Shelby & Patrick’s DIY Rustic Wedding

Shelby and Patrick exemplify how putting a small collection of handmade details together can create a beautiful setting for a wedding without breaking the bank. There’s nothing showy or over-top-here; just a happy couple surrounded by lovely things in the great outdoors of Tennessee. We love the bright pops of coral-y pinks and bright blues that add a bit of fun their rustic-themed day.

Let’s get to know Shelby and Patrick:

How did the two of you meet? Patrick worked with my mom and my mom fell in love with him! Every day she would come home from work and talk about Patrick and how great he was. She finally convinced me to go to work with her and I met him that day.

What was your first date like? We walked along the marina in Oak Ridge and talked for hours! He sang “I don’t want this night to end” by Luke Bryan and we slow danced under the stars while he sang to me.

How did he propose? Well, the day before he proposed, hwent and bought me stuff for a nice bath. He also bought me a dress and scarf from “Tommy Hilfigher”. The next day started off with breakfast in bed. He also had planned (with my sister) a surprise for me scheduled at 12 o’clock. I had no clue what they had planned.

Did you have any DIY projects? If so, what? Where did you get the ideas? Would you do it again? We had tons of DIY projects! Most of our ideas came from looking at ideas on Pinterest and tweaking them to make them fit us. Our biggest project was decorating mason jars to sit on the tables with candles in them. We would definitely do everything we did for our wedding all over again!


Shelby & Patrick
The Barn, Tennessee
Event Date: October, 2014


Photographer:  Star Noir Studio//Hair Stylist:Hair ‘N Makeup by Rachel Dee//Floral Designer: Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio//Dress: White Lace and Promises // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Savvi Formalwear//Groom’s Outfit: Tommy Hilfiger, Etsy for the Bowties, and Savvi// Shoes: Elliott’s Boots // Food: Dead End BBQ// Cake Designer: Sweet Beginnings by Elaine//Rings: Kays Jewelers//Jewelry: Kay Jewelers, Charming Charlie’s//Event Venue:The Barn//Pastor: Jason Stiltner// DJ: Pro-Audio Mobile DJ// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Laura + Keith’s DIY Country Barn Wedding

For this beautiful Friday, we’re showcasing a DIY barn wedding from Gray Photography. Laura + Keith collected all the mismatched tables and chairs for their reception from Craigslist for a year. And with major help from the family, they were able to completely re-finished and decorate the barn, including growing their own moss, flowers, and gourds used for the wedding!


Something neat to share: amidst all the tables Laura + Keith had collected, one in particular was super special to the family. And that’s because one grandfather of theirs was born on that special kitchen table!

Great job on the awesome barn decor and much congratulations to Laura + Keith!


Photographer: Gray Photography//Wedding Date:10.05.2013//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Glamorous Navajo-Inspired Concept Shoot

We’re featuring a super gorgeous wedding styled shoot today. Brought to you by the talents behind Frenzel Studios, this Navajo-inspired concept shoot is not only glamorous and rustic, but will also make you fall in love with the Southwest charms.


Gosh, what don’t I love about this styled shoot. The big fiery red bridal bouquet, gold-dipped feathers, the bride’s hair and jewelry that flow so well with the theme, the gorgeous fondant cake, chocolate-dipped churros, hanging dreamcatchers, the big spacious barn decked out in lights, and the oh-so-pretty invitation suite. Seriously, there were some amazing work in place here!

Thank you Frenzel Studios and the awesome vendors involved in this styled shoot for bringing us such gorgeous inspiration! I hope all you lovely DIY brides/grooms will be able to find some inspiration here!


Photographer: Frenzel Studios//Dress Store:Altar’d State//Invitation Designer: designs in paper//Event Planner: Modern Vintage Events//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Street Tuxedo Green Hills//Dress Store:The Spoiled Lady//Reception Venue: The Wren’s Nest//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Additional Vendors:

Farm Table and Dessert Stand: Vinewood Home Creations
Chairs, arrows and vintage Items: Stockroom Vintage
Cake: Creative Crumbs
Flowers: SOUL Flowers
Hair and makeup: Rebecca Paschall
Bridal Jewelry: Altar’d State

Brittany + Bryan’s Country Chic Wedding

So last week we had a surprise wedding.  And this week we have a wedding surprise!  The kind of surprise that might the only thing that could compete with the happiness of walking toward your honey knowing you are to be the happiest people in the world for the day.  Star Noir Studio was there to not only capture all of the fab rustic little details, but a super special first look that will warm your heart and have you joining the heartwarming smiles and butterfly kicks that Brittany and Bryan share.



