What to do if you want an English garden wedding, but you don’t want to worry about the weather? Bring the garden indoors, of course! That’s what Rachel and Marc did for their Knoxville wedding, and the result was breathtaking…

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The Ceremony

“Marc and I felt it was important to have a traditional Roman Catholic wedding. After meeting with our priest several times, we decided to have a full mass with communion, readings, and music. The ceremony was in a gorgeous church built in 1908, filled with stain glass and intricate wood carvings.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Catholic, Sentimental, Traditional.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father and seeing my husband’s smile greeting me at the altar.

 

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Did you include any traditions?  I carried my great-grandmother’s handkerchief down the aisle, the same one my sister and cousin held in their weddings.

Ceremony Music:  We chose classical music and hymns that mirrored a traditional, Catholic wedding. A string trio, an organist, and an opera singer performed during the ceremony.

Prelude: Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell
Seating of grandparents and mothers: Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
Communion: “Be Thou My Vision” and “How Great Thou Art”
Recessional: Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

 

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The Reception

Cherokee Country Club was the perfect location for our reception because its ballroom was not only beautiful, it was also large enough to seat our guests,” says Rachel. “I love outdoor weddings, but I didn’t want to battle rain and heat on my wedding day. So my goal was to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. With lots of help from my wedding planner, florists and lightning designer, we managed to create a romantic garden inside the ballroom.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  English countryside weddings are quintessentially classic and timeless – attributes I wanted my wedding to embody. Creating an intimate space was also a priority. It was important to let our guests know how much we appreciated their love and support over the years. Above all else, we wanted our guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I loved all the details from my wedding, but my favorite had to be the trees we used to decorate the ballroom. When paired with hundreds of candles that lit up the space, the trees made the evening feel magical and timeless.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister gave me the best advice while I was planning the wedding. She told me things are going to go wrong, but don’t let it ruin your day. When your wedding arrives, just enjoy every moment because it’s the best party you’ll have in your life.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Every moment from my wedding was wonderful, but my favorite memory had to be the first look. It was really the only moment Marc and I had together alone that day. I’ll never forget how I felt or the look on his face when I turned around, and he told me I was beautiful.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  1) Early in the planning stages, my wedding planner and I set up a budget. It was helpful having a spreadsheet that outlined the costs. A few dollars here and there can really add up, and by recording all the costs, you can stay accountable to the budget you specified in the beginning. 2) If you have room in your budget, I would highly recommend getting a wedding planner. In the end, I avoided stress and saved time by hiring my wedding planner, Jennifer Laraia. She made the months of planning enjoyable, and most of all, she made sure the wedding day ran smoothly because every detail was in place.

 

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Photography: Natalie Watson, Dan Watson / Event Planning and Design: Jennifer Laraia / Venue, Catering: Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee / Church: Holy Ghost Catholic Church / Dress: Casablanca / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: The Happy Envelope / Calligraphy: Kalligraphia / Hand Lettered Signage: Paperfinger / Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings / Fabric Draping: Campbells Party Rentals / Band: A-Town A-List / Cake: Magpies / Videography: Milestone Pictures / Lighting, Cocktail Music: Special Notes / Trees: Saplings
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  • Knoxville Wedding from Natalie Watson and Watson Studios

    9 October 2014
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    There’s nothing quite like custom calligraphy, but these hand lettered fonts are the next best thing – not to mention they’re the perfect budget-friendly compromise! They would be so gorgeous on invitations, addresses, table numbers, escort cards, menus…

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    Adorn Pomander by Laura Worthington ($45)
    Ahra by Magpie Paper Works ($58)
    Aleka by Eurotypo ($34)
    Ameglia by Eurotypo ($48)
    Anna Clara by Trial By Cupcakes ($29)
    Antrokas by Rokas Cicenas (free demo)
    Asterism by Great Lakes Lettering ($30)
    Aunt Mildred by MVB ($39)
    Barocca Monograms by Tart Workshop ($30)
    Belluccia by Correspondence Ink ($39)

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    Bodoni At Home by Resistenza ($35)
    Bombshell Pro by Emily Lime ($54)
    Bookeyed Martin by Tart Workshop ($30)
    Bookeyed Suzanne by Tart Workshop ($30)
    Cantoni by Debi Sementelli Type Foundry ($30)
    Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime ($89)
    Cerise by Magpie Paper Works ($58)
    Ciao Bella by Cultivated Mind ($29)
    Copperlove by Resistenza ($49)
    Dasha by Magpie Paper Works ($36)

     

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    Dom Loves Mary by Correspondence Ink ($40)
    Eliensee by Intellecta Design (free)
    Frosted by Great Lakes Lettering ($25)
    Gemmadonati by Eurotypo ($28)
    Gluten by Andinistas ($25)
    Helsing by Great Lakes Lettering ($30)
    Hollyhock by Angie Makes ($32)
    Icing by Great Lakes Lettering ($25)
    Jacob Riley by Magpie Paper Works ($32)
    Jacques & Gilles by Emily Lime ($34)

