventually asked his daughter if he could ask Ondrea out (since she and her

son, Jack, are friends). Once Sarah gave her blessing, they really never looked back. Having five kids between the two of them, makes life a balancing act. “But it really works for us because Glenn and I both love family. We are just as happy hanging out with the kids as anything else we might be doing,” Ondrea says. “When we do get time alone, Glenn and I like to hang out with friends, mostly in downtown Franklin. We also love the beach and the mountains.”


FEATURE | The Beauty

BRIDAL BEAUTY THE HAIR & MAKEUP TEAM FOR THE BRIDAL FASHION FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE! Lynnette Winters, owner/stylist of LW Boutique Salon, has been in Nashville for 15 years since moving from the Windy City, Chicago. She worked at a prestigious salon in downtown Franklin for ten years. After those many years of hard work and passion for the beauty industry, she opened up LW Boutique Salon in October of 2015. They specialize in many services including cuts, color, facial waxing, hair extensions, bridal/formal updo’s and have recently added lash extensions. They carry luxury brand products such as Oribe and R+Co. The staff consists of talented stylists that have been in the beauty industry for many years. Their passion to make every guest feel beautiful is inspiring!

They all put their best foot forward to offer the best service possible. Their bridal team thoroughly enjoys styling for weddings and want the experience to be completely fuss free. LW offers in salon and on site services to best accommodate all brides’ desires for their special day. In addition, they have a wedding contract to ensure your satisfaction with their services is achieved. Please follow them on Instagram @lwboutiquesalon and check out their Facebook page to see what they are up to! LW Boutique Salon 625 Bakers Bridge Avenue Franklin, TN 37067 615.229.6567


LIFESTYLE| A Little Something Extra

SECOND TIME AROUND COMBINING FAMILIES WITH A WEDDING BY ANNIE OSTEEN

Hollywood has done a pretty nice job of painting a cliché picture in our minds of what a wedding is supposed to look like. A girl in her twenties or thirties in a stunning white gown, walking down the aisle of a packed church on the arm of her father towards her groom at the altar. And as much as that scene is still very much a reality to many girls, there are other countless variations of weddings that take place every day. For instance, the weddings that occur that aren’t just for two people but include an entire family; second weddings that integrate children. Second weddings, by many different standards, are tricky. The odds are tough, and let’s face it, the judgment out there can make second marriages, especially those including the blending of families, innately difficult at the start. Inevitably, despite the love and romance that comes at wedding time, behind the scenes there is a myriad of red tape, hurt feelings, (ex-spouses venting) etc. When you re-marry, addressing your children’s needs and concerns should be part of any and all planning. Don’t let the world rain on this joyful time! Let the planning begin, and if you and your fiancé have children, make sure to involve them on this important occasion for your new family. First of all, let’s preface this with that idea that not all children will be fully supportive or enthusiastic about the idea of Mom or Dad getting remarried. Nothing is ever that easy. However, depending upon their age, some kids will be excited with the idea of having step siblings to hang out with. Therefore, the idea of a wedding may not be so bad. Others will be resistant and that’s okay, too. It’s perfectly normal and in due time, they’ll come around. Involving them, or at least giving them the option to be involved, it always a good idea. Put them at the front of the line with you in this. If the idea is to have a big wedding, the ideal option would be to include the children as bridesmaids and groomsmen, or flower girls and 76 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

ring bearers if they’re little. If there’s only one son, he may be asked to be the Best Man. If there’s a young artist in the family, he or she may be asked to create some artwork for the ceremony. You may have one child read a passage from the family Bible during the ceremony, while another child that likes to sing may want to sing a special song during the ceremony. There are many children who feel as if they are being disloyal to their “other” parent if they participate in the second wedding. As a parent, there are several things that you can do for them without being too incessant. For instance, if your child is a little older, you may consider inviting their best friend to the wedding. Yes, it may cost a little more money, but it will give them a support system to have throughout the day, someone to talk to and lean on if they start to feel emotional. If you have a bashful child, there are many behind-the scenes duties that can make them feel included, such as helping to address the wedding invitations, picking the cake or flowers or helping choose the music for the reception. Simple ceremonies on the beach are just that…simple. Mom, Dad, the kids and a minister to read the vows. Including the children in your vows is a brilliant way to express that you are committed to being a family, not just “roommates” every other week. Second weddings are what you make of them. They can be as personal as you make the first wedding. Some couples opt for the quick civil service wedding. Others want the big, church wedding that take a year or two to plan. In either case, involving children in the second marriage ceremony, if applicable, will tell them a lot about what lies ahead for their new family. Letting children come to the front of the line with you on your exciting day is going to make them feel as if they have something to be encouraged about right along with you and that the new family that they are entering into isn’t going to be as difficult as they may have originally thought.


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Story & Photography by Andrea Davis Twelve beautifully decorated homes and historic landmarks in and around downtown Franklin were open for touring the second weekend in December at Homes for the Holidays. Holiday fare was provided in several locations, along with carolers. The tour was filled with special collections and personalized decor to showcase unique traditions with a balance of historic charm and modern allure. Funds raised from the event benefited Bridges Domestic Violence Center and historic preservation. To find out more, visit bridgesdvc.org.

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SOCIAL | Deck the Hall Story & Photography by K. York Deck the Hall was a unique fundraising event for the preservation of the historic Masonic Hall of Franklin. The Masonic Hall is one of Franklin’s oldest buildings and is rich with history but sadly, is in much need of restoration. Did you know that President Andrew Jackson invited the Chickasaw Nation to a treaty council that was held in Franklin? And even though he did not attend the proceedings, prior to their start he met with the Chickasaw delegation in the Masonic Hall. A National Historic Landmark needs our help to ensure this community treasure remains for hundreds of years to come. Visit franklinmasonichall.com for more information.

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SOCIAL | Mrs. Santa Tea Party

Story & Photography by Kimberly Allen Santa and Mrs. Santa paid a visit to the children of Hendersonville in December and a Tea Party was held as part of HolidayFest. The event was sponsored by The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development. Proceeds benefit Children are People, a non-profit after school program which offers tutoring and mentoring to children in Gallatin. Guests also brought canned goods for the Sumner Food Bank. At the event, the children had their photo taken with Santa and had a tea party with Mrs. Santa! They came dressed in their holiday best and mingled with the other children, making new friends at the craft tables. Visit holidayfesttn.org for more information.

