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Bacon + Bourbon Make This Southern Affair All the More Memorable

Sweet southern sizzle this wedding is everything. For not only did this pair plan one heck of a celebration, they also made sure guests were well equipped to carry on the fun throughout the night. Translation: A passed hors-d’oeuvre consisting of bacon paired with single barrel bourbon. If that doesn’t get your heart racing then maybe all the stunning captures from Austin Gros in The Vault will do the trick!


From The Bride…Where do you have a wedding when the bride grew up in Maryland, the groom New York, and they are currently settling in Los Angeles.  You dig for roots…

We planned a Tennessee wedding after relocating to from New York City to Los Angeles.  We were drawn to Middle Tennessee for our wedding as I spent many spring vacations from elementary and middle school visiting relatives and family friends in Franklin – rollerblading through town, movies at the Franklin Theater, and listening to seemingly endless family stories – as my dad wanted me and my sister to experience a little of our Tennessee roots. 

It wasn’t hard to sell Matt on the idea of a Tennessee wedding as few of our New York friends and Matt’s family had ever visited Nashville and he knew it would be fun for them to experience someplace new.   My easiest wedding decision was where to have the reception.   Carnton was in my blood – literally, as I am a lineal descendent of Randal and Sarah McGavock, who built the home.   Actually, as delineated in the “father of the bride” speech, our wedding reception is the first family wedding celebration held at Carnton since January 3, 1884, 131 years ago.  Also, there were more direct McGavock descendants at Carnton that May 9th evening than at any other time since the house was built in 1826. 

Most importantly, this was a magical evening for us, complete with a surprise ice-breaker for all the guests, Tennessee Moonshine.   The photographs capture the wedding spirit, complete with a bride and groom dance-off and yes, even doing “The Worm” on the dance floor.   Matt’s reaction early the next morning as he slowly, oh ever so slowly, eased himself into his now father-in-laws car: “That party was the best night of my life”. 

It was very important to us that our wedding feel relaxed and not formal.  On a night when all eyes were on us, we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed.  I credit this because we didn’t feel like we had to adjust how we acted due to the wedding, the wedding adjusted to us and our energy set the tone.  We were 100% ourselves that night, just as everyones wedding should be.  We made the decision to have our wedding party photos taken at Carnton before the ceremony.  This turned out to be crucial as we were able then to be present for and enjoy every minute of the reception.  While there were 250 people there, it still managed to feel like one tight-knit gathering. 

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Photography: Austin Gros | Coordination: Leigh Bawcom Events | Floral Design: Vintage Florals | Cake: Dessert Designs | Ceremony Venue: Church Of The Assumption | Reception Venue: Carnton Plantation | Catering: Kristen Winston | Hair + Makeup: Amanda Gros | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Band: The Legendary Memphis Icebreakers Of RAM Entertainment | Transportation: Grand Avenue | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Stylist: Jessica Sloane Event Styling & Design | Tent & Event Rentals: Music City Tents

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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More Southern Wedding Inspiration this way!

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

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Rustic + Timeless Trinity View Farms Wedding

A new display from Leslee Mitchell is reason alone to celebrate, but add in the craftsmanship of Big Events Weddings draped with Southern Events props and you’ve got yourself one perfect party. From the autumn inspired centerpieces to the unplanned hot air-balloon ceremony, it’s the type of day we’ve deemed dream-worthy and we’re giving YOU an exclusive invite to peruse the pretty in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…I had never been one of those girls who dreamed about their wedding day all their lives, but after Andrew and I were engaged it started a whirlwind of “dreaming for the big day”. First it was most important to me to find a venue that was not basic and reflective of us as a couple. I did not want to be just another wedding venue with three packages to chose from without modification. We went through three different non venues falling through (all being personal homes that would not work out ) and six months before our wedding date we found the most ideal/dream/ perfect location that embodied everything Andrew and I had ever wanted. Trinity View Farm, was off the beaten path in the rolling hills of Tennessee, and at the time, not an actual “venue”. We got to bring in everything specific to our design dreams: decor, florals, tents,our dream photographer, Leslee Mitchell plus use our own full service wedding planners, Big Events Inc. who planned and created a magical day that truly felt like us.

I am a native Floridian, with a Mississippi heritage who is mildy obsessed with the outdoors (most specifically fall in Nashville) while Andrew is a Nashville native- born and raised. It was important to me to bring in elements of my hometown, Destin Florida and Mississippi roots since the wedding location was in my new home of TN. We used driftwood and sprigs of cotton on the ceremony arch under which we said our vows, with a back drop setting of Tennessee was a gift from God. We continued the usage of driftwood throughout the night using them on the tablescapes. I chose a custom hand drawn design from local designer, Olia Zavozina. It was everything i wanted and more…plus comfortable (custom pocket inserts!) For the bridesmaids I chose “vanilla” hue by Amsale to really let the scenery speak for itself instead of overbearing color. Andrew, also a fan of not being basic, picked the guys to wear custom suits in Navy blue by a very talented local tailor, Jeff from Stich It paired with a custom tie from local tie -maker and designer Otis James.

We decided to get married at sunset because that was when Andrew proposed to me 9 months prior. It was a sunset like no other i had seen before and as we said I do Hot Air Balloons passed the open sky, unbeknownst to us. I walked down the aisle by my father to my favorite instrument, a bagpipe. Our vows were traditional mixed with kind words of wisdom from our Presbyterian minister friend Carter Crenshaw. We had our dear friend and artist, Abigail Rose sing acoustic version one of our favorite songs “Stand by Me”… after we said our I do’s our parents followed us as we followed the bag pipe down the aisle to our reception next door.

Throughout the planning process we were extremely humbled to see how many loved ones chose to travel, and attend our big day. We wanted to make sure everyone was extremely comfortable in the venue adding extra soft seating and lounge areas outside.

Both of us being a lover of music and tequila, brought our most favorite elements of the wedding reception… the band, Big Blast and The Party Masters and Patron at every bar. It was for sure a party we will never forget. Our first dance was to Into the Mystic- Van Morrison and my dad and I’s dance was to “What a wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong. And that it is…such a wonderful world and a day Andrew and I will never forget.

See more rustic wedding details in THE VAULT!

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Cinematography: Holloway Productions | Event Planning: Gossamer | Event Planning: Big Events Wedding | Floral Design: Big Events Wedding | Wedding Dress: Olia Zavozina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Asia Schulz | Hair: Parlour 3 | Lighting: Bright Event Productions | Groom's Attire: Otis James | Groom's Attire: Stitch It & Co. | Groomsmen's Attire: Stitch It & Co. | Groomsmen's Attire: Otis James | Venue: Leslee Mitchell | Draping: Visual Elements | Rentals: 12th Table | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental & Vintage Prop Shoppe | Ring Bearer Attire: Otis James | Shot Glasses: My Wedding Store | Veil: Olia Zavozina

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