Outdoor Wedding Inspiration Collaborative Styled Shoot

As wedding planners, we love to showcase current trends in styled shoots with amazing vendors. So when Custom Love Gifts, Events, and Prints suggested a collaboration for a Tuscan inspired styled shoot, we immediately jumped at the opportunity! Featuring many local vendors in Knoxville, Tennessee, this collaboration features a striking ceremony site, a stunning reception, and a enchanting open field that left us breathless!

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Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography
Outdoor wedding venue
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography

The Cardinal’s Nest is a stunning wedding venue that is tucked away in the mountains of East Tennessee. Less than a half hour away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, The Cardinal’s nest features a stunning outdoor chapel and an open field where couples can truly allow their vision to come alive!

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Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography
knoxville wedding venue
Photo by: Leah Moyers Photography

Custom Love Gift, Events, and Prints’s inspiration behind this styled shoot was a Tuscan feel...


Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress Ideas for Fall Weddings

Mismatched Fall Bridesmaid Dresses

I have always been a fan of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, so I loved putting together my favorite mismatched bridesmaid dress looks for fall weddings! From long, purple bridesmaid dresses, to short, navy dresses, I showcase a few of my favorite color combinations below that will take us into the fall season. If you see a look you love, follow the links under each photo to see where to buy it online. I have to say, Jenny Yoo’s Convertible Dress was my favorite dress to use to recreate these looks. Dessy Twist Wrap Dress is also one of my favorite ways to create mismatched looks for your bridesmaids. Enjoy, and let me know which look is your favorite!

1. Ruffled Chiffon Dress (navy) 2. Jenny Yoo Strapless Chiffon Dress (Evening Blue) | 3. Pleated Chiffon Gown (Ceil Blue) | 4. Jenny Yoo Convertible Strapless Gown (Evening Blue) | 5. Ruffled Chiffon Dress (Ceil Blue) | 6. Amsale Draped Tulle Gown (Navy) Photo by Virgil Bunao via The Bride Link
1. Monique Lhuillier Strapless Gown (Champaign) | 2. JS Collections Floral Chiffon Gown | 3 .Monique Lhuilier Crinkled Halter Gown (Coffee Bean) Photo by Carretto Studio
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 1. Donna Morgan One-Shoulder Gown (Grey Ridge) | 2. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Crimson) | 3. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Cameo Pink) | 4. Amsale Pleated Lace Sweetheart Gown | 5. Textured Lace Mermaid Gown | 6. JS Collections Floral Chiffon Gown Photo by Eric Kelley via Elizabeth Anne Designs
1. So Happy Together Dress | 2. Walking by the Water Dress | 3. Reception Perfection Dress Photo by Ampersand Wedding Photography via Love Wed Bliss
1. Eliza J Embellished Fit and Flare Gown (Navy) | 2. Amsale Draped Tulle Gown (Navy) 3. Jenny Yoo Ruffled One-Shoulder Dress | 4. Jenny Yoo Tea Dress (Navy) | 5.Draped Chiffon Gown | 6. Eliza J Halter Dress (Navy) Photo by Brushfire Photography via The Bride Link
1. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Sterling Grey) | 2. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Cashmere) | 3. Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Mink Grey) Photo by Love Is a Big Deal via Yes Bride
1. Donna Morgan One-Shoulder Gown (Amethyst) | 2. Lela Rose Bridesmaid Dress | 3 – Jenny Yoo Convertible Dress (Lilac) | 4. Donna Morgan Twist-Waist Gown (Victorian Jade) Photo by Elisa Bricker via The Bride Link
1. Pause for Celebration Dress | 2. Elegant at Evenfall Dress | 3. Show ‘Em Who’s Emboss Dress Photo by Watson Studios via The Bride Link

Fall Romance

Lavender and blush with hints of burgundy create such a romantic array of mismatched colors that are both feminine and perfect for fall!

Royal Rainbow

I love this collection of royal purple and jade bridesmaid dresses! A pop of...


DIY Faux Wedding Cake

Faux Wedding Cake Tutorial

Today's DIY project by JoPhoto is perfect for bride's and designers planning weddings and styled shoots! Some brides may not like wedding cake, but still want a cake at their reception for photos. Or maybe they are opting for cupcakes but still want a wedding cake that will match their color palette. If this describes you, then today's DIY faux cake tutorial is perfect!

I learned this technique when I was designing a photo shoot with Kathleen of JoPhoto. We didn't have time to partner with a cake designer, but we still wanted to have a simple, elegant cake design to inspire brides. Enjoy this unique tutorial, and let us know in the comments how you might use this project for your own wedding or photo shoot!

Materials Needed:

*This is a general resource project for brides and when you use our links to purchase materials, we may receive a small comission that helps us continue to produce awesome resources for brides just like...

75 of the Best Country Songs For Your Wedding

A great country song will never go out of style! It’s no surprise that southern couples are always looking for the best country songs for their wedding, and whether it’s a brand new country hit or a timeless classic country song, there are so many great choices out there.

Here are some of our favorite country music picks for a Tennessee wedding, perfect for all of the different parts of your big day. Enjoy!

