Sweeping Mountain Views Set the Scene for This Couple's Rustic Tennessee Wedding
Just over two years ago, Meredith and Pierce Miner began their relationship after matching on a dating app. Luckily for the couple, they hit it off immediately once they realized how much they had in common, which included several mutual friends. In April 2019, they took their partnership to new heights; Pierce asked Meredith to marry him with a destination proposal. He popped the question with an engagement ring they created together as they overlooked the Mediterranean Sea on the Amalfi Coast before an al fresco dinner. "He got a Bible monogrammed with my soon-to-be married name, Meredith Miner. So romantic!" the bride reflects. "We spent the rest of the trip exploring Italy with our families and celebrating our engagement."
Breathtaking views also marked the couple's wedding venue: Blackberry Mountain in Walland, Tennessee, which is Blackberry Farm's sister property. "Growing up, I spent every Thanksgiving at Blackberry Farm with my family. I always dreamed of getting married there," Meredith says. "It gradually became a home away from home, so my parents purchased property at Blackberry Mountain. We all grew to love the impeccable service, hospitality, and serenity that the Blackberry properties epitomize." The duo made the venue their own, decking it out with décor to match their burnt sienna, mauve, and neutral color palette, and invited 80 guests to their elegant, romantic winter affair on January 25, 2020.
Savannah Sullivan and Savannah Tyree, the event coordinators at Blackberry Mountain, worked hand-in-hand with Meredith and Pierce's wedding planner, Lacy Geary, to bring the details together seamlessly. But at the end of the day, the couple recommends that all brides- and grooms-to-be try to remember why you're planning the event in the first place. "Try to keep a balanced perspective as much as possible," Meredith shares. "In the midst of all the chaos and noise of wedding planning, remember that in the end you will be married to your best friend and that really is all that matters."
Breath of Fresh Air
"The unbelievable views of the Smoky Mountains at Blackberry Mountain provided a natural environment of quiet splendor," Meredith says of their scenic venue.
A subtle embossed line drawing of the mountain offset the gold gold text on the couple's straightforward big-day invitations by Tara Spencer of Idyll Wed; the sketch was reinforced by the envelope liner's watercolor illustration.
Ready for the Day
Though Meredith didn't have a singular vision of the perfect wedding dress, the right one for her happened to be the first she tried on. "Everyone was crying, and I could sense that it was the one for me," she says of her Monique Lhuillier "Sistine" gown. "It was a traditional, yet modern dress with lots of lace that reflected the romance of the event."
The bride finished off her big-day look with a beaded headband and a blush, vintage-style veil from Monvieve.
On a trip to California with her family, Meredith stumbled upon a beautiful 1920s Art Deco ring. "I always knew I wanted something unique and different, and I loved the idea that this antique ring had been passed down for generations as an heirloom," the bride says. Since Pierce is a woodworker and loves building from scratch, he custom-made a bauble with the help of a Dallas jeweler, drawing inspiration from the ring Meredith found during her travels.
Ranunculus, garden roses, poppy, orchid, sweet pea, and mixed greenery filled the bride's bouquet, which planner Lacy Geary notes also matched the feel for the big day. "Meredith wanted a bouquet that was elegant and classic but still representative of the mountains with warm tones mixed in with neutrals and greens," the coordinator shares. "Incorporating the rust tones along with some mustard colors was important to tie into the overall feeling of the venue and the space."
Each of Meredith's bridesmaids wore a cream or white dress on the big day, and the bride insisted on them choosing their own designers and silhouettes from Bella Bridesmaids to let their personalities shine through. She also gave them a surprise for the nuptials: "The morning of the wedding, I gifted them with pearl earrings for the ceremony, as well as a fun pair of statement earrings for the party to follow!" she says. "I also gave them fur shrugs in coordinating cream shades to wear to and from the reception. After all, it was January in the mountains!"
As for the groom and his men? They all chose midnight blue tuxedos and velvet loafers from The Black Tux.
Snow began to fall as Meredith and Pierce made their way towards each other during their eagerly awaited first look. "I was truly overwhelmed with joy and gratitude," Meredith recalls. "It was magic. There were no distractions, and we could focus on one another."
"As guests were walking into the ceremony tent, I wanted them to sense that they were walking into a conservatory or greenhouse," Meredith says of the enclosed outdoor space. "The feel was ethereal, with foraged trees from around the mountain placed at the altar."
Since the couple's wedding was at dusk, they lined the aisle with candles to illuminate the aisle.
The couple's florist, Kelly Lenard of Intertwine, framed the entrance to the tent with lush greenery, flowers, and fruit. "It softened the space and elevated the conservatory feeling for the guests," Meredith says.
Here Comes the Bride
Meredith walked down the aisle with her father, accompanied by music from the bluegrass band, Misty River.
"We used traditional biblical vows, but wrote letters to one another for our first look, and our officiant incorporated excerpts from the letters during the ceremony," Meredith says of their service. "This was a personal, intentional effort on our part to share some of our most vulnerable declarations to each other to reflect our love for God and for one another."
Officially Husband and Wife
Attending the cocktail hour was a main priority for the couple, so Lacy built in time for the pair to take a few pictures after the service and then sent them off to mingle with friends and family.
Misty River also treated guests to bluegrass music during the cocktail hour.
During the interlude, the planning team flipped the tent before welcoming guests into the nature-inspired reception—a theme that was prefaced by the butterfly-backed escort card display.
Burnt sienna cards, emblazoned with attendees' seating assignments, were surrounded by petite bowls fruit and cloche floral details.
Bringing the Inside Out
Dinner unfolded in the Sycamore Room (a pathway was constructed from the tent to the restaurant for easy access), which also housed the bar. Adirondack chairs and fire pits were placed just outside on the balcony for a comfortable mountain, chic feel, Meredith shares.
Autumnal trees framed the elongated head table, which was surrounded by cane-back chairs. Soft candlelight and dimmed chandeliers illuminated the space.
Kelly dressed each table with different types of floral centerpieces, all in muted hues.
The couple and their guests returned to the tent for the dancing portion of the evening. "Beyond" by Leon Bridges played as Meredith and Pierce took their first spin as husband and wife—and then Nashville's The Downtown Band took over. "They were so amazing. Pierce and I love to dance, so it was imperative that we found a lively and energetic band to capture the joy of the weekend," says the bride. "Seeing all of our friends and family out on the dance floor, kicking it up a notch, was a highlight."
A vanilla cake with almond buttercream served as their main confection, while a chocolate cake with raspberry jam and chocolate buttercream was baked just for the groom; small s'mores cupcakes rounded out the dessert table.
Photography, Clark Brewer
Venue, Blackberry Mountain
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Lacy Geary
Videography, North Mark Films
Flowers, Kelly Lenard of Intertwine
Invitations, Tara Spencer of Idyll Wed
Day-Of Paper Products, Paper Birch Designs
Officiant, Byron Weathersbee
Wedding Dress, Monique Lhuillier via Warren Barrón Bridal
Hair, Kelli Patten
Makeup, Claire Balest
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Bella Bridesmaids
Menswear, The Black Tux
Guest Book, Hide & Seek
Music, Misty River Band; The Downtown Band
Cake, Cream & Flutter
Rentals, Chattanooga Tent Co; Mayker Creative; Please Be Seated; La Tavola
Favors, Paper Birch Designs; Blackberry Mountain; Whiskey Wood
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