Love stories are the heart and soul of every SMP wedding and this one was nearly 10 years in the making. And when the day rolled around these Tennessee sweeties opted for a hometown affair with a major nod to their roots. They brought on Austin Gros, Bright Events, Music City Tents & Events and a whole crew of talented vendors for a day that can only be described as “Southern elegance done right.”
From Sage Nines Event Production… Caroline and Lee had been together for almost ten years prior to getting married and it was important to them to throw a celebration that exemplified their roots. Wanting a classic outdoor Southern wedding, they chose Carnton Plantation in Caroline’s hometown of Franklin, TN as their venue. The historic mansion and its grounds were the perfect backdrop for their day. Caroline’s father escorted her to the aisle via an arbor that surrounds the formal garden. The ceremony took place under a giant tree adorned with hanging lanterns and flowers in shades of white and ivory. Bridesmaids wore pale blush Monique Lhullier gowns.
Following the ceremony, cocktail hour on the mansion’s porch featured signature drinks including the Mitchell Mule in honor of the groom’s family name, and the Sweet Caroline White Cosmo. Guests played corn hole, the couple’s favorite game, while enjoying mini margaritas and mini tacos, a nod to the couple’s love of Mexican food. Hand lettered magnolia leaves served as escort cards and directed guests to their tables for the main meal.
Dinner took place in a large tent adjacent to the garden, which was illuminated by a 6′ crystal chandelier chosen by the bride. Wooden farm tables were decorated with magnolia garlands intertwined with white roses and hydrangea, while round tables featured striking centerpieces of white roses in tall silver flutes. Abundant candlelight created a romantic warmth throughout the night of dining and dancing.
The happy couple departed the festivities in the bride’s grandfather’s vintage car after guests joined them in launching white balloons into the night sky.
Photography: Austin Gros | Flowers: Enchanted Florist | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering | Makeup: Stephanie Harrison | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation | Event Design And Production: Sage Nines Event Production | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Music City Tents