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Backyard Tennessee Wedding

This sweet wedding shot by Natalie and Dan of Watson-Studios makes my heart skip a beat. Bailee and Reggie had the most adorable Southern wedding on Bailee’s parents’ farm. The details of their wedding were to die for – like the vintage fabric handkerchiefs for the groomsmen and A&W Root Beer floats with classic matching mugs!

From the bride: My husband and I thought my parents’ farm was the perfect place for our reception; we both felt that my lifelong church was perfect for the wedding ceremony and both places would give us the freedom to do anything we wanted.

 short antique dress bride and wooden directional wedding signs
 groom and groomsmen on red antique vintage truck
 brides wedding dress and hydrangea bouquet and black bow peep toe pumps

The first purchase we made after the engagement was my wedding gown. My mother and I found it at an antique store located about 2 minutes away from our home and we originally thought it was a tablecloth! We quickly realized it was not a tablecloth at all, but a beautiful 1940’s wedding gown and it fit me perfectly!

 twirling bride and happy bride in birdcage veil curly updo
 groom in seersucker suit and pink bow tie with yellow pocket square
 lens flare woods with bride and groom happy smiling

There were certain things I knew I wanted from the very beginning, like ice cream and apple pie instead of the traditional wedding cake, and homemade strawberry jam as guest’s favors and then there were other things just happened like the color palette of blues and pinks, and those unplanned things are some of the most special.

 fun ideas for flower girl hair and cute table decoration
 homemade jam favor ideas with jam jar tag and blue and pink fabric

We had tons of DIY projects and all of my girlfriends would come over to the house and help me with constantly. I made all of the groomsmen handkerchiefs out of vintage cloth and they were all different.  We made all of our centerpieces and anything else that we could do ourselves.

 black and white birdcage veil bride and groom smiling
 handdrawn custom wedding map and aqua mason jar ideas
 root beer floats sign and cups for root beer

Advice for brides still planning their wedding?  Have PLENTY of time to plan! We took a solid year. Be nice to everyone. Your closest family and friends will be the ones there to come through for you and ultimately make your day the very best, so NO bridezillas! After all they know you the best and can please you better than anyone!

 nighttime tent reception dark blue sky and glowing lights

Wedding Vendors (Knoxville, TN):

Ceremony Venue: First Apostolic Church / Reception Venue: parents’ home / Photographers: Watson-Studios / Veil: Birdcage Veils / Groom Suit: Express / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Groomsmen Suits: JCPenney / Caterer: Whitts Barbeque / Rentals: Campbell’s Tent and Rentals / Stationery: Hello!Lucky, BPI Design Group

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