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Emily + Austin’s Celebration ~ August 30, 2014

Emily and Austin’s wedding was a change of pace from our soft, romantic garden weddings from earlier this summer.  Featuring pewter pintuck linens, silver chargers with black napkins and accents of bling, their wedding had a sleek and sophisticated feel.  The bride and her maids all carried red roses accented with crystals.  Red roses were also featured on the guest tables, nestled among floating candles. Showcasing the flexibility of our space at CJ’s Off the Square, this glam design looked amazing. Even a few late summer wedding showers hardly damped the couple’s happy spirits – lots of love between these two!

Thanks to Evan Hampton Photography for sharing his images with us – Enjoy!

Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental
Flowers: The Enchanted Florist
Cake and Catering: A Catered Affair
DJ: Premier DJ’s of Nashville
Draping: Blue Nova Designs

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We are excited to unveil a new monthly feature here on our blog – Style Made Simple by CJ’s Off the Square!  Each month, we will break down the various elements that have come together to create a stylish and stunning design.  Consider this a behind the scenes tour of how our team approaches wedding and event design with our clients.  Be it a style shoot, where we hope inspire our brides and clients with local rentals and event professionals or a real wedding, where a couple’s vision was brought to life, we’re here to make event design easy and approachable.  Enjoy!



Photographer: Jenna Henderson
Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental
Flowers: The Enchanted Florist

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Kara + Jason’s Destination Wedding ~ June 13, 2014

We love working with couples planning a destination wedding and Kara + Jason were no different. From our first conversation with Kara, it was apparent we would have a great time working together. From day one, our bride knew she wanted stripes. This was the perfect design element for a preppy Southern summer wedding and we had a lot of fun playing up horizontal lines throughout the design.  Even the bride wore navy striped wedges by Toms!  With a gorgeous palette of navy blue, pink and coral, the playful look felt elegant and timeless in our historic house and gardens. Kara’s sweet review only further confirmed how much we enjoyed working with her.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving Jason and I the most perfect wedding day! We were beyond thrilled. Everything turned out more amazing than I could have dreamed. We look forward to coming back to Franklin on many anniversaries. Forever grateful.”

Nashville Photographer Jenna Henderson captured Kara and Jason’s day just beautifully – we are so thrilled to share these images with you. Enjoy!CJCJCJCJCJCJCJCJCJCJs, Kara+Jason, Jenna HendersonCJ

Ceremony Location: St. Philip Catholic Church
Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung from The Dessy Group
Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental
Flowers: The Enchanted Florist
Cake and Catering: A Catered Affair
Entertainment: The Downtown Band
Transportation: Hello Trolley
Hair and Makeup: Kristy Smith
Videography: Little Josh Productions – see Kara and Jason’s wedding video here.

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Danielle + Jonathan ~ October 19

Fall weddings at CJ’s Off the Square are some of our favorites – cooler temperatures paired with rich details get us every time. Danielle and Jonathan’s garden wedding certainly checks both of these boxes as the couple celebrated in sophisticated Southern style.  The bride wore Monique Lhuillier and her maids were in plum Amsale gowns while the guys looked dashing in grey suits.  Lace overlays on the guest tables mimic the baby’s breath centerpieces and vintage details gave the space an elegant and comfortable feel.  Beyond the beautiful space, our sweet couple made sure their guests had a memorable evening – even treating them to a late-night milk and cookie nosh – yum!

Nashville photographer Brandon Chesboro let us breathless with his gorgeous images of Danielle and Jonathan’s day. Enjoy!


Florist: The Enchanted Florist
Rentals: Southern Events
Cake: The Bake Shoppe
DJ Entertainment: Premier DJ’s Of Nashville
Wedding Video: With This Ring Wedding Films – check out their video here.

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Tess + Rene’s Destination Wedding ~ May 31, 2014

Planning a wedding is no easy feat.  Now imagine planning your wedding from across the globe… literally. Our bride Tess lived in Australia and after finding CJ’s Off the Square online, we worked with her to plan an elegant black and white garden wedding entirely by phone and email.  Whether your near or very far, our team is here to make wedding planning easy and effortless! Such a kind and thoughtful person, Tess left a touching review on Wedding Wire about her experience:

“Trying to plan a wedding in a venue you’ve never seen and arriving to finding it more magical then you thought possible is an expectation more than met. Living in Australia and planning all the pieces were done entirely by email with CJ. I want to thank CJ and her team once again.”

Tess, you are so very welcome! It was truly our pleasure working with you and your delightful family. Big thanks to Cynthia Michelle for her gorgeous images of Tess and Rene’s day – enjoy!

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Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander
Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren
Flowers: Belle Fleurs
Catering & Cake: Main Event Productions
Harpist: Betty Aston Mayo
Draping: Blue Nova Designs

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Brianna + Leigh ~May 10, 2014

Elegance and romance in a garden setting?  Oooo, our favorite! Brianna + Leigh’s outdoor wedding ceremony in our gazebo was a timeless Southern affair, complete with a gorgeous gown and a ombre wedding cake.  After all was said and done, our sweet bride had only the nicest things to say on a review she posted on the Knot – makes our heart smile!

“Not only is Cj an absolute pleasure to work with, the staff she surrounds herself with is just as amazing as she is. She and her staff have literally thought of everything you could possibly need or want on your wedding day (and days leading) which makes the process of planning a wedding so easy and helpful and really removes a lot of stress. The venue is so beautiful and she takes so much pride in the services she offers. My new husband and I could not be happier we chose Cj’s Off the Square!” 

Thanks to Jenny Lindsey Photography for her images and all the awesome vendors that helped out.  Enjoy!


Wedding Gown by Essence of Australia
Flowers by Enchanted Florist
Rentals by Southern Events
Music by Premier DJ’s of Nashville

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