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Stunning Southern Backyard Wedding, Part Two Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hello, hello! As promised, I'm back with the second half of Jenn and Mike's STUNNING Southern backyward wedding shot by Watson-Studios. If you happened to have missed Part One, please do yourself a favor and go back to check it out! Now, I have to admit, the second part is definitely my favorite. Usually, the reception holds the majority of the fun details, and this backyard party is no exception! There's a ton of adorable signage by Be True Designs with cute Southern sayings like, "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!" (my favorite), along with fun lawn games, mason jars (not to mention a really yummy Southern menu), pretty lace, baby's breath and moss details. With so much fun and creativity spread throughout the outdoor venue, you'll find it very hard to believe that this wedding was planned by the bride, groom and their families alone.


"In the end, our wedding was a beautiful labor of love made possible by countless friends, neighbors, and family. Despite the impromptu storm, it was a comfortable day filled with personal details, fun, and lots of love...which is exactly what we wanted," said Jenn. "Because we didn't have to pay to reserve or decorate a venue, we spent the year prior to our big day putting our time and money into many home improvements. Mike and I love to get our hands dirty, and the wedding was our opportunity to go DIY crazy! With the help of our family, we added landscaping, built a new backyard fence, planted grass seed, and remodeled the interior. These are all gifts that we have continued to enjoy long after the wedding," said the bride.


Jenn wasn't kidding when she said she likes to get her hands dirty! The couple actually made their dining tables! Really! With the help of the bride's father, they tackled project after project in preparation for this wedding including using their old wooden fence to create the pretty wedding signs and all of the dining tables for guests. Jenn's mom took on the job of collecting milk glass for the centerpieces, as well as collecting family antiques like the tea cart used to display the favors, which were custom made tote bags filled with old fashioned glass bottles of Coke and peanuts, Jenn's grandfather's all-time favorite snack.


Speaking of food, I promised you a delicious Southern menu, right? Bettina at Luxe Catering designed a menu that included the bride and groom's mason jars, antique china and many of their favorite Southern foods with a modern twist. Like roasted corn on the cob skewers with lavender butter, BBQ pork sliders with pecan slaw, mini cornbread muffins with caramelized onions and goat cheese, baby chicken pot pies, and macaroni and cheese tartlets. Yum! Jenn and Mike also featured beers from a local Knoxville brewery. As for the cake, it was created by Jenn's Aunt Linda, who used her grandmother's famous coconut cake recipe and designed the shaved coconut on the outside around the pattern of Jenn's wedding dress.


Finally, I thought I'd leave you with one ultra sweet detail that actually brought a tear to my eye when I first read it..."Our most special family contribution had to come from my brother, who performed one of his original songs for our first dance. He also wrote a special song as a gift from me to my Dad titled, "He reminds me of you." To hear my brother sing, and fight back tears as we danced...it's a moment I will never forget."



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Stunning Southern Backyard Wedding, Part Two - Vendors & Credits

Photography: Watson-Studios
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


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