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SOCIAL | Deck The Hulls

Story submitted & Photography by Benjamin Fields Decorating for the holidays isn’t just for dry land…not in Hendersonville! Boat owners and guests enjoyed this years HolidayFest Annual Deck the Hulls Boat Parade held at Mallard Point Park Boat Ramp in December. Contestants decked out the various boats in the nighttime parade and it was a beautiful sight. The “Carolee”, a 50 foot Gibson Houseboat owned by Carole and Lawson McNeese, took first place. HolidayFest is a non-profit community service organization whose purpose is an annual festival which brings together the entire Hendersonville and adjoining Sumner County community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. For more information, visit holidayfesttn.org.

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SOCIAL | Gallatin Christmas Parade

Story & Photography by Kimberly Allen People of all ages gathered along the streets of downtown Gallatin for the annual Christmas Parade, “It’s a Magical Christmas.” The parade included floats, walking horses, antique cars and marching bands from the local high schools. Danny McCorkle performed holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library and H.D. Wheeler and Cathy Martindale were the masters of ceremonies. Visit gallatintn.org for more information.

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SOCIAL | Appalachian Tales

Story & Photography by Kimberly Allen Local storytelling group, Tale It Like It Is, hosted by Herman Lawson and Patsy Hatfield-Lawson, welcomed storyteller Gary Carden from South Carolina at the Historic Spring Haven Mansion in Hendersonville in late December. This charming evening included Appalachian storytelling with live original music, dinner and moonshine tasting. Visit holidayfesttn.org for more information.

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SOCIAL | Merriest Main Street Reveal Story & Photography by Andrea Davis Franklin's "Merriest Main Street" was revealed on November 23rd to a large crowd anxious to get into the Christmas spirit. The event began at the Franklin Theatre with performances of Christmas classics by Studio Tenn and a sneak peek of their holiday season tradition, "It's A Wonderful Life." Mayor Ken Moore, among others, spoke of all that makes Franklin so special, especially this time of year. At dusk, the theatre doors opened for the public to spill out onto Main Street to enjoy the decorated holiday storefronts and newly lit Public Square greenery. This is the second year of this festive event that is put on by the Heritage Foundation. If you were unable to attend, be sure to plan on attending next year and all of the uniquely Franklin events. For a calendar and detailed information, go to historicfranklin.com.

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LIFESTYLE | The Lady Entertains

HOSTING A PARTY FOR

MARDI GRAS

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Mardi Gras often falls into the shadow of Valentine’s Day, when it comes to hosting a party in February. However, it can be a vibrant gathering that’s fun for singles and couples alike. No homemade cards required. Shake things up this year, and consider hosting a Big Easy style soiree to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Traditions abound for this holiday, so here are a few you should know about.

The Sazerac is considered to be New Orlean’s oldest cocktail. It gets its name by the restaurant that it was first served in, the Sazerac Coffee House. It does take some prep, so do a little research beforehand. The end result is a unique and colorful concoction that will look perfect adorning your bar cart. Mardi Gras is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday, as a way to indulge before the start of Lent. Translation: people expect to eat and eat well! Your menu should be heavy and Cajun inspired. The latter tip may seem particularly obvious, but I’m here to guide you, so I must mention it nonetheless. Po-boys, red beans and rice, gumbo, and muffulettas are all great options. If cooking isn’t in your plan, consider having it catered by one of the local Cajun restaurants. This celebration has been acknowledged since the early 1700’s, when French settlers arrived in the New Orleans, Louisiana. While always a loud and festive event, the traditional celebration would not have been as risqué as the reputation it carries today. To keep things classy, your party should have a nostalgic nod to it. The traditional colors are purple (for justice), gold (for power), and green (for faith). Elements of masquerade, jazz music, umbrellas, and harlequin are all appropriate and can be mixed and matched. When planning out your decorations, think excess. Bold patterns can be used for table linens, and centerpieces should be colorful with fun accessories, such as feathers, ribbons and the notorious beads. When it comes to entertainment for the evening, consider your crowd and what type of

vibe you’re going for. Looking for traditional and over the top? You could hire a live jazz band to really set the tone. If the event is familyfriendly, set up a “create your own masquerade mask” station, where guests can show off their creative flair. Guests could be invited to come in festive costumes, and awards could be given to the best.

You can’t have a true Mardi Gras party and not have a King Cake. The King Cake has existed for approximately 300 years in various forms and has become a well known tradition in the MARDI GRAS IS Fat Tuesday celebration. A small trinket, usually a baby, CELEBRATED ON is hidden somewhere in the THE DAY BEFORE cake. Whoever is served the piece that contains the ASH WEDNESDAY AS coveted token is said to have A WAY TO INDULGE luck and prosperity in the current year. Often times that BEFORE THE START person is designated to be the OF LENT. king or queen of the party and then is responsible for baking the cake at the next Mardi Gras event. While the King Cake is a fun and nostalgic tradition, it’s not always known for topping the charts on the yummy factor. If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, beignets are the way to go. These warm donut-esque pastries are synonymous with New Orleans and work great on a tiered serving piece, as a decadent centerpiece for your buffet table or even wrapped, as a parting favor for the guests.

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CELEBRATE FEBRUARY

WITH FOOD WITH MISS DAISY KING

The first YOUR Williamson and YOUR Sumner edition of 2016 is all about love and new beginnings, as is also our custom here at Miss Daisy’s; we celebrate those concepts through food. While the ham hocks, black-eyed peas and corned beef that we traditionally start our New Year with, are but happy culinary memories. More than half of the world’s population is just now beginning to toast the start of their year. The Russian and other Eastern Orthodox Churches, which still adhere with respect to religious traditions to the Julian calendar, hold New Year’s celebrations on the eve of January 13th. This year, our Super Bowl will be held on the Chinese New Year’s Eve, February 8th, as they ring in the Year of the Monkey. Soon after, comes Saint Valentine’s Day, which is one of the most popular days for marriage proposals

in the Western world. Valentine’s Day is also known to mark the end of an unbroken winter for Tennessee farmers. Country folk in Tennessee have long regarded this time as ushering in a “break in the weather,” with a warm spell around that date, which brings crocuses and other first signs of spring. A little further South, the fun celebrations of Mardi Gras hold the same significance to farmers and naturalists in Alabama, Mississippi and my birth state of Georgia. These first two months of the year mark the appearance of the first buds upon trees, as the earliest signs of rebirth and renewal. It is only fitting that in this time of love and new beginnings we are looking ahead to wedding season. Here are some recipes that you can celebrate in the present, while planning for your future, because, as The Carpenters Sang, “We’ve Only Just Begun”:

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Red Velvet Love Cake

½ cup butter ½ cup shortening 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons red food coloring

Assemble ingredients and utensils. In the large bowl of mixer, combine the butter, shortening and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa, gradually add to the butter mixture alternating with buttermilk. Add vanilla and food coloring. blend well. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until tests done. Cool layers. Prepare frosting and ice cake. Yield: 10-12 servings

FROSTING 1 16-ouce box confectioners’ sugar 1 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons heavy cream optional: ½ cup sweetened flaked coconut red food coloring Blend sugar, butter, vanilla and heavy cream with mixer until smooth and fluffy. Additional cream may be needed to achieve fluffy consistency. Frost layers and assemble. If desired, tint coconut with food coloring and sprinkle on top. This Red Velvet Cake is from the famed Regas Restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. Most culinary historians in the South attribute its popularity to the Regas Family.

