Kelly and Will were married at Brightfield Farm in Woodlawn, Tenn. on June 15. “Will and I wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of both of us,” Kelly said. “We chose to have it near Hopkinsville because we both met and started our lives together here. We wanted the location to be unique to us and immediately thought of a barn venue with a garden — something simple, shabby chic, vintage, and with a Southern feel. Once we found Brightfield Farm, we knew we found our perfect match! I remember as we drove up the long dirt driveway, I squealed to Will that I had a good feeling and that this might be the one. And it was! I did not look at another location after that.” The bride wore a lace v-neck fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a bow tie and suspenders. Bridesmaids wore long pink dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. “We wanted to keep the traditional vows for our wedding but wanted a meaningful unity visual,” she said. “We didn’t want to do the candle or the sand pouring, so we researched and found ‘God’s Knot’ where three strands of rope are braided together to symbolize husband, wife, and God, who make up the marriage. I made it out of rope that I painted: one pink, one sage green, and one white.” The only blooper during the ceremony? “The rings were on the ring bearer’s pillow so tight, we couldn’t get them off,” Kelly said. “The best man ended up ripping the silk tie with his teeth. Everyone clapped.” Guests were then free to play lawn games such as corn hole. Bonus: Dippin’ Dots was served to beat the heat too! Cocktail hour ended, and the reception started inside the barn. Tables were decorated with white linens, tea kettle centerpieces, tea cups, and vintage plates. Instead of a DJ, a band called The Pranksters performed. Two days later, the newlyweds jetted off to their honeymoon in St. Lucia.
1. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Instead of renting tons of glasses for drinks, we purchased mason jars and painted a ring of chalkboard paint around the top of each jar. Our guests could write their name at the top of their jar, in chalk of course, and these also served as the favors the guests could take home. It was a creative way to save more than a few dollars, and our guests loved them!
2. Our programs for the wedding ceremony were my pride and joy! I’ve sat at weddings before and been completely bored and wondering when it would end, so I definitely didn’t want our guests to feel that way! I tried to make them as funny and creative as possible, to keep the guests engaged throughout. It was affirming when so many of the guests commented on the programs and even took pictures of them!
3. I’m not a huge fan of cake, so we decided to have a table full of individual pies instead. Our caterer was happy to make the flavors we wanted, and we stuck with traditional southern recipes-strawberry rhubarb, chess and apple. Every guest got their own mini pie, and as a budget conscious bride, it was much more affordable than having a wedding cake, since the caterer simply included the dessert cost in our overall cost per person. Matthew and I were also able to take the leftover pies on our honeymoon, and we had a different flavor each night for dessert!
2. Give us one moment from your wedding you cannot stop thinking about.
After the ceremony, as the guests were filing out through the front of the church, Matthew and I spent a few minutes alone in a room “hiding.” It was such a quick, little intimate moment, but it gave us just enough time to laugh, cry and revel in the fact that we were MARRIED!