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Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries

Our Wedding, Weddings, FeaturesJessica PeddicordComment

Living in Tennessee (and, ya know, being a 21st century girl), I have a huge love of Reese Witherspoon and her darling brand, Draper James. Their attention to detail, witty southern phrases, and classic style is enough to win over the heart of any Southern girl. So, when I heard the news that they are launching a wedding collection at the end of this month, I literally almost leapt out of my seat with excitement!

In celebration of their launch, the Draper James ladies are sharing their absolute favorite Southern wedding details. Last week they shared a blog post all about the best Southern wedding cake bakeries, and asked me to share my favorite! I of course had to chat all about Art of Cakes Bakery in Maryville, Tennessee, since they did such a beautiful job making our wedding cake!

Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries | Simply Jessica Marie's Gold Painted Wedding Cake by Art of Cakes Bakery photographed by Perry Vaile as seen on the Draper James Blog

photo by Perry Vaile

Here's a little snippet into what was shared on the Draper James blog:

Artist and designer Jessica Peddicord of Simply Jessica Marie makes a living designing custom wedding paintings and invitations. So it’s no surprise she’d be fastidious about the cake for her own recent nuptials. She says: “Art of Cakes Bakery provided the two most important details we were looking for in our wedding cake: light fluffy layers paired with rich, unique flavors, and an artistic approach to cake design. Our two-tier English toffee and strawberry cake with a dusty blue base adorned with sweeping gold brushstrokes was the perfect nod to both our fun whimsical personalities and my love of painting!”
Best Southern Wedding Cake Bakeries | Simply Jessica Marie's Gold Painted Wedding Cake by Art of Cakes Bakery photographed by Perry Vaile as seen on the Draper James Blog

photo by Perry Vaile

There are 20 other amazing wedding cake bakeries on the Draper James blog for you to browse through, in states including North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas (which I can't wait to try once we move to Dallas!), and more.

Do you have a favorite cake bakery? If so, leave a comment with their info below so we can support them!

Our Southern Wedding | Our Custom Wedding Invitation Suite

Design, Our Wedding, WeddingsJessica PeddicordComment

This is the blog post I have been eager to write ever since I began Our Southern Wedding blog series - today I am sharing all about the custom wedding invitation suite I designed for our wedding!! So so much love and attention went into every inch of this suite. Some of the details are obvious, while others are a bit more subtle. But, everything combined truly tells our love story and shows our personality as a couple! I can't wait to share all of these details with y'all below!

Our fabulous wedding photographer Perry Vaile captured the most gorgeous photos of our suite for us! And, make sure to read our feature and interview on the Southern Weddings blog for even more details! 

French Blue Brush Calligraphy on Metallic Blush Wedding Invitation Envelopes with Vintage Postage Stamps, Gold Wax Seals Featuring a Custom Wedding Crest, and a Sweet Love Note from the Groom Printed on the Back Flap Designed by Simply Jessica Marie | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
French Blue Brush Calligraphy on Metallic Blush Wedding Invitation Envelopes with Vintage Postage Stamps, Gold Wax Seals Featuring a Custom Wedding Crest, and a Sweet Love Note from the Groom Printed on the Back Flap Designed by Simply Jessica Marie | Gold The Mrs Box | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
French Blue Brush Calligraphy on Metallic Blush Wedding Invitation Envelopes with Vintage Postage Stamps, Gold Wax Seals Featuring a Custom Wedding Crest, and a Sweet Love Note from the Groom Printed on the Back Flap Designed by Simply Jessica Marie | Gold The Mrs Box | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

One of the greatest joys as both a calligrapher and a bride is the thought of guests receiving invitations in the mail. There is something so special about receiving a personalized envelope that was hand crafted especially for you, and I always take that to heart! I always encourage my brides to consider ways to add personality into their invitation designs, and that all begins with your invitation envelopes!

I found a few fun ways to infuse our love story into our envelopes. We incorporated beautiful vintage stamps from Verde Studio, one with vintage lace as a hint to my wedding gown design, one with a love letter and rose to hint at the single stem red rose Zack brought me on our first date and the letters we wrote to one another while we were dating long distance, and one of Tennessee to represent our home and the beginning of our relationship!

Our love letters we wrote to one another truly served as the main inspiration for our invitation suite and day-of design details. One of my favorite lines from a letter Zack wrote to me was, "I'm going to do everything in my power to make you happy for the rest of our days." It was so sweet, and so fitting for our wedding as it is a promise of a beautiful marriage. I loved it so much that I had it printed on the back flap of our invitation envelopes, to set the tone for the heart behind what was to come on our wedding day!

