A great way to up the ante on the mason jar trend would be to suspend them over the head table filled to the brim with pretty florals by Knestrick by Design. It’s a good look for this Tennessee wedding that takes rustic to a new level of pretty. But all hanging flower goodness aside, the images from this day speak to the wedding loving fiend in us all. And at the hands of Justin Wright Photography, that imagery is mighty breathtaking. See the full gallery right here.
From the Bride… A month after JP and I met in 2004, he was sent to the Middle East for his second year-long tour in Iraq. After weekly phone calls that led us to get to know one another, he finally landed on American soil and we haven’t separated since. JP proposed to me in June of 2010 at a beautiful park in Nashville. We knew that we wanted a sweet, Southern, elegant wedding. The perfect location was a small, white church outside Nashville. The church was originally built in 1885 but destroyed by a tornado in 2008. I knew I was in love with the new building the moment I saw it – vintage pews, wide hardwood flooring, exposed beams and the fresh smell of new construction. The reception was at a friend of a friend’s barn, which ended up being right across the street! It was the perfect setting with a view of the steeple through the trees. I used a local designer for our invitations. We had a calligrapher print our names and the name of the church and then the designer did her thing. She also made our thank you notes, which are so beautiful I don’t even mind writing the millionth one of them!
The wedding day was so relaxing and fun. I realized that one of the best decisions I made during the preparations was to have calming people surround me – the photographer, cinematographer, hair dresser, makeup artist and bridesmaids – all soothing forces who knew how to have a good time! We ended up turning on the sound system in the chapel, hooking up the iPod and dancing down the aisle for much of the day! I got my dress at a small bridal shop outside Nashville and wore a gold chain pearl necklace that my grandmother gave me the morning of the wedding. I had on glittery flats from J. Crew. My bridesmaids wore a black dress that described their personality. The day of the wedding, they decided to take off their shoes and go barefoot. The groomsmen wore charcoal suits with a black and a white polka dot bow tie, which was a gift from the groom, and whatever shoes they chose.
My bouquet was all peonies, including a few from my great grandmother’s garden. The bouquet included a button from my grandmother’s wedding dress and was wrapped in a crochet glove my mom wore on her wedding day. I also carried a crocheted handkerchief that JP’s grandmother made me. We didn’t do much to the fabulous church building, but one of my favorite parts was the moss covered window sills. My dad walked me down the aisle, and I was received by a close family friend and father figure to JP. After he handed me away, my dad performed the ceremony. After the wedding, the wedding party piled in the back of an old pick up and off to the reception we went! My three favorite aspects about the wedding were the cake, our band and the hay bale couches. We had carrot cake with cream cheese icing and served it with mason jars of milk – You can’t eat carrot cake without a cold glass of milk! Our band played bluegrass during dinner and ramped it up with some fun Motown tunes afterwards. We made couches out of hay bales and threw some burlap and crochet and lace table clothes on top so the hay would not pick at all the girls’ pretty dresses … and they ended up being a HIT! Oh yea! I almost forgot one of the best parts: the BUNTING! My mom and I gathered old white sheets, curtains and scraps of material and my grandmother spent weeks cutting out triangles. We all got together and made yards and yards (and maybe even miles) of bunting. We ended up draping it around the tent, barn and then used the leftovers in various places like the photo booth. At the end of the night, each guest had a warm apple fritter waiting for them in their car – for Sunday morning breakfast, of course! All in all, it was a perfect day.
Wedding Photography + Photo Booth: Justin Wright Photography / Ceremony: Fernvale Community Church in Fairview, Tennessee / Reception: A Private Farm in Fairview, Tennessee / Wedding Planning: Marcia Husband / Floral Design: Knestrick by Design / Wedding Cinematography: Sarah Kennedy / Catering: Barbara’s Home Cookin / Wedding Cake: Brooke O’Dell / Ceremony Strings + Bluegrass Band: Craig Duncan Music / Lighting: Bradfield Stage Lighting / Hair: Brian Hickman of Fruition Salon / Makeup: Diana