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Ready for a fun splash of color that is sure to make you sad to see the hot summer months go?  The bright reds and cool aquas of Mary + Mark’s Tennessee wedding already make me miss the long days at the beach and afternoons by the pool.  We have to say that Dixie Pixel Photography did as phenomenal a job capturing the fresh and contemporary look the couple was going for with their Ridge Valley Farm nuptials as their planner, Sonya of A Perfect Day!.  The bridesmaids looked summer-perfect in their sheer Mori Lee slip dresses and contrasting bold red bouquets from Whimsical Gatherings while the crisp, three-tiered cake and delicate floral detailing from Party Perfection added just the right hint of simple elegance.  Clearly, judging by our apparent obsession with the dreamy dessert bar from Abner’s Attic, we are loving the catering (and especially the sweets!) from the tented reception.  Is it even possible to pick just one favorite from this to-die-for spread?

  

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Mark and I met through a mutual friend named Steven. Steven and Mark were best friends in high school and I had met Steven in the dorm the two of us shared. Mark and I hit it off pretty quick and never looked back. In November 2007, Steven was killed in a car wreck on his way to hang out with Mark and another close friend. As we mourned, we realized how special our story was and how our story would always be intertwined with our memory of Steven. 

Describe the proposal: Oh man did he make me work for it! I basically drove all the way around Birmingham going to memorable places and asking strangers for “clues.” I eventually ended up at the base of Vulcan, a statue overlooking downtown Birmingham. There, Mark handed me one final “clue” stating his love and asking me to marry him. As I looked down at him on his knee with tears in his eyes he said, “Will you?” It took everything I had notto give him a hard time and say “Will I what?” But after making him sweat for a few seconds, I gladly accepted. We chose to celebrate our new engagement by eating at the Cheesecake Factory and going to see the movie Baby Mama. (I now realize what a strange choice that was!)

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Our inspiration was the colors red and aqua. Once we picked the colors, the rest of the design fell into place. I wanted something contemporary and fresh.

Favorite design element of your big day: All my beautiful red flowers! I knew that the bold red would be gorgeous against the light aqua shade, butt he colorful flowers managed to set the tone for the whole wedding.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I went casually browsing one day with my mom and ended up ordering a dress without even trying on a sample gown. I fell in love that fast! My dress was simple with no beading or lace, but the raw silk material made it unique and stunning.

Describe your wedding flowers: When I first met with my florist, there were only a few things I knew I wanted and didn’t want. Anything traditional was out of the question, so roses and lilies were really not what I had in mind. Also, I wanted every single flower to be red. I ended up choosing peonies, anemones, ranunculus and tulips. I hate to admit it but I did let some lilies and roses into the mix.

Describe your wedding cake: This was one of the easiest choices we made. Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing is both Mark and my favorite. My mom learned to bake one when we would come visit to bribe Mark into doing chores. We added a white ribbon around the base of the cake as well as a few decorative clay flowers.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Not making the planning process a full time job. Mark was working full time and I was working and trying to finish my last semester at school. It was a challenge to focus on homework when I could browse through wonderful wedding inspiration.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fun, relaxed and too fast!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase/verse/line? Mark’s vows were perfect. I can’t pick just one line or phrase because the whole thing was so special. Knowing that every word Mark said to me that day was from his heart and was the truth made it incredibly sweet.

What’s next for you as a couple? Life. Pure and simple, Mark and I want to spend our lives together. We don’t know what’s next, but we’re glad to be able to experience it together. 

 

Congratulations, Mary + Mark!  Enjoy your time together as newlyweds!

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42 Comments
  1. avatar Caroline reply

    Incredible colors, food, photography, details. Love it!

  2. avatar Andy Bishop reply

    Mary and Mark, I love you guys. I loved the wedding and I know you guys will be happy. Too bad I couldn’t eat half the stuff there b/c it had ice cream in it lol.

  3. avatar Nickel Weddings reply

    We are all sitting in our office drooling… seriously… DROOLING!