We then sealed our invitation envelopes with a custom gold wax seal featuring our custom wedding crest design, which remind me of old school letter writing and epic romance. Zack said the wax seals reminded him of Game of Thrones, so they were a win-win with both of us! He actually added all of the wax seals to our envelopes, and I loved including him in that way! 

Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Remember that sweet line from the love letter Zack wrote me that I had printed on the back flap of our envelopes? I calligraphed the remainder of that paragraph from the letter in fuchsia to be used as our envelope liners!

Once I finished our envelope design, it was time to think about our remaining invitation suite pieces. From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to think of unique design layouts all while keeping the integrity of our story in every detail. One of the first design elements I created was our custom wedding crest in our save the dates. Keeping that element in mind, I created a fun layout for our main invitation piece that used the outline of our crest as the background - with a gold foil border filled with a soft blush interior. Since I was inspired by our love letters as a design vision, I thought back to how old letters and books were written with the first letter in a chapter being in a larger calligraphy style, with the remaining details in a smaller font. I love that using that technique made our invitation seem as though it could pop right out of a romantic novel! 

I LOVE watercolor florals. Love love love them. However, I wanted to use a slightly different pattern for the front side of our invitations! I am all about using patterns that relate to your wedding day details, so I pulled inspiration from the lace pattern of my wedding gown! I created a line art design which I turned into a repeating pattern that was then printed in soft French blue as the background of our design. It was such a fun secret to know that my guests were getting a glimpse into my gown design without it being fully obvious!

While you cannot see it in these photos, I also had our main invitation piece edge painted in a gorgeous soft fuchsia color! Our suite was printed on luxurious double thick paper, so the fuchsia was a perfect pop of color to add a sense of fun to our invitation design! Edge painting is one of my favorite ways to surprise and delight guests!! You can take a peek into what the edge painting looked like here!

Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Like I said, I love watercolor florals! So, I had to incorporate them somehow into our invitation suite! One of my signature design details as a wedding stationer is always adding a beautiful design to the back of the main invitation piece. I do so for a few reasons - adding an artistic element to the back of the invitation will encourage guests to keep and frame the design as an heirloom, the 5"x7" size of invitations is already perfect to frame, and providing your guests with an "art print" as the back of your invitation is as if you are giving them a sweet surprise gift along with your invitation suite! It is a subtle way to show love and hospitality, if you ask me!

In keeping with our love letters as inspiration, I pulled another quote from a letter Zack wrote to me - "I can't wait 'till tomorrow, because I know I'll love you a little more then, than I do right now." He's just full of amazingly loving lines isn't he?! I then surrounded the navy calligraphy with the florals I would be carrying in my bouquet as I walked down the aisle. Blush peonies, peach garden roses, fuchsia ranunculus, white anemones with navy centers, and lots of silver dollar eucalyptus! 

Another one of my favorite design details from our invitation suite was the custom watercolor map I designed of Knoxville, Tennessee! While many of Zack's guests live either in Knoxville or in Nashville, almost all of my guests were going to be traveling in from out of state. So, we knew we wanted to provide them with a wedding map and "experience our city" card, so that they could plan ahead for fun things to do during our wedding weekend. With that in mind, I illustrated both locations that were pertinent to our wedding weekend like Gettysvue (our venue), Worlds Fair Park (our rehearsal location) and Downtown Grill (our rehearsal dinner location), as well as some of our favorite places to eat, drink and experience such as The Wine Bar, Market Square, and of course Neyland Stadium! If you look closely, you'll also notice I got to incorporate my maiden name into our map design since there is a Clinch Avenue here in Knoxville! My side of the family really got a kick out of that!

Gold Foil Vertical Response Cards in a Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Cards Against Humanity Inspired Wedding Response Cards in a Custom Watercolor Floral and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Watercolor Wedding Map, Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest, Gold Wax Seal and Calligraphy Envelope Liners Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

While some of the larger details like our invitation and map card could be the attention stealers, I wanted to infuse as much love and intention into our response card designs as well! I kept the front side of our response card design fairly simple and in line with the design of the front of our invitations. I created a repeating pattern with the outline of our crest in pretty gold foil, used that same crest outline as the check boxes for the responses, and also incorporated the same design layout with the "k" of "kindly reply by" in calligraphy to mimic the old school romance novel format. I then included a line that read, "we have reserved __ seats in your honor" which I then filled in by hand to provide our guests with the comfort of knowing how many guests are invited. A stationer's design tip - this is important not only for your single guests, but also guests with large families! In order to be as clear as possible who is included in that number, you should calligraph only the names of those invited on the invitation envelope!

The back side of our response cards was where we really had fun!! On the second night Zack and I ever knew each other, we went to one of my friend's houses and played Cards Against Humanity for hours. It was such a fun and memorable night, and that card game quickly became one of our absolute favorites - we have the entire expansion pack now! The small nature of response cards reminded me of playing cards, which sparked the idea to have the back side of our response cards be interactive for our guests! So, I created our own version of Cards Against the Peddis as a spin off of Cards Against Humanity! If you have ever played the game, you know there are cards with prompts that you respond to with a card that either has a pre-written answer or a blank card where you write in your own response. So, I chose to include a prompt at the top of this card that could be answered either sweetly or with a witty remark, and asked our guests to fill in the blank! The CAH card design also has three little card icons fanned out in the bottom left corner, and I mimicked that with our crest shape to further personalize this design! 

Making our response cards interactive in this way was both really fun for our guests and for us, because it made us even more excited to check the mail every day to see if our guests would be able to attend our wedding and what they thought to put as their Cards Against the Peddis response! We kept all of our response cards, and had them displayed in a gorgeous gold and glass shadow box at our wedding reception. The box is now sitting on our coffee table in our living room, and it is fun to flip through the cards every now and then as a reminder of this fun time in our life and the friends and family who made it so special!

Once all of our invitation suite details were designed, printed, gold foil stamped, edge painted, and calligraphed, I wrapped everything together with the sweetest softest French blue hand torn silk ribbon from Adorn Company. I love this ribbon so much (I wish y'all could feel how soft it is through the screen!) - it was the perfect way to literally tie everything together and present our invitation suite as a fun little gift to our guests!

I hope y'all had fun reading through all of the details that made up our invitation suite! I also hope now that you see all of the various ways in which you truly can infuse your personalities and love story into your wedding invitations to make them heirloom pieces you will cherish for years to come! In keeping the front side of all of our design elements more simplistic and the back sides full of pops of color and personality, we were able to create the perfect blend of timeless and personal if you ask me!


As always, a big thanks to all of our sweet vendors who made our wedding day possible!

Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDNAmsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN

Our Southern Wedding | Our Wedding Reception Design

Weddings, Our WeddingJessica PeddicordComment

I cannot believe that the posts I've been sharing in Our Southern Wedding blog series are almost coming to an end! Today, I'm going to be sharing all of our wedding reception design details with y'all! 

I absolutely adore these reception photos miss Perry Vaile captured for us, and the wonderful wedding film by Casey and Kristin featuring our wedding cake smash! Make sure to read our feature and interview on the Southern Weddings blog for more details! 

Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Illustrated Wedding Menu with Brush Calligraphy, Painted Illustrated Food Icons, and a Custom Watercolor Wedding Crest | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Peach Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, and Sweet Blue Votive Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Simple Sweetheart Table Design | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Wedding Portrait as Guest Book Alternative | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

We had so much fun pulling together the table design and coordinating day-of details for our wedding reception! Since we had such a wide range of colors in our color palette (blush, peach, fuchsia, navy, French blue, gold), we really got to add in a lot of fun colors and textures to our table decor! I love the mix-matched peach linens, some solid and some with a fun pattern, paired with French blue striped napkins, soft blue taper candles, and colorful blush, fuchsia, and peach centerpieces!

The Rebecca Rose Events team did such a gorgeous job of bringing my design vision to life on our wedding day! And, didn't we truly luck out with these gorgeous chairs? They are the chairs that come along with this beautiful ballroom at Gettysvue, and they were the perfect blend of comfortable and classic with their ivory tones and deep wood color! I love that they were a little something different than the standard chiavari chairs!

I had such a fun time designing the day-of paper details to coordinate with our table design! After picking up their calligraphy escort cards, guests then found their tables with envelope table numbers lined with a floral pattern and soft pink calligraphy numbers. A big part of our wedding design was centered around the love letters Zack and I wrote to each other while we were dating, and these were a play off of that! The square size of these was perfect to tuck underneath our colorful centerpieces, and I love the pop of navy to the overall aesthetic! 

Menus can often be an overlooked design element, but I wanted to make these as gorgeous as the rest of our wedding stationery! In order to keep with our whimsical, fun personalities, I illustrated icons of all of our food choices on the wedding menu. The watercolor blue crab and cute little pink shrimp might be my favorites! To tie the design into our other elements, I added florals around the border to complement the envelopes liners in the table numbers, and added our watercolor wedding crest at the top of the menu!

While guests were waiting for dinner to start, we asked them to sign our guest book. In lieu of a traditional guest book, I created a custom watercolor wedding portrait of Zack and me in our wedding attire on the rolling greens of Gettysvue overlooking my favorite white house in the background. We asked our guests to sign their names and a short and sweet little note on the mat of our picture frame. This painting is now hanging in our living room, and I love having the names of all of our loved ones in the heart of our home! I have created these watercolor wedding painting guest book alternatives for my sweet brides throughout the years, and it was so special to finally create one for the two of us!

Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

While certain elements of our wedding were traditional, our wedding cake definitely was not! We knew we wanted to have fun with the design, and also have a couple of delicious flavors. We chose a delicate dusty blue for the bottom tier cake color, with sweeping gold brushstrokes on the base tier to reflect the painted elements throughout our wedding design. To balance the more unique cake design, we kept things simple with a two-tier cake adorned with one beautiful blush peony and a few eucalyptus leaves.

The cake flavors are what really won us over with our cake designer, Art of Cakes Bakery! We selected two flavors, English toffee and strawberry. Zack loved the strawberry flavor, and I loved that it was pink! 

See those beautiful crystal champagne flutes? They are the same flutes my parents toasted with at our wedding. I loved being able to use these heirloom pieces as a part of our wedding celebration! 

Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

My dad gave such a beautiful blessing and toast, and I just have to share it with y'all! We were still tucked away downstairs signing our marriage certificate, and I was so sad we had to miss this in person! Luckily our sweet friends recorded it for us!

Just as Debra and Steve welcome a daughter into their family today and Joanne and I welcome a son into ours, we want to take a moment and welcome all of you to share in this beautiful day God has given us to celebrate Zack and Jessica uniting in marriage. 

We give a heartfelt welcome to all of the family and friends who have travelled from near and far to share in today's celebration. Your love, guidance, and support have led Zack and Jess to this day. 

It is truly special when we meet someone who fills our hearts with tenderness and sets our lives on a course of shared love and meaning. This is what I see between Zack and Jessica. 

Again, we welcome you to the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Zackary and Jessica Peddicord. 

I'd like to offer a blessing before we dine:

God, as you join us today, we ask for your blessings upon Zack and Jessica as they unite in marriage.

Let all their days together be happy and all their words to each other be sweet.

Though their paths are intertwined, let them be aware of each other’s separateness. Bless their home and allow it to be a place of joy and serenity.

Remind them to nurture each other’s body with mutual love, honor and respect.  Let your spirit dwell within them. 

As they learn from one another, may they grow stronger as individuals and closer as a couple.

And as their wedded life begins today with prayer, so may they continue it, praying for and with each other.

Amen.

Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Wedding Cake Smash | Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Wedding Cake Smash | Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Wedding Cake Smash | Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Wedding Cake Smash | Dusty Blue and White Two Tiered Wedding Cake with Brushed Gold Brushstrokes, A Single Blush Peony and Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

While we loved our cake flavor choices, we especially loved smashing it in each other's faces, haha! If you are on the fence about the cake smashing idea - we say go for it! It was really fun, and makes for awesome photos and video!

Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Wedding Reception Design with Patterned Linens, Colorful Floral Centerpieces, Envelope Love Letter Calligraphy Table Numbers, and Sweet Blue Taper Candles | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Then it was time for toasts from our friends! Our siblings, Julia and Casey, both gave their toasts at the rehearsal dinner. So, my Maid of Honor Sam and Zack's Best Man Dave, along with one of Zack's closest friends Logan who traveled all the way from Macedonia for our wedding, gave our day-of toasts! They were all the perfect mix of sentimental and hilarious - if you can't tell by our reactions! 

Zack then ended our dining part of our reception with a thank you to all of our friends and family, and we headed outside for our first dances!

Make sure to watch our beautiful wedding film below to see our cake smash in full swing!

As always, a big thanks to all of our sweet vendors who made our wedding day possible!

Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDNAmsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN

Our Southern Wedding | Our Newlywed Photos

Our Wedding, WeddingsJessica PeddicordComment

Earlier this week, I shared all about our cocktail hour as a part of Our Southern Wedding blog series. Today, I want to show y'all the beautiful newlywed photos we took as we snuck away while our friends and family were enjoying some wine, cheese, and games!

I absolutely adore these cocktail hour photos miss Perry Vaile captured for us! Make sure to read our feature and interview on the Southern Weddings blog for more details!

Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Peony Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Bridesmaids' