Bailee and Jimmy were married at Historic Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tenn. on October 19. “Carnton Plantation has a tree from the 1800s that still stands on the grounds today,” Bailee said. “To us, this tree represented love and a strong foundation. We got married right in front of it in the garden. It was so romantic! Also, our venue was very secluded.” The bride wore a strapless ivory ballgown with a ruched bodice and rosette detailed skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, finger-tip length veil, and a pair of t-strap high heels. while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink dresses with yellow cardigans and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, ranunculuses, proteas, and dusty millers. “When I first began planning the wedding, I was completely against a first look,” she said. “I was afraid that it would ruin that moment I walked down the aisle. I was so wrong! Having a first look was best for us because we got to see each other, have private time, and really take everything in. Seeing Jimmy’s reaction when he saw me in my dress was something I will forever cherish. Not to mention, it also calmed my nerves. I needed to see my best friend. Plus, we had extra time to take more amazing pictures too.” Signature cocktails were served in mason jars complete with straped straws and stirrers. The reception was held underneath a framed tent hung with string lights. “We picked out some rustic farm tables, and I hand-painted mason jars in shades of mustard and blush for each table,” Bailee said. “Our calligrapher designed stunning table numbers and a thank-you card for each table too.” She even performed “One Step Closer” with Jimmy’s younger brother. The newlyweds’ best advice? “On the day-of, it’s important to enjoy the day and allow your family and friends to enjoy the day as well. Hire a coordinator to take care of everything so you can relax and live in the moment. If you don’t like planning in general, then hire a planner to do that for you.”
Over the past year, we have been collecting proposal stories from real-life couples, like Lisa and Chuck pictured above, across the country. “On a particularly hot June afternoon, we were working in the garden when Chuck ducked inside and reappeared a few moments later with his hair combed and his hands clean. He tuned the iPod to Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea” and asked me to dance . . . In the middle of the song, he dropped down on one knee, pulled out a beautiful ring, and asked me to dance all my dances with him.” Need more inspiration? Check out these 25 super-duper sweet engagement ideas here.
Shelly and Eric were married in a ceremony at Tohono Chul Park followed by a reception at Wildflower American Cuisine in Tuscon, Ariz. on November 10. The bride wore a Rosa Clara silk organza ballgown with a bateau neckline and bow detailing on the back, accessorized with her hair in a low, chignon bun and blusher veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a blue button-up shirt and bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short pink dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and scabiosa pods. Before sunset, the couple opted for a first look. The vows were sealed with a kiss underneath a twinkling-lit pergola surrounded by a grove of acacia trees in the Alice Y. Holsclaw Performance Garden. Fun fact: There may or may not have been some sightings of songbirds in the air. Dinner continued in the open-concept kitchen restaurant. Perfect for the foodie newlyweds! Wooden tables were decorated with nothing but plates, napkins, flatware, and glassware. Plus, engagement pictures, which served double-duty as numbers, to direct everyone to their assigned seats. “Each entree was artfully constructed and quite delicious,” Elizabeth Miller of Ann Bradford Photodesign said. “Afterwards, dancing was a must-have with several guests being from the Shelly’s dance troupe.” The night wasn’t complete without dessert too. A mini buttercream-frosted cake. Yum!
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Erin and Timothy were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Therese Parish followed by an indoor reception at 28 Event Space in Kansas City, Mo. on March 21. “It had EVERYTHING!” Erin said. “Wonderful wedding coordinators, plenty of outdoor space, awesome mural of the city on the wall, twinkling lights on the ceiling (to feel like we were dancing underneath the stars), glass garage doors — a dream come true.” The bride wore a scooped-neck tulle ballgown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a curly updo and floor-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a matching vest and tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short gold dresses and carried bouquets of single rose stems. Notice Erin’s bouquet includes ornaments? “There are so many things I can’t stop thinking about, even six months later,” she said. “But walking down the aisle to ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from my favorite movie ‘The Sound of Music’ to my husband smiling and holding back tears at the end is permanently etched in my mind.” Tables were decorated minimally with white linens, wine bottle centerpieces, tea cup candles, and quotes, which served double-duty as table numbers, such as “Mawwiage is what bwings us togevah today” from “The Princess Bride.” “We loved having our favorite people in the entire world in one room to thank them for everything they have ever done for us,” Erin said.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Personalize it,” she said. “There are so many beautiful weddings out there, but they all seem like direct copycats of one another. Put your favorite foods on the menu . . . make sure the playlist has some sentimental songs. Do everything your way! Oh, and if you have to spend money on one thing, make sure it is a good photographer.”