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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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Vendors:

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

Rustic Blue and Gray Fall Farm Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on May 23, 2014

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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.

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Vendors:

Photography: KLP Photography | Venue: Legacy Farms | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Fountaine Bridals | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure Bridals from Fountaine Bridals | Jewelry: Genesis Diamonds | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Express | Floral Designer: Enchanted Florist | Rentals: Main Event Production | Caterer: A Catered Affair | Cake: The Bake Shoppe | DJ: JD’s Music | Videography: Nicholas and Keaton | Event Planners: Amy Richardson and Harmony Clough | Hair and Make-up Artist: Lauren Sharpe | Shoes: Corral Boots |  Officiant: James Kersey

Shabby Chic Spring Historic Home Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 08, 2013

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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.

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Vendors:

Photography: BraskaJennea Photography | Venue: Magnolia Manor | Floral Designer: BraskaJennea Floral Design | Equipment Rentals: Vintage Inspirations | DJ: Gene Lovin | Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist: Karina Elaine Wilburn | Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup Artist: Melissa Coffey 

Rustic Blush Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2013

Cara & Jeff 

July 12 

Franklin, Tennessee    

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Q & A with the Bride:

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.

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Elegant Lavender Fall Farm Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 06, 2013

Jo Ellen & Chuck

September 23

Nashville, Tennessee

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Chuck and I fell in love with Cedarwood when we first visited. We fell in love with the peaceful feeling it evoked, and the beautiful country landscape. Mooncake Lake was just the perfect place for our first look. We were both born and raised in Tennessee, and Cedarwood felt like home. It was elegant without being stuffy. The staff also played a major role. They were wonderful, creative, and professional and provided the one stop shop approach we were looking for.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The flowers and table setting — they were the perfect mixture of flowers we love, moss, succulents and natural elements.

2. The reception in the barn — a bluegrass trio that plays at a local coffee shop where we live played  (they actually got married in the barn after our ceremony/before dinner), lovely food, and our signature drink GoGo Juice. Just walking back to greet our friends and family after we were married was a real moment for both of us. Our friends wrote greetings/words of wisdom on river stones and left them there for us and then tossed one in the river and made a wish for us. All just magical!

3. We decide not to go with a standard catered meal. We chose to have the meal grilled: steak, salmon, and chicken. The food smelled delicious cooking and the presentation was beautiful. It just felt like a home party — very comfortable. People told us it was the best steak they ever had!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

For both of us it was the first look. We chose to see each other before the wedding at MoonCake Lake, which is a beautiful little lake at the top of a hill at Cedarwood. Chuck stood on the dock overlooking the water wondering if I was walking up behind him. He kept asking Mary (photographer) if I was coming. For me walking upon him with such anticipation and excitement, I was thrilled to touch his shoulder, have him turn around and us finally see each other. The pictures were priceless and the moment, one we will never forget.

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