I’m a breakfast lover so I’ve always loved the idea of a brunch wedding (hello biscuits and gravy and grits!) Today’s southern garden wedding from Amy Nicole is my idea of the perfect brunch wedding. With vintage china and heirloom details, it’s hard not to fall for this charming day.
Our wedding would best be described as a southern brunch with classic details and preppy garden style. We chose navy and emerald as our primary colors and incorporated lots of pinks, florals and stripes. Held in historic downtown Franklin, we gave our guests a taste of old southern charm with the feeling that you were at someone’s home.
There were two special heirloom details that we included. First, two brooches of my great-grandmother’s that were passed down to my aunt (who when she passed away, passed down to me). I included them on my bouquet and my matron of honor’s bouquet to honor the strong women in our family who were there with us on this special day. Also, my matron of honor is my cousin (so my aunt who has passed away’s daughter) and it was very important for me to represent her mom, who we greatly miss, on this day. Second, a somewhat new heirloom we included was a handkerchief that has been passed down for the last seven years among my best friends from college. Each time one of gets married, the new brides initials are added to the handkerchief in her wedding colors, I was number five and loved having this with me on our wedding day.
The ceremony couldn’t have been any more perfect. It was a crisp & clear November morning and the garden at CJ’s was simply stunning. Everything from the music, to the readings, exchanging vows and seeing everyone we loved in one place was a once in a lifetime feeling ( I wish I could do it over!).
The most important thing we focused on while planning was making our wedding feel like a real family gathering. We wanted to make sure our guests felt loved by us, were comfortable and were treated to a special day full of laughter and warmth. Also, during the planning process we talked more about the feeling we wanted our guests to experience- not necessarily having the perfect “this” or “that” detail. That helped Matt and I to focus on what was truly important when we were tempted to become too focused on the small things.
I had a lot of sweet vendors and friends help with the handmade details. One of my favorite is, in our cake room, a calligrapher friend of mine wrote out the lyrics of the chorus from our first dance song. Matt didn’t know I had gotten these made so it was a surprise to him the morning of the wedding. Another favorite was our beautiful floral “guest book”, we used a calendar for guests to write their birthdays and wedding anniversary’s as a way of signing our guest book and helping us combine our lives. We aimed to include details that we could use in our new home to remind us of that day.
The time we spent with our friends and family at the reception was just so much fun. I loved looking around and seeing people laughing, cutting loose on the dance floor and making new memories warmed my heart!!
Photography | Amy Nicole Photography | Venue | CJ’s Off the Square | Florals | Enchanted Florist | Cake and Catering | Main Event Productions | Rentals | Southern Events Party Rental Company | Invitations | Minted | Gown | Allure Bridals from The White Room | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal | Hair & Makeup | Locks by Leslie | Groomswear | Ralph Lauren | DJ | Premier DJs of Nashville