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For today’s Cozy Fall revisit, we’re throwing it back to Southern Weddings V5 and one of our favorite transitional fall shoots: Honey & Pecan. As we did researched these two humble and very Southern elements, we got more and more inspired. Because, you see, the word pecan comes from an Algonquian word meaning “the nut that requires a stone to crack.” That toughness and durability, paired with the sweetness of honey, seemed to us like the perfect recipe for a strong marriage.

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Melissa Schollaert for these beautiful images!

For more from this shoot, pick up your own copy of V5 right here!

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert | Film processing: Richard Photo Lab | Planning and coordination: TOAST Events | Venue: Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club | Florist: Amy Osaba | Furniture and trays: Collection Event Furniture Rentals | Chairs, glassware, flatware, and china: We Rent Atlanta | Table runner, cake table linens, and napkins: I Do Linens | Hair and makeup: Scoobie West | Cake and cake stand: Sweet Sensations | Stationery, paper goods, and favor bags: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods | Letterpress: Alee & Press | Gold backdrop: Michelle Edgemont | Pecan pies: Tabora Family Bakery | Bride’s gown: Romona Keveza from Joan Pillow Salon | Bride’s veils: Tia Mazza | Bride’s earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland | Bridesmaid dresses: Coren Moore, Monique Lhuillier, and LulaKate, all from Bella Bridesmaids Atlanta | Bridesmaid hair accessories: Chaviano Couture,, and E. Kammeyer Accessories | Bridesmaid bracelet: Pomp & Plumage

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  1. avatar Maureen reply

    That wedding dress just looks like honey… GORGEOUS!

  2. avatar Kelsey reply

    That wedding cake is to die for! Very unique.

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Hi belles! Our friend and former Southern Weddings intern Jessica Clinch is the newest gal to take you through her wedding process here on the blog! Jessica will be blogging for us once a month until her wedding in May. In case you missed her introductory post, be sure to check it out here! — Emily

One of the very first things Zack and I talked about after getting engaged was where we wanted to get married. Both the city and the type of venue were up for grabs, as I am from Winston-Salem, NC and he is from right outside Knoxville, TN. When we got engaged, he was living in Knoxville and I was living in Nashville, but we knew I would soon be moving to Knoxville, too. So, we had a few options on where to get married!

While I love Winston-Salem and cherish it as my hometown, I’ve never envisioned getting married there. The two of us have made only a few memories in Winston-Salem, and Tennessee felt more like our home. Deciding between Nashville and Knoxville, however, was a little challenging. Nashville has so many beautiful wedding venues, and is such a fun Southern city – somewhere I knew our friends would love to visit! However, Knoxville also has a wide variety of gorgeous venues. The fact that it would be our home both during and after our engagement really sealed the deal for us. We loved the idea of being able to plan all of the details with local vendors, instead of needing to travel to Nashville or Winston-Salem for venue tours and vendor meetings.

After deciding on the city, it was time to brainstorm wedding venues! I had always envisioned a church ceremony and an outdoor garden reception. Zack and I come from different religious backgrounds, and we really wanted to be respectful of both of our families. So, we gave it a lot of thought and decided that having our wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue would be the best option for us. Knowing that, we needed to look at venues that had plenty of space for us to accommodate the different aspects of our wedding day.

One of the first venues that caught my eye was Crescent Bend (above). The formal Italian garden behind the main house is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever laid eyes on! The view of the river from the gardens is also breathtaking. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that a gorgeous view and beautiful gardens do come at a high price point, which was outside the budget we allocated for our venue.

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The next venue we considered was The Bleak House. I loved the fact that it is a confederate memorial hall; it has a lot of rich history and gorgeous architectural details. It also has a stunning arbor walkway that leads to a garden, something I had been hoping for. However, the garden was mostly greenery with very few actual flowers, so not quite the picture I had in my head.

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We then looked at The Historic Southern Railway Station, kind of by accident! We had been searching for vineyards in Knoxville, but quickly found they are hard to come by. However, the railway station is a part of Blue Slip Winery, and we love our wine! The interior of the Station is breathtaking. The Southern Ballroom has beautiful high ceilings and rich wood paneling, a pretty combination of my feminine style and Zack’s masculine taste. But, the only outdoor option was a platform next to the train station. It lacked greenery, something I couldn’t overlook.

After striking out with our first few options, we decided to think outside the box. Zack loves golfing, and he had the wonderful idea of looking at golf courses for our venue. I loved that idea–a golf course would provide us with the greenery I really wanted, as well as a rain back-up plan in the form of a club house or country club.

The first golf course we toured was Wind River. Zack and I absolutely fell in love when we stepped onto the property! The rolling greens are so gorgeous, the lake view is spectacular, and the country club is made of the most beautiful stone. We thought it was the one, but after speaking with our planners, we realized a few logistical details that would push the venue outside of our budget. The area behind the country club, where we had envisioned our reception, is mostly greenery with a little bit of concrete, meaning that we would need to bring in flooring to go under our tent, a fairly pricey thing to do. Wind River is also a 45-minute drive from downtown Knoxville, making it slightly inconvenient for our guests who will likely be staying in hotels closer to town. While we loved the venue, we had to be cautious about our budget and our guests’ comfort and convenience. So, we looked for other golf courses closer to town!

Bridesmaid photo by JoPhoto

Zack has played in golf tournaments at Gettysvue Golf and Country Club before, and remembered loving the course. While we were smitten by Wind River, after taking a tour, we truly fell in love with Gettysvue! It has the most spectacular view of the mountains, so we are hoping (if Mother Nature plays nice!) to have our ceremony outside at the top of the hill. I can envision it, and it’s stunning!

