Backyard Tennessee Wedding

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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

23 comments
  1. Rachel - theWeddingVine

    Love the shoes!! Great way to bring in all the colours of the wedding!

  2. Rosa

    what a gorgeous wedding dress! great find!

  3. Silvana

    The bride is absolutely adorable!

  4. Sarah @ Dream in Domestic

    This wedding is PERFECT! It’s very similar to what I am planning at my parent’s farm in two years. We’re going to have strawberry shortcake, root beer floats as well, and tons of vintage picnic details to make it a laidback beautiful event to remember for a lifetime.

    I get so excited when I see weddings like this, especially when done in a shorter time frame than we have, because it makes me know we will get it all done and it will be beautiful!

  5. HannahMia

    Ah, this is absolutely perfect! The shoes & dress length are just beautiful & the location – ahh!

  6. suzanne

    Beautiful DIY touches and that dress is oh so sweet!

  7. Maya

    Gorgeous! Love the retro vibe!

  8. Lemon

    So cute! Her shoes are to die for. Root beer floats are SUCH a great idea!

  9. Say Yes

    That dress really is incredible! We at Say Yes! in Memphis love to see what our Tennessee neighbors are doing. I also linked to this great blog on our facebook page.

  10. Megan

    Bailee-you are gorgeous! I love this :)

  11. Alisha

    I love this wedding! We are searching for an amazing photographer in Indiana- I wish this was from there! Amazing!

  12. Jen (peachbride)

    Wow, those shoes are awesome! What a cute and personal wedding.

  13. ERICA

    Where on this earth can i find those shoes? lol lol so awesome!

  14. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride]

    LOVE her dress! Such sweet details and photography!

  15. Brandy

    Please let me know where to find the shoes!!

  16. Alexis - OMG I'm Getting Married

    That tractor shot is classic. Love it.

  17. Holly

    I figured out that the shoes are by a company called Michael Antonio, but I don’t know the style. So far, I haven’t found them online anywhere. If anyone does–PLEASE come back here and leave a link. I REALLY REALLY would like to have them for my wedding!

  18. Colleen

    oh my goodness, thank you for posting about the shoe designer…I was on the hunt for these as well! I will look too and let you know if I find anything :)

  19. Amanda

    I’m going to ask Bailee and will let everyone know about her awesome shoes asap!

  20. Natalie Watson

    Hey everyone!! I’m Bailee’s photographer and just got the skinny on her shoes. The brand is Michael, the style is Lolita and they came from Off Broadway Shoes…. Hope that helps!

    PS: Alisha, we travel!! email me :) natalie@watson-studios.com

  21. Holly

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Natalie.

    My daughter will be THRILLED if she can get a pair of these shoes to go with her insanely beautiful wedding gown~

  22. Holly

    Hey y’all….

    I found these shoes at Off Broadway Shoe Stores.They are not by Michael Kors—-they are actually by Michael Shannon. The style is Lolita, the color is royal blue and the cost is $39.99

    If any of you wear a size 8, I have a pair for sale ( I bought two sizes for my daughter—this is the one she doesn’t need).I just want the cost of the shoes,plus the tax and shipping to wherever you are. You can reach me at hollybee778@aim.com

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