• Raina

Clair + Michael I Oaklands Mansion I Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The fairytale wedding we always dream about is exactly what we created for Clair and Michael's big day. Whimsical, dreamy, magical and glamorous...Clair was everything that a princess bride should be. Joined by family and friends from all over the country, Michael and Clair had an intimate ceremony at the beautiful St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church where Clair's parents have been long time parishioners.

Their day was full of beautiful details, florals and soft dreamy decor but all eyes were on on this lovely couple!

When we first met Clair and Michael they started telling us the story of their engagement last summer, showing us photos and glowing with excitement. We talked for hours about their love story, the engagement and all the details she’d thoughtfully planned.

After our meeting that day we couldn't help reflecting on the love and joy this couple so clearly share with one another, and how much we adored Clair for her kindness and humor, it felt like we were going to be forever friends.

A wedding signifies all the things that the couple wishes to highlight representing their personal style as a couple, marking this as the first day of their life together as husband and wife. Knowing this, we opted to hold their reception at the elegant and historic Oaklands Mansion. After all, a fairytale deserves the elegance and drama that could be provided by such a stately home.

As Clair gracefully descended the 150 year old spiraling staircase for Michael's first look at his bride on their wedding day, we couldn't help but hold our collective breath in anticipation as we had never seen a gown as lovely as hers. And his reaction was well worth the dramatic decent as he simply could not take his eyes off her for even a moment. Thankfully the incredibly talented Eden Ingle Photo was on hand so that not a single moment was missed.

While Clair and Michael had a quiet moment together prior to being whisked away for more photos with enthusiastic friends and family, the lovely bridesmaids, dressed in rose gold eagerly awaited their arrival on the mansion grounds as they admired the stunning florals created for them by Sheila Hines Floral Designs.

Carefully crafted, each bouquet featured flowers that were ones that Michael often surprised Clair with, 'just because' during their courtship. Roses in all shades of ivory, white, blush and the softest pinks, accented with ivory hydrangea, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus. These fragrant blossoms, as well as soft cotton blooms, adorned every surface from the historic 150 year old mantle in the Maney Hall ballroom to the lush tablescapes.

Guests were offered savories and sweets from Wildberry Cafe in a variety of stations positioned throughout Maney Hall ballroom. For those guests who preferred to spend their time dancing to the musical stylings of the Chris Winward Band, the fantastic catering staff passed through the crowds with trays of treats to entice them throughout the evening.

You may notice that a tiny pup has taken up residence atop the chocolatey groom's cake. He certainly earned his place here as he was the reason that Clair and Michael had met in the first place! Not only were guests treated to this chocolate treasure from Julia's Homestyle Bakery, but they also had the option of slices from the wedding cake which featured a layer of white chocolate and a layer of snickerdoodle. All of which was quickly gobbled up by their guests!

This precious pup was handcrafted by Clair so that he was ready and waiting for Michael when it came time to cut the cake. Isn't he absolutely adorable?! We also loved their lovely cake topper custom created for them by one of their groomsmen.

At the end of the evening Clair and Michael were bid farewell with cheers and song as their guests lined the hallway of the tent entrance leading to Michael's classic Ford pickup. Shaking glittering gold pom pom that caught the light like fireworks it was quite a send off for the happy couple!

This wedding from start to finish was truly a dream of lace, roses, and the romance of a bygone era. Knowing the importance of the wedding day, we always make sure that no detail goes overlooked. It was not difficult for everyone to get caught up in the air of romance thanks to the unparalleled beauty and picturesque landscape of such an elegant venue and beautiful couple.

It was truly a fairytale fit for a princess. We were all too happy to make their dream of a romantic autumn wedding a reality. After all, who wouldn't like to receive the royal treatment for a day and dance the night away with their prince charming? Now, how can we make YOUR dream wedding come true?

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