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Rustic Spring Wedding at Hunter Valley Farm

I have a wedding in Tennessee next year and if this celebration right here is any indication, I’m in for a treat. With rustic touches galore and some of the prettiest springtime bouquets I’ve seen in a while, I’m settling in for a thorough session with this soiree. JoPhoto captured every image – and don’t miss their film below – all gathered together for us to adore right this way!

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From JoPhoto… This is a lovely spring wedding at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, TN. Lauren and Chase got married on Sunday, March 22, and it was a gorgeous spring afternoon in east Tennessee. There was a light breeze that whisked across Lauren’s veil and the mint colored bridesmaids dresses, and you couldn’t help but smell the fresh green grass and flowers with every breath.

Lauren and Chase each wrote their wedding vows in a leather journal, and his grandfather was the minister of the ceremony. Their entire wedding party prayed over them before they read their vows, and it was truly a sentimental and intimate wedding.

Photography: JoPhoto | Cinematography: JoPhoto | Floral Design: Hunter Valley Farm | Cake: Cheryl McMillan Cake Design | Catering: Rosa's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Tony Williams | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Hunter Valley Farm | Chalkboard Signs: Southern Timber | Musicians: Special Notes

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Classic Nashville Civil Ceremony + Ballroom Wedding

This Nashville based couple threw tradition to the wind by having an intimate courthouse ceremony followed by an elegant ballroom reception with the rest of their guests. I Love You Too Weddings was there to capture both amazing moments orchestrated to perfection by Big Events Weddings. Seriously, this wedding is a cannot miss. See every moment here!

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From I Love You Too WeddingsEmily and Jan were introduced by a mutual friend who no doubt recognized their perfect compatibility. Though they call Nashville home today, the bride is a born-and-raised New Yorker and the groom is from Germany. Nashville, thus, became the ideal spot to unite both families and an opportunity for them to showcase their amazing city. And showcase Nashville they did!

Emily serves the State of Tennessee as the Assistant Commissioner of Education and has a long professional history of serving toward better education for young people. In light of this, the couple were inspired to have a Civil Ceremony with just close family and friends on the day before their Church ceremony and formal reception. Governor Bill Haslam served as the officiant at this very intimate Civil Ceremony held in the rotunda of the gorgeous State Capitol Building. The ceremony was followed by a brief champagne reception at the historic Hermitage Hotel. Friday evening culminated in a casual rehearsal dinner and Umtrunk (German for ‘a get-together of old friends and new family’) at one of Nashville’s favorite downtown music venues, The Listening Room, where the Bride and Groom, in German custom, sawed a log in half to symbolize the joint effort needed for a lasting marriage. Jan and Emily surprised their guests with a performance by legendary Nashville songwriter, Don Schlitz, most recognized for writing ‘The Gambler”, famously recorded by Kenny Rogers, among many others. Schlitz surprised Emily and Jan by writing a beautiful love song and performing it as a lull-a-bye on the eve of their wedding day.

The wedding day was a true fairy tale – the Bride turned from suited professional Yale grad into a stunning and giddy bride wearing what can only be described as a princess’s ball gown. The blessing of the marriage at the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral sealed their vows, which they exchanged in both English and German.

After a very emotional ceremony, Emily and Jan’s 260+ friends and family reunited for dinner and dancing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the Grand Event Hall with captivating views of the Nashville skyline. The ballroom decor can best be described as an ‘urban forest’. Dining tables were flooded with candle light and filled with stunning white orchids, calla lillies and hydrangea with sparkling accents of classic silver and black in the flatware and stationary. The rockin’ Atlanta Allstars took the stage after dinner and kept people moving under an incredible modern chandelier-lit dance floor for an impressive three hour set interrupted only by singer/songwriter Susi Ruth’s special performance of “My Love”, a song written for Emily by her Groom.

The weekend of celebration ended with one last bit of Nashville culture at the Johnny Cash Museum for Sunday brunch.

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Event Design: Big Events Weddings | Coordination: Big Events Weddings | Event Planning: Big Events Weddings | Floral Design: Big Events Weddings | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Dessert Designs By Leland Riggins | Reception Venue: Country Music Hall Of Fame | Band: Atlanta All Stars | Groom's Attire: J. Michael Clothiers | Musical Performance: Susi Ruth | Rehearsal Dinner And Umtrunk Venue: The Listening Room Cafe

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Rustic Gold Nashville Garden Wedding

This gorgeous Bride kept her nuptials feeling rustic at Cedarwood Weddings (where she is a former employee!), with vintage accents, ‘maids in shimmering neutrals, and a wildflower bouquet accented with gilded ferns (!). Even the handsome Groom let his hair down! Want more? Krista Lee Photography captured all the charm of this romantic garden fete in the full gallery here!


