McDonald Wedding by Garrett Nudd Photography
August 26, 2011

Your Friday is about to get off to the prettiest of starts thanks to Garrett Nudd Photography. A heart-fluttering, image-saving, inspiration overload type of a start. Because this down on the farm fête is be-yond beautiful. Just be-yond. With its serious southern style, boys in bow ties, blushing bridesmaids, hors d'oeuvres amongst the horses, and a bride as beautiful as they come - it's easy to see why I think this Friday's forecast is mostly darling. Not to mention you still have time to enter that lovely Loeffler Randall shoe giveaway on SMP New York Weddings! Winners will be announced this afternoon, so while you wait to see if you have a new pair of shoes to claim, enjoy your pretty Friday by indulging in this wedding's full gallery of gorgeous images!















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From the Bride...My family moved to a small town outside of Chattanooga, TN shortly after Brandon and I started dating.  And, as fate would have it, Brandon was starting nursing school in TN at the very same time! Throughout the past 6 years, Brandon and I shared many special memories on my family's farm. Whether it was sitting on "our little roof" watching the sunset, skipping rocks in the pond behind what would someday be our ceremony site, or learning how to dirtbike in the very field in which we got married, memories of special times were everywhere to be found. So, in our minds and hearts, we knew that picking a location for the wedding would be simple. Not only did it fit our desire of having a rustic yet elegant wedding, but it was home. And, as the very true saying goes..."there is no place like home!"  Our desire was that our guests would enjoy the serene surroundings while feeling relaxed, comfortable, and most importantly "at home."

When it comes to decor, I have always been attracted to the "shabby chic" style, incorporating the elegance of crystal chandeliers, vintage china, and crisp white linens with burlap, hay, and rustic galvanized decor. What better location to put our vision into action than in our very own barn. With the added expertise of our family friend and professional designer, Jodi Brewer, our farm was transformed into a southern wedding dream. Jodi has been an interior designer for many years. Her vast talent combined with creative ideas made for unique and beautiful decor.

Like many weddings, ours wasn't without a tiny bit of drama. Just two months before our wedding, the Southeast was devastated with major tornadoes...many of which came within just a couple miles from our home. Homes were destroyed and some people even lost their lives. While our farm suffered from the loss of several trees and broken fences, we were truly spared from the brunt of storm. I have friends who lost everything. Going through this experience while planning a wedding allowed me to place everything in perspective.  I learned that more than anything, my God, my family, and my friends are something I could never do without. With such tremendous help from all of these people, we were able to get our farm back in shape in just a few short months. July 3rd is a day that will forever hold a special place in our hearts. It is a day of cherished details, of family and friends, of the comforts of home, and most importantly of the love Brandon and I will forever share.

Venue: Private Residence / Event Design: JL Brewer Designs / Catering: Events With Taste / Floral Design: Humphreys Flowers / Wedding Photography: Garrett Nudd Photography / Wedding Videography: Tim Cofield / Music: Forte Strings / Wedding Cake: Kimmee's Cakes / Cake Topper: Baumbirdy / Program Fan: Bama Jammer Incorporated / Dress: 2 Be Couture via Ever After Bridal & Formal Wear / Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade / Headpiece: Untamed Petals / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Express / Groom's Bowtie: Lumina Clothing / Groomsmen Tie: J.Crew / Ring Bearer Bowtie: Crewcuts / Ring Bearer Suspenders + Shorts: Jacadi Paris / Flower Girl Dress: Joan Calabrese / Flower Girl Headpieces: The Jenny Lynn Collection / Hair: Hair Benders International / Make-up: Dani Carpenter / Favors: eBee Honey / Calligraphy for Invitations: Kate Smith Letters