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Mardi Gras Jambalaya

Super Bowl Chili 1 pound ground pork 1 pound ground beef 1 large red and green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves, mince 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles 1 cup red wine 1 16 ounce tomato sauce 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 16 ounce can kidney beans, drained 1 16 ounce can black beans, drained Assemble ingredients and utensils. Cook ground beef and next 5 ingredients in a very large heavy pot over medium heat until meat crumbles and is no longer pink about 10 minutes. Stir in diced tomatoes with green chilies and next 8 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Cover reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Add beans, and simmer another 15 minutes. Garnishes: Chopped green onion, Pepper-jack and Cheddar cheeses and sour cream. Yield: 8 cups.

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1 pound ham, cubed 1 small onion, chopped 2 ribs celery, chopped ¼ cup butter 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon thyme 2 cups uncooked white rice 4 cups chicken broth 1 pound cooked, peeled shrimp 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cut into chunks   Assemble all ingredients and utensils. In a large pot, sauté the ham, onion and celery in the butter until the vegetables are tender. Add the seasonings and heat for 3 to 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add the rice, broth, shrimp and chicken and simmer, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Serve hot. Yields 6 to 8 servings.


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BUSINESS | Sumner County Real Estate with the SAR

THE SUMNER ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

The Sumner Association of REALTORS was founded in 1963. SAR is Celebrating over 50 years. Their Middle Tennessee service area extends from the shore of Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Gallatin and Castalian Springs to the rolling countryside of White House, Cottontown and Portland in Sumner County, to Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs communities of Macon County. WHO ARE WE: 

 Sumner Association of REALTORS represents nearly 500 members throughout Sumner & Macon counties. We are dedicated to serving our members in Middle Tennessee with the products and services we offer and to provide the resources needed for members to gain the professional edge in the real estate industry. The Sumner Association of REALTORS follows guidelines establish by the National Association of REALTORS for governing its activities. Elected by the membership, the Officers and Directors serve as the decision-making body, providing leadership and guidance for the Association. AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Members are recognized for their excellence in achievement at the Association’s Annual Awards Banquet. Awards are earned for Sales Volume and participatory contributions to the Association committees. SAR congratulates these outstanding sales leaders with an Award of Excellence. Sumner Association of REALTORS 35 Executive Park Drive, Unit B | Hendersonville, TN 37075 Telephone: 615-824-6629 | FAX: 615-824-6651 Email: Niva@Realtracs.com


BUSINESS | Williamson County Real Estate with the WCAR

HOW MUCH IS MY HOUSE WORTH? Have you thought about selling your home? One of the first questions many homeowners ask when they consider selling is, “how much is my house worth?” The hope is that over time, the value of a home will increase and allow the owner to make a profit, when it comes time to sell. Traditional thought says the longer you own a home, the greater profit you will see when it comes time to sell. But does this logic hold true? A recent report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) looks at national home sales data from 2014 to address this topic. Owners who purchased their homes before and after the housing bubble saw reasonable returns. Owners who purchased one year prior to selling saw a median increase in equity of 14%. Sellers who purchased homes in 2004 saw 23% gains. The equity increase was reasonable for sellers who purchased outside of the 2005-2007 range.

Those who purchased in peak bubble years (2005-2007) broke even. Retro buyers had substantial equity. Buyers who purchased a home prior to Y2K saw major returns. Average equity in a 16- to 20-yearold home was $95,000, while average equity of homes owned for 21-plus years was $138,000. LOCAL OUTLOOK: Williamson County is outperforming the national markets. It took a little longer for the bubble to burst here, and the recovery came a little faster. Consider the median sales price changes from 2008 to 2014. The lowest median price for any month in Williamson County over the past eight years was $290,000 in August 2008. In August 2014, the median price for Williamson County was $399,900. That’s a 38% increase. Owners looking to sell their home, who do not have a REALTOR® can visit wcartn. org and utilize the free online directory to find one.

RECORD BREAKING DECEMBER CAPS 2015 HOME SALES IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY Sales volume of homes in Williamson County broke all preceding December records with 500 single-family residential and condominium closings. This represents a 25.6% increase over December 2014 at 398 closings, according to data from the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCAR). Over 35,000 residential and condominium transactions closed in the 9-county Middle Tennessee area during 2015. Approximately 16.8% of those closings occurred in Williamson County. The total dollar volume of residential transactions for 2015 was over $7.9 billion, with $2.2 billion of that business being done in Williamson County. That represents 27.8% of the sales volume for the region.

Median prices for Williamson County homes in December 2015 compared to the previous year were relatively unchanged at $416,615, a decrease of less than 1% from 2014’s median price of $417,005. With inventory at 1,623 and monthly closings at 500, there is just slightly over a three-month supply available. A six-month supply is more representative of a balanced market.


SOCIAL | Franklin Christmas Parade Story & Photography by Andrea Davis The annual Franklin Christmas Parade, presented by the Kiwanis Club, once again filled the streets of downtown Franklin with dancing, singing, smiles and laughter. There was a multitude of floats, antique cars, marching bands, city officials, pageant queens and more. Local singer, Quintavious Johnson, served as the Grand Marshall, and of course, Santa was at the end with a sleigh, reindeer and even snow! The parade is always held on the first weekend of December and is a Franklin tradition that should not be missed!

Ken & Linda Moore

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LIFESTYLE | Interior Thinking

NEW YEAR… NEW ROOMS RESOLUTIONS YOU SHOULD MAKE FOR YOUR HOME IN 2016 BY ERIC ROSS

Well, here we are again at the start of another year, and your home still looks like a version of your first apartment, or worse, your college dorm! E gads! It’s not that you didn’t want to have your rooms decorated by the end of 2015, it’s just that life gets in the way. If you are like most of my clients, you want a beautifully decorated home, but running kids to school, to ball practice, to dance recitals, takes all of your extra time. I mean, your Pinterest account is full of superb room shots that you want to create in your own home, but you just cant find the time to craft those great ideas. But are they really that great if you end up with burnt fingertips from the glue gun? Here are some great tips to create rooms you love in 2016.