From Cedarwood WeddingsThis wedding is a very special one to us, because the bride is a (former) Cedarwood employee and (current) ambassador for our venue. Kortni and Logan are engrained into the fabric of Cedarwood, and we are grateful for the heart and soul Kortni contributed to so many Cedarwood weddings and our opportunity to help design a sophisticated garden wedding at our historic estate that is just as graceful as she is.

The late summer wedding is beautifully photographed in film by Krista Lee Photography and the styling is refined countryside gracefulness, including an outdoor ceremony and al fresco reception. Hand lettered invitations, a hanging champagne bar greeting guests, bridesmaids dressed in on-trend, metallic-embellished dresses, and foilage+floral garlands decorating spaces from the altar, to tables to bar. Even the historic house and barn donned fresh greenery. Ring bearer antics down the aisle, flower girls’ boho headpieces, the bride’s gorgeous loose curls and (musician) groom’s late night serenade are all part of this casually refined southern soirée.

From the beautiful Bride… I’m definitely one of those mushy, hopeless romantics. I do believe in fate! Three years ago, in our college town, Logan walked into my work with a group of his buddies. We both noticed each other right away and locked eyes. We had never met before and after finally working up the courage to ask me out; he walks up to me with hands in his pockets and asks to take me out for coffee. Which if anyone knows me, I’m obsessed with coffee, so naturally I said yes! He told his friends that night that he was going to marry me before even speaking to me. FATE! He didn’t wait the stupid 3 day rule that most guys stick to. He called me the next day to set up our date. So getting to know each other on our first date (with all the getting to know each other questions), we discovered that our moms were best friends in high school. FATE! Obviously, they had lost touch over the years, but after all this time, we discovered we were both from around the same area, yet had never met each other until now. Timing is truly everything. We fell fast for each other; that all-consuming love that takes your breath away, makes your heart skip a beat, and makes your tummy flop! MUSHY, I told you!:). And yes, our moms are reunited and best friends, once again!

Photography: Krista Lee Photography | Videography: Chris Bryant | Event Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Cake: Patty Cakes | Catering : Chef Christopher | Hair And Makeup: Katie Russo Beauty | Officiant: Ralph Griggs | Transportation: FADDS Party Bus | Transportation: Matchless Limousines | Venue : Cedarwood Weddings | Invitations And Signage: Belle Foley | Music : Travelin' Roots Productions

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Vintage Chic Southern Mansion Wedding

First it was the old Southern mansion that caught my eye, and then I started oohing and aahing over the Brides’s gorgeous gown. But then I saw the bridesmaid dresses and I’m just going to officially declare this wedding a winner. The whole soiree is a breath of fresh air, captured by Glass Jar Photography and with Bright Event Productions, every moment shined. Join me in the fan club right here!

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From Glass Jar PhotographyJess and Grayson both work in the music industry in Nashville and wanted a lovely floral with vintage elegant toned wedding, and they nailed it.

Loads of classic and antique design elements all around an old Southern mansion near Nashville, TN.

A totally in love couple, with a ton of great design and styling ideas for anyone looking for an elegant and timeless toned wedding.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our relationship and all of the things it is: full of unique beauty, brimming with old-fashioned-meets-modern romance, sweet and a little bit wild, dreamy-eyed for days gone by balanced with our joy for now and tomorrow – all framed by the people we love and cherish most.

We know our love story is the only of its kind, and we wanted our wedding to be the same way. Relationships and romances are like fingerprints; no two are the same. Grayson and I wanted to put our unique stamp on our wedding by not following any specific rules while still sprinkling in traditional rituals and elements as we wished. Nashville and the surrounding areas have a multitude of wedding venues, but Grayson and I were initially unsuccessful in finding the place that was perfect for us.

However, we soon got word of a new venue, Ravenswood Mansion, just south of Nashville in the idyllic rolling hills. The historic venue, built in 1825, wasn’t due for restoration completion until a month prior to our wedding, but we took a gamble and set our date. We wanted unique and we got it: we were the very first couple married at Ravenswood.

