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There’s nothing like coming home, don’t you agree? Though Sarah + Nick live in Indianapolis, Nick strongly encouraged Sarah to have the wedding in Chattanooga, her second home. According to the bride, “Getting married beneath Lookout Mountain, a place that was close to my heart even before Nick proposed to me there, was priceless. To me, “Southern” is a relaxed setting where you can enjoy the time with your loved ones in a beautiful setting — no need to decorate God’s creation! You know when everyone’s at Mom’s house, they gravitate to the kitchen, because that’s where the people are, where life happens, where the food is. That’s what the setting of the Barn at High Point Farms gave us. Our focus on heritage brought in reminders of generations past, well-loved and much missed.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Judging from these images by Austin Warnock, we think it feels just right.

Julianna Chapman (my cousin and maid of honor) is an amazing floral designer. She works at a floral design studio in Chattanooga, TN, but did the wedding flowers herself with the help of my cousins and another bridesmaid. Since I was in Indiana and she was in Tennessee, we exchanged ideas via Pinterest and had some long Skype sessions. I had no doubt that Julianna would be able to capture my vision and take it to another level. I wanted lots of creams and texture, loosely bound, not overly structured. I wanted cream with some light blue accents in my bouquet to tie in with the color of Nick’s shirt. For the bridesmaids’ bouquets, I wanted creams with strong accents of yellow/marigold pops of color. The boutonnieres had simple, natural elements, and also brought in the yellow accent. As for the buffet area, full creative credit goes to Julianna and my sisters. They took over planning and decorating the buffet when my creative juices ran low during the last month of wedding planning. I was so blown away with the sweet details, draped lace tablecloths, family serving ware, and fresh flowers. Julianna incorporated mason jars of flowers around rusted old milk crates from my sister’s farmhouse, pictures of me and Nick, tree trunk rounds, and bird houses.

Doesn’t the photo below just pull at your heart strings? I love the moment when guests first see the bride walk down the aisle — all that anticipation!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Between me and Nick, we have 8 nieces and nephews. We wanted all of them involved, letting kids be kids. So, we had a wedding parade! They all went down the aisle with bells, flags that Nick and I made, and flowers. The littlest ones were pulled in a wagon. I wanted the kids to be relaxed, and was perfectly fine if we had some last-minute mishaps or outright revolts – but they all had a great time!

I love that Sarah + Nick’s cake topper now sits on their windowsill at home! It’s such a great way to be reminded of their wedding. The cupcakes came in seven flavors: red velvet, cappuccino, Italian cream, cinnamon swirl, german chocolate, groovy, and grasshopper.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We were set up by a mutual friend soon after I moved from Chattanooga to Indianapolis for a job. Whether by instinct or indigestion, my friend Derrick was convinced that I should meet his friend Nick. Knowing that I was not interested in being set up, Derrick pestered me and lied to me, saying he had no hidden intentions, until we got something on the calendar. Nick knew full well that it was a set-up all along, and over a take-out pizza, we met. Both of us were a little shy, a little curious, and thankful for Derrick’s boisterous steal-the-spotlight presence. We could have gone without the questioning each time the other left the room — “So?? What do you think?!?” A week later, Nick and I had our first date (without Derrick) at a local pub.
Describe the proposal. As the summer days grew longer, I was getting more and more curious about what Nick was scheming. He kept his lips tightly sealed, and thoroughly enjoyed tormenting me with the fact that I was NOT in control! In early August, my cousin Julianna called me to ask if I’d be able to come down to Chattanooga as soon as possible to meet her certain someone and that it would be fun if Nick could come too. Little did I know, Nick had arranged it all with Julianna. We drove down to Chattanooga and Saturday morning, got up early for a hike to Sunset Rock on Lookout Mountain. After a brief jaunt from our parking spot, we reached the overlook. I scrambled to the edge, thrilled with the morning view, as our companions set off in the other direction to look at some plants. I turned around once to make sure Nick was paying attention to the view, and turned around again to find him on one knee, holding my great-grandmother’s engagement ring. The world went quiet, and he asked a simple question. I answered with the words that had echoed in my heart for months: “A thousand times, yes!”
In what month did you get married? April 2012
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I didn’t daydream about dresses or stash away bridal magazines before getting engaged, mostly because I was nervous about what style would work for me – I’m often hard to fit being under 5 feet tall! A week after getting engaged, I wanted to test the dress hunting waters and made an appointment at David’s Bridal with a soon-to-be-married friend. Setting aside any “princess poufiness,” we found a few options which I tried on again later that weekend for my mom and sister. I knew I’d found the one when I didn’t want to take it off. I loved my dress – it wasn’t “just another strapless”, it didn’t overwhelm my figure, and I could move around so easily at our outdoor wedding.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? I’m so glad that we did! With it being “our day,” we wanted to share more of it together and knew that it would help calm nerves. On the practical side, we knew it would make the day go smoother if we could get bridal party and family pictures done prior to the ceremony. Our reveal took place in a tree grove near the barn. The setting was beautiful and the moment remains one of Nick’s favorites of the day. However, I was a little distracted by the family members who appeared out of nowhere to sneak a peek – especially my Dad and brother on ladders in the trees nearby, stringing white lights!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? For our vows, we combined several elements of traditional vows. My favorite part was for the exchange of rings when I said, “Nick, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” It’s a whole-life commitment. Our vows reach into every part of our lives, for the rest of our lives.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. I walked down the aisle to “Lion Song” by Jason Harrod and walked up the aisle to “But For Those Who Fear My Name” by The Welcome Wagon. Our first dance was to “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy. The father/daughter dance was to “Moonlight Serenade” by Glen Miller Orchestra and the mother/son dance was to “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? It was a very DIY wedding, which helped us cut costs, but took a LOT of time and planning — from wedding planning and catering to set-up and decorating. I think the biggest challenge was knowing when to stop gathering new ideas, to shut the laptop and stop looking at Pinterest.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000, close to $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography. We were advised early in the planning process to set aside as much as we could afford for photography – pay for the quality, and figure out where to cut the budget elsewhere. I’m so glad we did. Austin Warnock Photography was amazing to work with, and we’re thrilled with the results.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Sneaking away for a quick minute during our evening reception to take a look at the starscape, seeing the barn lit up behind us, filled with our loved ones, happy blurs of music and light.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
5 Comments
  1. avatar Lauren reply

