Lexi & Jack’s Elegant Tennessee Celebration
One step onto The Woodlands of Five Gables at Howe Farms, and you’re instantly transported to the scenic Italian countryside. This Tuscan-inspired wedding venue in Chattanooga stole the hearts of couple Lexi and Jack with it’s enchanting gardens and grandiose reception hall. With the expert guidance of their planner at Soirées, they crafted a fairytale wedding experience filled with personalized details and heartfelt moments.
From their sweet first look, to the big ‘I do’, and grand sparkler exit, L & J’s wedding was a tapestry woven with love and emotion. It was a day that will forever be etched in the hearts of all who attended.
The Night Before
Lexi and Jack hosted a rehearsal dinner the night before their wedding, treating their loved ones to a sneak peek of the venue and the excitement to come. Catered by Pizzeria Cortile (the couple’s favorite) it was a perfect way to intimately gather their closest people before main event.
Despite the rain that persisted throughout the day, the weather miraculously cleared up allowing us to venture outside for some photos. And as if by divine design, a rainbow appeared serving as a beautiful reminder of the love and support from their loved ones in heaven.
The Couple’s Vision
Jack and Lexi truly poured their hearts into creating a wedding that was not only beautiful but also unforgettable. Every aspect of their day was carefully considered, from the architecture of the venue to the neutral color palette that flowed seamlessly throughout. They wanted to ensure that their loved ones had an incredible experience, filled with delicious food, refreshing drinks, and fantastic entertainment.
“A neutral color palette but with a modern twist“
“They fell in love with the beauty of the venue during the first tour! The venue offered a stunning indoor mantle with high ceilings and a ‘Mediterranean-feel’ combined with the beautiful outdoor natural elements that East Tennessee has to offer.
From a planner’s perspective, we’re seeing a lot more participating in wedding planning meetings from our grooms, and Jack was no exception! He seemed to really enjoy being a part of the decision-making process, and had a lot of great ideas when it came to wedding day!
The wedding day is for the bride AND groom. I love when I get to know the grooms as much as the brides during the wedding planning process. It allows planners to offer ideas they may not have thought of otherwise… it also helps to lay the foundation for decision-making as husband and wife.”
–– Kacey Reece, Soirées
Morning Details & Flat Lay
The bridal details, exuding a soft and refined aesthetic, set the stage for the exquisite elegance of the day. Pearls took center stage, gracing every facet of the occasion, from Lexi’s timeless pearl necklace to the ethereal glow of her vanilla pearl heels. Even the bridesmaids’ gowns found themselves hung on wooden hangers delicately embellished with pearls. The couple went above and beyond customizing a bottle of Prosecco in cascading pearls, showcasing the meticulous attention to detail.
Every element was thoughtfully curated. The intricately designed invitation suite by the talented LiLa House Co. to the beautiful bridal bouquet by The Clay Pot, with pristine white peonies and blush-toned roses. These captivating details formed the very essence of Lexi and Jack’s enchanting fairytale wedding.
Getting Ready Moments
In the luxurious bridal suite, Lexi was getting ready to transform into a stunning bride. The room was flooded with beautiful natural light, bouncing off the gorgeous gold mirrors that adorned the walls. Surrounding Lexi were her best friends, all rocking matching satin pajamas, laughing and sharing the excitement in the air. With her hair expertly styled into a sleek low bun by the amazing Bobby Pinning by Brittney, Lexi looked effortlessly chic. Ciara Marie worked her magic giving Lexi a glowing and fresh look, highlighting her natural beauty.
Groom & Groomsmen
The groom and his crew kicked off the day with a friendly game of corn-hole, and fueled up for the events to come with Chick-fil-A–a classic. With beers in hand, they raised a toast to the groom’s upcoming nuptials. As for the groom’s attire, he looked stylish in his ensemble, featuring black trousers, a crisp white jacket, a classic black bowtie, and suspenders.
Emotional Vow Reading & First Looks
Once everyone was primped and ready for the big day, it was time for first looks. Lexi shared a beautiful moment with her bridesmaids, who couldn’t contain their excitement and showered her with compliments. They reminded her just how stunning she looked as the radiant bride. Meanwhile, Lexi and Jack took a private moment to read their vows to each other, capturing the depth of their love and emotions. Tears welled up in their eyes as they exchanged their heartfelt words. Later, before the ceremony, there was a touching first look between Lexi and Jack’s dad, symbolizing the unity and love between their families. The joy and anticipation peaked as Jack and Lexi laid eyes on each other for the first time. Their faces lit up and they were hit will all the feels for the upcoming ceremony.
Bride & Bridesmaids
The bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning in their long satin gowns, all in a beautiful neutral champagne shade. Each dress had a unique silhouette, showcasing the individuality of the six women. The flowing fabric and delicate sheen added an elegant touch to their attire, perfectly complementing the overall aesthetic of the wedding. As for Lexi, her dress was a true showstopper. A captivating ballgown style with a deep V neckline that fit her to perfection. Her dress was exactly what you would imagine a fairytale wedding dress would be.
The Wedding Party
Lexi and Jack were surrounded by their closest friends who made up their wedding party. This supportive and fun-loving group brought an extra layer of lively excitement to the celebrations. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were not only there to fulfill their roles but also to offer unwavering support and positive vibes. From helping with the final touches of preparation to sharing heartfelt moments, they were the backbone of the celebration. They each brought their unique personalities and contagious energy, creating a sense of camaraderie that made Lexi and Jack’s day truly special.
The Romantic Outdoor Ceremony
The outdoor ceremony was a breathtaking affair with majestic floral pillars serving as a backdrop. It was a heartfelt and intimate ceremony, radiating sweetness and simplicity. As Lexi and Jack exchanged rings, the love between them filled the air. Capturing the moment from different angles, our second shooter caught their first kiss from behind, facing the crowd. Meanwhile, I captured the traditional perspective.
Newlywed Portraits & Kind Words
“Sarah!!! You have me crying all over again! You’re just so amazing. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. The pictures are truly incredible and I couldn’t imagine having anyone else capture one of the most important moments in our life.”
The Grand Hall Reception
The reception kicked off as the couple made a grand entrance, making their way to their stunning sweetheart table. The groom’s dad took the stage for a brief and warm welcome speech, setting the tone for the festivities. After the formalities concluded, everyone indulged in a delicious meal catered by Events with Taste. A buffet style assortment of small bites that satisfied every palate.
A Fairytale Ending
After the cake cutting and first dance, the dance floor filled with guests, igniting the room with vibrant energy. The planner distributed light-up leis, adding a playful touch to celebrate their upcoming Kauai honeymoon. The night concluded with a timeless sparkler exit, as they made their getaway in a white vintage car. It was the picture-perfect ending to their stylish fairytale wedding.
|Venue: Woodlands at Howe Farms || Planner: Soirées || Florist: The Clay Pot ||
Hair Stylist: Bobby Pinning by Brittney || Makeup: Ciara Marie ||
Wedding Catering – Events with Taste || Ceremony Dress – Ever After Bridal || Stationary – LiLa House Co. || Cake – Carlyes Cakery || DJ- Terry’s DJ Services || Tailoring – Andra’s Finds Tailoring