For aesthetics and creative direction, we turned to the brilliantly talented Janna Brown of Janna Brown Design Co. (who also happens to be my sister). Her taste and style are flawless, and we trusted her to take our ideas and run with them. She listened to what inspired us, what we were drawn to and considered all of the outside elements. Her professional expertise and creative ideas not only guided the overall creative direction for the day, she made it a truly personal and touching experience for both us and our guests. In addition to providing/styling all of our props and vintage rentals, Janna surprised us throughout the wedding day with gorgeous details and touches that we could never have imagined. Her vision and coordination with Kara Anne Paper for calligraphy and signage created some of the most memorable touches of the day. She created a hand-drawn crest for our wedding day of Ravenswood Mansion that appeared on cocktail napkins, hand-painted cookies and more. In addition, Janna and Kara created a “logo” of our two beloved dogs—Buddy and Linus—which was found on custom koozies and more hand-painted cookies. To name the multitude of elements such as these that Janna Brown envisioned and executed would be impossible. I’ll just say that she far exceeded our wildest dreams for a wedding day ripe with beauty, styled
to the nines and attention to detail at every turn.

Janna also worked with Lauren Atkinson of LMA Designs to create floral designs and tablescapes that were out of this world. Lush, wild, organic and romantic, they were inspired by an Arizona-meets-Tennessee muted color palette and anchored by a variety of succulents, Juliet David Austin
roses, dahlias, olive and eucalyptus branches. To add more texture and contrast, my bridal bouquet featured king proteas. Lauren has a fantastic eye for detail which yields her extraordinary arrangements, and we can’t recommend her highly enough.

Our photographers and videographers, Glass Jar Photography, are visionaries and have phenomenal talent at capturing light, emotion and moments. We had already worked with them for our engagement session, and they felt like old friends from Day 1. We can’t say enough about how Whitney and Bethany not only saw the beauty of the day and all of the moments that stitched it together, but they were able to translate it into a medium that we will be able to treasure forever.

One of the most interesting, fun and lovely aspects of our wedding day was our cookie table. Grayson grew up in northeast Ohio community in which weddings were always celebrated with a fabulous cookie table. The cookie table at a northeast Ohio wedding is twice as important as a wedding cake and so much more delicious. It’s a tradition that’s said to originate in northeast Ohio/southwestern Pennsylvania by Eastern European, Italian and Greek immigrants who wanted to bring a taste of the homeland to the New World. At our wedding, the gorgeous gourmet cookies were all homemade and brought by family and friends.

My dress, the two-piece Giuliana corset and skirt by Monique Lhuillier, was my dream dress, and I couldn’t have been happier with how it tied all of the elements of the wedding together in its mix of traditional and modern design. For my bridesmaids—my sister and two sisters-in-law—I asked them to choose a dress in a shade of champagne that reflected their personality best. I wanted them to feel comfortable, beautiful and be able to wear the dress again. They chose beaded dresses in a variety of styles from Adrianna Papell and Sue Wong. Grayson and his groomsmen wore dark grey, slim-cut suits and champagne neckties to compliment the ladies’ dresses and the overall wedding color palette.

We were truly pleased with all of our vendors: Katie Choma of Always Inspired Events was a fantastic day-of coordinator; Five Senses Catering provided an absolutely delicious dinner and impeccable service, Bright Events Productions delivered top-notch lighting, Jake Burton Entertainment kept us entertained and dancing into the night, and Leslie Ellis made us feel beautiful with her hair and makeup talents.Grayson and I knew while planning our wedding that every couple wants their wedding to be beautiful, go smoothly and be absolutely memorable for the bride and groom as well as family and friends. We were no different in that regard, but we did want to have ours be uniquely ours. We had a wedding day that was all of those things and so much more thanks to all of the people mentioned above, as well as our families and loved ones. It was a celebration in every way and will live on for decades in our hearts and memories.

Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Event Styling: Janna Brown | Floral Design: LMA Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Frosted Affair | Invitations: The Paper Place | Jewelry: Ben-Amun By Isaac Manevitz | Catering: Five Senses | Hair And Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | DJ: Jake Burton Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Ravenswood Mansion | Day Of Coordination: Katie Choma, Always Inspired Events | Rentals: Janna Brown Design | Sound: High Tone Entertainment

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Prohibition Era Themed Nashville Wedding

With a wedding theme revolving the prohibition, you bet this themed affair is filled heritage. From the Bride’s Hey Lady heels, to the rustically arranged blooms, to the cookbook favors, I Love You Too Weddings captured it all (including some pretty incredible cocktails) here!