It also has a beautiful indoor ballroom, which will be the perfect setting for our dinner and possibly more if it does rain. A rain back-up plan was definitely a top priority! And the biggest factor that we love is that the carport area, which is right in front of the rolling green golf course, is the perfect flat spot for dancing, a bar, and a soft-seated lounge. No flooring needed under the tent! Gettysvue is within our budget, absolutely gorgeous, close to town for our guests, and Zack has played there before – making it truly special and personal for us!

While I envisioned one thing for our wedding ceremony and reception before we started in on venue tours, I am so happy with the different, more personal direction we decided to take. I really love that our venue is such a part of Zack’s personality and lifestyle, while some of the other wedding details are more reflective of my personality and ultra feminine style. I can’t wait to see how our amazing wedding planners transform it with all of our design details and an abundance of flowers! If you can’t get married in a garden, bring the garden to your venue – right?!

Friends, I’d love to hear: did you have a venue vision in mind before taking tours? And if so, did that change throughout your planning process, or did you go with your original idea? What helped you make your decision?

In case you missed a post…
The proposal
Choosing a wedding planner
Choosing a wedding photographer
Shopping for a gown

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  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh I bet Gettysvue is great! My roommate got married this past spring in Knoxville and she had her reception at The Foundry. It was fantastic, and guests staying downtown didn’t have to travel far once the party was over. So excited to see the rest of your planning as I live in Knoxville currently. :)

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About a year ago we shared ten of the SW’s gals favorite healthy recipes with y’all. Since the weather is turning cooler and we’re all about Cozy Fall these days, we thought we’d break out our cookbooks (and Pinterest boards) and share a few more with you, this time with a fall focus! I don’t know about y’all, but I am always on the hunt for new suggestions. I think you (and I!) will find a few here to love!

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | We make this without the hominy because I don’t care for it. Filling and easy to throw together! – Emily
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal | Oh She Glows was one of the first food blogs I discovered, and I’ve been making her pumpkin pie oatmeal for almost as long. It’s the perfect cozy, healthy breakfast for a chilly morning. – Lisa
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli | The aioli is so good you could eat it by the spoonful. These potatoes go with everything! – Emily
Fall Pot Pies | We often don’t make this vegan because we make our own chicken broth, but everything about this recipe is amazing and makes me want to cuddle under a warm blanket by a fire. This is also a great end of week meal when we need to clean out our fridge — a lot of leftover produce goes in there, and it always tastes wonderful. – Nicole

Simple Oat & Pecan Blueberry Crisp | A breakfast that looks like dessert!! It’s a win-win. I made this literally every week earlier this year when it was still cool in the mornings and I needed a little something warm for breakfast. It’s also a recipe you can adapt to whatever you have on hand. I’ve made it with walnuts, sunflower seeds, and strawberries. I’ll make a pie plate full of it and eat a little bit for breakfast each morning with some warm almond milk. Or, if we have friends or family visiting, we’ll make a giant brunch of eggs, home fries, and green pancakes, and end the meal with this. – Nicole
Broccoli and Chicken Braided Bread | One of my very best friends makes this for parties and I always offer to take home the leftovers (except there never are any!). Now, I make this recipe for my little family and there are no leftovers at our house either. – Marissa
Kale and Wild Rice Casserole | We served this last year when friends were visiting and it was a hit! It’s now one of my go-to recipes to give to others because it’s so flexible. I follow it when we’re trying to be a little fancier, but when it’s just the two of us, we simplify by caramelizing the onions with the mushrooms and just mixing it into the casserole. We also often don’t use butter at all to feel a little healthier :) No matter which we way do it, it always tastes great. – Nicole
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon | This salad is not too intimidating to serve for guests, but healthy enough to make everyone feel good. A great way to get healthy greens in the cooler months! – Emily

Quick Tex Mex Sweet Potato Skillet | Dave and I love sweet potatoes, and this is one of our favorite ways to eat them. This one-pan meals comes together quickly on a busy weeknight and is packed with the Tex Mex flavors that we crave at least a few times a week (you can take a girl out of Texas..!). – Lisa
Perfect Roast Chicken | We take quite a few liberties with this recipe (what we stuff inside or what we marinate it in), but we ALWAYS brine it in salt and sugar for a day before we roast it. It makes all the difference (sometimes we don’t even season it because the brine is so good!). The meat always comes out juicy and makes for great leftovers that aren’t too dry. We make this when we have guests over (a roast chicken always looks good on a table!), or we’ll make it for just the two of us and use the leftovers for quesadillas :) – Nicole
Clean Turkey Chili | Is there anything better than a big bowl of chili in the fall? This is mine and Dave’s favorite recipe–it uses turkey, so it’s leaner than most chili recipes, and the jalapenos give it some great kick. We love making it when we have a football game to watch, as a hearty Sunday supper (it makes tons of leftovers for lunches during the week!), or on Halloween (one of my family’s traditions). – Lisa
Sausage and Broccolini Risotto | Risotto often gets a bad rap because people think it’s labor-intensive, but the versions you bake in the oven couldn’t be easier! There are so many ways to switch up the flavors, but this is one combination we love. – Emily

And bonus! Two more favorites from Kristin!
Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce | I used to be terrified of spaghetti squash, but conquered my fear with this recipe. Now this is a staple for weeknight dinners in the fall. I can even use the time that the squashes are baking to go for a walk or clean up the house! We even mix the sauce in the squash and pop it back in the over for a few minutes with cheese on top for a spaghetti squash bake!
Banana Nut Muffins | These are hands-down the best banana nut muffins on the planet. I think the secret is that you whip the bananas and sugar together into fluff! They are the perfect Saturday morning treat (especially if you have overnight company)!!

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