This sweet wedding is full of charming elements and details, from the bride’s dress (she wore her mother’s wedding dress, updated) to the beautiful venue, to the newlywed’s wedding gifts to each other. Plus it’s absolutely beautiful! Read on for all the lovely details.

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Did you have “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”?  Something old: wedding dress; something new: shoes; something borrowed: pearl earrings from my Matron of Honor; something blue: garter (I ordered two so I could keep one and Eric could throw the other!).

 

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Tell us about your dress and veil.  My dress was originally made by my grandmother, Margaret McCreery, in 1985 to be worn by my mother, then “updated” by Nina Rosenburg for my wedding. The veil was originally made by my mother for her own wedding, then I added some pearls and floral appliqués. My mom’s father, Granddaddy, passed away in 2001. A few months before, I tried on my mom’s wedding dress “just for fun,” and he got to see me wearing it. My mom found a sweet picture of him and put it in a little gold frame that I tied to my bouquet. It was special to feel that he was so close on my wedding day.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride planning her wedding was: once you make a decision on something (dress, cake, etc.) DO NOT LOOK AT ANY MORE PICTURES! This advice was wonderful! Once I chose to wear my mom’s dress and Nina began the alterations, I vowed to not look at any more dresses because the decision was made! The best advice I received as a new wife was always remember that Eric and I are on the same team, both working for a beautiful, Christ-filled marriage. And, “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Still working on that!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  When the wedding is over, you will feel silly for ever being upset or stressed over the small stuff! So sit back and enjoy the day – soak up every crazy second of it, laugh with and love on your friends and soon-to-be spouse, and have as much fun as possible! The day flies by, and you will wish you could do it all over again!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Not a single thing. Well, maybe we would have started getting ready a little earlier, but besides that… nope!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Remember, it is just one day!

 

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Brandiann’s bridesmaids wore matching pale pink knee-length dresses with sheer straps. They all carried romantic bouquets in shades or pink and white.

 

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The Ceremony

“The ceremony and reception were at the same location – Mint Springs Farm – just different buildings. This was so convenient for everyone, including us! Neither Eric nor I grew up in Nashville, but we have made it our home and felt it would be a good place for our wedding.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Romantic, Christ-centered, Elegant

Who officiated your ceremony?  Ketric Newell is the youth pastor at CrossPoint Church, and he officiated our ceremony. I met him on a mission trip and knew his fun and energetic spirit would be perfect for our wedding. We also asked Dr. John Tarpley to give the sermon during the ceremony. Dr. Tarpley interviewed Eric for medical school at Vanderbilt and their friendship began instantly. During Eric’s years in Nashville, Dr. Tarpley has been a mentor and example for him, and he and his wife, Maggie, have been like family to us. We knew he needed to be a special part of our wedding!

 

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What was your ceremony music? 
Bridesmaids processional: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Bach
Bride processional: “Canon in D” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” Handel
Hymn: “10,000 Reasons” Hillsong

What were your ceremony readings?  1 Corinthians 13:1-7

 

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What were your vows like?  About 2 weeks before the wedding, we realized we had not written our vows, so we went to our favorite local sushi restaurant and wrote. We wrote our vows independently, yet discussed the flow of our vows to make sure they went well together and complemented each other. We started by picking some of our favorite scriptures that described the type of spouse we each wanted to be, then used these as inspiration into the words of the vows.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I had two favorite moments: The first was Eric’s face as I was walking down the isle. I will never forget the way he looked at me. The second was towards the end of the ceremony: Sammie Bank soloed “10,000 Reasons,” which is one of my favorite songs. During that time, Ketric prayed with us – a special and intimate moment!

 

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“Before pictures began, Eric and I had our first look. We met in the chapel, and my dad walked me down to meet Eric. It was the most emotional moment of the day for me – just the three of us alone together. Eric and I spent a few moments smiling and whispering and kissing, then we exchanged gifts. It was probably one of my most favorite moments of the day – we each got the other an engraved Bible (mine has my new married name on it). Neither of us told a soul that we were getting the other an engraved Bible, yet we had the same thought.”

 

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The Reception

“I’d describe our reception as the best dance party EVER with all of our favorite people! What else could you want?”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  BHLDN had many lovely pictures of weddings, which I used for much of my inspiration. I wanted a wedding that was classic and elegant, but still unique. I used way too many Pinterest pictures to get my inspiration across to our designers at Mint Spring’s Farm, but they were so gracious and made it better than I could have imagined! Mint Springs was a life-saver when it came to wedding planning! Eric is a surgery resident and I was working full-time as a nurse and in school, so planning a wedding sounded challenging and stressful. Thankfully, Mint Springs Farm took over the hard part of wedding planning and allowed us to focus on the fun parts, like cake tasting and color choosing and Pinterest. We met with Kesha periodically starting about 12 months out and shared our wedding vision with her, then she worked her magic and made it happen.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My mom gathered wedding pictures of my family and Eric’s family and put them into beautiful gold frames to be displayed at the wedding. We also ordered a large wooden monogram that my mom painted white, then we had our guests sign it in gold pen.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  We talked about having a signature cocktail, then decided that open bar was easier, and maybe more fun!

