I LOVE history. I think if I weren’t a professional wedding blogger, I’d be a history professor. Yes, I love it that much!
So when a submission comes along like today’s inspiration shoot from Krystal Mann | Photographer, mixing my love of weddings with history, it’s like match made in my heaven.
Did you know Andrew Jackson was not only a great president, he was also a dedicated husband and quite the romantic? He was! In fact, he built a beautiful one-acre garden for his wife Rachel, where they would walk and talk together at seven o’clock every night. When Rachel passed, Andrew continued to walk the gardens each night to talk to her spirit. President Jackson never remarried and the home remains a place that has experienced the magical, once in a lifetime kind of love they shared.
So it seemed perfect to photograph this beautiful secret garden inspiration shoot on the grounds that had such special meaning to two people so in love. Newlyweds Olivia and Liam graciously modeled for the fabulous team of vendors who put together this lovely shoot. And it’s clear that their love radiated though every image.
As mentioned, The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson was used as the perfect place for this secret garden shoot. Inspired by the children’s book, The Secret Garden, event designer Savoir Faire (Nashville) Weddings & Events along with Wedding 101 Nashville, arranged the ceremony location under massive trees located a short walk from the gardens. Airy fabric was strewn through the colossal tree branches, which added a whimsical flare of magic and romance. Flowers covered every open space possible. And the invitations, programs, and place cards attached to skeleton keys, were specifically printed on seeded paper to show how guests could later plant the paper, along with personalized ‘thank you’ seed packets, and watch their flowers grow with a couple’s marriage throughout the years. The designers gave an English nod to their inspiration by laying out a variety of scones to go along with the specialty coffee bar. And to seal it all together, an old typewriter was used as a prop to show how guests could type letters to the couple that would go into an antique wooden time capsule box. The box would only be unlocked on the bride and groom’s 25th anniversary with the keys that were attached to his boutonniere and her bouquet.
PS…if you’d like to check out the behind the scenes video done by John Jordan Films…have a look!
Photographer: Krystal Mann | Photographer
Event Designer: Savoir Faire (Nashville) Weddings & Events
Floral Designer: Greenfinch Floral Design
Musicians: Silver Strings
Invitation Designer: Lisa Marie Invitations & Design
Cinema and Video: John Jordan Films
Dress Store: The Spoiled Lady
Cake Designer: Sweetface Cakes
Linens and Coverings: Classic Party Rentals
Equipment Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental
Makeup Artist: Katie Russo Beauty
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Street Tuxedo Green Hills
Veils and headpieces: J. Bells Designs
Specialty Foods: Scone Appetite
Submission via Two Bright Lights
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