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Southern Jewish Wedding with a Farm Backdrop

From the bride’s lips to God’s ears…”The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.” Love that. This is the kind of bride that I wish I was, focusing on building a beautiful wedding where the focus stayed firmly on love…and yet man! The details are pretty darn gorgeous too. Click here for even more from Julie Roberts.

A conversation between photographer Julie Roberts and the lovely bride…

Was there a moment when you knew you were in love?

One moment when we knew we really had something amazing, was in a little Italian restaurant back in our old town in Florida. The hour we were sitting and talking, it felt like time was suspended and everything made so much sense. Then we just knew that this was a really good thing. And we were and still are, very lucky.

Tell us about your proposal!

Daniel, his sister Katie, and I headed off to visit the great Himalaya mountains to Everest Base Camp where Katie and I would be sending Daniel off to finish the Everest climb. About a week into the trip, we took a rest with the team in a lovely historic village called Tengboche. While overlooking the Kumbu Valley and a beautiful monastery behind us, he asked the question of every little girl’s dream. After crying for 45 minutes with tears happiness, Daniel asked once more if I said yes. YES!!!

Three adjectives that describe your wedding day?

Magical, Emotional, and Fun.

What was your favorite thing about planning your wedding?

My favorite part about planning our wedding, was knowing we would be surrounded by the people we love most and want to celebrate this happy day with us! That was the motivation for making this the most fun day! The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.

Tell us about your wedding music choices (ceremony, first dance, etc).

Daniel and I wanted to have a LOT of fun with the wedding. By starting the wedding with some standard classical wedding music for the ceremony we turned it up with some classic Tennessee “Rocky Top” to begin our first walk back down the aisle as husband and wife. The first dance, father-daughter, mother-son dances, were all about a significant memory we had we each other, the rest was up to Sword Sounds making it a great night!

What significant traditional elements did you include?

Half of my family is Jewish, so we wanted to included some really fun traditions like breaking the glass and of course, the Hora, or chair dance. Which I must say is scary even though you have a quarterback, Olympian, and alpinist holding you up…

What significant non-traditional elements did you include?

Taking a traditional bouquet toss to a no-so-traditional was so much fun! Handing the bouquet off to my new sister-in-law hopefully made her laugh.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

So many…My cousin, stole the dance floor away, great friends singing to classic rock, and of course our groomsmen all dressed the “correct” part for the YMCA.

Favorite Moment of the Day?

Every minute of it. One month later and I still wish I could relive it over and over again! But, seeing Daniel before the wedding was so powerful. I was surprised by how emotional I became. It is a memory I will always cherish.

What’s next for you as a couple?

We continue to live as happy as two peas in a pod. Keep living this surreal life and know how lucky we are to get to be with each other. Nothing beats falling asleep next to the person you love so much.

Photography: Julie Roberts Photo | Florist: Samuel Franklin | Ceremony Venue: Castleton Farms | Reception: Castleton Farms | Catering: All Occasion Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bangs And Blush | DJ: Sword Sounds | Bridal Accessories: J Crew | Bridal Gown: Martina Liana | Cake Baker: The Perfect Ending | Event Lighting: True Grip | Event Venue: Castleton Farms | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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Custom Suits + Tuxes by Alton Lane

When it comes to making sure your groom and his guys are perfectly outfitted for you big day, look no further than custom clothier Alton Lane. Offering beautifully made — and amazingly affordable — suits, tuxes and shirts, Alton Lane makes shopping for wedding attire totally convenient and honestly fun!

Starting with laid-back + fun fitting appointments for your groom and his guys, there’s just so much to love about Alton Lane. The process couldn’t be easier as everyone is measured in one of their showrooms located in Dallas, NYC, DC, Boston or Richmond using high-tech 3D body scanners, which cuts down the number of fittings! Alton Lane makes sure the process is as enjoyable as possible offering the guys drinks, comfy couches and sports on big screen TVs. A personal consultant will give recommendations on gorgeous personalization options such as cut, vents, pleats, monograms and lining color – all of which is included in the base price! With shirts starting at $89 and suits at just $595, custom has never been so affordable.

Alton Lane offers an incredible selection of fabrics and colors perfect for every big day, whether it’s a beach side soiree or a black tie affair. Head over here for personalized recommendations in the Looks Guide and don’t miss some of Alton Lane’s real featured weddings!


Elegant Tennessee Plantation Wedding

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 GrosBright EventsMusic 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 ProductionCaroline 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 | Gown: Ines DiSanto | Flowers: The Enchanted Florist | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Caterer: Kristen Winston Catering | Hair: Ashlea Mullins | Lighting: Bright Events | Event Design And Production: Sage Nines Event Production | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Stephanie Harrison | Rentals: Music City Tents & Events | Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation

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