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When a musician from New Orleans and a boy with a heart for the mountains meet in Nashville, no where but the rolling hills on Tennessee will do for their wedding! Lindsey and Brian chose Front Porch Farms for their celebration, and with the help of their florist, Cottonwood Floral, they added just the right amount of personal touches to point guests to their love story and personalities, but never distract from the beauty of the landscape. I can only imagine how much their family and friends cherished this sweet day, as well as enjoyed the introduction to the great Southern tradition of a bluegrass pickin’ party!

Thank you so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Abigail Bobo, for sharing Lindsey and Brian’s joyful day with us!

I met Brian at a 70’s birthday party for a mutual friend, and after a long talk by the fireplace, I guess I became smitten…maybe it was the glorious polyester suit from Goodwill he was wearing! At the time, all he talked about was moving from Nashville to Colorado. I figured that he would probably move soon and started dramatically drumming up lyrics to my next blues song, “I lost him to Colorado.” As it turns out, I didn’t lose at all! He hung around Nashville for three more years, and we began dreaming dreams together. Last summer, Brian finally got a job offer in Boulder, Colorado. After three years of knowing his heart to go there, I basically kicked him outta town. We were not engaged yet, but I couldn’t let him turn it down. He moved in August and we began our long distance relationship. Shortly thereafter, he popped out a ring in front of both of our families, and now we are on a westward journey together!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom and I went to Yvonne Lefleur in New Orleans, a beautiful French dress boutique. When I was growing up in Nola, we would go to the shop and dream about the day when we could make a wedding dress appointment there. The shop has a special bridal room where all the dresses are hanging from the ceiling. My dress was the sixth one I tried on, and we didn’t shop anywhere else.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We wanted a venue that featured the scenic views of Tennessee, and the moment we stepped foot on the property, we fell in love. It met our needs, it was rustic and elegant, and it just felt like the right place for us.

Our friends, Kyle Aaron and Erika Chambers (of Mercy Child), and Lauren Pittman played an original song called “Trade These Moments” for our processional. The three-part harmony, guitar, and fiddle were absolutely stunning. The bluegrass fiddle tune “Blackberry Blossom” was our recessional, and it played as our friends and family tossed flower petals and we walked up the aisle.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my grandmother’s ring to wear on my right hand. My something blue was the sapphires in my engagement ring and an embroidered handkerchief made from my other grandmother’s fabric. My something old was my great-grandmother’s pocket watch that she wore on her wedding day–I tied it around my bouquet.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We saved money by the grace of our friends and family and all they did for us. My bridesmaids helped make our decorations and set everything out the morning of. Brian’s good friend, Peyton McCollum of Cardboard Films, filmed the day. Our friends played music throughout the evening. We were so blessed by the gifts of so many.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Fried chicken, the bluegrass pickin’ party (cigar box guitars, fiddles, a washboard, and harmonicas galore!), banana puddin’, and the Tennessee hills.

Brian and I danced to Chris Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey,” I danced with my dad to “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans,” and Brian danced with his mom to one of her favorites, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” We also had a pickin’ party at the reception, where several friends and family members played, sang, and jammed the night away.

Tell us all about the proposal! Our families have spent Thanksgiving together in my hometown of New Orleans for several years now. The day after Thanksgiving, we all decided to go to a fancy dinner at Commander’s Palace. Immediately after we sat down at the table, Brian stood up and said “I need to get out of here…can we take a walk?” I agreed, thinking that something was clearly terribly wrong, and followed him down the stairs, through the kitchen, and onto the back courtyard with concern. There, we came upon three musicians on a “break” who asked us if we had any requests. Brian looked at me, and I shrugged and requested our song, “Misty.” As we began to dance in the moonlit courtyard, I became very confused. I could see our families staring down at us from the dining room windows above. This is NOT the place you leave your table waiting so you can dance randomly in the moonlight! Suddenly, Brian got down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful ring. I could not believe it! After I said yes, we were whisked back upstairs to the dining room where everyone applauded and we drank champagne. It was an absolute dream. At dinner, I learned that Brian had flown to New Orleans two weeks prior to ask for their blessing.
When did y’all get married? September 5, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 153
Describe your wedding flowers. Wildflowers–as colorful and “spriggy” as possible!
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We served Coca Cola cake, banana pudding, and cupcakes!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Be patient with each other and try to have fun along the way! Be thankful for the support of family and friends.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Exploring Colorado and adventuring out west!

Photographer: Abigail Bobo / Videographer: Payton McCollum / Venue, Farm Tables, Barrels, and Prop Decor: Front Porch Farms / Florist: Cottonwood Floral / Catering and Cake: Mrs. J’s Baking and Catering / Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Band: Mercy Child / DJ: Nashville Party Authority / Special Details: Lindsey Bunt / Paper Products: The Prints & The Paper / Bride’s Gown: Yvonne Lafleur / Hair Stylist: Samantha of A Moment’s Peace / Makeup Artist: Lauren Pittman

Abigail Bobo is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Abigail Bobo Photography reply

    This day… so much genuine emotion, laughter and fellowship between people who love each other. Honored to have been asked to document this for this pair! <3

  2. avatar Ruth reply

    very pretty

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A garden full of flowers is an indicator of many things: good soil and roots, sunshine and rain, and plenty of careful tending. In the same way, the celebration of a wedding recalls a few things of its own: the love that brought the bride and groom to this day, their ability to weather good times and bad, and the community that surrounds and supports them. On a hot August day in Serenbe, Georgia, a talented team of vendors helped us bring our ode to summer’s sun-kissed hues, and the collective love that allows a romance to grow, to life. We’re so grateful to Ali Harper for capturing every detail, and Krista of Blue-Eyed Yonder for styling such a magical day!