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Signature Cakes by Vicki made a gorgeous and delicious cake with both almond and strawberry flavored cake, since we could not decide which flavor we liked better. Not only was it lovely, it tasted delicious! We just had the top tier for our 1-year anniversary and the catering team packaged it up so well, it still was just as good a year later!

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Entering for the first time as Mrs. Rellinger, and hearing my dad’s toast – it was incredibly sweet and thoughtful!

Special songs:
First dance: “Come to Me” by Goo Goo Dolls
Father/daughter dance: “Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon
Mother/son dance: “All Because Two People Fell In Love” Brad Paisley

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Eric and I were very overcome with gratitude at the thought of our closest friends and family coming from all over the country to celebrate our wedding. One of my most favorite parts of wedding planning was writing a thank you letter to our guests, expressing our joy in their presence! My mom then suggested having the thank you cards printed in gold ink on a robin’s egg blue paper, which turned out just gorgeous. It was a lovely contrast to the pink, gold and ivory decor.

 

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Photography: Lynnesy Catron / Venue, Event Planning, Design, Floral Design: Mint Springs Farm in Franklin, Tennessee / Dress: Margaret McCreery / Alterations: Nina Rosenburg / Shoes: Anthropologie / Engagement Ring, Wedding Bands: Genesis Diamonds / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Suit, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse / Stationery, Calligraphy: Julie Diamond / Hair: Melissa Edwards, Bishop’s Salon / Makeup: Amanda Burnett / Officiant: Ketric Newell of CrossPoint Church, sermon given by Dr. John Tarpley / Ceremony Music: College Grove Strings / Soloist: Sammie Bank / DJ: DJ Brian Snyder / Catering: Chef Penelope’s Catering / Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki / Videography: Stephen Price Videography

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When Jakki and Steve started planning their wedding, they wanted to share their new home with friends and family, and decided to host the celebration on their property. And when you see all the incredible trees (and a tree house!) you’ll understand just why they’d undertake such a project, spending months preparing the space for their big day – and for their married life afterward.

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The Ceremony

“We wanted to build our life together surrounded by nature, so we bought our first home on a beautiful piece of land in Pescadero, California. When we first visited the ranch, we discovered a giant, breathtaking oak tree and immediately fell in love with it. Months later, after moving into our new home, we were heartbroken to see that it had fallen over. Thankfully we found out that the tree is still alive, and it now formed a beautiful arch. We knew that this was the exact spot where we wanted to exchange vows.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Our description: Emotional, Whimsical, Fairytale // A guest’s description: Stunning, Thoughtful, Joyous.

Who officiated your ceremony?   A friend of ours, Sherwood Anderson, officiated our ceremony. We chose Sherwood because he understands the kind of people we are as individuals. He is a mentor to us in the spiritual sense and he is a good example of what a husband and father should be in our eyes. He took the role very seriously. He got the official title for the day from the county and spent a lot of time thoughtfully coming up with his presentation.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Steve insisted that we not take photos before the ceremony and do the traditional seeing the bride for the first time when walking down the aisle. We both agreed later that it made the ceremony that much more emotional because we did it that way.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We had a songwriter/guitarist, Ryan Salet, play acoustic music while guests were seated as well as during the ceremony. It was all music that we listen to as a couple. Processional: I Feel Home by OAR / Recessional: Ho Hey by The Lumineers.

What were your vows like?  A friend gave us a wedding vows guide book so we could pick and choose from different traditions and styles to create what we liked. We wanted to have a few Christian elements, but also didn’t wanted it to be overly religious.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  We were so excited to celebrate on our ranch and share it with loved ones. We spent a year clearing enchanting spaces that were overgrown with brush, and trees that were begging to be given new life. Friends and family came for work parties where we trimmed trees, hauled brush and chipped wood to get everything ready. We think having so many of our guests feel connected to helping create such a wonderful space for our ceremony was really special.

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  One thing that we don’t think you always see at a wedding ceremony, that we personally enjoyed about ours, was the welcome we asked our officiant to do. Just before our ceremony started, we had him welcome the guests and invite them to hold the hand of their loved one, recommitting to their own vows they may have taken and to recommit to each other during our ceremony. They are the guides to us as a newly married couple and we want to support their commitments as we hope they will support our marriage. It was really nice to have the ceremony be more interactive for our guests. The idea came us because growing up Jakki’s Mom and Dad always held hands during any wedding they went to and reaffirmed their commitment to each other, which Jakki always admired.