     

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    Janda Stylish Script by Kimberly Geswein (free)
    Katie Rose by Trial By Cupcakes ($16)
    Madelinette by Tart Workshop ($39)
    Matchmaker by Angie Makes ($30)
    Naive by La Goupil Paris ($5)
    Nelly Script by Tart Workshop ($29)
    Northwest by Shh Maker Design ($20)
    Ondise by Magpie Paper Works ($32)
    Pacific Northwest Letters by Cultivated Mind ($29)
    Peoni Pro by Emily Lime ($89)

     

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    Rumpus Room Filled by Sideshow ($30)
    Saint Agnes by Great Lakes Lettering ($30)
    Saissant by Magpie Paper Works ($54)
    San Rafael by Tart Workshop ($30)
    Shameless by Positype ($59)
    Some Weatz by Måns Grebäck (free)
    Tansy by Eurotypo ($32)
    The Serif Hand by La Goupil Paris ($5)
    Vermandois by Magpie Paper Works ($68)
    Woolen by Magpie Paper Works ($32)

     

     

    Some of these fonts have multiple styles, and even some flourishes, swashes, and other goodies to make your designs that much more lovely. Also, I definitely recommend checking out other fonts from all of these foundries – I could spend hours browsing through their charming alphabets!

    Okay so I know it’s hard to choose, but which one is your favorite? Are you planning to use any of these hand-lettered fonts for your any wedding DIY projects? For more great fonts, check out 50 of my favorites HERE, and 50 of my favorite free fonts HERE.

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    From Bridget:  “This is such a tough question when you have an incredible photographer like Christina but one of my favorite photos was us looking out at the valley during our sunset photos. Christina snagged us to take photos after dinner while the sun was setting and it was a wonderful time for us to spend time on our own and the shots of the vineyards and rolling hills was absolutely spectacular.”

     

    From Matt:  “My favorite was the photo right after we were married and had just walked down the aisle and we were smiling at each other. It captures the moment perfectly- exactly how I feel about my wife and how excited I was to be married to her and I know she was feeling the exact same way.”

     

    Photos by Christina McNeill. See Bridget and Matt’s full wedding feature right HERE.

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    You might recognize Bridget and Matt from their adorable wine country engagement session – such a treat to share their beautiful July wedding with you too! Some of my favorite details from their wedding: the beautiful wedding cake made by the bride, the olive branch garlands, and the advice “guest book.” Photos by Select vendor Christina McNeill.

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    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony really is the most important part of the wedding although it’s often the part people try to rush through so they can get to the party. We chose a priest to officiate that had so much personality and warmth that he involved the whole crowd with questions and got them laughing, which made it enjoyable to everyone. He also provided some suggested readings that we could look through which helped to make our decisions a little easier. We did end up writing our own vows, but we didn’t end up reading them during the ceremony!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Fun. Bliss. Love.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my dad. It was so fun to stand on the sidelines watching the wedding unfold as we stood aside, hidden from the crowd, and the incredible love and spirituality you feel as you walk down the aisle toward the man that makes your heart melt. It’s also such a special time for a father and daughter – it is truly a unique and inseparable bond and having that moment with your dad to give you away and support you and your future with your husband in all that you do is heartwarming and unforgettable.

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional, wedding party: O mio babbino caro  (instrumental)
    Processional, bride: Canon in D by Pachelbel
    Ceremony Psalm: You Are Mine (sung by bride’s cousins)
    Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The one tradition that was important to us on both sides of our family was to be married in the Catholic Church. In order to have our dream of getting married outside overlooking the beautiful Carmel Valley and still keep our Catholic tradition, we actually got married the evening before (prior to the rehearsal) with only our parents and our best man and maid and matron of honor. It was the most intimate moment of our entire weekend and we were able to say our vows in the church then do the full wedding the next day in front of family and friends. // Another tradition that I loved was incorporating my mother’s wedding dress. I wore it the day before to our private ceremony in the church as well as for our rehearsal. It fit like a glove and it was touching to wear a gown that my mom was married in 35 years prior when she married my dad.

    Anything else about your ceremony?  I don’t think any wedding should be perfect because the funny mistakes or unplanned events sometimes make the best stories. One of our favorite mishaps of the day is when our priest got so caught up in the ceremony that he forgot we had written our own vows. Since we had adorable books that contained our heartfelt thoughts and both of us were so looking forward to hearing the other persons and sharing our love, we decided to read them at the end of dinner in front of our guests. It ended up being one of my favorite moments of the entire day and a great way to end a beautiful dinner and the speeches. So don’t worry if not everything is perfect because it’s the imperfections that make it unique and special (and tell a good story!). // Also, one of the little details we both liked was that the day of the wedding we decided (through texting that morning) that we wanted to do a unity glass of wine. Our priest suggested it the day before and we thought it would be a great addition to the ceremony. Halfway through on a very hot day, the cork popped right out making a loud “pop” and made for a fun tension breaker when everyone was getting choked up and emotional. It was perfect!