GET ORGANIZED BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING DECORATIVE. Many of my projects start with rooms that are an accumulation of items the client has “collected” over the years. I say collected because the rooms aren’t carefully curated over time. They are amassed due to many factors like moving for a job, having another child, children leaving for college, etc.. The rooms are a hodge-podge of furniture and accessories from any past lives and past homes. Before you even begin to consider what the room should look like and how it should function, declutter! This is a very important step in creating the room of your dreams. I find that it is extremely helpful to remove the “noise” from a room in order to get a clearer vision of what it can look like. Look at the items in the room or rooms you want to decorate and if you don’t love it, get rid of it. One very important side note: please, do not try to coordinate a yard sale. This is the 100 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016


are a lot of details to creating a room. So, if I can just get them to focus on one room, it makes the decision making easier and less stressful. But, more importantly, once they see a room completed, it gets them motivated and excited to proceed to the next room. When I get a request to just order some drapes for this room or to select a sofa for that room, I suggest the prospect save her money, and let me do at least one room. A new sofa doesn’t change a whole room. A new curtain isn’t transformative, but if I can design one new room for you, it can change your life (or so I’ve been told by my clients). This is really a cornerstone of my business strategy and how I’ve been able to do so many homes across this area. Once one room is finished, clients can’t wait to do the next room. This same strategy can work for you in hour home. PAINT. IT’S YOUR BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. Over the years I have given many talks at conferences and garden clubs, and I do a standard “Top 10 of Decorating.” My number one piece of advice is always: Paint is the biggest bang for your buck. This is the truest tenet of decorating. Think about how much color effects your mood. It does the same thing for your room. Pink makes you feel pretty. Blue makes you calm. Red makes me crazy. Oh, sorry, that may just be me! If you have a room that you cannot afford to decorate, just paint it. It will instantly change the mood of the room and your mood. I have standard colors for rooms depending on the use of the room. But, of course, this always depends on the client. Believe it or not, I do listen to my client’s suggestions. Blue for bedrooms, neutrals for transition spaces, such as hallways and foyers, intense colors for dining rooms only… again this is my formula; it’s not a rule. Even if you are in temporary spaces, don’t be afraid to paint. It’s really little investment for the biggest return. If you must, pay to have it painted back to its original color when you leave. It will make a huge impact on you for the smallest amount of money. Achilles heel of organizing. You are already overwhelmed with the thought of how to create the illusive beautiful room. Don’t compound your stress by adding another job to your list. Just pile your car or truck full and head to the local charity. I see more redecorating projects halted by this one step alone. It will stop your new room before it even starts. TAKE ONE ROOM AT A TIME AND FINISH IT! When I get a call from a prospective client, a standard question is, “How do you work?” My answer: one room at a time. Now, if you are an existing client, I’ll do multiple rooms at a time. Because we know each other better, you know what to expect from the process, and I know more about your style and your pocket book. I look at my first project with someone as a dress rehearsal for a bigger performance to come. I can learn more about the client on this one project by really focusing on what motivates them and what they are passionate about. This strategy also helps the client. They aren’t as overwhelmed by all the decision making, when I’m asking them to just make an emotional and financial commitment to one room. There

SPEND THE MONEY ON HIRING A PROFESSIONAL. This is the last and best bit of advice I’ll give you when setting your decorating resolutions for 2016. Now, when I mean a professional, I mean someone who does this one thing that you want done for a living. You know, like other people pay them money for their help AND are happy with the work. This doesn’t just apply to decorating. If you need a bathroom redone, hire a professional. They have done this many times and have seen the best and the worst situations. You, my Pinterest pal, have not. Tiling may look easy, but trust me, it isn’t. I have been called into assess what to be done on some of the worst do-it-yourself disasters. For what you’ll pay a professional to do your project, you’ll reap so much more in enjoyment and peace of mind. What I do for people is a luxury, so I realize that not everyone can afford it. But hiring a professional takes the stress out of the project and makes someone other than Eric Ross Interiors you accountable. I recently had 220 Lewisburg Avenue, the husband/client say that I Franklin, TN 37064 was the best money he ever 615.472.8236 spent. After all, as Oprah once EricRossInteriors.com said, “The best gift you can Follow Eric Ross Interiors on give yourself is a beautifully FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter decorated room.”


SOCIAL | Leipers Fork Christmas Parade

Story & Photography by K. York There may not be another experience like the almost world famous historic Leipers Fork Village Christmas Parade! In this year’s parade, along with Santa and Rudolph, there were beauty queens, antique tractors, donkeys, horses, dogs for adoption, floats and lots of carolers, candy and even country music legend Naomi Judd! Thousands of people lined the narrow lane through Leipers Fork eagerly awaiting the parade and a visit from Santa. If you have not attended this one you must add it to your bucket list. The folks in the Fork always have quirky and fun surprises awaiting you!

Alea & Rennon Moore, Allison, Leo & Chris Loss

Emma Graves & Nicole Reeves

Salls Williams, Trisha Conyers, Griffin & Justin Williams

Rob, Hudson & Kelly Gould

Mattie & Peggy Stark, Cynthia Hester & Hilda Jonardi

Keith Kallberg, Mia & Beckham Weber, Lisa Kallberg

Kristina Pressnell, Kenny Marks & William Williams

Elizabeth Allison, Adrienne, Marnie & Adele Poe, Pam & Dick Allison, Michael Poe

Eric, April & Ethan Jackson, Ethan Jabbari

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Cutler, Courtney, Hudson & Michael Harris

Sophia Ayala, Stella & Layla Rodgers

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COMMUNITY | In Your Backyard

2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WHAT ON EARTH IS A CAUCUS?

TENNESSEE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY JUST AROUND THE CORNER

In February, Americans observe the holiday President’s Day on the third Monday of the month. It was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington’s birthday, which is actually on February 22. The holiday became popularly known as President’s Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Since we celebrate the Presidents this month, we wanted to provide information on the upcoming Presidential Primaries being held in our state as well as all over the country. WHAT IS A PRIMARY? A primary is when the voters indicate preferences for nominees for president of the U.S. directly by vote or indirectly through the choice of delegates to the presidential nominating convention. WHAT IS A CAUCUS? A caucus is a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause.
 WHAT ARE THE RULES? Both the Tennessee Republican Party and the Tennessee Democratic Party have their own rules about how someone becomes a presidential delegate. Republican presidential delegates are decided by election, which is coordinated through the Division of Elections. Democratic presidential delegates are decided by party rules. WHO COULD BE PRESIDENT IN 2016? Study up on the candidates that will appear on the March 1, 2016 Tennessee presidential preference primary, or “SEC Primary,” ballot, certified by Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

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REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT Jeb Bush Ben Carson Chris Christie Ted Cruz Carly Fiorina Jim Gilmore Lindsey 0. Graham Mike Huckabee John R. Kasich George Pataki Rand Paul Marco Rubio Rick Santorum Donald J. Trump DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT Hillary Clinton Martin J. O’Malley Bernie Sanders


LIFESTYLE | Welcome Home

The Harrington House Fourteen years ago, the owners of this home located on Old Hickory Lake, Ace and Cyndi Harrington, became interested in the lakefront, golf course community to be known as Fairvue Plantation subdivision. The original Plantation house was built in 1805 and is steeped in southern history and charm. This was the type of unique setting that would offer championship links bordered by scenic views of Old Hickory Lake.


