As much as I adore a traditional white gown, I absolutely love when brides go their own route. Claire knew she wanted something nontraditional, and worked with the ladies at White Orchid Bridal to create a custom gown. The result was a silvery dress with the most beautiful lacy detailing at the bottom. I’m impressed with Claire, who trusted each of her vendors and left them to work their creative magic. It shows, especially in these photos from Julie Roberts. She was spot-on in capturing the sweet and personal ceremony, where friends encircled the couple as they exchanged vows under an oak tree bearing their initials in moss (could the Knoxville Botanical Garden have provided a more perfect setting?!). I’m still in love with the photo of Claire + Brian right after the first look, it’s just so sweet. Claire + Brian wanted their wedding to be an authentic representation of them and for their guests to feel like they were invited to a dinner party at their home. Personally, I think they pulled it off beautifully. Dinner was served family-style and guests sat together at one long table, toasting and celebrating the couple all night. After the feast, there was cake, of course! Their apple walnut cake, courtesy of Magpies, was left completely exposed, carrying over the rustic and informal feel of Claire + Brian’s wedding.
A compliment for someone’s husband: You sure didn’t pick up no crooked stick.