This Couple Celebrated Their Real Wedding on The Bride’s Family-Owned Farm
The bride, Kierra, wanted a rustic chic wedding and her wedding to Jordan on her family-owned farm in Pioneer, Tennessee was everything she wanted and more. For Kierra and Jordan, their love blossomed over the course of their relationship, even while Jordan was working across state lines. The couple decided to have their wedding in early June after school had ended since Kierra is a student at the University of Tennessee.
The couple gives us an intimate look inside their Real Wedding and their truly magical day.
I went to high school with my husband’s younger brother and we both played sports. Jordan and I saw each other at the games, but we didn’t really talk until the end of my Sophomore year. From then on, we were inseparable even in the midst Jordan working in Maryland and Georgia over our 4.5-year relationship.
Fast forward to October 30, 2016, we had family pictures planned and little did I know everyone knew what was about to happen but me. It was time to take our couple pictures and before I knew it he pulled out a little white box out of his boot and was down on one knee. He listened to the very most important thing I wanted at our proposal and that was to have a photographer. We now have that genuine reaction and raw emotion from that day and I am forever grateful for it.
Let’s be honest, Pinterest was a huge help in just about everything I did. I knew I didn’t want burlap because it was so over used, so I decided to go with a classic, lace vintage but still present the country feel. And I think we pulled it off perfectly from the doilies all over the place to the quilts from our family members used on the hay bells. It was exactly what I envisioned it to be!
We had a mix of baby breath, white and light pink roses, a few greenery flowers, and few others that were absolutely beautiful. We chose light pink, cream, and navy for our colors because it was simple but still elegant. It was easy to decorate with and they represented the gentle and classic theme we were going for.
I went to two stores before I found my beautiful gown. I first tried at a local bridal store, but no luck and then I came upon The Gilded Gown in East Town Mall. I tried on about 5 dresses there and then it was between two, and then it hit me that, “this is the one Jordan will cry!” It was such a happy moment that I will forever cherish with my mother, sister, and now mother-in-law.
We took our photos at my family’s property little ways behind the barn. God had given us a beautiful day and a gorgeous place to become one that there was no need to go anywhere else. God’s creation around us was the most beautiful and natural backdrop. Considering it was supposed to rain on that Saturday and it didn’t even cloud up, we took advantage of being outdoors.
Our ceremony was peaceful, personal, and everything we could have imagined. The emotions were running rapid and we were radiating with joy from what was happening.
One unique detail we had was our unity ceremony. Instead of the traditional sand or candle ceremony, we decided to do a braid ceremony with the three cords standing for Christ, Jordan, and I. We braided them together to symbolize that we need and want Christ at the center of our marriage and our lives. It derives from the verse Ecclesiastes 4:12 which reads, “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him: and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Being outdoors surrounded by our family, friends, the beautiful mountains, and the day God had provided us gave us an overall calm feeling. Neither of us was nervous but eager and joyful to finally be marrying each other.
The fact that we could have our whole wedding at my family’s farm was a blessing. We are so grateful for them allowing us to become husband and wife. It makes it that much more personal that no one will ever be able to experience it that way in those particular mountains, in that particular spot.
It was a family/friendly celebration for sure. It was a good time for us to catch up with family from other states and enjoy each other’s company. It was like a family reunion but 100X better. We truly enjoyed everyone being with us to share our first meal, dance, and everything in between together as husband and wife.
I made our centerpieces with the mason jars and went to every yard sale, thrift store, and my sister’s house to find the vintage milk glass used. All the signage from the dinner menu to the chalk boards were all done by me and I had a so much fun making them! Everyone loved the fact that I had done it to make everything, even more, our own.
Wedding Photographer: Samantha Coleman Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Justin Alexander | Wedding Dress Salon: The Gilded Gown in Knoxville, Tennessee | Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: David’s Bridal | Ceremony and Reception: Family-Owned Farm | Catering: Rickard Ridge BBQ | Wedding Flowers: Petals of Grace | Hair & Makeup: Ella Nolan Wallace | Music: Daniel Holsemback |