outdoor garden wedding

Happy Monday, everyone! We’re back with another addition to our handmade weddings series! It took me long enough to get around to it, but do you remember my sister’s wedding? The one where I got really sick and was completely mortified because I totally embarrassed myself, so I had no photos to show for it? I was able to wrangle the the CD from my mother’s iron grasp borrow the photos our awesome photographer sent to my parents, and with his permission, I was able to share some with you today.

So without further ado, Charity + Dave’s garden wedding.

The wedding took place at the Historic Bleak House in Knoxville, TN.  It’s an old Confederate Memorial Hall, rich with interesting history and battles. You can even climb to the gun tower, where three confederate soldiers were killed in a gun battle to the death. It’s truly preserved…as in there’s still bullet holes and other various warfare whatnots there. {That sounds so ominous now that I wrote it} The view is breathtaking. Jamin and I wish we’d had more time to photograph the actual house…it’s absolutely gorgeous. It was Duncan Phyfe, hand painted wallpaper, gargantuan carved wooden furniture heaven. I wanted to put on my Scarlett O’Hara dress and swoon somewhere. Instead, I was ralphing in the bushes. But alas, it is what it is…the day that I’m just now able to laugh at in retrospect.

We used the programs I talked a little about here. Her colors were a beautiful deep purple, complemented with other shots of jewel tones and succulents. The back of the house faces a river, and is on about four levels of gardens. Each level is separated by huge concrete walls and beautiful staircases. Her wedding took place on one level, and the reception on another. Their ceremony itself was under this pretty tree.

Charity’s dress was a Maggie Sottero. I loved the ruffles.

Jamin and I made this letter in lieu of a guest book, that they can hang in their home to remember their special day.

Our handmade sign was a fun photography backdrop in the garden. I was able to surprise her with it and it’s the song that she walked to down the aisle.

The flower girl dresses were handmade by the talented Olive & Fern. She’s on vacation right now until next week, but be sure to click on her sales to see her awesome work. She altered one of her current designs, and even made a matching headband for both the girls. It was great quality, the design was beautiful, and she was fast. Sometimes, you can’t be too sure of what you’re getting, and she was quite refreshing to work with.

My dad escorting my mom. Isn’t she dazzling in pink?

The radiant bride and groom in one of the hallways of the house. {And in the meantime, I want to snatch up all this old white painted brick and bring it home with me.}

Toms in her favorite color to wear down the aisle. So very her!

Of course, I didn’t make it through the reception, as my dear husband was only trying to get me through the ceremony when he gave me enough dramamine to put down a horse. I think everyone was just relieved I didn’t spew mid ceremony. {Nice, I know.} If you play the video {below} you can spot me in fast motion at the bottom of the screen at a table…with my head bobbing about quite viciously. Good times. Gooooood times. I passed out before I was able to see my favorite part…

I knew Dave was supposed to be my brother in law when I heard he had a Wagoneer…and they left in it!

We’re so thrilled for the beautiful couple, and wish them a lifetime of dedication + happiness.

Wasn’t that photography beautiful? If you’re looking for a wedding photog in Nashville or Knoxville, Meishach is your man! {Be sure to check them out on Facebook, here.} Thanks again, for letting me show off their beautiful work!

And if you want to see the super fun video/highlight reel, be sure to click here! Courtesy of the talented Milestone Pictures.

Planning a wedding any time soon? Are you a part of one? What’s something personal you’re using in your ceremony + big day? What’s something you used in your own wedding? We’d love to hear! Have an inspired day, everyone!

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Responses to outdoor garden wedding

  1. Heather says:

    Prettiest flowers I’ve ever seen! Love the Toms! I wore my Doc Marten Mary Janes under my wedding gown 16 years ago.

  2. Laura says:

    Love it ! Your sister looks gorgeous and I love her dress and all the colors. Congrats to her. You look so pretty in your purple. I love weddings!!!!

  3. JP says:

    Beautiful wedding and love those colors. The Toms are my favorite!

  4. Jenna Joy says:

    LOVELY! Oh to visit that house. I think things like that are so awesome. The garden looks beautiful. Glad you can laugh about your little unfortunate event, now. :)

  5. Ali Thompson says:

    this is such a beautiful wedding! love all the flowers & colors. so pretty!

  6. Amanda Eck says:

    oh wow! these are beautiful! I remember reading about your wedding day mishap-so not fun! My youngest sister got married this past Saturday- and honestly I had that fleeting thought/fear of what if I get sick on her wedding day. Luckily I didnt BUT my middle sister did get sick later that evening! luckily all the wedding festivities were over & she could puke in the privacy in her own home.

  7. Oh how gorgeous. I want to have a summer wedding just to mirror the beauty from these photos. Love the floral arrangements, her dress, the grey on the guys, all of it.

  8. Krys72599 says:

    When I got married, I walked down the aisle alone. My dad had passed away 12 years earlier and I felt that was his “job.” I know one of my sisters felt I should have had my mom walk me down, but what better tribute than to have everyone in the church thinking of him at that very moment? I also wrapped his ring into my bridal bouquet so he’d be escorting me in his own way…

  9. Melanie @ MJ says:

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love that shade of purple on the dresses.

  10. Susan Krauss says:

    Aww Ashley…..the video was amazing! So sweet and personal! I’ve been married for 22 years and if I ever have the chance to have a vow renewal, I’d love to have a celebration like your sister had! GORGEOUS!

  11. Sunny Jane says:

    Wow. Those flowers. are. gorgeous!