From Modern Vintage EventsCaitlin and Luke are a couple who truly know what they want. Their intelligence and attention to detail made everything about their day truly reflect who they are as people and as a couple. We themed the wedding after the Prohibition era. They brought in elements from both of their hometowns and from the things they loved. Caitlin and Luke lived in a building that has so much history and beautiful architecture, the church where they got married had the same beautiful vignettes. Their reception site was a renovated factory that had a perfect mix of modern architecture and historical pieces.

When it came to colors Caitlin described her palette as a summer palette that had been out in the sun and faded over time. This muted palette was perfect for their wedding in September. We used flowers there grown locally and arranged them in tin cans and bottles. The tables were named after literary couples who had positive stories. Caitlin and Luke tied in heritage wherever possible; they brought photos of their parents on their wedding day and gave cookbooks with family recipes as favors.

We brought back cocktails from another era with the French 75 and served local beer on the bar. The band, The Jake Leg Stompers, kept everyone entertained with Prohibition era music as well some recognizable new music. The evening ended with a second line and hugs and cheers from friends and family.

From the beautiful Bride… We met through online dating, but it turns out we were both grad students at the same university (kismet!) and we even knew some of the same people! We were really slow about dating though and our family and friends gave us a lot of grief. We had our first date in July of 2011, and we were slowly starting to see each other more and more. At some point in October, we finally decided that we needed to define things, which was mainly just “So, we’re dating, right?” “Right.” Unfortunately, we were so casual about it, neither of us remember when this actually happened (nor do we remember the exact date of our first date). My younger brother was thoroughly offended that we didn’t have an anniversary, so he arbitrarily assigned us October 12th. A slow start was more in line with our personalities, and it gave us both room to welcome the other into our lives more fully. Of course, the first thing Luke said when we set our wedding date was “At last! A REAL anniversary!”

Our approach was to try and capture as much of the Nashville vibe as we could. Almost all of our guests were from out of town and we really wanted to showcase the city that had been the start of our lives together. We wanted things to be personal for us and representative of our city. One of my favorite details was how we did the table names. Instead of numbers, we chose couples for our favorite books – not necessarily well-known, but ones whose stories were *good.* Our printer made up false book covers and we wrapped them around old books to label the tables. In the same vein, I gathered up quotes from literature about love, my parents printed them, and put them in picture frames to decorate around the bar and gift table. Sonnet 116, my favorite poem by Shakespeare, was the centerpiece of that element. And now (as soon as I can find the space in my apartment) I can hang up the frame as a reminder of our wedding day.

Our first big choice was our wedding planners (well, actually I bought the dress before hiring planners, but Luke wasn’t there for that!) and planner(s) you like and trust are essential. I wouldn’t do a wedding without them. We mainly went with their recommendations and were never disappointed. Your planner and your photographer, it’s almost as important that you think you can get along with them as that you like their work. You’re going to spend some very stressful hours with them, so make sure that your personalities mesh well! A planner and a photographer who can keep you calm will be a great thing come crunch time.

My absolute favorite part of the day was the 15 minutes we got alone during the cocktail hour. We were whisked away to a separate part of our reception venue while everyone else was downstairs chatting and snacking. The venue staff sent us plates of appetizers and glasses of water and cocktails and left us alone. It was a glorious moment to just… revel in the fact that we were now married! And, it guaranteed that we got at least some water, some food, and some of our cocktail before we started glad-handing everyone. Not only do I recommend fitting this into your day, I’d say it is essential. The rest of the day is about what looks nice, what photographs well, what the mammas want, what will be fun for your guests… this moment is well and truly about the two of you.

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Floral Design: Turnbull Creek Farm | Wedding Dress: Timeless Bride | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Ceremony Venue: West End United Methodist | Reception Venue: The Rosewall | Bride's Shoes: Hey Lady | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: M Street | Hair And Makeup: One10 | Band: Jake Leg Stompers | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Photobooth: Picturebooth | Planning, Design, & Coordination: Modern Vintage Events

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Hip Nashville Wedding at Cannery Row

Take note SMP’ers because this is what trendsetting is all about. For this hip and happening affair is overflowing with delightful details from I Love You Too Weddings that are oh-so-chic. Think industrial accents mixed with crisp white candles, it’s a gallery filled with goodies and you can see it here!

