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Real Weddings: Gavie + Matt McCooey

Neutral and natural, Matt and Gavie's Carnton Plantation celebration was informal, simple, and fun.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Supplied

Church of the Assumption; Carnton Plantation (Franklin, TN)
May 9, 2015

Gavie and Matt met through a mutual friend (who happens to be Matt’s cousin) while they were both living in New York City. A few years and a cross-country move later, Matt proposed on the rooftop of the couple’s apartment in San Francisco. Gavie and Matt made their way back inside, where—surprise!—Gavie’s parents were waiting to celebrate, champagne in hand.

Gavie’s vision for her big day was informal, simple, and fun, with a neutral color scheme, exposed wood, and lots of natural greenery. “On a night when all eyes were on us, we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed,” says the bride.

Holding the reception at Carnton Plantation was an obvious choice for the bride, a descendent of Randal and Sarah McGavock, who built the home in 1826. Gavie and Matt were even asked to sign the McGavock family bible, which remains on display at Carnton Plantation. “It was very meaningful to sign the book beneath the signatures of my ancestors dating back to the 1840s,” says Gavie.

“At some point during your wedding weekend, take a moment to be alone with your husband. It’s a nice time to be together and reflect and remind you of what it all really is about: the two of you!”


Photographer Austin Gros 
Planner Jessica Sloane; Leigh Bawcom 
Florist Melissa Broadwell, Vintage Florals 
Caterer Kristen Winston Catering 
Paper Goods Chelsea Petaja, Oh My Deer 
Rentals Classic Party Rentals; Music City Tents & Events; Southern Events 
Band Memphis Soul Revue (RAM Entertainment) 
Bride’s Gown Monique Lhuillier 
Bride’s Jewelry Earrings from bride’s mother-in-law 
Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Amanda Gros  
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Nouvelle Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids 
Groom’s Fashion Armani 
Groomsmen’s Fashion Ralph Lauren

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