Paper cuts were a huge source of inspiration for us. Yes Ma’am Paper Goods created this beautiful invitation suite and wildflower favor packets, using vintage botanical prints as a guide.

Our bride’s Lela Rose gown could not have been more perfect for this shoot if we designed it ourselves! We had so much fun pulling together floral-inspired fashion, including the groom’s bow tie, the floral bridesmaid dresses, and sweet flower girl dresses.

Serenbe is full of lovely views, perfect for a ceremony backdrop. A wildflower clippings toss when the bride and groom walk back up the aisle is sweet and environmentally friendly in an outdoor space.

We love this idea for creating a new tradition–pressing a flower from the bride’s bouquet into the pages of a family bible, and then passing it down for the next generation of brides to do the same.

Sun in My Belly whipped up the most colorful food and drinks, which were explained on the oversized table runner menu. Such a show-stopping piece of decor!

Making the bouquets and arrangements for a wildflower-themed editorial is a tall order, and Victory Blooms delivered in every way. We couldn’t stop raving about her creations, which this shoot truly would not have been complete without!

We can’t forget about the sweets! We served up berry ice cream and a hummingbird cake, with decorations reminiscent of the invitation suite.

Stay tuned for behind the scenes photos of this lovely day by Anna K. Photography!

Photographer: Ali Harper / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Prop Styling and Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonder / Videographer: Before Your Eyes Cinema / Florals: Victory Blooms / Bride’s Gown: “The Forest” by Lela Rose / Bridesmaid Dresses: Charlie Jade from ShopBop / Jewelry: Kendra Scott / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Stag Handmade / Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle and Raney O’Keefe / Catering: Sun In My Belly / Cake: Sugar and Slate / Paper Goods and Table Runner: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods / Venue: Serenbe

Ali Harper and Blue Eyed Yonder are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Morgan reply

    Oh, my favorite! So many beautiful and meaningful details!

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    so many things to love: dresses, bow ties, flowers, invitation, flower crowns! My favorite V7 shoot!

  4. avatar lena reply

    My goodness, every detail is more stunning than the last–though I’m particularly fond of those lovely invitations!

  5. avatar Jadzia reply

    Everything….and that cake!

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  12. avatar Mary reply

    Does anyone know where the bridesmaid dresses are from? I would love to order them!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Mary! They are by Charlie Jade from Shopbop. It looks like they are sold out right now, but maybe try calling Shopbop to see if they have any in their warehouse? Good luck! http://www.shopbop.com/eden-dress-charlie-jade/vp/v=1/1533186665.htm

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  16. avatar Courtney reply

    just love that wedding gown! Any idea as to the designer or where I could find it??

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    where are the floral bridesmaids dresses from? Designer? I adore them and would love to have them in my wedding.

    Thanks in advance,

    Candace

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Candace! They’re by Charlie Jade from Shopbop, and while the exact dress isn’t available anymore, they have some other pretty, colorful styles! You can find them here: http://bit.ly/1KkL6N9

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  33. avatar Shayla Silva reply

    Where can you find those bridesmaid dresses??

    Thanks!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Shayla, these fabulous dresses are from Charlie Jade and were purchased from ShopBop. xo!

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We think the reception photos of Kate + JoJo’s laid back Vermont wedding – courtesy of Jen Huang Photography – are as effortlessly lovely as the ceremony shots, but it’s the dockside portraits of the happy couple that really make us swoon. The bride, in a sweetheart dress from RK Bridal, and groom toasted their “I dos” with a tented reception at the Edson Hill Manor, where guests enjoyed fiddling, family + food. Not a bad trio, if you ask me! Marion Peer of Vermont Sweet Tooth designed cupcakes in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, and the Stray Cat Flower Farm decked the tent with fresh greens and seasonal blooms. We leave you with a colorful parting shot of the dapperly-attired bridal party in the hopes that you’re as excited for the warmer months – and Southern fashion! – as we are.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Fiddle playing, family and food.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was the most inexpensive dress I tried on! I found it at R&K Bridal and it was perfect – simple and lacy, which is all I wanted. I added buttons down the back.
Describe your wedding flowers: We got wildflowers from Stray Cat Farm in Vermont. We chose loose wildflowers and a friend arranged them on the tables the day of the wedding. Stray Cat Farm made some wildflower arrangements in tins for the altar and the buffet tables, and then they made bouquets of snapdragons, my favorite flower, in the color of the dresses/theme.
Describe your wedding cake: We had cupcakes made by a local baker, Marion Peer, of Vermont Sweet Tooth. Her cupcakes were to die for, in three flavors with buttermilk frosting: Lemony-Snicket with orange zest, carrot cake with candied ginger, and chocolate chunk.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did. We tried to center our vows on the idea that we would work together and draw strength from this day when times get hard.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are happy! We might move to a bigger apartment, but in NYC that is a bit hard to do. We hope to take a second honeymoon in Guatemala next winter.

Written with love by Katharine
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