SO sorry for my tardiness! As many of you know, we moved into our new house this weekend :) We love it! However, we won't have internet set up until tomorrow, so I had some trouble today getting out the door to find a place with some internet access. But I'm here! Since it is Monday, afterall, you might be wondering, "Hey! Where's my new workout routine?" I'm actually doing something a little bit out of the ordinary today, and instead of doing one of my weekly bridal fitness posts, I'm sharing a wedding! There are two reasons for this: One, Dale and I have been moving all weekend, and the craziness of that left me little time to devote to a new fitness post; and two, I have such an AMAZING wedding to share with all today, that I'm having to split it into two parts! ...and I never do that. Mostly because I get annoyed when I see other blogs split a single wedding into multiple posts, especially when they only share like, five photos at a time. Really? Like you, I'm a busy girl. I like to get in and get out, so I want to see a wedding all at once, in all of its glory. For that reason, I usually feature one wedding on one day, even if it means the post is longer than I would really like.
But I'm breaking my own rules today for the reasons that I mentioned above. Seriously, this wedding will go down in history as one of my all-time favorites. The photography by Watson-Studios is absolutely STUNNING, and I just feel so completely honored to get to feature it. Yes, that's right. HONORED! There's so much to love about this wedding, so I'm hoping that you won't mind it being a "two parter". I must admit though...the second part is definitely my favorite (Helloooo adorable signage!), so please please do make sure you drop by for that tomorrow!
First, let me just tell you that the bride and groom handled this entire wedding themselves with the help of their awesome friends and family. Yep, believe it. Jenn and Mike had recently moved from Tampa, Florida back to Tennessee, where Jenn is from originally, so the couple decided to embrace their new life and go Southern style! After looking at many possible venues, none of which really fit their unique vision or budget, they began to consider their own backyard for their reception. Fortunately, Mike and Jenn's neighbors across the street also had 20 acres of land with an amazing view of the Smoky Mountains, which would serve as the ideal spot for their intimate ceremony.
Although a storm happened to roll in just before the ceremony, you would never have known from their beautiful photos! The bride and groom were married beneath a gazebo borrowed from the bride's parents' backyard, as guests shielded themselves from the light rain and drizzle using colorful parasols. As for the florals, Leah of Flourish Floral Design Studio used a smart and beautiful combination of fresh and paper flowers. "Because Mike is an avid reader, Leah created boutonnieres out of old books and feathers," said the bride. Jenn's favorite detail? "The 'chandelier' we made out of our programs. Our programs were vintage tags attached to sandalwood fans. We simply placed the fans in a 3-tier galvanized stand and let the tags hang off the side to create that layered look."
Stunning Southern Backyard Wedding, Part One - Vendors & Credits
Event Designer: Jennifer Laraia Designs
Caterer: Luxe Catering
Florist: Flourish Floral Design Studio
DJ and Lighting: Ogle Entertainment
Rentals: All Occasion Party Rentals
Videographer: Milestone Pictures
PhotoBooth: Knoxville Photo Booth
Invitations, tote bags and signage: Be True Designs
Musician: Erick Baker