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Memphis Garden Wedding

Photos By: Heather Hester

What could be better than a groom in a gingham shirt and a bridesmaid in polka dots? The couple from today’s wedding from Heather Hester Photography held their ceremony in the backyard garden of one of their favorite restaurants, filled to the brim with gorgeous floral arrangements from Holliday.

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From the bride: We had a very small, intimate wedding with about sixty people this past October. My husband and I selected a local restaurant known for its incredible southern food and support of local farmers. Because they grow their own vegetables and herbs, they have a beautiful patio and garden. We decided this would be a perfect place to hold our small soiree!


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orange peach bouquets

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bride getting ready

Our aesthetic was “garden party” with a bit of rustic thrown in the mix. Our florist created the most gorgeous bouquets with parrot tulips, dusty miller, succulents, and garden roses. I wanted our wedding to celebrate the natural elements of the garden—the greens and blues. We kept most of the wedding neutral with pops of navy, pink, and orange.


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bride and groom

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Because we only had about $10,000 to work with, my mom and I created most of the decor. We spent hours making pom-poms for wreaths and gardlands, garlands out of vintage fabric, distressing picture frames, hunting for old lace tablecloths and vintage glassware, and so much more. Our food was one of the most amazing aspects of our night (aside from getting hitched of course!). We had pork belly, polenta, and a fried egg to start, potato gnocchi as a second course, and Claybrook Farms beef with cauliflower, mushrooms, confit potatoes, and sugo.


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Any advice for future brides planning their weddings now? Permeate the wedding with your personality! We had so many friends after the wedding tell us how “us” the wedding was. At first, I was nervous about what everyone would think about our small wedding. Would they like the food? What about the music? Was my dress okay? And then one day, I told myself to be quiet and just enjoy let it be about my husband and me. After all, that’s what it is all about. Also, allow yourself one bridezilla moment… and then that’s it! No more after that.


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray Lamontagne
I love bluegrass music so throughout the remainder of the night, we had favorites like Nickel Creek, Chris Thile, the Civil Wars, and much more.

Wedding Location: Memphis, TN / Photographer: Heather Hester Photography / Flowers: Gina of Holliday / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid’s Dress: J. Crew / Wedding Shoes: Nina / Hair: Candy of Schonheits Salon / Makeup: Alexandra Nicole / Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Cakes: Muddy’s Bakeshop

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