The owners fell in love with this historic site and purchased four lots even before the roads were built for this new development. Ace Harrington eventually became the first HOA Chairman and helped develop the rules that have helped govern this incredible community.

The construction included more structural steel than in any home built in this area and took two full years to complete. The builder’s quality was confirmed to be excellent, when the final walk though only created one page of punch list items.

After interviewing the approved builders for Fairvue Plantation, the owners selected Ernst Construction to be their builder. The owners wanted to make sure that everything about their new home was well planned and would stand the test of time. So, they put together a team that consisted of their builder, a landscape architect, a civil engineer and an architectural designer. The owners met with this team once a week for a full year. Everything from the exterior design of the house, the floor plan, the drainage of the property and the materials to be used in construction were carefully planned and selected. The scale and design of this house was so well done that a couple from Texas traveled to Tennessee, after seeing photos of the Harrington House in a magazine article, to have their home designed using the dimensional standards established by this home. The house design is a true Colonial classic.

This home, which is currently for sale, was built in the center of four full size lake lots, which total 2.98 acres in size. The house measures 13,776 square feet and grows to a total square footage of 17,976 square feet, when the gymnasium is added to the total. It includes a private dock, geo thermal heating and cooling, a salt water pool, pool house and a large stone paver pool deck for entertaining. Inside, one will find 12 foot ceiling heights on all floors, extensive trim and moldings, Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring, a theater room, five bedrooms, eight bathrooms,two laundry rooms, an absolutely huge kitchen and a Master Suite that offers incredible comfort and lake views from every window. If that was not enough, the fully equipped gymnasium and weight room, as well as the man cave located over the four car garage, add an element of uniqueness only found in a handful of homes in all of Tennessee.

After a year of planning, Ace and Cyndi Harrington, along with The Ernst Company, began construction on this fabulous home.

The Harrington family has lived there almost twelve years. Old Hickory Lake has been the perfect backdrop for this home.

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LIFESTYLE | Read Between the Lines

NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS By Frederick Douglass In this, the first and most frequently read of his three autobiographies, Douglass provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave, as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom.

CHILDREN OF FIRE: A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS By Thomas C. Holt The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? Renowned historian Thomas C. Holt challenges this form to tell the story of generations of African Americans through the lived experience of the subjects themselves, with all of the nuances, ironies, contradictions, and complexities one might expect.

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QUEEN BESS: DAREDEVIL AVIATOR By Doris L. Rich Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America’s first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as “Queen Bess,” a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

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Marriage, is of course, a personal contract between two people, where they vow to forsake all others and join as one flesh. Forsaking others does not mean excluding others from the couple’s life, as family and friends join in the joy of the wedding ceremony, welcoming the new spouse to the family and circle of friends. Thus, marriage is both personal and communal. Every marriage affects others beyond the couple itself. One hopes it’s a positive effect. But few marriages rock nations - the practice of shoring up allegiances between European countries by marriage has ended. However, the 110 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

second marriage of Franklin man John M. Eaton did just that. Born in North Carolina, John Eaton moved westward to Franklin as a young man. A lawyer, he became part of Andrew Jackson’s inner circle, serving with him in the War of 1812. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1818. In Washington, Eaton boarded at an inn owned by a man whose daughter who was “beautiful, vivacious and possessed of a form of perfect proportions.” Peggy O’Neale Timberlake was also, unfortunately for John, who was clearly attracted to her, already married.


Time passed. John married but soon lost his wife to an early grave. In 1828, newly-elected President Jackson (and Eaton’s BFF), appointed John Eaton Secretary of War (now Defense). As it happened, the two men, both widowers, boarded at the same inn where John had lodged ten years earlier. Jackson of course moved into the White House after his inauguration. And what did John Eaton discover? Peggy had also lost her spouse. John Timberlake, a naval purser, had died off the coast of Spain four months earlier. She was now free to remarry, but there was that pesky little societal rule of mourning. In those days, a widow was expected to mourn her husband for one solid year. No parties, no dating, allblack clothing - black was not a trendy color back then. Don’t smile, don’t laugh. Be sad. Act sad. Doing otherwise was disrespectful to one’s late husband. Well, this amorous couple wasn’t having any of that. Peggy hadn’t seen her husband for four years and had apparently emotionally moved on. John Eaton and Peggy Timberlake began publicly to “keep company.” It did not go well. Washington society disapproved of this liaison. Tongues wagged. Jackson was outraged. The only thing to do, he thundered, was to get married. That would shut their mouths. The astute politician miscalculated. It did not help. It made things worse, because now, the union was permanent. The other cabinet secretaries’ wives rebuffed the now Mrs. Eaton socially, crossing the street to avoid speaking to her, as well as turning down dinner invitations. Even Jackson’s niece

Emily Donelson, who served as his first lady, turned her back saying, “His (Eaton’s) wife is held in too much abhorrence here ever to be noticed or taken into society.” The sides hardened. The cabinet split in two with the pro and con factions and their followers battling it out in the newspapers, which began to call it “The Petticoat Affair”.The scandal lasted for two years. Jackson could not ease this breach of etiquette; in fact, it intensified over time, so much that Vice-President John Calhoun left Washington and refused to return until Jackson took care of “that Eaton woman.” Now Jackson began to think about reelection, and this nagging controversy needed to end. But how? Jackson was completely loyal to the Eatons; the other side was equally unyielding. Finally, Secretary of State Martin Van Buren suggested to Jackson that the entire cabinet resign, or be fired. In this way, Jackson could ease out Eaton without making it appear he’d been targeted. That’s what happened. Jackson, ever loyal, named Eaton the territorial governor of Florida and later Ambassador to Spain. After Jackson left office, the Eatons returned to Washington, where they lived happily ever after. Well, John did. After John died, Peggy, 59, married her granddaughter’s 19-year-old dance instructor, who left her after five years, after taking all of her money and the granddaughter.

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Story & Photography by Rachel Weishaupt Landmark Community Bank in downtown Franklin hosted this year’s YOUR Williamson Holiday Mixer. Guests came to celebrate the season and enjoyed great food, giveaways, company and wonderful Christmas music. Everyone also had a chance to get pictures with the YW Santa! For more information on upcoming events and the great things happening at YOUR Williamson, visit yourwilliamson.com.

