If you didn’t get a chance to do an engagement session or didn’t get the best portraits from your wedding, you should definitely consider an anniversary session. How gorgeous is this picnic on the beach anniversary session from Hunter Ryan Photo? It’s perfectly fun and romantic!
Even though it’s warm and summery, I still love a fab winter wedding. Winter weddings always have this rich, romantic feel to them, and today’s is a great example. I love the neutral tones and the simple and chic details!
When Don (Baxter) and I figured out a warm weather wedding wasn’t in our cards, I was determined to find a super cool place to host us getting married! I never pictured myself getting married in a church, even though I grew up in one. Baxter and I looked around at some places that we thought were neat but everything was so expensive, especially in Nashville. I had a suggestion from a friend to check out The Tanglewood House as an option, and literally the second I walked in, I knew this is where I wanted to get married. The rustic vibe and the historic cabin just did me in! I loved the brick fireplaces that were throughout the house.
The morning of the wedding, my sister and I drove up to Clarksville really early. It was a gorgeous Sunday! The skies were clear and the sun was shining and that’s all I needed! My bridesmaids and I arrived early at the Tanglewood House so we could take our time getting ready. One of my favorite parts of the day was that morning. I felt so relaxed and pampered! Upstairs in the house was the bridal suite that had two bedrooms that were cutely decorated and another room with a massage chair, and huge mirrors perfect for doing hair and makeup. Karey (the wedding coordinator) brought us mimosas that morning, and a light lunch of delicious sandwiches and fruit later on. I could not have asked for a more perfect morning.
Another part of the wedding that was awesome, is that literally the minute I was walking down the stairs to walk down the isle my dad surprised me with a Skype call from my brother. He’s stationed in Japan right now, and was not able to make it to the wedding. Earlier that day we were having technical difficulties and weren’t able to talk much or get connected on Skype. I was so excited we got to see each other. My favorite part of the day was of course walking down the isle to Baxter. I walked down to Ben Rector’s ”White Dress,” which felt so perfect for us and our wedding. Bax and I chose not to see each other that day, so when the doors opened for my dad and I to walk down, it made it even more special to see my man smiling back at me. We wrote our own vows, which Baxter memorized and I did not, we had a close friend officiate the wedding. Everything about the wedding felt relaxed and personalized. I had friends tell me it was the “coolest” wedding they’d been to, and I would have to agree!
From the very beginning of planning the wedding, I told myself and Baxter that I didn’t want to stress about the little things, but I wanted the “feeling” of the wedding to be right. I wanted it to be simple, beautiful, and relaxed. The Tanglewood House inspired everything I wanted for the wedding, from the neutral colors, to the flowers, and the music. The music was very important to me! Music can say a lot, and really set the tone of things, so I chose my songs carefully. The dress I wore is nothing like I’d imagined I would wear, it was very detailed and sparkly. I had imagined I would wear something more simple. When I went dress shopping at the Bridal Warehouse, the girls at the shop had my bridal stylist pull a dress specifically for me, because they thought it would look good on me, and sure enough that’s the one I chose. It was beautiful!
Photography | Jessie Holloway Photography | Venue and Catering | The Tanglewood House | Coordination, Florals, and Decor | Party Station Rentals | Dress | Allure Bridal from The Bridal Warehouse | Bakery | Walmart
Books and films are a fabulous place to find ideas for your big day. If you’re looking for whimsy and fun, Alice in Wonderland is just the ticket! How amazing is this styled bridal session? It is the perfect blend of romance and unexpected touches that would make an Alice in Wonderland wedding marvelous. My favorite detail? The tea cup chandelier!
Photography | Inkspot Photography | Stylist | Mariko Giverink | Florist | Catherine’s Creations | Custom Signs | Bee Curious Designs | Cake | Taylor Made Cakes | Dress | Simply Bridal | Hair | Rocci Stoddard | Make Up | Heather Knowles