    Such a pretty wedding – so many thoughtful details!!! Can you tell me where they got the cake topper – it’s super cute and I would love to have it for my wedding! Thanks!

    • avatar Nick reply

      Lauren: We got the cake toppers off of Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagegreenlimited?ref=seller_info.

  2. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    OMG around 10k?? This wedding looks SO expensive and has SO much personality! I LOVE it! So deliciously southern and elegant.

  3. avatar Laura reply

    First off, I love this wedding because I love Chattanooga. I went to college near-by and it is such a cool city with such good memories for me.

    But I also absolutely love the portion of your vows that you shared, the words are so simple, but so powerful. I just might have to borrow them for my own wedding :)

  4. avatar Stephanie reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! Amazing photos! Can you tell me where you purchased the cupcake stand? We are getting married in September and have been looking everywhere for one this size! :-)

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V4 Feature :: Polo Shoot

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You’ve seen all the behind-the-scenes goodness, and if you’ve picked up your copy of the magazine, you’ve seen the beautiful spreads! (If you haven’t picked up your copy of the magazine yet, my goodness, do so now!) I’m so happy to share the final images crafted by Bryan Johnson from our day at the Hyde Park Polo Club. Enjoy!

YUM! Look at all these goodies Cru Catering prepared:

The talented vendors who brought this shoot to life:

Photography: A Bryan Photo // Film processing: Richard Photo Lab // Design and styling: Calder Clark Designs // Floral design: Blossoms Events // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Menu cards, jotters, invitation, monogram trays: Dulles Designs // Calligraphy and custom monogram: Allison R. Banks Designs // Food and drink: Cru Catering // All bridal gowns: from Maddison Row // Textured ballgown: “Bellflower” by Monique Lhuillier // Off-the-shoulder gown: “L810” by Romona Keveza Legends // “L8151” by Romona Keveza Legends // Bridesmaid skirts: Anne M. Cramer // Chivari chairs and table rental: Snyder Event Rentals // Custom table linen: Blossoms Events // Table runner screenprinting: Griffin Screenprinting // Tabletop items: Vieuxtemps // Flower girl and ringbearer accessories: Blossoms Events // Venue and polo items: Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club // Cocktail and dinner napkins and serving trays: Calder Clark Designs

emily Written with love by Emily
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    I think Calder is a genius + A Bryan is too = love, love, love everything about this!

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    The food presentation looks great!

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  7. avatar jessica reply

    I came across your website from pinterest! I loved the moss flynn skirt so much I just ordered them for my bridesmaids. I absolutely love the one shoulder tank you have in the picture about. Can you please tell me where you found it? It is exactly what I am looking for and I can’t find it on the web anywhere!