  4. avatar Holly Anne Chamberlin reply

    I was honored to be in such a beautiful wedding and to have such a beautiful sister! Gorgeous wedding and incredible leftover desserts for me! love you both, Holly Anne

  5. avatar Pat von Clef reply

    My favorite from the wedding — except the wonderful couple — was the photo album guest book. What fun to be able to see all your fantastic engagement pictures! Much more practical than a huge picture frame too! The colors are so striking – and full of life — just like you two!

  6. avatar Mary reply

    Thanks so much for featuring this, it looks great! Southern Weddings was the source for so much of my inspiration. Couldn’t of planned it without my family and wonderful wedding planner, Sonya Scott!

  7. avatar Jenny reply

    Whimsical Gatherings arrangements and details are always pure genius! Congrats on a great decision for your most important day!

  8. avatar Kristen Steele reply

    I have worked with Leah from Whimsical Gatherings on many weddings and I’m always AMAZED at how she can completely understand what a Bride wants & deliver FABULOUS flowers. Love everything about this wedding! Nicely done, nicely done.

  9. avatar Sarah reply

    I love the beautiful artwork displayed by Whimscial Gathering’s Leah McCall on the flowers. She always does a magnificent job!! She has a true natural talent. Again, I love the flowers!!! Great job Whimsical Gatherings!!

  10. avatar Lena reply

    The color scheme is absolutely beautiful. i am WOWED!

  11. avatar amy reply

    Some of the best wedding pictures I have ever seen. To many good ones to pick out a favorite- however I do love my little boy Brady standing in the isle watching Mary being given away. The color scheme is amazing.

  12. avatar mary hanby reply

    What a beautiful wedding; love the ring bearer! Our Brady-boy.

  13. avatar Suzy reply

    What a beautiful wedding. Love the red colors and all the small details. It looks like it was a very special day for your parents and you.

  14. avatar Bob and Sherrie reply

    As most weddings go family attendance is required, but what made this wedding special was your southern location, atmosphere, family relationships, and "the southern hospitality" picture perfect. Congraduations and a loving long life together.

  15. avatar Michelle reply

    Love this wedding!

  16. avatar Mary Beth reply

    The wedding was amazing! Everything looked perfect! The food was fantastic. And I am proud to say that I helped tie all of those chair sashes that were pictured! It was beautiful and the couple is truly meant to be together!

  17. avatar Kristen reply

    The choice of colors was first introduced to me when Mary and I began to discuss her wedding. I had never thought or heard of that combination together and was pretty unsure of how they would turn out. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the bridesmaids dresses, flowers and the table settings. They looked beautiful and was a fresh new look that, I thought as a designer, I could add to my palette. The desserts were scrumptious. I had my fill, but saved room for the cake! I was not able to keep some space for a doughnut, but thought they were a sweet touch to the wedding spread. I love the couple very much and hope they are blessed with a lifetime of love.

  18. avatar Audrey Dance reply

    I came across this site in my wedding planning and absolutely LOVED the colors, flowers, photography, food, details, etc. I’ve shown my fiance the site and he loves some of the things ya’ll did and we hope to get some ideas for our wedding from this article!

  19. avatar Kendiss Kelso reply

    I was wedding planning and came across this article and LOVED everything about this wedding and got some great ideas. I can’t wait to show my girlfriends!

  20. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  21. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  22. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  23. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  24. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  25. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  26. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  27. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  28. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  29. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  30. avatar Nana&Pa Ryan reply

    Beautiful Bride…Good Looking Groom… and the cutest Ring Bearer EVER!!!…..Congrats to the Newlyweds….. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness…

  31. avatar Brittany Yarber reply

    What a beautiful wedding and gorgeous photos!

  32. avatar Katie reply

    Such a pretty wedding, love the details in everything! Congrats to the sweet newlyweds!

  33. avatar Alyssa Paradis reply

    Congratulations to the beautiful bride and groom. You have amazing taste in ring bearers. :) Wishing you the best! Brady & Max’s "Tee"

  34. avatar Donna Hanby reply

    I just love your wedding photos. They are so creative and beautiful. The photos capture the love the two of you have for each other. A beautiful wedding and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your wedding photos with me.