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From I Love You Too WeddingsNashville is home to a lot of super hip trendsetters and when two of them get married…it’s truly an event to remember. Britt and Alexis hosted close family and friends from near and far for a weekend of celebration. The weekend started with a Friday night welcome/rehearsal dinner at local East Nashville hot spot, Barista Parlor. Britt’s sister and close friends own a favorite East Nashville bar called No. 308 (coincidentally where Britt and Alexis first met) and they crafted deliciously boozy punches to accompany the delicious Mas Tacos Por Favor taco truck catering. Nashville delivered an epic sunset after friends and family toasted the happy couple and then continued on to 308 to keep the party going. Saturday brought the formal celebration with a very touching ceremony and dance-filled reception at Nashville’s music hub, Cannery Row, in their newly imagined event space, ONE. While their wedding day was designed with incredible taste and personal flair, it was the love of the couple and their friends and family around them that made the day so memorable. Alexis and Britt truly know what it means to eat, drink and be merry. From the beautiful Bride Alexis… Instead of choosing a set theme or picking colors, we focused our decor on a few key elements that best represented us as a couple. Our home is filled with vintage mid-century furniture, plants, and then more plants — so we ran with that and added a ton of white candles and soft white string lights. We had a lot of fun antiquing for wedding stuff in the months leading up — cake stands, picture frames for signage, cake servers, etc. We also utilized Etsy for a handful of details — matchbox labels from LiaGriffith for our DIY matchbox favors; caketopper from MelaboWed; and OurWeddingInvites for the guestbook. Britt has a degree in art and design, and she made all our signage and hand-wrote all the invitation envelopes. We were super fortunate to have pre-existing relationships with most of our vendors, so planning our wedding allowed us to work with friends. This included Kate York and Jeremy Lister, two super talented singer/songwriters who sung live for our procession and recession. They have beautiful voices individually, and together they created the perfect harmony. I’ll never forget locking eyes with Britt as I walked down the aisle clutching my mom’s arm, listening to Kate and Jeremy. One of our favorite elements was our sign-in table. We had guests take polaroids of themselves to put in our book with a handwritten message. And atop the sign-in table were wooden letter boxes (A & B) from Flora Grubb Garden, filled with succulents we had planted a few months before. We also loved our custom wooden chuppah with tiny plant holders for the air plants we attached to it. The same furniture designer made our dining table at home with reclaimed wood and the chuppah is now in our backyard. Most memorable moment: It’s hard to pick just one moment from the entire weekend, but both Britt and I cherish our ceremony. We got legally married at a municipal building in Brooklyn two weeks before, but wanted to share our love in front of our friends and family for a proper celebration in Nashville. As we clasped hands to recite the vows we had written it was like time stood still and no one else was in the room. Our good friend, mentor, and neighbor lead our ceremony. When she didn’t have everyone in tears, she had everyone laughing, especially with “By the power vested in me by absolutely nobody, but instead reflective simply of the transformative, radical power of love, I welcome you into your marriage.” Advice: Approach vendors you love who may not be in the wedding industry and ask if they’ll help with your special day. The owner of our favorite plant store, All Seasons, decorated our venue with ferns, succulents, and air plants. She had never done a wedding before, but was so excited to help. Also, during the planning process, make sure to set aside time together for non-wedding related things. Music: Nashville is Music City, ya’ll! The music selection of course was super important! Procession: Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks Recession: One Love by Bob Marley First Dance: Somebody to Love by Valerie June

Photography: I Love You Too Weddings | Floral Design: All Seasons | Invitations: Love VS. Design | Jewelry: Wonders On Woodland | Wedding Bands: Erica Weiner | Catering: Bacon & Caviar | DJ: Jeremy Todd | Wedding Venue: ONE, Cannery Row | Alexis's Rehearsal Outfit: River Island Jumpsuit By ASOS | Alexis's Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bouquet And Boutonnieres: Oshi Flowers | Britt's Attire: J&HP | Cake Topper: MelaboWed | Cakes And Cupcakes: Sweet 16th Bakery | Chuppah: Mastodon Jones | Cocktails: No. 308 | Guestbook: Our Wedding Invites | Matchbox Party Favors: Lia Griffith | Photobooth: Generation Domination | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Mas Tacos | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Barista Parlor | Sign In Table Succulent Letters: Flora Grubb Garden

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