real wedding:: bright & colorful plantation wedding

Oh, Stephen and Jenn. I occasionally cry at the weddings I work, but this one was a particular tearjerker/emotionally-attached wedding:  the wedding of my brother-in-law and his high school sweetheart.

Despite the tears (in fact - the reason behind them), it was absolutely the happiest day. We were all beaming from morning until midnight that night. So much love came together to make everything absolutely perfect for the sweet couple and their Carnton Plantation wedding Memorial Day weekend.

Jessica McIntosh did a PHENOMENAL job photographing the intricacies of the day. We are all blown away by the portraits of these two -- aren't they just to die for? Jessica risked limb and life by creeping down in fields of flowers and greenery to get these shots -- and that was before we found the snake hanging out in the garden before the ceremony!

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Jenn's bridal bouquet was absolutely gorgeous -- Cheryl's Flowers composed a beautiful arrangement of ivory hydrangea, calla lilies, roses, and peonies with a few pops of yellow.

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Can anything really beat the natural beauty of this stately Southern plantation home? So lovely, especially at the "golden hour."

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I seriously die over all these portraits. That garden is just to die for!

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The Southern-style spread for dinner was out-of-this-world insanely good. Bacon & Caviar for the win!

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Once the party got started, OH how we wobbled...

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Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Photographer | Jessica McIntosh Photography
Venue | Carnton Plantation
Caterer | Bacon & Caviar
Hair & Makeup | Brenna Mader
Personal Flowers | Cheryl's Flowers
Lighting | Bright Event Productions
Audio | Stager Audio
Rentals | Music City Tents & Events
Cake | The Bekahry Bake Shoppe
 
Honeymoon Planning | 2 Travel Anywhere - Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

real wedding:: brittany & doug

Where to even begin with these two?! Brittany is a classic Southern belle. (I like to think this is why we have much in common!) When Doug proposed at a gorgeous Tennessee vineyard in the fall of 2011 (with a STUNNING emerald-cut diamond ring, might I add!), Brittany dove headfirst into planning after her dream Southern wedding. She dreamed up a gorgeous pink and grey affair, complete with fresh peonies, garden roses, and hydrangea, queenly attire (a darling Jim Hjelm lace dress with Badgley Mischka floral pumps), and a reception replete with details. The calligrapher for Southern Weddings magazine's logo, Kathryn Murray, drew up some beautiful verbiage and a custom monogram for the couple's striking geometrically-printed paper goods suite. Brittany had the monogram made into a gobo which was cast on a brick wall in the reception space (creating a beautiful, cohesive look!). String lights illuminated the pink and grey table linens, and mason jars with fresh flowers accented each and every table.

Following the traditional church ceremony, guests were greeted at the door of the Factory at Franklin with a spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail served in Mason jars (and iconic striped straws!). Live music, performed by the Nick Carver Band, serenaded the party for the duration of the night. Dinner was composed of Southern classics, such as a mashed potato bar, sautéed green beans, and stuffed chicken. Every last sweet tooth was satisfied with wedding cakes from Puffy Muffin and the groom's cobbler bar (the most SCRUMPTIOUS dessert ever!) served hot and a la mode.

Brittany and Doug, I wish the two of you a marriage full of love, happiness, and Southern charm!

Photography | Nancy Ray Photography 
Ceremony Venue | Baskin Chapel in Brentwood Baptist Church 
Reception Venue | The Factory
Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Florist | Susan Barnett
Officiant | Jay Strother
Cake Artist |The Puffy Muffin
Caterer | Stoveworks Restaurant
Reception Band | Nick Carver Band
Hair Stylist | Dion South
Rentals | Southern Events
Lighting | SpringTree Media
Wedding Gown | The Bride Room 
Calligraphy | Kathryn Murray
Hair Accessories | The Headband Shoppe
Favor Table Print | Sparkle & Rust