Anniversary Party at Blackberry Farm, Part Two :: Katherine & Rob

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; husband and wife by the laker; lakeside couple;

We are back with part two (see part one right here) of this anniversary weekend designed by Calder Clark! Katherine & Rob celebrated their anniversary with an intimate blessing by the lake at Blackberry Farms. Afterwards they served champagne at an elegant cocktail hour under a Sperry tent, which included plenty of draped natural linens and beautiful spots to sit, followed by a moody alfresco dinner with chocolate candles, touches of gold and striking red and pink florals – the perfect match for the drama of Katherine’s gorgeous Vera Wang gown!

The Blessing

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BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; floral arrangement; white blush green and red floral arrangement;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake;

It was important to the couple to include their sons in the celebrations. “Getting to spend everyday with your best friend is the best part of marriage. And raising two wonderful boys together is the most amazing experience we could ever have imagined. We just love our boys so immensely, beyond measure. It was really important to us that William and James were a big part of our anniversary party, because they are the most important part of our lives and marriage.”

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; rings on ornate gold tray; rings in wooden boxes;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; wife with son before ceremony; bride with son before ceremony; mom with son before ceremony

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; son watching parents get married;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; vow renewal

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; vera wang; bride wearing hot pink;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; bride's hand on groom's back;

Katherine’s slightly wild wrist corsage works so well with the undone ruffles of her incredible Vera Wang ‘Gemma’ gown.

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; wrist corsage; bride and groom holding hands;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; bride wearing hot pink; bride and groom kissing lakeside;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; groom holding bride's train; bride wearing hot pink;

The Reception

Towering greenery in glass demijohn vases of different blues and greens created a beautiful color scheme, along with the sparkly crystals and precious stones securing the escort cards against the lakeside breeze!

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; greenery in different colored glass bottles;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; place cards held by crystals;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; placecards held by crystals; grenery in different colored bottles;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; ceremony by the lake; greenery in different colored glass bottles;

As the afternoon went on, champagne was served in a light-filled Sperry tent. It featured elegant neutral linens and furnishings, and sweet florals in ivory and blush – a real departure from the relaxed, rustic feel of the night before.

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; lakeside lounge area; lakeside cocktail area; sperry tent; tended cocktail area; sperry tent by the lake; neutral linens;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; pink and white florals;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; lakeside lounge area; lakeside cocktail area; sperry tent; tended cocktail area; sperry tent by the lake; neutral linens; glass topped tables; neutral couch;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; champagne; tray of champgane flutes; server holding champagne;

Once the sun went down, things took a dramatic turn for dinner – tables glittered with candlelight and featured incredibly rich, luscious florals in pinks and reds.

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; table decor; red and pink flowers; dark candlesticks; gold votive candles; agate place cards; gold calligraphy

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; rich table decor; chocolate candlesticks; brown and gold table numbers; red and blush florals;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; table decor; red and pink flowers; dark candlesticks; gold votive candles; agate place cards; gold calligraphy

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; agate place cards with gold calligraphy;

The couple treated guests to a variety of decadent cakes, including vanilla butter cake filled with buttercream and decorated with sugared fruits, vanilla butter cake filled with caramel buttercream, caramel sauce and vanilla buttercream, red velvet cake filled with cream cheese buttercream and chocolate lover’s cake filled with vanilla buttercream.

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; cake; wedding cake; tiered cake; naked cake; cake topped with sugared fruit;

Katherine says that she loved the advice event planner & designer Calder Clark gave her just before their party: “right in the middle of the party, when things are in full swing, band playing, people letting loose, drinking, eating… you both should step back and take it all in. Just for five minutes. Leave the tent, just the two of you, walk away a bit, and turn around and look back. Take it all in, your family, your friends, all together, enjoying themselves. You won’t forget that moment, ever.” With those wise words in mind, she remembers “so we did just that, and I will never forget it. That moment where you hit the pause button in the middle of a whirlwind night, and really appreciate how perfectly beautiful life can be.”

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; couple enters reception;

tec petaja; calder clark; blackberry farm; tennessee; lakeside wedding; vow renewal; anniversary party; vera wang; vera wang gemma; coral vera wang; band; dancing; candelabra; candelight; band in front of pillar candles;

Katherine & Rob ultimately saw the Saturday night as “a romantic, mountainside anniversary fete – a chance to dress up and put a little polish on the weekend.” And much as we can’t get over how amazing they both look, what we really love about these two is that their favorite parts of the weekend were the most meaningful – a tossup between their boathouse blessing, followed closely by dancing to the same first dance song they danced to at their wedding, ten years earlier.

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; first dance;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; reception under a tent; sperry tent;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; candles on tray;

Katherine has some very warm words to say about how they decided to make their special weekend about celebrating more than the two of them. “During our planning process, we began to realise that this anniversary party actually wasn’t about us. Weddings are pretty clear: the bride and the groom are the centre of the universe, at least for a few hours, and all eyes are on them. But we wanted this party to be about everyone else: about our family, and our friends, and our children. Our ten year was a perfect excuse to get everyone together, say thank you for being a part of our journey, for all the support and love that you have all shown to us throughout our lives, and just take a break from everyone’s normal routines, to take a break from everyone’s normal routines to have an extraordinary weekend together. That was the vision, and what we think the party actually became. To shine the spotlight on everyone who was there, not just two of us.”

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; table of candles; individual candles lit by guests;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY; bride and groom exit;

BLACKBERRY FARM; THE SOUTH; CALDER CLARK; ANNIVERSARY PARTY; BLACK TIE PARTY;

Colors

Vendor Credits

Photography: Tec Petaja / Event Planning & Design: Calder Clark / Venue, Catering: The Boathouse and The Barn at  Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee / Floral Design: Blossoms Events / Katherine’s Dress: Gemma gown in coral by Vera Wang / Groom’s Suit: Lana mohair tuxedo in black by Prada / Personal Dresser: Cacky’s Bride + Aid / Officiant: Joe Reed / Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals / Tenting: Sperry Tents Southeast / Linens: custom by DC Rental / Lighting, Sound: Active Production and Design / Band: The Adrian Duke Project / Hair: Ashley Schaumburg / Makeup: Claire Balest / Cakes, Desserts: Magpie Cakes / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones / Videography (8mm): Caitlin Colcolough

 

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