Shabby Chic Spring Historic Home Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 08, 2013



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Despite the threat of thunderstorms and rain showers, Stephanie and Scott were married in early June at Magnolia Manor near Knoxville, Tenn. The bride wore a beaded bodice and lace a-line wedding gown and accessorized with a floral wreath whereas her bridesmaids wore mix ‘n matched pink dresses. The groom wore a do-it-yourself burlap boutonniere. A white dove release ended the outdoor ceremony, and the tented reception began with lots of homemade BBQ. Vintage china, candelabras, mason jars, books, and tree bark decorated banquet tables, and crepe paper streamers hung from the ceiling. Guest enjoyed the dessert display of sweet treats, including cracker jacks, caramel apples, cake pops, and chocolate covered strawberries.

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Photography: BraskaJennea Photography | Venue: Magnolia Manor | Floral Designer: BraskaJennea Floral Design | Equipment Rentals: Vintage Inspirations | DJ: Gene Lovin | Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist: Karina Elaine Wilburn | Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup Artist: Melissa Coffey 

Rustic Blush Summer Garden Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2013

Cara & Jeff 

July 12 

Franklin, Tennessee    


Q & A with the Bride:

1.  What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I found CJ’s Off the Square through WeddingWire and fell in love online but didn’t think in a million years I would be able to hold my wedding there.  My fiancé and I were both from Nashville but living out of state.  The cute historic charm, the beautiful garden, and perfect touch of Nashville made it impossible to pass up, so we moved our wedding from Florida to back home.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I don’t know if I could ever pick just three! I loved the moment that I walked in to see all of the details come together though!  The things that stood out the most were the amazing floral archway around the gazebo, the fun and fabulous photo prop section, and the girls beauty room to get ready in. 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our Maid of Honor speech by my sister was a rap about us to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air song, which I can’t stop singing so that should probably be at the top of my list, but the moment of walking down the aisle with my father, seeing all of the guest looking back, and seeing my husband a nervous wreck was worth every ounce of sweat and time put into the planning process.


Elegant Lavender Fall Farm Wedding in Tennessee

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 06, 2013

Jo Ellen & Chuck

September 23

Nashville, Tennessee


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Chuck and I fell in love with Cedarwood when we first visited. We fell in love with the peaceful feeling it evoked, and the beautiful country landscape. Mooncake Lake was just the perfect place for our first look. We were both born and raised in Tennessee, and Cedarwood felt like home. It was elegant without being stuffy. The staff also played a major role. They were wonderful, creative, and professional and provided the one stop shop approach we were looking for.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The flowers and table setting — they were the perfect mixture of flowers we love, moss, succulents and natural elements.

2. The reception in the barn — a bluegrass trio that plays at a local coffee shop where we live played  (they actually got married in the barn after our ceremony/before dinner), lovely food, and our signature drink GoGo Juice. Just walking back to greet our friends and family after we were married was a real moment for both of us. Our friends wrote greetings/words of wisdom on river stones and left them there for us and then tossed one in the river and made a wish for us. All just magical!

3. We decide not to go with a standard catered meal. We chose to have the meal grilled: steak, salmon, and chicken. The food smelled delicious cooking and the presentation was beautiful. It just felt like a home party — very comfortable. People told us it was the best steak they ever had!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

For both of us it was the first look. We chose to see each other before the wedding at MoonCake Lake, which is a beautiful little lake at the top of a hill at Cedarwood. Chuck stood on the dock overlooking the water wondering if I was walking up behind him. He kept asking Mary (photographer) if I was coming. For me walking upon him with such anticipation and excitement, I was thrilled to touch his shoulder, have him turn around and us finally see each other. The pictures were priceless and the moment, one we will never forget.


Morgan & Brett

May 25

Nashville, Tennessee


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The biscuits and the fried chicken! Loveless Café is featured on all sorts of food television shows for their famous biscuits and fried chicken.  One bite and we knew we had to have our reception there.  Our friends and family still cannot stop talking about that food.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The personal touches everywhere.  Brett’s dad hand painted all of the birdhouses for our centerpieces and created majority of the signs / decorations.  Almost all of our décor was passed down or borrowed from our family and friends.  
  2. Our guestbook. We had one of our engagement pictures printed on a guitar and asked everyone to sign it.  It is something that is now hanging in our house that we get to look at and read every day.
  3. Our bridal party’s shoes. All of the girls wore their favorite boots and the boys wore their favorite tennis shoes.  People said we were crazy to allow the boys to wear whatever, but they loved it.  It was a way for them to add their own flair and be different…even if it meant seeing neon orange shoes in our wedding pictures.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My daddy/daughter dance. I am the youngest to four older brothers so I am truly daddy’s little girl.  It is tough with him living in Michigan and I am in Nashville so I wanted this to be a special dance.  I did something a little different and asked him to pick out the song.  He surprised us all and started doing the robot to “Push It.”  Everyone died laughing.  But then it cut to “Timeless” by The Airborne Toxic Event.  It is not your traditional daddy/daughter dance song, but I lost it hearing the lyrics.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place.  I still can’t listen to the song without tearing up.  I will be a daddy’s girl forever.


Romantic, Map-Themed Summer Tennessee Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 13, 2013

Emmie & Dave

August 31

Nashville, Tennessee


Q & A with the Bride:

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Our favorite detail was probably the wine box ceremony. We had a custom dark wood wine box made for us engraved with our names and wedding date in a special symbol that was designed for our wedding. Inside the box, we had a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir 9 Barrel (our favorite wine) and love letters we had written to each other. During the ceremony we nailed the box shut, and we will open it on our fifth wedding anniversary.

Our ceremony itself was completely us. We decided to have Dave’s dad marry us. He was nervous because he had never performed a wedding ceremony and this was the marriage of his first-born child. But, it was so touching and personal and meant so much more than having someone who barely knew us perform such an important ceremony. Together with Dave’s dad we wrote every word in our ceremony to be completely and uniquely us. We are really into wine, so we had 2 ceremonies within our wedding ceremony that showed that passion. We did a wine ceremony where we combined a white and a red wine to make a rose and drank from the same cup as a symbol of our unity, and a wine box ceremony. We wrote our own vows and read them to each other while we fought back tears. My dog is really one of my best friends, so he was a “bridesdog” in the wedding. Our guests were all standing around us in the barn during the whole ceremony making it super intimate and personal. And, at the end of the ceremony, Dave’s little sis and her boyfriend (who proposed to her a few days later) performed a song called “I Do” that they had written just for us. Everything about the ceremony was so personal and special.

 The rest of our wedding also had so many personal touches. Here are a few that we love: 1. Dave and I spent the 4 years leading up to our marriage on the road as part of our work in the sales training industry. We literally lived in 12 different cities in four years. Our wedding invitation was a map that showed this journey around the country with us ending in Nashville, our new home. On a card that sat on each table we had written one of our favorite stories from our time together in one of those cities. We had maps that traced this journey and vintage suitcases to complete the theme. 2. Our wedding happened to be on the night of a blue moon with the next blue moon happening 3 years later. So to celebrate this, we served moon pies and had an image of a giant blue moon on the ceiling.