Trinity View Farm, perched on top of a hill in Franklin, looks like a Tuscan villa hidden in Tennessee with views as far as the eye can see. It was the perfect setting for Amanda + Jack to say their I Dos in a natural, organic and scenic environment – and they loved sharing a piece of their home state with their guests since they’ve moved around quite a bit and now reside in Hawaii thanks to Jack’s military career.
Amanda tells us, We wanted to include all of our favorite things: rolling hills, good BBQ, great tunes, and all things whiskey. If I had to pick a theme that guided us through planning, I would have to say “rustic/bohemian with a touch of Tennessee”. Once we found our venue and I picked a dress, the inspiration just started flowing.
↑ Jack, looking oh-so-sharp in his Naval Officer Dress Whites! ↑
Amanda carried a textural dahlia bouquet by Basil and Bergamot, a local Tennessee flower farm, which paired sweetly with her lace Love, Yu wedding dress from Emma & Grace Bridal and matching greenery + floral crown.
Amanda: It’s almost impossible to pick just one moment! From getting ready with my best friends to tearing the dance floor up with my Dad to Jack and his groomsmen serenading me with “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to those intimate moments with Jack after the ceremony watching the sunset over the Tennessee hills, the entire day was wonderful.
During the ceremony, Eileen asked us to look at the crowd and take it all in. It was one of those serene moments where you realize just how loved you truly are. Looking out at all of our family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen in years, and knowing they were there to take part in our love story was a really beautiful thing.
If you were to ask our guests what the most memorable moment of the day was, I guarantee it would be what is now unanimously known as “The Fall”. Immediately after the ceremony, the crowd gathered outside of the barn for the traditional Navy Arch of Swords which welcomes the new spouse into the military life. Jack gathered his swordsmen into a huddle, saying things like “I know we’re all here to have a good time, but pull it together for a minute and then we’ll get back to the party”. Well, the guys looked great. Jack on the other hand, went aggressively in for the final kiss....and dropped me. Yep, that happened. It was, without a doubt, one of the funniest moments of my life. It was also, one of the most heavily photographed moments of the day. Never fear, nothing fell out of place and no one was injured, but it was a moment that will not be quickly forgotten.
In a strange way, “The Fall” is very fitting to our story. We don’t tend to take ourselves too seriously, and this was a great reminder of that. I think this moment set the mood for the rest of the evening: lighthearted and fun!
Jack: The most memorable moments of our wedding; it’s hard to know where to begin on that one. First the venue. I remember not being able to get over the view and the general feel of it. It felt almost like time didn’t exist there and the awe inspiring beauty of the Tennessee countryside from atop the hill will be etched in my memory forever. Another thing that comes to mind is our first look. I am so glad we decided to do that instead of waiting. We were able to spend significantly more time together, and that’s what the day was all about. Being able to share that moment with just us (and the bridal party gawking from the bottom of the hill) was definitely the way to do it. I remember standing at the top looking out into the woods, in my dress whites, and listening to leaves crunch knowing it was probably Amanda coming up. Brad talked to me for a while and kind of helped calm my nerves, but then gave me a few minutes to just be there with my thoughts. Which on a day as crazy as that, was really nice. It allowed the gravity and the reality settle just enough to realize the day was finally there. Turning around and seeing my jaw-droppingly beautiful wife-to-be was like all the Christmases I’ve had rolled into one. I gifted her with my mom’s original engagement diamond which I’d had made into a necklace, that just so happened to work out beautifully with her dress. The flower crown on her head was just beautiful, and really brought her personality into the day.
Fast forward some to the ceremony. Walking up the hill with my best buds with the sun setting just right was surreal. The service was beautiful, short, and poignant. Rev Farmer was great as always. Now to the party. I’m a little biased but that had to be one of the best wedding parties I’ve been to. Jared is a top notch DJ, does his research and can read a crowd. Lastly the food. Oh my goodness the food. Smoke Et Al, honestly I don’t have the vocabulary to describe how awesome they are. The leftovers fed us for a week while we packing up for our move to Hawaii. I could go on and on about that day. It was truly amazing and one I’ll remember until I die. Becca and Jessie handled and issues that arose so well we had no clue they happened; as far as we and most of our guests knew everything was silky smooth. It was as close to perfect as I can imagine.
Processional: Original pieces played by our dear family friend Daniel Foster Johnson
Recessional: Canon D (played live acoustically by Daniel Foster Johnston accompanied by student violinist)
First Dance: I Like To Be With Me When I’m With You – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Be true to you and your taste during the planning process. Your wedding day is about you, and under no circumstances will you be able to please everyone. Roll with the punches. If the moment isn’t right for the bouquet toss or your new husband drops you, just go with it!
Be budget consequence through the process, but don’t let the cost overwhelm you. Weddings are expensive, but there are plenty of creative solutions to help you save.
Some of the little things we did were going with disposable cameras over a photo booth, bringing items like rugs and outdoor furniture from home instead of renting absolutely everything, purchasing my dress at a sample sale, and using friends who offered to donate their services (videographer and musician) to us as a wedding gift.
Find vendors who you want to be friends with. Every single one of our vendors was world-class and ‘got us’. Without them, the day wouldn’t have been the same!
The gorgeous pictures, amazing hair and makeup, unbelievably perfect flowers, ultimate dance party, and incredible planning and coordination of the day just shows what a wonderful team we had behind the scenes.
photography: Brad & Jen // venue name: Trinity View Farm, Nashville, Tennessee, USA // event design: Modern Vintage Events // planning: Modern Vintage Events // florals: Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm // wedding dress: Love, Yu // wedding dress boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal // hairpiece: Basil and Bergamot // bride's shoes: Raphaella Booz from Anthropologie // bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew // hair stylist: Marz Makeup // makeup artist: Marz Makeup // groom attire: Naval Officer Dress Whites // videography: DIY Film by a Family Friend // paper goods: A Fabulous Fete // catering: Smoke Et Al // cake: Jo's Custom Cakes and Catering // tabletop rentals: Southern Events // furniture rentals: Southern Events // music: Spin Nashville // officiant: Eyleen Farmer