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Ashlyn and Brandon were married at Cathedral Oaks Event Center in Belton, Texas on April 19. “They met a few years ago while working in the nursing department at Scott and White,”  Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. “The two have been inseparable ever since. I had the pleasure of photographing their engagement session a year ago and that’s where I got to witness firsthand the pure love these two have for one another. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves, accessorized with a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long mix ‘n’ matched muted pastel chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and baby’s breath. Guests were greeted with a “Choose a seat, not a side . . .we’re all family once the knot is tied” chalkboard sign and given programs that doubled as fans to beat the heat. The ceremony took place nestled in between six-acres of oak trees. Notice the hanging crystal chandeliers and picture frames? Plus, the aisle markers boasted verses from 1 Corinthians 13. “This wedding was a mixture of fun and elegance,” she said. “Ashlyn put the decor together herself. She loved the country vintage theme.” Inside the great hall, tables were decorated with mason jar centerpieces and candles atop burlap runners and lace overlays atop chiavari chairs. The newlyweds sat at their own designated sweetheart spot. “The dance floor was active the entire evening, with both families cheering loudly in joy and joining together to celebrate this couple’s unity,” Jennifer Lucia, the photographer, said. The yummiest part? The candy bar! Complete with all-you-can-eat treats.

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Photography: Jenna Leigh Photography | Venue: Cathedral Oaks Event Center | Floral Designer: HEB | DJ: Make it Kount

Natural Outdoor Spring Restaurant Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 14, 2014

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Jessica and Ryan were married at High Point Restaurant in Monteagle, Tenn. on May 17. “Ryan’s surprise proposal took place on the very step I stood and married him on,” Jessica said. “High Point Restaurant sits on top of a mountain . . . The mansion, built in 1929, presumably financed by Al Capone, was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Escape hatches on the roof and underground tunnels in the basement are what Capone used to transfer liquor in the ’20s and ’30s. When you see it, you can’t help but wonder all the secrets it holds.” The bride wore a handmade lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a faux fur coat, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “I drew Mrs. Shirley pictures of what I imagined, and she started the dress seven weeks before our wedding day,” she said. “It is made from one piece of lace, and we picked flowers out of it and placed them on my chest and back.” During the ceremony, passages were read from a Bible the two purchased together. “Instead of asking our 26 guests to sign a traditional guest book, we asked them to underline a verse of encouragement for us or one that was meaningful to them and sign their family name beside it,” Jessica said. Reception tables were decorated with sequin runners, tall centerpieces, and candelabras. “We wanted soft, natural colors,” she said. “Gold, ivory, and chocolate brown were the main ones, which we felt complimented the overgrown greenery, wood, and rocks surrounding the area.” The two-tiered cake featured a chevron pattern, and the newlyweds even had a pair of forks that said, “I do” and “Me too.” Bonus: a full candy buffet!

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Photography: Cortney Smith Photography | Venue: High Point Restaurant | Dress Designer: Shirley Ferrell | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Jewelry: Giles Dunn Diamond Company | Hair Stylist: Beauty Chalet | Groom’s Attire: Express | Officiant: Rev. Tim McGehee | Ceremony/Reception Musicians: Kelly Prince, Sarah Hill, and Cal Burks | Stationery: North and Country | Floral Designer: The Flower Shoppe | Rentals: Stewart’s Rentals and The Embroidery Company | Cake: Sandy’s Cakes

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Ashlee and Jacob were married at Matthews Manor in Springville, Ala. on November 3. “It was perfect,” Ashlee said. “I always wanted an outdoor wedding, and Micah’s Meadow was beautiful for that. I also loved that Grace Hall was there too, so guests didn’t have to travel.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with sparkly flats, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie and polka dot socks. Bridesmaids wore satin ivory dresses and carried wildflower bouquets. “The walk back down the aisle, it felt so amazing to escape the spotlight and be close to my husband,” she said. “He swept me off my feet (literally!) and put me in the horse-drawn carriage that awaited us.” Of course, there was a “Just Married” sign on the back for all to see. Most of the reception details were handmade by Ashlee, including the centerpieces and jars of honey. “At the end of the day I would have done it all over again,” Ashlee said. “I loved every part of my wedding day. It was truly a fairytale. I owe it all to my mother! While I thought I had a lot of good ideas, it was her timeless class and wisdom that kept us focused and on budget. Looking back I’m glad we collaborated our own ideas and kept it simple and natural.”

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Photography: j.woodbery photography | Venue/Caterer/Rentals: Matthews Manor | Dress Designer: Marisa Bridals from Bridals by Lori | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters from Bridals by Lori | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and Makeup Artist: Gildas Salon and Day Spa | Floral Designer: Matthews Manor | Stationery: Bridals by Lori | Officiant: Cooper Shattuck | Ceremony Musician: Kate Champbell

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Kristina and Will were married at the White Orchid Beach House in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 14 — all the way from Australia. The bride wore a sweetheart ruched a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of all-white roses, orchids, and calla lilies. As intimate as the ceremony was overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the reception was even more so lit with a crystal chandelier, paper lanterns, and candles. Not to mention the palm trees! Each place setting featured a “thank you” tin for guests to take home with them. Can you guess what was inside? Well, it’s a secret.

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Photography: Joanna Tano Photography | Venue: White Orchid Beach House | Event Coordinator: A White Orchid Wedding, Inc. | Floral Designer: Teresa Sena Designs | Caterer: Maui Catering Services

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Braiden and Tom were married at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. on September 15. “The day flowed nicely from one event to the next as guests moved from the equestrian center to cocktails at an adjacent log cabin and then back to the prized horse stables for dinner,” Erin of Veira Photographics said. The bride wore a breathtaking blush mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button down, black blazer and bow tie, and jeans (yes, jeans!). Bridesmaids even went casual with cowboy boots.  The Ralph Lauren-inspired reception was decorated with rustic farm tables, table runners, centerpieces filled with roses, dahlias, and berries, and crystal chandeliers above. “The couple used a motif of flying pigs throughout the decor too to add a special personal touch as well as a bit of lighthearted humor,” she said. You’ll spot our favorite one on the cake!

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Venue: The Club at Las Campanas | Event Planner: Santa Fe Soiree | Floral Designer: Marisa’s Milleflori 

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