 

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The Reception

“We had our cocktail hour and reception on our property near the house so guests could enjoy other areas of the property and see where we spend our time. It was nice to move locations and it was also convenient for the caterers to work in our kitchen next to the big white tent.”

 

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“Following the ceremony, shuttles escorted the guests to the outdoor cocktail hour where we served signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and where guests could play darts or bean bag toss… or climb trees!”

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! We had a “Smokin’ Barrel” (Jameson, Vida Organic Mezcal, Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth, Honey & Fresh Squeezed Lime), “Jakkarita Paloma” (Organic Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, Spicy Coriander Ginger Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit & Lime, Splash of Squirt), and “Murtha Ranch Tec 8″ just like grandpa used to make (Tecate, Kosher Salt, Lime). We also had kegs of Lagunitas IPA and Trumer Pilsner, plus a variety of wines, Arnold Palmers, and natural sodas.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We believe in the importance of sustainability, so that was at the core of our wedding inspiration. We chose decorations that could be reused: wooden box centerpieces filled with rosemary, kale, artichokes and pomegranates (as well as snowberries, fern, lambs ears, and hydrangea) for guests to take home and eat later. Succulents that could be planted in the garden after the big day. It was imperative that our caterer serve all organic and local food. Most importantly, we wanted to be surrounded by nature, because this is where we feel most alive.

 

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What was your wedding menu?  Native Catering of San Francisco designed an organic, locally grown, gourmet meal. Hors d’Oeuvres: Salmon Croquettes / Calvados Marinated Fig Crisp / and Beef Brisket Sliders / Buffet of Grilled Organic Veggies, Cheese, and Fruit Platters // Dinner: Watermelon Salad / Grilled Flank Steak / Fire Grilled Chicken / Vegan Ratatouille // Late Night Snack: Carne Asada and Chicken Tacos.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  The wedding cake was just one tier of red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting from SusieCakes. We also served lemon squares, seven layer bars, and the bride’s father’s chocolate chip cookies. There was also the s’mores station by the bonfire under the stars.

 

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Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  A favorite memory was seeing Jakki’s grandfather give his speech. Glen is 88 and after not being on a plane in 35 years, he flew out from Illinois to be at his last grandchild’s wedding. It was touching to all the guests and Glen had a great time. You could even catch him late night tapping his toe to the music with a glow stick on his head.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  One of our favorite and super fun parts of the reception was when a guest tied a bunch of table clothes together to create a giant jump rope. Right in the middle of the dance floor we got to have a really good go at jumping rope together. Everyone was going nuts with laughter around us. It was super memorable!

Special music:
First dance: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
Father/bride: You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor
Mother/groom: Forever Young by Audra Mae and the Forest Rangers

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Get a day of wedding planner!  You want to be able to enjoy your day completely and have someone else taking care of the logistics.  Hire someone good and that your trust to be capable of following through with your vision.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Each day when the mail would arrive we would sit down as a couple to read the RSVP’s to see what messages our guests would send us – it was our favorite thing about planning. It was so funny to see what people would say or include: past photos, funny stories and well wishes. Don’t forget to make your RSVP’s memorable when you are invited to a wedding- it is comic relief for the bride and groom to be!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We would invite even more people to have shared in the fun! The hardest part of planning was narrowing down the guest list. Both of us at different points were in tears trying to make the list smaller.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The entire reception tent floor area was covered in wood chips that came from the dying trees we had to cut down on our property. For months we cut them down, hauled the limbs, sent them through the chipper, loaded them up and then spread them throughout the floor area. It was a process that took hard labor by everyone, from Jakki’s 5 year old nephew to her 88 year old grandfather. We were grateful for the help and it was pretty neat to think about the life cycle of these trees which are now the mulch base on the ground where we have since planted our family garden.

 

Photography: Rachelle Derouin / Venue: private home in Pescadero, California / Event Planner: Sealed With a Kiss Events / Videography: Cloudless Weddings / Officiant: Sherwood Anderson / Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Bridal Galleria / Alterations: Jacquie Sew & Sew / Boots: Steve Madden / Bracelet: Chan Luu 1920’s antique infinity wedding band stacked rings / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Suit: Joseph Abboud / Tie: Michael Kors / Shirt: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Paper Impressions / Floral Design: Alena Jean / Hair/Makeup: Mizu Salon / Rentals, Tent, Furniture: Stuart Party Rentals / Ceremony Music: Ryan Salet / DJ: Boutique DJ’s / Catering: Native Catering / Cake: Susie Cakes / Toilet Rental: OES Luxury Mobile Restrooms / Transportation: Black Tie Transportation / Wedding Website: Wedding Window

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