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Valentine’s Day is often unfairly categorized as a commercial holiday that serves no purpose but to make the card and candy companies money. I find this to be a glass is half empty outlook and believe that the holiday is only as expensive as you make it. It should be an excuse to express love to everyone special in your life and is definitely not exclusive to couples. If the only date you will have this February 14th is with Ben and Jerry, consider hosting a fun “girls’ night-in” with your favorite gal pals. This serves as a great alternative to the sour grapes mindset and staying home will keep you away from the crowded restaurants and expensive “special Valentine’s Day” menus. FYI, a steak cut into a heart shape is apparently much more expensive than a regular steak. Here’s my guide for having a relaxing ladies’ night- in. Keep it casual. Personally, I would invite everyone to wear yoga pants and slippers. Have lots of cozy throws and pillows available COOK AT HOME OR ORDER IN. If you’re trying to save money, your best bet is cooking. Either plan out a menu 114 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

and have each guest chip in a dish, or provide the groceries and have fun cooking together. If that seems like too much work, then order in. I love using a delivery service so you can order from your favorite restaurants, but have it delivered straight to your door. PLAN A CRAFT. I know this may seem a little cheesy, but homemade Valentine’s cards really are the best. Make a run to the craft store, and buy scrap book paper, glue, scissors, and some fun embellishments like stickers or ribbon and just lay everything out on the floor or table. Want to make it extra special? Take the cards to a nursing home or hospital the next day. Remember the holiday is about expressing love! WATCH A GOOD MOVIE. There are some great “chick flicks” that aren’t all about love and romance and are perfect for this type of event. My favorites are The First Wives Club, The Other Woman, Sex and the City, and Steel Magnolias. Hint, don’t own the movie and don’t want to shell out money to rent it? Run by your local library and check it out for free!

DRINKS AND DESSERTS. You can’t have a true ladies’ night without these two staples. Offer a red and white wine and possibly a fun martini. Bite size desserts work great as you can indulge without feeling too guilty. You may also consider getting a small box of chocolates for each guest. The sample sizes usually contain four pieces, and who doesn’t love the anticipation of biting into a mystery filled candy? CREATE A PHOTO OPP. I found a really cute idea on Pinterest where each lady writes down something she loves about herself on a paper heart. I love that I have a sense of humor. I love that I am creative, etc. and then snaps a picture of herself holding it. I love anything that boosts confidence, and this makes a fun memento of the evening. Even if you’re not single and are fortunate enough to have someone to celebrate this romantic holiday with, make sure to take a minute to express love to all of those who make your life whole. Promoting love is never a bad thing, so keep the cynics at bay and enjoy the festivities!


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THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY The Education Foundation for Williamson County was formed in 2013 as a means to rally resources that can be strategically invested in the Williamson County and Franklin Special School Districts. The Foundation was the result of a steering committee formed by the Williamson County School Board in mid-2012. By mid-2014, the board of the Education Foundation had been expanded and cemented, necessary legal and organizational documentation was completed and introductions to the community were underway. Other board members of the Foundation include: Criminal Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins, Brentwood Mayor Betsy Crossley, Robert Blair, Dawn Dietrich, Susan Graham, Richard Iannelli, Jim McCarten, Brian Beathard, Gary Housely and Janine Moore. Recently The Education Foundation for Williamson County named its firstever president. Stacey Watson of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, will lead the non-profit organization as it launches key initiatives designed to support Williamson County’s two public education systems.

The Foundation is currently working to identify the most effective areas on which to focus efforts that can improve the long-term success of students. At a recent kick-off program, Barry Allen from Landmark Bank, presented the Foundation with a check for $25,000 and a promise that he and his colleagues will be getting out into the school system, “investing sweat equity” and teaching elementary students about finances.

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“It is absolutely our privilege to step up and help this great organization,” Allen said. John Schroer, formerly a Franklin Special School District board member and now commissioner of Transportation for Tennessee, was the keynote speaker at the community breakfast. “Franklin is a demographically mixed community and that is one of the best things about this community,” he said. “We have diverse culture and history. We have populations that need help and need work, and as part of that it is a strain on our school

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ATIBA ACQUIRES WHEELHOUSE MARKETING ADVISORS Nashville technology firm Atiba Holdings announced it has acquired Franklin-based Wheelhouse Marketing Advisors to serve as the company’s in-house branding and marketing services division. One of Middle Tennessee’s largest managed services, web design, software development and IT consulting companies, Atiba has grown significantly since its 1992 founding and now has more than 1,100 clients, including HCA, Dell, Dollar General, NewsChannel 5, Vanderbilt University, Expedia and the U.S. Department of Justice.   JJ Rosen is founder and chairman.  The company has 70+ employees. Launched in 2012 by managing partners Joe Harkins and Carter Toole, Wheelhouse advises clients on how to better harness branding and marketing for their business.  Clients include the Arizona Cardinals, CedarStone Bank, Columbia State Community College, Detroit Lions, Elite Sports Medicine, FNB Bank, Healthspek and the Nashville Sports Council. THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Battle of Franklin Trust has announced a new board of directors for 2016. Previously, there was a board of directors for Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and The Battle of Franklin Trust. There is now a single board of directors for The Battle of Franklin Trust, following several months of work to merge the three organizations into one. The new board includes five members from each of the pre-existing boards. Members of the new board include: Ernie Bacon, Mike Bailey, Hunter Battle, Dave Fentress, Amanda Hall, Robert Hicks, Bruce Hohler, Tim Kearns, Mike Plumley, Margaret Roberts, Marianne Schroer, Cullen Smith, J.T. Thompson, Ed Underwood and Susan Williams. LOCAL VOLUNTEER RECEIVES HEART OF HIGH HOPES AWARD At High Hopes Development Center in Franklin, there are numerous volunteers that not only rock babies, staff events, assist with office work, serve as board members, and perform countless other tasks, but also share the message of High Hopes with others in the community.  Each year, the board of directors recognizes one of their own who has especially well represented the attributes of an exemplary volunteer. The Vic Brown Memorial Heart of High Hopes Award was established in 2010 and the 2015 recipient is Alison Pagliara. Alison became involved with High Hopes Development Center when she was invited by a friend to attend Strings & Stories: An Intimate Night of Songwriters’ Tales. She began volunteering and was quickly a familiar smiling face around the office. And it wasn’t long until she began serving on the board of directors. For more information about the programs of High Hopes, contact Bonnie Richardson at 615550-1443 or brichardson@highhopesforkids.org.