  8. avatar Erin reply

    I am also trying to order the Moss Flynn skirts for my bridesmaids but wanted to know who makes the one shoulder tank y’all have paired with the skirt. I love it but can’t find it anywhere. Please help!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Erin! Those tanks are from Victoria’s Secret, of all places! Best of luck with your search, and please send us photos if you go this route!!

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    Love every bit of this photo shoot!!! Please tell me where the green striped tie is from. It is darling.

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  20. avatar Morgan reply

    I was wondering if you could please tell me the designer or the green and white striped bridesmaid dress.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Morgan! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

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    I absolutely love the green and white striped skirts, and I found them at annemcramer.com, but I can’t find the top. Can you tell me where the top in that picture is from? Thanks so much!!

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  26. avatar Weddingfriends Blog reply

    Probably the most gorgeous decor and food ideas for a small wedding! Absolutely beautiful.

  27. avatar Ruth Rososuw reply

    How on earth do i get hold of the material used to make the stipped bridesmaid’s dresses. i live in South Africa and i would love to do something similar for my bridesmaids. I will do anything possible to get that material. And how do you think this still would suit a plus sized bridesmaid? Or something similar as long as the stripes stay.
    Thanx so much :-) !

  28. avatar Ally reply

    Where did you find those bridesmaids dresses?!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Ally! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

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    I love the bridesmaid dress that is one shoulder, short, white with the green stripes. Do you know who the maker is? Where I could find that dress?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

  31. avatar Katie reply

    I just HAVE to know where she got her dress! Stunning!

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  41. avatar Kristin reply

    Where is the short white dress from? The one on the girl standing between the two girls in the green and white striped skirts? Thanks.

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Sometimes I look at the images for these Real Weddings and I don’t know how to start talking about them. Take Beverly + Curtis’s wedding, for example. Their green and white color scheme and pecan orchard setting can’t justly describe how intimate, yet grand, their ceremony was. The tall trees of the orchard enveloped the bridal party and guests while providing a vast amount of space for their vows to be heard. It’s an appropriate venue for B + C’s wedding, since Beverly’s father planted the orchard the year she was born. Even more nods to the family’s Southern roots come in with the flowers. Beverly’s beautiful bouquet and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres included cotton bolls, which subtly highlighted her father’s cotton farming background. Big thanks go out to photographer Josh Moates with Kim Box Photography for sharing this wedding. Come back for Part II, because we can’t wait to share more of it with you!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a party in Auburn when we were 19. We had been friends for a long time but only started dating when we were 27.
Describe the proposal. We were getting ready to go watch a play with my parents. Curtis asked right as my parents pulled up to my house to pick us up.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fresh, Southern, touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My father is a cotton farmer, so I have grown up with it my whole life and asked our florist put cotton from my father’s farm in our bouquets and in the boutonnieres. I couldn’t find shoes in a color I liked, so my aunt, who is a faux finisher in Louisiana, painted my shoes. My father planted the pecan orchard we got married in the year I was born and the same jeweler that set my engagement ring also set my mother’s. It was also very touching how many incredibly nice things people did for us. I am convinced I have the best family and bridesmaids I could possibly ask for my wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had cotton in the bouquets and were married in a pecan orchard. Guests were given fans and we had cheese grits at the reception. The majority of the logs and stumps used in decorating came off of my father’s farm, and our groomsmen wore seersucker suits.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew my wedding dress the minute I saw it on the hanger, even though I tried on many. It came from Denson’s in Montgomery, Alabama and was made by Allure Bridals.

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Drew Woods // Planner: Mary Me // Venue: Brides parents’ home // Florist: Southern Wedding Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Designs // Caterer: Southern Hospitality // Bride’s Dress: Denson’s, Montgomery, AL // Jewelry: Deans Jewelers // Bride’s Shoes: Zappos, hand painted by bride’s aunt // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Brides hair: Doug’s 2 Salon // Brides Makeup: Bella

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Desiree reply

    I want to see more images of that altar! how awesome :)

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    LOVING the cotton accents!

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  8. avatar robbin chamberlain reply

    Hi Kim! Fantastic pictures. Your bridal bouquet is absolutely wonderful! But, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE GREEN SHOES???????? My daughter is getting married in 4 weeks and she’d love to find those shoes, so give it up, Girl!

    Good luck and God bless!
    Robbin C.

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