Cara DeNay Lee and Brian Keith Lord were united in marriage at half past five on the evening of the 29th of March, 2008, at the Riverwood Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. Pastor Derek Hazelet officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Carlotta and David Lee of Springfield, Tennessee. The groom is the son of Lona Lord Jacoby of Brady, Texas, and the late Owen Lord.
The wedding ceremony was held in a 4200 sq. ft. tent with cathedral style windows, attached to the back of the mansion. Candles were used atop mirrored tiles to give a candlelight glow. Cotton candy pink and lemongrass green were the colors accenting white garden chairs and floor length white linens.
Wedding ceremony music was a live string band playing traditional wedding songs, along with "When God Made You," sung by Brooke Morton Voland and Jeff Lemmonds. "The Lord's Prayer" was sung by Tiffany Lee. Ceremony and reception music were organized by local artist, Caleb Mundy.
The bride was given in marriage by her father and mother. She wore an Oleg Cassini gown that was an ivory strapless, full length gown with a rouched bodice and a full tulle skirt. The bride wore her mother's pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet and carried handkerchiefs from both grandmothers. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of fresh white mixed flowers, including hydrangeas, spider mums, roses, and hanging amaranthus.
The mother of the bride wore a champagne silk taffeta blouse with a chocolate brown dupioni silk floor length skirt and carried a chocolate brown clutch. The mother of the groom wore a champagne lace overlay tea length gown and carried a champagne clutch. Both wore corsages of all white flowers matching the bride's bouquet.
Daveta Lawrence, sister of the bride, was the Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids included: Tiffany Lee, sister-in-law of the bride; Melissa Lee, sister-in-law of the bride; Crystal Dake, friend of the bride; Pamela Best, friend of the bride; Mandy Tucker, friend of the bride; and Julia Moore, friend of the bride. Ellery Moore, friend of the couple, served as Junior Bridesmaid and Frankie Lord, niece of the groom, served as the Flower Girl. All wore knee length, boatneck chocolate brown silk taffeta dresses with lemongrass green satin belts and pearl necklace and earrings. They carried bouquets with the same flowers as the bride but with cotton candy pink and lemongrass green flowers.
Best Man was Donnie Lord, brother of the groom. Groomsmen included: Grant Gustafson, friend of the groom; Cade Martin, friend of the groom; Roger Rodriguez, friend of groom; Jeremy Lee, brother of the bride; Brent Lawrence, brother-in-law of the bride; and Stanton Lee, brother of the bride. Matthew Moore, friend of the couple, served as the Junior Groomsman. Bell Ringers were Abbott Lawrence, nephew of the bride, and Keegan Moore, friend of the couple. Pages included: Graham Lord, nephew of the groom; Solomon Lee, nephew of the bride; Braxton Lawrence, nephew of the bride; and Oliver Lee, nephew of the bride. They wore chocolate brown suits with lemongrass green ties and a lemonberry boutonniere.
The reception was held in a large tent which was lit by candlelight. Round dinner tables were decorated with all fresh flowers. Music was provided by a live jazz band playing a collection of love songs, including "At Last" for the couple's first dance.
Dinner served was grilled chicken and pork tenderloin, fresh dark leaf salad, green beans almondine, mixed fresh vegetable medley, loaded potato salad, glazed baby carrots, and mixed dinner rolls. Raspberry lemonade, sweet tea, and unsweetened tea were served for drinks.
The bride's cake was a delicious and moist five-layer cake with alternating layers of white cake and marble cake. It was decorated with six layers of white ribbon and white pearl-sized dots and displayed on a large silver pedestal. The groom's cake was in the shape of Texas. It displayed the colors of the Texas flag and an "X" to mark the groom's hometown of Richland Springs.
A private dinner was held upstairs in the mansion for the bride and groom before their introduction to their guests. A table was set up with pictures of the couple and their families, a wedding platter for guests to sign, and wedding favors of CDs with 19 of the couple's favorite love songs.
The couple spent their wedding night in Nashville before leaving for Bozeman, Montana and the Rocky Mountains for their honeymoon. They will reside in their home in Nashville, Tennessee. Brian is a Sales Rep. for Southern Business Communication and Cara has her own business.