Today I’m sharing this charming southern heirloom filled wedding from Amy Nicole. You may remember this bride from her sweet bridal session at the church her grandparents were married in that I featured earlier in the summer. Their wedding was just as meaningful and beautiful with tons of handmade details you will love.
I wanted everything to be as timeless as possible, so I tried to avoid flashy trends. Since we were married at my parents’ home, I wanted to stick with a neutral palate. The land is just so pretty that time of year! I didn’t want to take away from that!
We were married on September 20th, which was my grandmother’s birthday. I took bridal portraits at the same church were she married my grandfather, where my father was christened, and where my great grandfather was the minister until his passing. There is still a Sunday school group and classroom named after my great-grandmother! My father’s name plate from his army uniform was sewn into the lining of my gown, which served as my something borrowed.
We were married in front of a tree that is well over 300 years old. My Dad, who officiated our ceremony, made reference to the tree being the most permanent structure in sight, symbolizing the permanency of the commitment we were making to each other. We built a structure made from the doors from my grandparents’ home that the bridal party walked through during the ceremony. My nephews, who served as ring bearers, carried our rings on the bible my grandmother carried down the aisle on her wedding day.
We tried not to get too wrapped up in the silly things, when it comes down to it, no one is really going to remember what style chairs you chose or what color the napkins were. We began sponsoring an orphan in Haiti through Project House of Hope to keep our heads from going too high in the clouds. We also wanted to make the day about celebrating the love from our family and friends, who were a part of our journey together.
My sisters and I did all of the planning, designing, and decorating. We made all of the signage used during the wedding. My entire family put in a ton of work to make the day perfect! We spent many hours keeping the fields groomed, landscaping, building the structure for the doors, etc. We truly had the greatest time working on everything! My stepmother did a ton of painting and prepping, and my mom made 2 oz. jars of my favorite jam as favors! My husband now works for the Airport Authority here in Nashville, but when we met he was working as a Pilot. We had a wooden Airplane propellor commissioned that we used as our guest book.
Having our entire families, and all of our friends come together was the happiest thing in the world. We also had our favorite foods at the reception. Drew grew up in Memphis, and is extremely picky when it comes to BBQ. He loves Edley’s, and it was such a hit at our reception. Another favorite of ours in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, it was so kind of them to bring a cart and a couple of girls to scoop for us for the evening! I mean, what’s a party without cake and ice cream, right? Everything about the entire event represented everything we love to the very core!
Photography | Amy Nicole Photography | Venue | Family Home | Florist | Rion Flower Shop | Cake | The Frosted Affair | Ice Cream | Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Catering | Edleys Bar-B-Que | Rentals | Stewart’s Special Events | Paper Goods | The Write Impression | Entertainment | Emerald Empire Band | Gown & Veil | Pronovias from The White Room | Shoes | Kate Spade | Jewelry | Bell Jewelers and David Yurman | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff | Hair | Michelle Davy at The Raintree Salon & Day Spa | Makeup | Brandy Lester at The Raintree Salon & Day Spa