Best Country Songs for your wedding

Photo:  East Tennessee Wedding Photographer, Jamie Weiss Photography 


I Do - Paul Brandt

From This Moment On - Shania Twain

I Swear - John Michael Montgomery

Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church

My Best Friend - Tim McGraw

I Do - Jessie James Decker

Breathe - Faith Hill


Cocktail Hour 

Honey Bee - Blake Shelton

She Said Yes - Chad Brock

What Kinda Love - Dallas Smith

Unbeatable - Deric Ruttan

What A Beautiful Day - Chris Cagle

If My Heart Had Wings - Faith Hill

Wrapped Up In You - Garth Brooks

Simple Life - Carolyn Dawn Johnson



Mismatched Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses

Neutral Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

No matter what the season or the location of your wedding, neutral bridesmaid dresses will always be elegant and stylish. The various combinations are endless! I love the idea of mismatching cream, tan, white, and blush all at the same wedding party. Each bridesmaid can have her own unique gown but still match the color palette of the wedding. Below are a few of my favorite mismatched bridesmaid dress ideas in neutral colors along with a few of my favorite neutral gowns that can be purchased online at either ModCloth or NORDSTROM Wedding Suite. Shop away and be inspired for your own neutral wedding!

These adorable dresses may be found at ModCloth, one of my favorite online stores for affordable bridesmaid dresses! All of these gorgeous gowns can be purchased online at NORDSTROM Wedding Suite. 

Photo by The Great Romance via Grey Likes Weddings
1. A Perfect Matrimony Dress | 2. In Glint Condition Dress in Champagne | 3.Ladylike Dazzle Dress | 4. Coffee and Buttercream Dress | 5.Fancy Factor Dress | 6. Simply Divine Dress in Ivory | 7. What Makes Me Romantic Dress | 8. Fairytale of Two Cities Dress in Caramel
Photo by Erich McVey Photography via Style Me Pretty
1. Jenny Yoo ‘Aidan’ Convertible Strapless Chiffon Gown (Regular & Plus Size) | 2. Eliza J Embellished Tiered Chiffon Halter Gown | 3. ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Convertible Chiffon Halter Gown | 4. Amsale Illusion Shoulder Crinkled Silk Chiffon Dress | 5. ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids Cowl Back Chiffon Gown | 6. Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Blouson Dress
by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography via Style Me Pretty

Knoxville Area Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues 

You’ve got the ring, you’ve got the date…but now where are you going to tie the knot?? East Tennessee has some of the most gorgeous venues in the country. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide which venue is right for your big day!

The Barn at Williams Manor

468 Mahoney Rd, Oliver Springs, TN 37840


Knoxville Wedding Venue

Photo:  Katherine Birkbeck 

With Wind Rock in the distance, the Barn at Williams Manor is a country getaway that’s close to Knoxville! You’ll fall in love with the beautiful rustic interior and the sprawling mountain surroundings.                                                                                                               ...


Navy and Pink Wedding at the Wheeler House

Georgia Wedding at the Wheeler House

This Georgia wedding at The Wheeler House by Rustic White Photography is everything southern and beautiful. From the early, 20th century home, to the groomsmen’s mismatched bow ties and suspenders, I can’t get enough of all of the charming details! Bride and groom, Erin and Baron, share some sweet details about their love story below. Enjoy all the pink and navy details!

From the groom…

“We knew each other in high school but went into the world and did our own thing. Nine years later we began dating after a friend request on Facebook. After only dating nine months, I asked Erin to marry me when she returned from a business trip. She spoiled all my surprises. So she had to settle for a quiet back porch proposal. We picked the Wheeler House as our venue because it fit our style and taste. As a tribute to our grandparents who could not join us, we did a tribute to them in a glass window with...


Neutral Fall Wedding Color Ideas

Brown and Beige Fall Color Palette

It always amazes me how beautiful neutral colors can be, especially for fall weddings! This fall wedding color palette shows how a deep brown, complemented with beige and off-white, creates a stylish color palette that is both rustic and elegant. As much as I love pops of bright color, sometimes a soft, neutral palette like this one is so warm and inviting!

Fall wedding dress and bouquet: Photography by Alea Lovely via Ruffled | Feather Boutonnière: Photography by Nancy Neil via 100 Layer Cake | Plate: Photography by Julie Roberts Photography via The Bride Link | Shoes: Photography by Raya Carlisle Photography via Style Me Pretty | Bridesmaid dresses: Photography by Apryl Ann Photography via Style Me Pretty


How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

DIY Wedding Tutorial: How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

We love quick and easy DIY wedding tutorials like this one! Learn how to make these easy tissue paper pom poms to use for decoration at your wedding! 

Watch the video for an easy step-by-step tutorial, then view the photos below for detailed images of the process.

Thank you so much JoPhoto for providing these lovely images!

DIY Wedding crafts and Ideas

Items You Will Need

1. Tissue Paper (the more layers of tissue paper you use, the tighter your pom pom will look.)

2. Scissors

3. Pipe Cleaner

Step One : Accordion Fold

Take about 5 sheets of tissue paper and lay them on top of each other. Fold them together in a back and forth motion. It should look like a fan or accordion when you are finished.



Step 2: Attach Pipe Cleaner

Tie your pipe cleaner to the center of your folded tissue paper. This will be used to hang your pom pom when it is finished.


Step 3: Cut the Tips

Take your scissors and cut the tips of the folded tissue...


Mismatched Purple Bridesmaid Dresses

Mismatched Purple Bridesmaid Dresses

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I never get tired of all the different options there are for mismatched bridesmaid dresses! When bridesmaids are given the opportunity to play with different shades and styles of dresses, the possibilities are truly endless. For today’s bridesmaid dress inspiration post, I chose to showcase a few of my favorite mismatched shades of purple bridesmaid dresses. Many of the bridesmaids dresses below are matched beautifully even with various shades of navy and pastel blue!

Mismatched Pastel Purple Bridesmaid Dresses



Various shades of pastel purple and blue create the most stunning color palette. Below are examples of how these shades can be worn together by bridesmaids. When combined, these shades create such a fresh and feminine feel, and I know your bridesmaids will love you forever if you give them a little freedom to be...


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