  35. avatar Joy Chadwick reply

    Love your story, your colors, Mark’s unique proposal method, everything was just beautiful!! I went to nursing school with your mother, you are lucky to such a sweet ladyas your mother, she loves you very much!!

  36. avatar Cat reply

    I love me some aqua and red! Gorgeous and vibrant!

  37. avatar bruce lynch reply

    Incredible photos of a beautiful couple……………..

  38. avatar Jim Hess reply

    WOW! What a great looking weeding! I am so happy for the couple. I want to thank Joy for keeping me in the loop and sending me this outstanding pictorial journey of love and happiness on what was obviously, a magical day. Congratulations you two!Jim

  39. avatar Pat Carver reply

    Mary, I’m so glad I got to share in the wedding through the posting since we were unable to attend the ceremony. It looked like a beautiful wedding.

  40. avatar Carolyn Mitchell reply

    The bride (and her mother) were beautiful. Those desserts were special too. Great pictures!

  41. avatar Kelly reply

    I love the flowers! The arrangements are beautiful and bring everything together. The color scheme is great, so creative and clean. Great job Whimsical Gatherings!

  42. avatar Beth reply

    Beautiful! Pictures and decorations are INCREDIBLE!

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When a girl from Tennessee and a boy from Kentucky decide to tie the knot, nothing short of an authentic Southern wedding can ensue, as proven from Sarah + Matt’s Tennessee nuptials from Chris and Adrienne Scott.  If you know me, then you know the very first of the many details I feel in love with was the groomsmen’s blue and white seersucker suits and matching yellow bowties.  Can you say sheer Southern perfection?!  Since I love blue and yellow, it’s no surprise I’m also a huge fan of the ladies’ summery yellow dresses from The White Room, the bold sunflowers and daisies in the Rachel Short Designs flower arrangements and, best of all, the fun, three-tiered cake from Publix.  While I just adore the expansive lawn at the North Campus of the Franklin First United Methodist Church that served as the site of the couple’s outdoor ceremony, our resident food critic, Emily, is still raving about the fabulous spread from Providence Farms} catering.  The delicate lace and organza detailing of the bride’s crisp white gown (also from The White Room!) adds the perfect finishing touch to this lovely mid-summer affair!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.We met in college. I was studying abroad in Europe with Matt’s two best friends and he transferred to our school while I was gone. When I got back to the States, our mutual friends set us up on a blind date.

Describe the proposal:Matt and I were in Florida for the holidays visiting my sister. He let me pick out a new digital camera for Christmas but told me it hadn’t come in before we left for our trip. While we were getting ready for dinner the first night of our vacation, he told me that he bought me a small present to make up for the fact that I couldn’t bring my new camera with us. I opened a small box and there was the ring! He proposed and said lots of nice things. My first reply was, “Is this for real?” but quickly said yes!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? We wanted our wedding to be simple and Southern and to highlight our favorite parts of our Tennessee and Kentucky roots. A graphic designer friend created a logo and monogram using “KY” and “TN” and our names to connect our two home states. We used the design on the signs, programs and just about every other elements of the wedding.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: We had a very short engagement so I had to choose a dress quickly, which meant I was limited to certain designers. I tried on about five dresses at the White Room in Lebanon, TN, but as soon as I put on the sixth dress my mother and I knew it was the one. The dress was somewhat simple, but still very pretty.

Describe your wedding flowers: Since we were getting married outside, I didn’t want the flowers to compete with the natural scenery at our wedding site. Our bouquets and centerpieces were made up of wildflowers, just like I wanted.

Describe your wedding cake: The cake was one area where I was willing to save money. Matt doesn’t even like cake and I just couldn’t justify the cost that some of the big bakeries had quoted us. We actually used Publix , the grocery store, to design our wedding cake. The store had a full cake tasting so we were able to sample all the cakes and then take our favorite elements to create a unique cake that fit our theme and colors. Since Matt loves pie, we also had a small bakery from his hometown in KY make personal pies for everyone. They were amazing!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Matt’s mom passed away suddenly three months before our wedding. It was very hard to make sure we found time to enjoy our engagement and wedding planning while also dealing with grief. Though it was a difficult time in our lives, the experience did teach us a lot of valuable life lessons.

Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? We wanted our wedding to be very representative of our families and of us, so we decided to focus on those things that were most important and to not worry about the rest of the details. We had a bluegrass band play for our ceremony, which was perfect because Matt’s grandfather was a very accomplished bluegrass musician and my parent’s friends have a bluegrass band. My sisters and I carried irises as part of our bouquet because our grandmother passed away a year before the wedding and irises were her favorite flower. We also had a table at the reception with pictures and mementos from our grandparents’ weddings. Since we wanted to honor Matt’s mother, as well, Matt’s sister carried the bouquet that would have been their mother’s as she walked down the aisle. She left the flowers in her empty seat.

Three adjectives that describe the day are: Southern, summery and fun.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase/verse/line? We used a poem written by a poet-friend and writings by Dietrich Bonhoeffer that were unique and different. My favorite line from Bonhoeffer says, “It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.”

Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration: Several people told us they loved our wedding because it was so “us.” We tried to inject our personalities into all the details. We both have been to a lot of weddings over the past few summers and we wanted people to leave ours and remember it as uniquely our own!

What’s next for you as a couple? We hope to buy a house and work on getting our boss reelected!

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  1. avatar The Perfect Palette reply

    We absolutely LOVE this color palette! It’s perfect!

  2. avatar jesi haack weddings reply

    the bowtie is killing me. LOVE.

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    Alright! I love seeing Nashville weddings on here. Chris and Adrienne did a great job. The groom’s suit is so preptastic and I love it!

  4. avatar Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic reply

    This is a magnificent composition of images. Truly inspiring . . .

  5. avatar Mindi reply

    Where are the bridesmaids flip flops from?

  6. avatar Sara reply

    They are switchflops. You can google them, but lots of hallmarks and specialty stores carry them. You can pick flip flops, kitten heels, or heels in tan or black and then there are 100s of differnt strap patterns that velcro onto the top.

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We’re back! And we have photos!  Please excuse the poor quality, as these are from Lara’s iPhone, but we couldn’t wait to give you a glimpse into our whirlwind weekend. 

P.S. Here’s one more from Fred Egan, one of the weekend’s fabulous photographers.

Clockwise from top left: The massive stack of packages that greeted us upon arrival at WaterColor (and that was only some of them.  Seriously.); the ladies sampling the samples from Sweet Pea and Fawn; Kacey (in Nicole Miller) and Ben at the dock and at dinner; Jory shooting Lauren and Dan.

A thousand thanks to the many fabulous vendors who made our shoot complete!  We tried our best not to miss anyone!  (But please let us know if we did…!)  Stay tuned for more images…

50flowers.com, Abbey and Izzie Designs, Avelle, Baumbirdy, Beach Dwelling, Beau-Coup Favors, Bedhead PJs, Belcanto Designs, Bell’occhio, Betsy White, Bluebird Lane, Cakes by Tanis, Ceci New York, Cherished Gifts and Favors, Cherry Blossom Creations, Custom Programs, Customized Wedding Creations, Designs by Robyn Love, DK Designs, Filigree Monogram, Fiore of Pensacola, Fisher Flowers, Fleur, Fritts Rosenow, Goldbug Studio, Grapevine, Heather Toupin, Izon Models and Talents, J. Crew, Janie’s Cakes, Jessica Johnson, Julianne Smith, Julian’s, Kasia Fink Veils, LA Plates, La Tavola, Linneas Lights, Middleburg, Mika78,  MM Ink, Modest Peach, Momental Designs, Muscari Designs, Nationwide Tents, Nicole Miller, Nonnie Wallers, Nouveau Flowers, Paloma’s Nest, Pamela’s Parasols, Pandora de Balthazar, Paper Source, Paul Fredrick, Paulette Macarons, Pinwhirls, Southern Proper, Seaside Chapel, Stella and Dot, Sucre, Sweet Pea and Fawn, Tigerlilly, Twigs and Honey, Two Birds Bridesmaids, WaterColor Inn and Resort, White Fly and XOElle.

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    I heard ya’ll used my family’s golden retriver, Henry, for some of the shoots. I would love to see pics- I hope he makes the issue!

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