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Sweet Southern Engagement Session in Nashville

You guys, how cute is this pup?! Even cuter? The fact this lil’ ball of fluff started one sah-weet love story. For it was when Hynes – Lara’s eccentric mosaic lab – took an interest in his new next-door neighbor Daisy – Will’s puppy – that resulted in a playful encounter and eventually a puppy park proposal. See I told you it was sah-weet – see it all from Cassidy Carson in THE VAULT!

From the Bride-to-be… Despite having lived down the hall from each other in our apartment building in Nashville, TN for almost 6 months, it required the intervention of our two dogs to bring us together. had recently been given a yellow lab, Daisy, for his birthday that fall. Hynes, Lara’s eccentric mosaic lab, took an immediate interest in his new next-door neighbor Daisy. While our two dogs were playing, it gave us a chance to get to know one another and Will arranged for our first date at the dog park. Living down the hall from each other gave us the opportunity to pursue our relationship, overcoming our busy work schedules as a resident at Vanderbilt and as a financial analyst.

A year and a half later, we got engaged at the same dog park where we went on our first date. Amusingly, neither dog was in Nashville at the time, forcing Will to borrow a dog to have an excuse to go to the dog park. During our engagement, Will, an only child, has enjoyed getting to know his two wonderful new sisters and Lara, a Pittsburgh native, is learning more about Will’s Southern roots in Alabama. Most importantly, we love spending time together and have enjoyed sharing our interests with each other. We enjoy running with Hynes and recently ran our first half marathon together and look forward to many more as husband and wife. Will recently took up snowboarding and is still hopeful that one day Lara will learn to drive a tractor. We can’t wait for our friends and family to join us next spring at Belle Meade Plantation for our wedding.

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Photography: Cassidy Carson | Venue: Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

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Elegant Farmhouse Wedding in Tennessee

Are you currently in the process of planning a dream backyard wedding? Well, get ready to take note from Erin and Adam’s celebration on how to achieve the perfect farmhouse celebration. Step one: ask Morgan Trinker to be your photographer. Steph two: Marry your sweetheart in a seriously sentimental ceremony. Step three: Share it with us at SMP so we can drool over every detail in THE VAULT!


From the Bride… Once I began thinking about my wedding, I imagined an outdoor event at my parents’ home, where I grew up. I wanted it to feel farmhouse familiar, but with a modern, beautiful twist. We have an outdoor spring on the property, a horse barn, and my dad is a history buff- all elements we wanted to incorporate into our wedding. The day after Adam and I got engaged, I shared this vision with my father and he responded, “Well, I need to go home now and start working.” This statement turned out to be pretty true…he almost worked himself to death and ended up in the hospital a couple of days after the wedding (while we were honeymooning and my parents kept this secret from us and social media for two weeks!). Thankfully he was ok, just pure exhaustion.

We had so many helping hands, from Adam’s brother designing our invitations exactly as I envisioned, to my grandmother hand making our strawberry preserves for our favors, my uncle marrying us, and my brother and cousins shoveling horse manure on the day of the wedding (thanks guys!). My mother is a saint for handling my daily calls and running any and all local errands as I was doing all the planning from St. Petersburg, Florida. My wedding planner, Courtney who is a long time family friend, said this may be the first wedding she has ever planned completely over FaceTime.

The biggest sigh of relief came when the rain held off! This was my biggest worry during planning, especially getting closer to time as it rained every weekend in May and almost flooded our ceremony site. The week of the wedding, there was a 90% chance of rain on Saturday and it poured during our rehearsal, but when I woke up that morning the forecast read sunny with a ZERO percent chance of rain. I couldn’t have been happier. Adam had already text me saying, he couldn’t WAIT to marry me on this beautiful sunny day! It didn’t seem real.

I wanted our color palette to be soft, only blush and neutral tones, and everything natural and organic. Our flowers went along with this design theme with a variety of garden roses, peach peonies, silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus; very woodsy and whimsical arrangements. The florists also designed garlands for the tables of the same varieties. I love that so much had a personal touch to it. We were able to use mostly all local vendors from my very small hometown, every furniture piece came from inside our family home, and my dad built a small bridge and waterfall near our ceremony site. A friend commented that the waterfall was “so good” that the sound was slightly overbearing the ceremony (oops!).
For my gown, I ended up finding it only after a couple of appointments. I wanted something soft and with lace. I liked the illusion necklines and the idea of a statement in the back. When I first tried on my dress, it wasn’t a quick yes. I don’t know why, but this seemed like too big of a decision to make on the spot. My sister-in-law was there and pointed out that it was soft, all over beautiful lace, illusion neckline, and backless. If this wasn’t my dress, then what would be?? I didn’t have an answer for her so I got the dress and couldn’t have been happier. Adam told me it was similar to what he envisioned, but I threw him off with my hair in a braid. I told him I liked to be a little spontaneous. Once I chose the palette, I wanted the bridesmaids to choose dresses that they loved- expressing their own personal style. The guys’ suits were completely picked out by Adam! He travels weekly for work, which added to the difficulty of planning, and was running a little behind on picking these out. He called me one night while he was in NY and said he got a great deal and went ahead and bought them. Just glad he has great taste!

