Paris Seder and Jason Ogg were married on a beautiful spring day. The couple shared their first look at War Memorial Plaza downtown after a memorable morning – “We laughed so much because earlier in the day we had exchanged gifts while we were getting ready and we had given one another the exact same gift!” says Paris. “It was a Bible; Jason has got my new name inscribed on the front of mine, and I had gone through his, underlining and writing words of encouragement for him. It just showed us again how perfect we are for one another!”
The couple, who met online at Match.com, wanted everything about their wedding day to be extremely personal. A close friend of Paris, Matthew Hart, sang an original song for the couple as they lit their unity candle. “When I first met him over ten years ago, I told him I wanted him to sing at my wedding. My wish came true!” she says.
The church entry doors were decorated with simple baby’s breath wreaths, and a large altar centerpiece with flowers, branches, and elegant hanging crystals served as the focal point within the sanctuary. At the reception, guests were initially greeted with a large Wishing Tree. “Adorned with hanging crystals in large glass vases, it served as such an interesting conversation piece as friends and family stood to write and hang their words of wisdom and advice for us,” says the bride. All of the guest table centerpieces were Manzanita branches with hanging crystals, candles floating in glass globes, and mercury glass pedestal candles. A neutral color palette set a very romantic mood for the early spring nuptials.
“At our reception, instead of having the more traditional head table or sweetheart table, we decided on a ‘royal family table’ with our best man and maid of honor, our parents, grandparents, and siblings. These are the most important people in our lives, and we wanted to honor them on our day,” she says.
The special occasion also held a lot of meaning for the couple’s family: Paris’s mother was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer only a few months before the wedding day. “We knew our time together was now limited. My wedding had given her so much motivation for strength through her treatments. The entire weekend of the wedding literally felt like time stood still for our families,” she remarks. “We have talked about how we felt like we were just put in a glass box where the worries of the rest of the world couldn’t touch us. Everything was perfect magical, and a true blessing. We enjoyed each moment, we laughed and cried and were so thankful for that time to celebrate the love we share as we joined both our families.”
The love at Paris and Jason Ogg’s wedding was permeable, as evidenced by their photos, taken by Ace Photography. “My mom told me before she passed away in May that now her family was complete. We couldn’t agree more!”
Photographer: Ace Photography
Ceremony Site: Vine Street Christian Church; Reception Site: The Hermitage Hotel; Wedding Planner: Sarah Willard of Music City Events; Cake: The Bake Shoppe; Florist: Fresh Weddings by Carry Ann; Transportation: Signature Limousine Service; Horse & Carriage: Matchless Transportation; Videographer: John Jordan Films; Hair & Makeup: Amy Lynn Larwig