States Apart: East and West Coasters Find Love
During a sunny spring break in California, Jersey-born Erin Smith met Cali boy Josh Mock through a mutual friend, Eric, who Erin lovingly calls “eHarmony.”
“The minute we met, some deep part of each of us was keenly aware of the other, as though we were not strangers,” Erin says. They stayed in touch online, and on the evening of her graduation party, she confessed her feelings, and Josh did the same. He moved to Nashville less than a year later.
She thought Josh would propose during Christmas, but he surprised her after a drive home with a white gold Claddagh ring, the Irish wedding ring, with a heart made from aruby and an emerald, the couples’ birthstones. “With the closeness to the holidays, I was shocked at the ‘early’ proposal and exclaimed, ‘It’s just a Wednesday!’ Then I started to cry and said that of course I’d marry him,” she gushes.
The reception: The fun-filled reception took place at Marathon Village.
The dress: Erin chose an old Hollywood, mermaid-cut dress, and accented her simple look with a vintage brooch and bolero.
The look: Michael and Giovanni from Trim on 12 South did Erin’s hair and makeup. “Both were absolutely amazing! My hair had an old Hollywood look with pin curls and a beautiful feather and pearl fascinator,” Erin explains.
The food: “We catered a full turkey and ham Thanksgiving dinner from Down South Delights,” Erin says.
The photographer: Becca Yager Photography
Any advice for Nashville brides?: “Never be afraid to be original. If certain traditions don’t appeal to you, don’t do them,” Erin advises. “Try to enjoy the process and make memories of the planning period. Make sure to ask for help from friends and family anywhere possible, because you will need it.”
Shauntel Jennings has never slept like a baby. Even as an infant, her mother stood guard over her crib, waiting for her daughter to stop breathing. She shook Shauntel’s tiny body several times each night, rousing her from her breathless sleep.
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