The details were what made our wedding uniquely us. We “gussied up” a friend’s arbor and used as our altar, we had champagne waiting on our guests as there ceremony ended with a sign that said- dinner and dancing up the hill! Fried green tomatoes, a biscuit bar, farm tables with brass candlesticks borrowed from my mom’s family and friends, chandeliers made out of buggy wheels my dad had collected over time, signature drinks and even fish food for the pond… all of these added to the day and atmosphere.

I had a hard time getting Adam to decide on a cake, (ok that’s not true… I had a hard time agreeing with a cake that Adam liked). He wanted a Reddit themed Auburn cake but I didn’t see a feasible way to pull this off. I kept suggesting other ideas that he didn’t want. About a week before the wedding, my planner pointed out we STILL hadn’t decided on a groom’s cake and it was (past) time. Adam showed me an American flag sheet cake, which looked like it could be at a 5 year old’s birthday party, and we ended up compromising on the round flag cake. He has a big heart for America. My planner AND the baker thought it was a joke but I told them that’s what he wanted and I was out of other options. It ended up being really cute with Courtney’s detailed touch of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, popsicles in a cooler, American flag sunglasses, and many pictures of us dressed up in red, white, and blue.

My biggest piece of advice is to remember the bigger picture. Yes, you want your wedding day to be perfect, but preparing for your marriage is more important than what kind of groom’s cake you finally decide on (I promise). Adam said he’d be happy to marry me in the courthouse any day, any time; and on stressful days, I started to consider that option…. but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was our perfect day!

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Photography: Morgan Trinker | Cinematography: Timothy Reid | Floral Design: Daisy Dreams | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cakes: Beth Bakes Jackson | Invitations: Marshall Jones & August Blume | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Catering: Elegant Events | Makeup: Elements Salon | Hair: Shear Elegance | Lighting: TB Lighting | Band: Reliance | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse | Bride's Bracelets : BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Jenny Packham | Ceremony Quartet: Jackson Four String Quartet | Farm Table Rentals: Busylad | Flower Girl Dresses: Zara | Planning + Design: Courtney Goolsby | Programs: August Blume | Save The Dates: Merry Maps | Signs: Sweet Carolina Collective | Tent + Chair Rental: Eric's Rentals

Rustic-Organic Farm Wedding Inspiration

This is the kind of wedding inspiration that makes me skip with happiness to my computer each morning. An unfussy vibe, neutral palette paired with just the right amount of subtle hues here and there and completely organic at heart. Basically, it’d be the jumping off point if I had a wedding do-over. So, thank you Julie PaisleyFirefly EventsSouthern EventsDesigns In Paper and team, for crafting it all—we’ll be pinning every bit in THE VAULT!

From Firefly EventsNestled among the tallest hills in Williamson County, Trinity View Farm is an exquisite venue with undeniable European influence. When you round the final turn up the long driveway and first see the so-called barn, every visitor feels transported out of Tennessee and onto a picturesque Italian hilltop boasting panoramic views. The only thing it lacks are the olive groves that inspired this shoot.

Katie and Josh, our real life, newly married model couple, shone against the rustic but elegant backdrop and textured, modern florals. Firefly Events crafted each understated detail to create a bigger picture that would inspire an earthy setting of romance and thoughtfulness.

We used greenery paired with neutral, earth toned garden roses for the florals. Our favorite detail is the sourdough loaf set at each place setting accompanied by hand poured olive oil favors. Olives, with their varying sizes and hues, inspired the color scheme and atmosphere. The whitewashed brick and dark wood features of Trinity View Farm set a warm backdrop for the elegant dress, jewelry, cuisine, and paper goods. We hope this shoot speaks to you and inspires a welcoming atmosphere for your event.

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Photography: Julie Paisley | Event Planning: Firefly Events | Floral Design: Beyond Details | Wedding Dresses: Olia Zavozina | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Invitations: Designs In Paper | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Warner Artistry | Groom's Attire: Street Tuxedo | Venue: Trinity View Farms | Rentals: Southern Events

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