Backyard Nashville Wedding

DIY Weddings

When Katy and Gavin thought about where to exchange their wedding vows, the place that stuck out the most to them was also the most personal: a Victorian home at which they’d spent a great deal of time already with friends and loved ones. Brandon Chesbro came along to capture the day’s festivities, including a backyard ceremony and an indoor feast! Our favorite detail of their wedding? The couple displayed postcards Gavin wrote to Katy over the course of their relationship for all to enjoy!



bridesmaids in pink

From the bride, Katy: [The style we envisioned for our wedding was] intimate, non-traditional, Southern-Victorian style set to a classical score. Lots of soft pastels, with an eclectic, casual, vintage feel.

groom wearing bow tie

brown leather shoes

Everything was DIY. This wedding was made possible by friends lending a creative helping hand. The bride and a bridesmaid did all the decorating. We made all the streamers and flower arrangements by hand. The artwork and decor were provided by our friends.


groomsmen prayer circle

outdoor backyard ceremonies

bride groom recessional

The groom lived in an old Victorian style house with his band mates. It was quite a memorable spot in Nashville where everyone hung out and where so much creativity had taken place. It seemed fitting to get married in the back yard.

vintage wedding rings

newlyweds on swing

magnolia bouquet

all female wedding musicians

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Keep it simple. This is your day, so try not to stress more than necessary about what others want. Have fun and keep it affordable!


reception lounge areas

outdoor wedding decor


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Loin Des Villes,” Yann Tiersen
Recessional: “Our Mutual Friend,” The Divine Comedy

Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Wedding Photographer: Brandon Chesbro / Wedding Venue: Private residence / Wedding Planning and Styling: Bride and Evan Barbee / Wedding Flowers: wholesale via Import Flowers, arranged by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Groom’s Suit: Topman / Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer and Desserts: Bride and friends / Wedding Invitations: Bride

9 comments
  1. Katie @ Lovebird Productions

    So amazing! I love how much of their personality reflects in the wedding day decor. The rugs down the isle stuck out as so neat to me. I love the soft pinks too! :)

  2. Gabriel Malgo

    i like the image with the great flower!

  3. Lime

    The groom seems a little tense… it’s his big day~! : )

  4. Wedding Beauty

    An exquisite wedding even though in the backyard garden…what an astounding view bouquet.

  5. Mori Dresses

    What’s the name of the bouquet in the groom’s hand? It is white and attractive.

  6. Hot Chocolates - Chocolate Fountain Hire

    Gorgeous pics.. great choice of colours and loving the wedding rings :)

  7. anu

    gorgeous. loving the light blue suite and shoes for the groom.

  8. Jessica Terry

    Great post! I bookmarked your site so I can look around when I have more time. I’m looking forward to it!

  9. Love white wedding flowers

    Absolutely lovely. Choice of setting, attire and flower pieces are simply amazing!

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