Charming DIY Wedding in Tennessee :: Ayesha & Zachary

Dear readers – you have the most beautiful, charming weddings! And I love it when you share them with me! Ayesha and Zachary sent over pics of their lovely DIY wedding (taken by Julia Davis), and wrote about all the details, too. So, without further ado, Ayesha and Zach and their beautiful day…

We knew we wanted a small outdoor wedding with some coverage in a superbly unique setting. I was inspired by a mix of natural elements with things that define us as a couple and individuals. I wanted people to look around and go “Yup, that’s Ayesha & Zach.”

My dress was by Maggie Sottero, which I accented with flowers by Emersonmade. I found my shoes at rue21 of all places for like 8 bucks. They were flats which I knew I wanted and had a small ruffle detail. My honey’s suit was a white linen suit he got at Dillard’s. We just asked his guys to wear black pants, a white shirts, and we provided the ties for them.

Ayesha and Zachary commissioned watercolor portraits from Etsy artist, Jenny Meilihov, which were used for the invitations, and then displayed at the ceremony.

Zachary is my first, last, and only love. It was a truly magical day that brought together our families in a profound way. One of my favorite moments was when my Uncle (who married us) asked “Who supports this couple in their decision?” and everyone took out noise makers and rattled the Treehouse. We knew we had our friends and family rooting for us!

The menu for the Treehouse was very simple: old fashioned sodas and pretzels. Only the day of the wedding we realized that pretzels we ordered had mold on them! So we went with kettle corn instead.

My mother-in-law and 3 of my bridesmaids were my floral designers. I had scoured the internet for ideas, so we knew exactly what we wanted and the challenge was to recreate it, including growing wheat grass myself. The flowers turned out lovely and we saved a ton of money by doing it ourselves.

DIY projects included miniature paper pennants for the cupcakes, tissue paper pom poms, posters and signs, “instant conversation” menu cards, and CD favors.


Congratulations Zachary and Ayesha! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! You can also check out Ayesha and Zach’s wedding film by Tim Cofield here.







The South

Vendor Credits

Photography: Julia Davis / Venue: Treehouse at the Chattanooga Nature Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee / Wooden guest book: Lacuna (Etsy / flickr) / Bride’s dress / fabric flower pins: Maggie Sottero / Emersonmade / Shoes: rue21 / Groom’s suit: Dillard’s


  • HazeWea says:

    So charming! I love everything about this wedding. Such a wonderful celebration of their love. =)

  • Odd Sundays says:

    oh treehouse. i wish we had something like that here in Oz to get married in!

  • brooke @ claremont road says:

    What a beautiful couple and a beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the sweet owl illustration – were those ceremony programs?

  • yaynaptime says:

    I was sucked into loving this wedding by the carved wood book in the first picture. Is that the guest book or what the photo album from the photographer looks like?

  • kati says:

    love both of their shoes, his blue check shirt, the owls and everything!

  • Cheryl says:

    Please please please can you tell me where the wooden book is from?!

  • Cardstore says:

    I love the shot of him by the fence with the birdhouse. Everything about this is beautiful–the hand-grown wheat grass, the watercolors, the location. I'm dying over this wedding!

  • Emici Bridal says:

    A treehouse wedding!! I love it! The watercolor portraits are such a great touch on the wall and to be married by your uncle! This is such a wonderful and intimate family celebration done with an ease of elegance.

  • Laura Reaux says:

    I love the idea of a treehouse wedding! The handmade feel of it all is great.

  • cake and cider says:

    i love his shirt! not to mention the location. this is how i imagine my wedding- pulled together and lovingly assembled- yeah diy!

  • Eddye says:

    LOVE the line, "…my first, last, and only love." As it should be ~ forever and ever, amen! Lovely post!!

  • Lisa Libelle says:

    Hello and good Morning! I'm Lisa from Switzerland. I visit every day your blog and I love it so much! Are you wedding planer? I'm also a big wedding fan :)!!!! I got married 5 years ago in Cuba :) and it was so romantic and beautyful! My English is not very good sorry… but I try to understand your text and I like the pictures & Films in your blog. Thanks for shearing :)
    Big hug from Switzerland, Lisa Libelle

  • Kirby says:

    I got goosebumps! what a beautiful couple and what a wonderful wedding.

    xx kirby

  • Aryn says:

    I don't even know where to begin! The dress (the Emersonmade flowers look divine!), the groom's outfit, so perfect!

    I totally love (and might shamelessly steal) the idea of asking the guests "who supports this couple in their decision?" Such a nicer thought than "who objects?"

    Many, many happy thoughts to you both! Congratulations!

  • Sara says:

    oh, if I had seen this before our wedding. I would have had my man wear a plaid shirt. I love it.

  • Misty says:

    Ayesha, you and of course your wedding was positively gorgeous! I love it! Congrats and thank you so much for sharing.

  • whollyafool says:

    OH MY GOSH. reception in a treehouse = genius. and pom pom flowers. and jones soda! this is amazing.

  • I love, love the banner with the silhouettes, among tons of other personal touches of this wedding!

  • Stewart, Louisa, Daye and Brandi says:

    Zach! So happy for you! Weez, Daye, Brandi and I just got together for the first time in many years and we searched you and found this! Big hug from us and congratulations a thousand times!

    Love from SC, MO, and of course, TN!

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