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A Rustic & DIY Wedding on a Farm: Ashley & Justin

BADABOOM!

That’s the noise my heart made when I clapped eyes on Ashley & Justin’s wedding. These guys are Rock n Roll gold and I’m so so so excited to be a-sharing these today.

The wedding was held at Red Gate Farm in Tennessee, a beautiful 30 acre farm with a view of the mountains.

“We wanted to make sure the wedding was really laid back and not a typical, traditional wedding,” the gorgeous bride told me. “I love collecting antiques, so naturally I was really inspired by vintage themes. I also found a love for rustic, barn weddings. We couldn’t find any barn venues around here that really appealed to us, so with the help of our amazing photographer Tara, we found the location. It was absolutely perfect. The owners already had a lot of things on location for us to use, and they agreed to supply us with hay bales for seating! Score!”

“With the help from my mother-in-law, we searched thrift and antique stores for lace tablecloths, vintage napkins, vases, spice tins, afghans for the hay bales, etc. I couldn’t have done it all without her help.”

“Most of our wedding was DIY, she continued. “The most special DIY was my wedding dress, because my mother and I spent so much time reworking a dress I purchased from Unique Vintage. In the end, it was completely unique and one of a kind, just like my Mom!”

Ashley teamed her dress with Vivienne Westwood/Melissa shoes but she sprayed the hearts from red to green to they were totally one-of-a-kind.

“I had always wanted to have a paper flower bouquet, so I looked up tutorials online. They were slightly tedious, but really fun to make and worth it! They were WAY cheaper than real flowers, plus I can keep them forever. I also spent some time with two of my best girlfriends to make mustaches on sticks for our party favors. With the help from coupons and a friend who worked at a local craft store, I spent almost nothing in comparison to how much they were selling for on etsy. They were a huge hit with our guests too!”

“To any brides planning their wedding with time to spare, start working on DIY projects early on,” Ashley advises. “It will save you a lot of stress and late night crafting in the end. I started working on everything when we got engaged, and the week of the wedding was almost stress-free! Accept help from others. You don’t have to do everything on your own, and believe it or not, you can’t. Chances are, there will be plenty of friends and family around you that want to help. Let them.”

“Choose a photographer that that best suits your style. In the end, you only have your photos and you want them to be the best! I knew from day one that I wanted to work with Tara at Dixie Pixel. I have worked with her in the past and she is phenomenal at what she does. Her style of photography is like none other around here and I knew she would ‘get’ my vision, even if it was hard for me to put into words at first. I couldn’t be happier with the way the pictures turned out. She and her assistant, James, were able to capture so many moments that I didn’t expect to see. It brought tears to my eyes all over again.”

Oh these are just so beautiful/awesome/crazy all at the same time!

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Rebecca & John’s Elegant Vintage Garden Party

Rebecca & John’s beautiful Tennessee wedding took place at Almost Heavens Wedding Resort. With quirky details and elegant 50’s styling, this really was a wedding worthy of Rock n Roll credentials.

The bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown with awesome Irregular Choice shoes and a vintage veil that she found at a friend’s yard sale. A friend of the bride who is a costume designer re-worked it for her to suit the style she was going for. She carried and vintage lace parasol.

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“I really wanted to have a fun and inviting event for people to enjoy,” the bride explained. “I told every single wedding vendor we worked with that I did not want the wedding to feel fussy at all. I wanted our guests to feel like they had come to an extension of our backyard. I asked the florist to make the bouquets and table arrangements look as if they were picked that morning from Grandma’s garden. I borrowed jars from my mother and my maid-of-honor and also went flea market hunting.”

“I was so perplexed with cake toppers. I knew I would never find a good bride & groom figurine that was true to how we looked. I was finding wedding inspiration on a wedding blog and saw a cake topped with “kissing” salt & pepper shakers. I knew immediately I wanted to find kissing Indians so I could in some way show our appreciation for our native American ancestry. When the director of the venue couldn’t get my exact details on the cake I told her,”Tell the bakers to be inspired by the photo I gave them and have fun with it, and truthfully, I don’t care what it looks like as long as it tastes AMAZING!!!” She knew at that point that I was a laid-back bride. The best part about the cake was that it really did taste amazing and it was beautiful.”

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“I wanted there to be a lot of things for people to do as well. We had a huge toy table laid out for the more than thirty children in attendance. Who knew kids could be so creative with just pipe cleaners and jingle bells? I had little girls coming up to me all night with jingle bell bracelets. You could hear me coming from yards away. I think the parents enjoyed the kids being tied up with stuff to do as well like the dark thirty movie showing of Little Rascals under the stars on top of a mountain. I thought the kids would enjoy the huge candy table but I heard stories afterwards of old ladies shoving hand fulls of candy into their purses and pockets.”

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Dolly Parton Plays Fairy Godmother

This session is way to awesome! When I opened the initial email from photographer Stephanie, I gasped. “Is that the real Dolly Parton?!”

“It sure is,” came the response, “My lovely friend Rebecca was married last month in Gatlinburg, TN. Before her wedding, we did a very special photoshoot with her Aunt Dolly at a family home in Sevierville. Since Dolly is not only Rebecca’s aunt, but also her godmother, Rebecca had the idea to do a shoot where Dolly acts as her fairy godmother, who has come to get her ready for her big day. Here is the story for you to enjoy!”

Jennifer & Adam’s Tennessee Treat

I’m featuring less engagement sessions than I used to at the moment. Mainly because I’m getting so many awesome weddings to feature from you lot that I simply haven’t got the time to share as many as I’d like. However, when I see a session like Jennifer & Adam’s, I remember that rules are meant to be broken!  The pair chose the location for their shoot because it was the very place that Cas Walker originally broadcast Dolly Parton on the radio  – and I’m reliably informed that this is a big deal in Tennessee, maybe like The Beatles here in the UK!?

The couple are getting married in Knoxville next summer and from the look of these shots, their wedding is going to be nothing short of epic!

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Elegant & Modern with Rockabilly Charm

Erinn & Brandon’s Nashville wedding was an elegant and modern affair with a touch of rockabilly and country charm.

The couple chose Aerial as the location for their wedding. They had their ceremony and reception on the rooftop, overlooking the city – a perfectly modern backdrop. “We chose Aerial not just because it was rooftop, but because it was above all of the honky tonks that make Nashville what it is” the couple to me. “We wanted it to be elegant, with a glimmer of rockabilly and country in the background. The glow of the city lights and neon from below was perfect!”

So where does the rockabilly and country charm come in you ask? Well, Elvis is obviously a big deal in Tenessee so the statue made an apperance in quite a few of their photographs. Their recessional music was also “Glenn Miller “in the Mood”. Not your usual wedding music but it certainly set the tone of the night.

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