BUSINESS | Sumner Scoop TRISTAR HENDERSONVILLE CELEBRATES BIRTH CENTER GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING The Birth Center at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, January 7th. The $18.5 million project encompasses a 22,000-square-foot women’s center, complete with Sumner County’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a lactation boutique for inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding services. The Birth Center is just a subset of TriStar Hendersonville’s $33 million renovation and expansion project including ER, cafeteria and medical/surgical floor renovations. The Birth Center’s state-of-the-art technology and hotel-like amenities are not the only features that will “wow” the patients; the specialized and compassionate care will continue to build a legacy in the community. As Nashville continues to grow, so has the need for a facility dedicated to caring for premature babies in Sumner County. The Birth Center’s private NICU suites will allow mom and dad to experience family-centered care and bond with their baby close to home. LCB-045-Ad-Bus_Interest_Ckg-Your_Williamson-half-page horz

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SOCIAL | Dickens of a Christmas Story & Photography by K. York The 31st annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration covered the streets of downtown Franklin in December, on a not-so-wintery weekend. The spring-like weather provided a wonderful outdoor event for holiday revelry and shopping. Transported back to the age of Charles Dickens, festival goers met Fagin, Victorian Father and Mother Christmas, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge, amidst the crowds. Christmas music and performances filled the streets and the smell of roasted chestnuts filled the air. The shops on Main Street and throughout the historic district, supplied that one of a kind Christmas gift for that special someone. Dickens of a Christmas is magical every year. For more information on this event presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, please go to historicfranklin.com.

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SUPER BOWL courtesy of the Martha Stewart Show It’s football playoff time and that means the biggest sporting event of the year is just around the corner. That’s right ladies and gentlemen – the Super Bowl will kick off Sunday, February 7th. We may not yet know who will be playing in this pigskin match up, but in preparation for football and non-football fans alike – here are some basics to get you through the game with at least a modicum of knowledge. And keep you from passing out from a chicken wing coma between commercials! FOOTBALL BASICS A game consists of four 15-minute quarters, with a halftime intermission after the second quarter. Each team is given four downs, or

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Speaking with Love BY GINGER JONES

Talking to your kids with love can seem like an absolute no brainer. Most think, “I adore my children, so surely they know that, even when I’m chastising them,” but that may not always be the case. If they don’t understand where you’re coming from or can’t see what they’ve done wrong, they might just think you’re angry and upset with them and wonder how you feel about them. Here are some easy strategies for making sure, even when they’re in trouble, that your children always know how much you love them.    Use positive language when you talk to your children. Instead of ‘don’t wear your shoes in the house’, try ‘only socks on the carpet’. It may seem silly, but what your son or daughter will hear is not something they shouldn’t do, but something they can easily do right. It sounds much less like getting in trouble and much more like some new information for them. Children respond to praise, just like everyone else. It makes them feel good to be acknowledged for their hard work. A small compliment such as, ‘Thank you for helping me clean the living room’ or ‘You did a good job tidying up your room!’ can go far with them.     Never compete with your child for who can be the loudest in an argument. If they are yelling at you, try not to yell over them so you can be heard. No one wins this way, and surely, no one is heard. Wait until they calm down, and reply to them in a smooth and stern tone, so they know you’re serious.     The easiest thing to do is model love and good manners to the people around you and your children. Speak kindly and evenly, even when upset, to your spouse, siblings and parents. Your children will see your even temper and model that behavior, and they’ll understand that yelling and getting upset isn’t what their parents do to get what they want. They’ll know that rude behavior simply isn’t how we behave, because it isn’t how Mom and Dad behave. 124 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

Lastly, treat your children with respect when you’re in conversation with them. When they’re speaking with you and telling you about their day or how they feel, try to never interrupt them. What they’re sharing with you is important to them. Children should feel like an equal participate in a conversation, because they are! Don’t talk down to them or laugh at things they haven’t meant to be funny (when you can help it)! Let them know you’re listening and engaging in a

discussion with them, no matter how silly the topic may be. Your children love talking to you. They love telling you stories about what they did with their friends at school or their favorite characters on a TV show. Try to make sure they know how happy you are to be talking with them, and make sure that when they misbehave, they never question whether Mom or Dad still loves them.

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SOCIAL | Christmas 4 Kids Bus Show Story & Photography by Kimberly Allen Christmas 4 Kids is a non-profit organization that holds fundraisers to provide a great Christmas experience to children in middle Tennessee that may not otherwise be able to have one. The Tour Bus Show included over 60 tour buses that opened their doors to guests. Dozens of recording artists were available for autograph signings and photographs with their fans! Lonestar, Three Doors Down and Trick Pony were just some of the artists that were there. For more information, visit christmas4kids.org.

Jason Roake, Ronald Sanders, Laura McCormick, Daelin Roake, Nason Jackson, Jaslyn Roake & Krystal Jackson-Roake

Phynix & Jeremiah Blair

Mick Blaylock, Blaine & Sarah Bouge

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Olivia Holloway & Calista Bruner

Billie Thompson, Brenda Newberry, Rannye Robertson & Nancy Davis

Tara Braase & Pamela Carlock

Natalie Wade & Angela Brown

Jayne England & Alison England


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CITY WINERY Experience a romantic evening dining at The Barrel Room Restaurant at City Winery, which is offering a five-course, Valentine’s Day, prix fixe menu. Enjoy the very first wine, a rosé, made exclusively on the City Winery Nashville premises and crafted just in time for Valentine’s Day. For reservations, visit www.citywinery.com/ nashville. Rather see a show on Valentine’s Day? See Grammy Award-winning, multiinstrumentalist Sam Bush, live at City Winery. For tickets, visit www.citywinery.com. *Note: The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is only available in the Barrel Room Restaurant. City Winery’s regular menu will be available in the music venue. TRATTORIA IL MULINO You can’t help but think romantic when you think Italian food. Have you had a chance to try Trattoria Il Mulino nestled in downtown Nashville? You will feel more like you are visiting the heart of New York City with the chic furnishings and sophisticated palate pleasers provided there. For a spectacular foodie experience, try one of their two Valentine dinner packages provided on Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th. The San Valentino Dinner is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, which includes a prix-fixe menu, complimentary valet parking, strolling music and an optional wine pairing. Another option is the Il Mio Amore Dinner package at $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity, which includes a prix fixe menu, complimentary valet parking, strolling music, a Rose with poem, Bottle of Prosecco, Signature Gift at departure and Optional Wine Pairing. Call 615-6203700 for reservations or go to www.openable.com.


