I think I always start these posts with, I can’t believe a year has flown by! But it’s true, and exactly what I think every time I look back on a couple’s wedding day a year later. And here we are, celebrating Jessie and John in their own “wow, I can’t believe a year has flown by” post!

A few years in, I’m still flattered, honored, and humbled when a couple chooses me to help them with their wedding. And for whatever reason, those feelings are like times 10 when it’s someone I know who decides I need to be the one to help plan and pull together their special day.

Jessie and John came to Hart & Co. Events by way of John. He and I knew each other from my time in NASCAR. My husband has actually known John longer than I have, and once upon a time all three of us (my husband, me, and John) ended up on the same race team so we all got to know each other pretty well. (BTW, everyone in the NASCAR garage calls John, Marv. But his sweet bride always called him, John. So, I did too. And it was a tough transition for me, ha.)

Long story short, when John reached out and asked if we could all go to dinner to talk wedding planning, I was super excited for this old friend and excited to meet his bride-to-be. And of course, the second I met Jessie, I knew she was beyond perfect for him and it just made my heart happy. When they hired me to help pull all the pieces together, it was just the proverbial icing on the cake.

In my book, personal connections and details are what make a wedding day even more special than it already is, and this wedding was full of them. Jessie and John decided to marry on her family’s land in East Tennessee. Her family has the most beautiful land just outside of Johnson City, with a horse farm nestled among groves of trees and beautiful rolling hills. Jessie’s family was also in the process of turning the farm into an event venue so it was fun being a part of the venue’s first weddings and watching this couple pour extra work into things future couples could also enjoy.

The pair settled on vows under a giant beech tree just yards from Jessie’s parents home, the same tree where John proposed the year before. After the ceremony, guests were transported to the barn where they celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. First with drinks in the roundpen, then a delicious family-style dinner set on the longest dinner table ever placed down the walkway of the stalls. Following dinner, everyone headed back to the dancefloor in the roundpen and partied the night away.

Some of my favorite details from the reception were definitely Jessie’s family’s horse show trophies we used for the centerpieces and the handmade pottery plates that John’s mom made specifically for the wedding. (I mean, who doesn’t love this??) And their exit? In the same mustang Jessie’s parents left their wedding in.

Jessie and John, thank you for bringing this old friend along to help with your wedding. I’ll always be grateful I got to spend that special time in your lives with you. Hoping this first year of marriage was wonderful, that the best is yet to come, and that your love continues to grow and only get better with time!

Special thanks to the team that made their day happen:
Blue Kite Photo {photography} Thomas Farm Events {venue} Springvine Design {florals} Hayden Olivia Bridal {gown} JK Sweet Cakes {wedding cake} Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design {specialty rentals} Ashley Aesthetics {HMU} Atheneum Creative {stationery + graphic design details} Maria Graham with Graham Productions {DJ}