From the bride, When asked about the special details of her wedding day:

Everything was pretty much DIY- a lot of the ideas came from Pinterest, Etsy & Susan (family friend who took care of decor coordination). DIY is a lot of work but I’d do it again- all the little touches had much more meaning. We also found out that we were pregnant on our wedding day!

You have to love Bryan’s emotional reaction to the best wedding day surprise ever!

Thanks Star Noir Studio for capturing this awesome family style (and family to be style) wedding! Congratulations Brittany and Bryan on your beautiful wedding and your bundle of of joy!

Vendor information:

Date: June 1, 2013

Location: Tennessee, United States

Photographer: Star Noir Studio

Dress: David’s Bridal

Makeup: Clinique @ Belk in Sevierville

Shoes: Reef

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse

Flowers: From the Heart Flowers

Decor Coordination: Susan Long

Cake: Susan Long

Mini Cupcakes: Tonya Flynn

Cobblers: Donna Houk

Food: Jeff Price, Travis Brooks

Bride’s Ring: Maryville Jewelers

Groom’s Ring: Laymon Jewelers

Pastor: Reverend Thomas Orange

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Katrina + Matt’s Colorful, Rainy Day Wedding

You know how much I heart rainy day weddings!  This one almost reminded me of my own wedding with the leaky pavilion and “Who cares! We’re married!” attitude that Katrina and Matt donned to overcome any grey skies.  And while I totally missed out on the fuzzy dice, donkeys and cheery color palette, rainy day couples share the blessing of being showered in the very best thing- the reminder that you just married your bestie for life.  Thanks to a super attitude, some colorful crafting, and Alex Bee Photo, Katrina and Matt have created a lifetime of rainy day memories.

From the photographer:

One of the things that stood out about this wedding was the RAIN. After the ceremony, it began to POUR. Their whole reception site was already set up under a pavilion, but everything was leaky & everyone was soaked! Matt & Katrina took it like champs- they were just so excited to be married.

And while what stands out to me are the bright florals, eclectic centerpieces and the cutest flower girl and ring bearer, you can’t help but share the joy that Alex Bee Photo captured.  After the rain cleared the skies shined on Katrina and Matt and gave way to a party that closed with the prettiest LED balloon release getaway. Thanks Alex Bee Photo for weathering the storm to catch such a sweet day.  Congratulations Katrina and Matt!


Vendor Information:

Photographer: Alex Bee Photo

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

The Gorgeous Sparkly Wedding of Jessica + Kyle

Jessica and Kyle had a stunning southern wedding in Tennessee, in a gorgeous modern space with great blue accents. I love the weddings that are full of romance, and end with one heck of a party. Jess and Kyle’s wedding party looked sytlin’ and check out the awesome ring bearer and flower girl. So awesome.

From the bride, Jess: Banners – I wanted to define the different spaces of the venue to create an easy experience for the guests to navigate (“Eat” on the buffet, “Drink” on the bar, etc.). I ordered some black chipboard pennants online and strung them together with twine. My aunt used her Cricut to make some die-cut letters for the banners. I wanted them to have a chalkboard look to go with our other signage and I love how they turned out! We also made a “Just Married” banner to string across our altar for the reception.

Happy Tears – I always boo-hoo at weddings so I wanted to add a special touch for guests by placing tissue packets with a custom seal on each of their seats. These required very minimal cost and effort to put together but I thought they ended up so cute.

Glass Slippers – I wanted a very specific look for my shoes – low wedge heels with a little bling – but after scouring the internet I came up empty. Actually, the exact shoe I wanted does exist, but it was Jimmy Choo! I. don’t. think. so. I found a great tutorial on how to “glitter-ize” any shoe by creating a mixture of mod podge and glitter and applying several coats to the shoe. I found the exact style of shoe I wanted on Amazon for $11. They went from black velvet wedges to gorgeous Cinderella slippers! For the finishing touch I added sparkly shoe clips that I got from Etsy for about $30. For under $50 I got my dream wedding shoes and it felt even more special since I made them myself.

