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Really, who wouldn’t want to be a guest at Lisa + Blake’s farm wedding? With antique farm equipment, hay bales, and cows dotting the reception, this is Southern at its finest. Family and friends played corn hole on boards hand painted by Blake’s mom and were then treated to a Southern feast of barbecue, potato salad, and coleslaw. A claw foot tub full of Coca-Colas stood by to wash down the meal. I’m so impressed with Lisa + Blake’s just-decorated-enough strawberry shortcake — it’s the perfect dessert for their country wedding and I’m dying for a piece. Big thanks again to Jamie Clayton for sharing!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The homemade corn hole boards made by Blake’s mother.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We decorated the tables with burlap, lanterns, and African violets. Our meal was barbecue, potato salad, coleslaw, and, of course, sweet tea. We draped rope along the walls of the barn and hung pictures of Blake and I by clothes pins. The wedding was on a farm in the middle of the country in Lebanon, TN with donkeys in the back of the farm, and a huge cow field to the right. The ceremony was on the porch of a log cabin, with the guests sitting on old church pews. The reception was in a barn, with wagon wheel chandeliers, lots of old farm equipment, hay bales, and an old claw foot tub that was used as a beverage holder complete with glass bottles of Coca-Cola.
Describe your wedding cake: It was a three-tiered strawberry shortcake with cream cheese icing.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Finding a location was difficult because we wanted it to reflect us and our personalities, but when we finally went to the farm we knew it was perfect. Other than that, Blake and I and our family and friends spent the entire week before the wedding decorating and preparing. It was very much a DIY wedding and we were pretty exhausted by the wedding day.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our fabulous photographer!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The reveal was really great, when Blake and I saw each other for the first time. We were both so emotional and happy. My mom and bridesmaids were peeking through a window, watching during the reveal. We could hear them crying and cheering from inside.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just bought a house in Knoxville and have been enjoying fixing it up and decorating it. Blake is in nursing school currently, and we look forward to doing travel nursing and traveling around, and hopefully out of, the country after he graduates.

Photographer: Jamie Clayton Photography // Videographer: Joshua Cox // Planner: Linda Ligon (family friend) // Venue: Cedar Springs Farm // Florist: Oakley’s Flower and Gifts // Wedding Cake Baker: Patti Vaughn // Caterer: LaDonna Brown // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: bride’s mother’s // Bride’s Shoes: Nine West // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
9 Comments
  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love, love, love the cake in this wedding! Looks absolutely delicious.

  2. avatar Suzanne reply

    What a lovely wedding!

  3. avatar Tara K. reply

    LOVE the corn hole boards!

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    Game of Thrones references. Classic!! Also love the cake… and her dress… and the barn!

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I have to say, I sure do love The Parsons’ portraits of the bride and groom – especially the shoe (er – shoeless) shot! Meg + Josh moved the party indoors for a warm and rustic barn reception at Southall Eden designed by the fab folks at Vintage My Wedding. Anyone else think their reception venue looks like a real-life country dance hall just waiting for some line dancing and a few YEE-HAWS? Lisa Coffman with Unique Flavors Café & Catering prepared a proper Southern spread atop burlap and quilt-covered banquet tables. (Yes, guests sat on hay bales!) Naturally, M + J opted for live music at the reception. Visit Jeremy + Ashley Parsons’ slideshow from the rockin’ day here, and y’all have yourselves a great fourth day before Christmas!

See all the photos from Meg + Josh’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: We used daisies, pin cushion mums, dahlias, green hypericum berries, camomile and Queen Anne’s Lace. The bouquets were bound with strips from vintage quilt tops, and finished off with buttons. The men wore single-stemmed dahlias on top of a quilt piece bound with vintage lace.
Describe your wedding cake: We had six different kinds of pie instead of a traditional wedding cake.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I think our biggest challenge was the weather. Two days before the wedding, the forecast looked like rain so we had to make the decision to order a tent for our cocktail hour on the lawn. It was disappointing, and we feared a tent would take away from the aesthetic and decor of our staged cocktail hour. Fortunately, the tent added a nice perimeter to an otherwise vague, undefined space. All in all, everything turned out better than planned. And of course, it never rained.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Writing and saying our own personal vows. It made everything that much more special and real. Since we are wedding photographers and we go to so many weddings, we’ve noticed that so many couples just breeze through the ceremony without realizing that it is the most important part! Our ceremony was incredibly intimate and emotional. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We recently found out we are having a baby!!! So we are looking forward to getting no sleep and changing dirty diapers. But seriously, being married is so incredible, and we can’t imagine how awesome it’s going to be to have a baby together.

Written with love by Katharine
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  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    This wedding just gets better and better! Its so beautiful in the barn and the images with the horses look gorgeous!

  2. avatar Brit @ Landlocked Bride reply

    Those barn photos are incredible. The lighting is gorgeous!

  3. avatar AmyPunky Photography reply

    This is so beautiful!!

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