     

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    The Reception

    “From the moment Matt and I stepped foot at Holman Ranch we knew we landed on something special. I had always dreamt of a place that had it all – a rustic barn, different spaces to create a feel and atmosphere that suited everyone’s needs, and on top of it a beautiful setting that people wanted to travel to. Well, we found it at Holman Ranch and it was truly a perfect location to celebrate the weekend with all of our favorite people.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I envisioned a sort of rustic elegance, and was inspired by the look of the Tuscan countryside. We wanted to keep the color palette simple so not to take away from the beauty of the property and to create a romantic and soft feel for the day. The flowers and colors were creams, whites and a hint of peachy pink accented by olive branches. Once we knew the overall look, my mom created a beautiful logo and invitation suite that really led the rest of the planning. We used the logo in many aspects of the day from the menus to the corn hole board game and it tied everything together perfectly.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We wanted to look around on our wedding day and for everything there to have meaning. A few examples: I created an advice box using my mom’s old suitcase that she used as a little girl, for people to put write their advice to us on note cards my mom created; my parents baked limoncello biscotti and had our family help package them up using the adorable tags my mom made; we both work in the wine industry so incorporated wood wine boxes as containers for items like programs. It was so fun seeing our vision come to life.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s a tough call between that moment when my father walked me down the aisle (and proceeded to chest bump my groom), and when Matt and I were sitting down to dinner at our sweetheart table, looking out at family and friends who traveled near and far to be with us on our day. We just kept looking at each other and saying “This is amazing.” To be surrounded by that much love was truly a remarkable experience.

     

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    Cake:  Buttermilk cake with raspberry puree and buttercream icing, made by the bride.

    Signature Drinks:  The Arizona Sunset (New Amsterdam Vodka, Grapefuit Juice, Lime Juice, Lemon-Lime Soda) and The Grand Canyon Margarita (Camarena Silver Tequila, Limeade Concentrate, Triple Sec), both created by the groom.

    First Dance Song:  Ain’t That a Kick In the Head by Dean Martin

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The worst advice I got turned out to be the best. It was to be prepared for the following on my wedding day: 1) You and your husband will not have a chance to eat dinner and you’ll barely touch a glass of wine. 2) You’ll be shaking hands for most of the night. 3) It will go by so quickly. // All of that forewarning seemed so daunting. For how much effort goes into planning, not to mention the sheer cost, I wanted to make sure none of the above happened because the opposite was so important to us. We had a kick-off event on Friday the 4th hosted by the groom’s parents so we could enjoy more time with everyone and not feel rushed to shake hands on Saturday at the wedding, and we made the time to really sit together for dinner and eat and drink. We felt like royalty at our own little sweetheart table and with all the dancing we did later in the night we certainly needed the energy from eating our dinners!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Book vendors early. Once your vendors are set in place, you have less to worry about until the nitty gritty of the planning begins. If you are particular about the vendors you chose, do it as far in advance as possible because they will book up fast!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My budget tip is to prioritize what you feel is important, whether it be a band or the most extravagant cake, make your list and start determining costs. Coming from corporate event planning, I can say that wedding costs are significantly higher than general event costs, so everything you want comes with a price tag. Go into it with a budget and don’t cough up money to do something that isn’t important to the two of you.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Day of Coordinator: Engaged & Inspired Events / Venue: Holman Ranch in Carmel, California / Floral Design: Willi Wildflower / Dress: Casablanca / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: BHLDN / Necklace: Family Heirloom from Schmitt Jewelers / Suits: Black Tux Rental / Longitude/Latitude Cufflinks: Chasing at Starlight / Tie: Nordstrom / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery, Calligraphy: ThreeBlondesAZ / Videography: Frame44 / Music: DJ Andrew Rivas, Sound in Motion / Catering: Paradise Catering / Hair: Melissa Marie / Makeup: Sarah Nicole Makeup / Tassel Garland: StudioMucci / Father of the Bride Handkerchief: Napa Embroidery / Ring Bearer Suspenders, Bow Tie: Bear and Fox Designs / Flower Girl Dresses: Pink Princess / Vow Books: Jotters and Journals

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  • Holman Ranch Wedding by Christina McNeill

    7 October 2014
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    From Jordan:  “I love how romantic and simple this photo is. It captures all the love, joy, peace, and completeness I felt the day of our wedding. Devin is my greatest joy.”

     

    From Devin:  “This is my favorite picture of the wedding because it shows what I love most about Jordan: her undeniable desire to be happy and have fun. Our reception was a party in the truest sense. The night was filled with love and joy and we had the time of our lives.”

     

    Photos by Jill Thomas. See Jordan and Devin’s wedding feature right HERE.

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