Swearingen-Hobdy Wedding in Cottontown, Tennessee

May 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

 

Last fall I shot the GORGEOUS wedding of John Michael and Haley, in Cottontown, TN, at Pee Dee Branch Farm.  I think the fact that Pee Dee Branch Farm is her family land makes it even more special.  

John Michael and Haley went to school together but really connected with their work in the FFA.  In 2017 John Michael asked Haley to marry him at the Opryland Hotel.  They decided to have a small intimate and rustic wedding.  In front of their closest friends and immediate family they got married in front of an old barn while the smell of flowers washed over them from the most glorious arbor decorated by White House Florists.  Y'all those flowers were to die for.  Seriously, white flowers everywhere.  I asked John Michael and Haley to describe their decor and day and this is what they said, "We used a lot of rustic decor for both the ceremony and reception space. Our parents and grandparents sat on old church pews, and the aisles were lined with old whisky barrels with flower arrangements on top of them. At the back of the ceremony space, we put a set of old wooden doors for the wedding party to walk through and an old wooden table for the guest registry book to sit on. One of my favorite pieces from the wedding was our welcome sign. My grandfather made the sign for me and it is now hanging in our home! For the reception space, we decorated the tables with large slabs of wood, tall flower arrangements, and lots and lots of candles! The food sat on slabs of wood on top of whisky barrels, and our cake sat on an old wire spool. We sat each place setting with a metal charger, a glass goblet, an old china plate (no plate was the same), a maroon napkin, and each guest’s favor. Behind the bride and groom’s table, we put an old screen door with pictures of my grandfather on it so he would be with us!"

Back to the florals.  I asked Haley about them because I am terrible with flowers. She gave tons of details! "The florals at our wedding were my favorite part! They were BEAUTIFUL! I would most definitely recommend White House Florist to anyone!! The arbor at the ceremony was full of greenery and white roses and hydrangea. It was absolutely beautiful! The whisky barrels lining the aisles had moss, Ivey, and white hydrangea. The old doors at the back of the ceremony space had large moss wreaths and Ivey scraping the doors! Everything in the ceremony space was so beautiful! The reception space had tall vases on each table with greenery and hydrangeas!"

Haley looked so magnificent in her Vera Wang ivory lace dress. The bridesmaids wore a maroon dress with a sheer overlay, and the guys wore charcoal grey suits with a maroon tie. The ring bearers wore the same color pants as the guy’s suits with grey bow ties and suspenders. They were adorable! The flower girl wore an ivory dress with lace and a tulle skirt. It was a little chilly that October day so it was really cool that the girls had flannel shirts to throw over their dresses!  The ring bearers didn't need anything else to wear because they were dancing so hard they were super warm.  

The dj, DJ Johnny kept the reception moving and started it off with a special song for the kids, "Baby Shark".  Everyone danced until the couple ran out surrounded by sparklers!  

I think my favorite thing besides the couple and family and all of fun had to be the cake topper they had made.  It was a buck and a doe.  Turns out, they LOVE to hunt together.  Y'all I love this couple!  I hope you enjoy a few images celebrating their day!

Thank you for coming by and thank you John Michael and Haley!!

October 13, 2018

 


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