Mossy Monograms – I wanted something on the door to create a personal experience from the moment people arrived. My mom and I got some large paper mache letters – J and K for Jess and Kyle – from Joanne’s and used spray adhesive and moss sheets to transform them into custom monograms to adorn our venue doors and match our garden wedding theme.

Wedding Wishes – I didn’t want a typical guestbook since they usually end up gathering dust in a storage box somewhere. I had seen some photos of wishing trees and thought were so beautiful. Our centerpieces all incorporated branches so it also worked well with our theme. I ordered manzanita branches and let our florist work her magic to set it up. My aunt stpeed in again with her magical Cricut machine and cranked out some kraft paper tags. We added twine to the tags and voila! Custom wishing tree. For a special twist, we decided our guest book tags would become a regular addition to our Christmas tree. We saved the box of personalized tags and read them each together as we put them on our tree a few weeks after the wedding. It was so meaningful and I can’t wait to get them out and read them every year!

Going Old “School” – I am in LOVE with the latest chalkboard trend so we bought some frames that matched our mercury glass accents and converted them to signs using chalkboard spray paint. We had smaller signs on the guest book and favor table and used a large sign to display our ceremony “program” (saving trees in the process!).

Once Upon an Altar – As much as I love our venue, the wall space behind where we would stand to say our vows was blank and a little boring. I wanted to have something special to create a more traditional feel, and a rustic iron garden screen found on sale at Hobby Lobby did the trick. We dressed it up with moss, fresh flowers, and string lights and, in my opinion, it made the ceremony seem magical. I have seen a ton of great ideas on Pinterest for DIY altars – I think it is such a great touch for the less traditional wedding venues out there.

Couple: Jessica + Kyle Fessler

Date: November 10, 2012

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Photography: JoPhoto

Venue: Emporium Center

Florals: Sassafras

Dress: White Lace & Promises

Cake: Daisy Cake Company

Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

Calligrapher: Evonne Ink

Ashley + Wally

Cowboy boots, horses, s’mores, and mason jars created a rustic country feel for Ashley and Wally’s wedding at home. They had an intimate ceremony at the home, with a self-catered reception, cupcakes for dessert, and a s’more pit to end the night. Ashley created her bouquet from flowers purchased at the supermarket, and mason jars were set up for guests to personalize with their name for the evening. They were also blessed with a mason jar chandelier for their wedding from a friend as a wedding present to pull together the components of the day.




Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee

Photography: JoPhoto

Dress Designer: Alfred Angelo

Jessica + Will

The wedding of Jessica and Will not only showcases one fabulous color palette (green and tangerine orange!), but one gorgeous venue and creative guest book. They were married at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum which made for phenomenal photos, and smiles abounded. For their guest book, everyone wrote on squares of fabric which were gathered into a large quilt for the couple after the wedding.




Location: Knoxville, TN

Photography: Alex Bee Photo

Venue: Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

Cake: Yummy Cakes

Ashlea + Chris

When Ashlea was asked what the most anticipated part of her wedding to Chris was, she responded “Saying our marriage vows to each other in front of all of our dear family and friends. It felt amazing to say such wonderful words of love and commitment in front of all those that have supported our relationship along the way.”

One of the best things about starting from scratch and DIYing your wedding is how you can build your day to focus solely on the love you share with your partner and community. The wedding of Chris and Ashlea is a great example of this – sometimes all you need is good wine, good food, some fabulous poms and bunting, and good people.




Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Photography: Soli Photography

Venue: Tennessee River Gorge Trust

Caterer: Jill Allen Catering

Event Coordination: Homespun Events

Danielle + Will

The engagement session of Will and Danielle is full of whimsy, sunshine, and small furry bunnies – so you know its Alice in Wonderland vibe is going to done well. It’s interesting, with this shoot there are a lot of props, but instead of being distracting like some can be, they highlight the smiles of the couple and create an atmosphere of love. Speaking of, you can DIY all the props and decor in this shoot or source it from antique and resale stores (even your grandmother’s attic), or find them on Etsy like Danielle and Will did.



Location: Tennessee

Photography: Jessie Holloway Photography

Goods Designer: Sparrow’s Eave


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