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.”
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!
Bridgette and Scott were married at Legacy Farms in Lebanon, Tenn. on October 5. “The one thing about Heritage Hall at Legacy Farms that made it pop for us was the beautiful rustic barn,” Bridgette said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, a jeweled sash. Notice how she channeled the spirit of the South by donning cowgirl boots and a monogrammed hankie? Bridesmaids wore long gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of baby’s breath. The groom went for a more casual vibe with a matching vest and pants combo, accessorized with a blue tie. But his ‘men accessorized with suspenders and bow ties. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a “biscuits and booze” cocktail hour, which just so happened to be a favorite detail of the day. “It included made-from scratch-biscuits, homemade preserves, cured meats and our signature drink — Jack Daniels honey and lemonade,” she said. The reception followed inside. Tables were decorated with benches instead of chairs, mercury glass centerpieces atop lace runners, and mason jars that doubled as favors too. The newlyweds’ best advice? Pay all the wedding bills in advance. “It was so nice to come back from the honeymoon and not have to worry about anything outstanding,” Bridgette said.
Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain showers, Stephanie and Scott were married in early June at Magnolia Manor near Knoxville, Tenn. The bride wore a beaded bodice and lace a-line wedding gown and accessorized with a floral wreath whereas her bridesmaids wore mix ‘n matched pink dresses. The groom wore a do-it-yourself burlap boutonniere. A white dove release ended the outdoor ceremony, and the tented reception began with lots of homemade BBQ. Vintage china, candelabras, mason jars, books, and tree bark decorated banquet tables, and crepe paper streamers hung from the ceiling. Guest enjoyed the dessert display of sweet treats, including cracker jacks, caramel apples, cake pops, and chocolate covered strawberries.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there. My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state. The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I don’t know if I could ever pick just three!I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though! The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.