GRAY’S ON MAIN Enjoy a romantic evening having dinner and listening to live music in a historic landmark on Main Street in historic downtown Franklin. Gray’s was once a local pharmacy and the building was built in 1876. Now the prescription it fills is “serving Tennessee’s cultural heritage through fresh spirits, flavors and sounds.” Gray’s will be offering a unique Valentine celebration that you can find details on at www.graysonmain.com. RED PONY Sneak away without leaving town into the dark and cozy interior of Red Pony Restaurant on Main Street in historic downtown Franklin. This charming eatery is as romantic as it gets. Pair the ambiance with the seductive dishes and an outstanding wine menu…and it’s sure to be a memorable evening. Red Pony is offering a Valentine prix fixe menu on Saturday, February 13th.

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Check out the special offerings at www.redponyrestaurant.com. CORK & COW  Sizzling steaks cooked to perfection, an amazing glass of red wine and an incredible Bloody Mary Bar are just some of the temptations you will experience when you have the opportunity to take a seat at the Cork & Cow , also on Main Street in Franklin . With dripping swanky chandeliers amongst hand-cut rustic wood as wall decor, your date will feel special on any night. Cork & Cow will offer their standard menu all Valentine’s weekend but will also have some special features each night as well. For more details go to corkandcow.com.   MCCONNELL HOUSE McConnell House is hosting an amazing wine dinner featuring Andre Lurton Bordeaux with food by Jason McConnell and Red Pony Catering. Go to

mcconnellhouse.com to sign up for updates on their fantastic creations for the evening. Keep in mind that reservations are required, and there are only 60 seats. These dinners are amazing and are known to sell out in about 48 hours. THE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY CAFE & BOUTIQUE Oh sweet mama… Kill two birds with one stone, when you bring your loved one to The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cafe and Boutique in Gallatin. Sip their Strawberry Lemonade, while you enjoy one of their fresh made salads or sandwiches. And, if your special someone loves the chocolate dipped strawberries that you devour while gazing into each others eyes, order a dozen; and hit the road jack! You can find out more about this Sumner County home of sweet at www.thechocolatecoveredstrawberry.com

ANDREA SMITH OF CHOCOLATE F/X

t’s that time of year again, when we are both trying to cleanse ourselves from the gluttonous holiday season AND prepare to give and receive the gold standard ingestible love gift…CHOCOLATE! So to have edibles created artistically for both your viewing and tasting pleasure is kind of like a twofer, a little like cheating, but in a good way. Andrea Smith of Chocolate F/X in Nashville has a story about falling in love, but hers is with chocolate artistry. It is so romantic, because it’s a story of someone chasing their dream, while doing so stumbling on to something even better. On top of that, it’s just cool. Andrea went

to school to study Special Effects Make-up. “I discovered the artful side of chocolate during an apprenticeship. I realized that a lot of the same technique worked, just using different medium. From sculpture, mold making, to airbrush work, I figured out that I could create fine chocolate with my own artistic style,” she says. Self taught, Andrea learned from books initially along with the internet and a lot of trial and error. “I caught on quickly with a few basic products and made

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some molds,” she explains. And while itmay sound like an unlikely place to get started, she began selling her first product at a Tattoo Convention, “because of the imagery, they ate it up, literally.” After that, she expanded to Sci-Fi, Horror and Comic Book Conventions and eventually left her restaurant job to pursue a life in chocolate full time. We thank her for this! Chocolate F/X was just named Best Chocolate Shop by The Nashville Scene and is moving to a new, larger location at the Shoppes on Fatherland, 1004 Fatherland Street. Some of the things you can find for your love, whether it’s for a wedding gift or a Valentine’s Day present,

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EXHIBITION AT THE FRIST TREASURES FROM THE HOUSE OF ALBA: 500 YEARS OF ART AND COLLECTING

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ost of us have at least a rudimentary understanding of how romantic art is or can be. The idea of creation and the relationship between the artist with his or her subject, as well as that of the brush with its canvas, is alluring. There is a romanticism around the aesthete, the art aficionado, the lover of the arts and the appreciation for the creative process and maintaining its integrity. Such a deliberate attempt to obtain and maintain works of art “dating from antiquity to the twentieth century” by dukes and duchesses of the Alba family, through “dynastic” marriages and key unions and change within the family line, sounds to me like an intense, romantic drama movie in the making. With a title of one of the “most important aristocratic lineages in Europe,” the Albas have made a significant impact in the art community. Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting will be featuring Dürer, Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens and more. “This is the first major exhibition outside Spain of works from the collection of the House of Alba, a prominent noble family with ties to the Spanish monarchy since the fifteenth century, which presents masterpieces such as The Duchess of Alba in White by Francisco de Goya.” The Alba family holds a formidable thread count in the fabric of the most important aristocratic lineages in Europe, not only because of its military, political and social significance, but also due 128 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | Winter 2016

are large heart shaped boxes filled with an assortment of truffles and caramels with a molded rose shape chocolate bar in the center. The molded shapes are assorted flavors like peanut butter and sea salt. The Painted Hearts collection consists of 6 special non regular menu flavors that are each hand painted and in a collective magnetic box, and the FrankenHeart is a 7” tall chocolate sculpture that is filled with crispy biscuit pearls and Hazelnut ganache. And, for a lighthearted exchange or to tickle the fancy of your friend who has a healthy sense of humor, the “poo” is a fun novelty shape that, according to Andrea, “customers love for Valentine’s Day”. It comes in three different candy bar flavors and cute red keepsake box.


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(above) Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta, Portrait of María del Rosario de Silva y Guturbay, Seventeenth Duchess of Alba, 1921. Oil on canvas (previous page) Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz, Portrait of María del Rosario Falcó y Osorio, Sixteenth Duchess of Alba, 1873, Oil on canvas.

to the relevance of its cultural patronage and its art collecting. Although the collection includes the largest number of handwritten documents and maps from Christopher Columbus and his 1492 Journey of Discovery, according to Frist Center Curator Trinity Kennedy, the House of Albas present day notoriety is mostly due to the lively and well known Spanish public figure, the 18th Duchess of Alba, doña Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart and her glamorous lifestyle. “She was a lifelong champion of the arts and understood the historical significance of her family and its art collection,” says Kennedy. Some of the most popular pieces, and most relevant to our bridal and Valentine’s issue, feature the Duchesses of Alba and gorgeous gowns representing the fashion of that era. Kick off the month of romance and wedding season with a romantic story of art and unions that perpetuate artistic prowess and the beauty and tensions involved in the preserving of it. The exhibit opens on February 5th, and to celebrate its arrival, don Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 19th Duke of Alba, will be arriving from Spain in order to present for the opening.

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DID YOU KNOW? WEDDING TRIVIA One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.

The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.

Most watched wedding ever? Princess Diana of Wales. Her wedding to Prince Charles on July 29, 1981 was broadcast in 74 countries and watched by 750 million people worldwide.

Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of wedding cake under their pillows.

On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.


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