Timeless. That was Jenna and Thomas’ vision for their wedding this past August.
“We wanted a romantic and timeless, yet simple and cozy vibe for our wedding,” Jenna explained.
Through a white and gold color palette, a harpist for their ceremony, and Frank Sinatra during their reception, that is exactly what they got!
But their timeline love story begins long before the wedding a few years ago to meeting through none other than Bumble. They hit it off right away.
“After a few days of talking on the phone, we met up just for dinner. After meeting, we kept adding to the agenda because we didn’t want the date to end. We went to multiple bars and a game room, at one point we were aimlessly driving around, avoiding the inevitable end of the night,” Jenna said.
After a few years together, Thomas decided it was time to propose. He began planning all the details to make sure it went perfectly, but, as things sometimes happen, it didn’t go quite as planned.
“Thomas’s proposal plans A, B, and C were messed up by a bomb on Christmas. In Nashville, the bomb went off just steps away from the spot he was planning on proposing in just 2 days.”
The said spot was by the river downtown, where “I love you” was exchanged for the first time. He arranged for Jenna’s family to come to Nashville to surprise her and be there for the proposal, but he had to work around the disaster to make it all work.
“The bomb also took out Thomas’s cell service, he had no way to communicate, so Thomas was STRESSED. But he still managed to pull everything together and get everyone there! After the proposal, the whole family went to our favorite restaurant in Nashville, CoCo’s. We celebrated with pizza, wine, and cannolis!”
It didn’t take long to start the wedding planning process after getting engaged. They hit the ground running and began touring venues, starting with Four Oaks Manor.
“Thomas is very decisive and after our tour at Four Oaks Manor, he was like “that’s the one!” He was ready to hit his card right there!”
After touring other venues, they chose Four Oaks Manor for its beautiful gardens and cozy string lights, which matched Jenna’s vision for the wedding. She also says what the staff offered added to their decision. “We loved how helpful and kind everyone was and knew that we would have support.”
Jenna and Thomas married on August 21, 2021. The girls spent the morning getting ready in the farmhouse’s bridal suite. The girls wore black midi dresses of their choosing to both fit with their own personal styles while also keeping things classic and timeless.
Jenna wore a simple yet stunning satin dress from White Magnolia Bridal with a straight neckline and removable sleeves.
For photos, the bridesmaids brought a few paper parasols to carry around with them. We absolutely love the look of these! The bouquets kept in step with the all-white look with white roses, baby’s breath, and tons of other textures and other florals and greenery. Hope Blooms added so much texture to each bouquet!
The men were similarly dressed with Thomas wearing a white jacket and black loafers, while the groomsmen were in black suits.
Jenna and Thomas chose to read their own vows to each other during their first look to create a more personal and intimate moment between the couple. All we can say is we treasure sweet moments like these!
After getting some preliminary photos, Jenna, Thomas, and their wedding party got tucked inside the farmhouse while guests began arriving. The weather called for a few sparse showers throughout the day, so tents covered the reception area. Thankfully, the rain held off most of the day and the guests were able to enjoy some extra shade in the August weather!
Decorating the altar was draping chiffon white fabric with florals from Hope Blooms. The aisles were delicately scattered with white flower petals.
Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs.!
(Peep their dog Frankie celebrating with them!)
While guests were dismissed to enjoy drinks and charcuterie boards for cocktail hour, Jenna and Thomas spent some time getting photos with their families and wedding party.
Jenna and Thomas explored Four Oaks’ gardens to take their couple portraits before joining the reception.
Jenna’s vision for the reception was to be as if you walked into heaven. The tables were decorated with satin ivory runners, gold place settings, plus candles and floral arrangements for centerpieces.
The couple was introduced into the reception to Louis Armstrong’s La Vie en Rose and went straight into their first dance in front of the head table on a rug that Jenna brought in.
Instead of having separate Mr. & Mrs. chairs at their sweetheart table, Jenna decided to bring in her own ivory loveseat for the two of them to share. We love how this added both elegance and intimacy to their table!
Next up: cake time! Cakes by Darcy created this absolute masterpiece of a cake. This 4-tier chocolate cake was an incredible callback to traditional-styled cakes with its columns, sugar swans, and delicate piping.
They cut the cake with their own personalized set of cake cutting utensils. We love these kinds of details!
Club Rett opened up the dancefloor after dessert and the party got started!
They closed the night with a private last dance under the tents. Such a sweet ending to a perfect night.
Nine months into their marriage, we asked Jenna and Thomas what their favorite part of being married is so far.
For Jenna, the best part of marriage is the partnership on everything and eating Thomas’s cooking every day! She says living together is so peaceful and fun.
For Thomas, he says the best part is getting to live with his best friend and having someone that he gets to cook for, as well as having someone to decorate their house. (Jenna has prettier stuff, he says).
Congrats again Jenna and Thomas! Your wedding day was so beautiful and sweet, full of great moments, and we pray your marriage will continue the same way!
Venue: Four Oaks Manor
Photos: Katelyn Allison
Video: Ethan Ron / Table Manners Media
Flowers: Hope Blooms
HMU: Barry Beauty
Dress: White Magnolia Bridal
Cake: Cakes by Darcy
Harpist: Harpist for the King
DJ: Club Rett
Photo Booth: Midtown Photo Booth
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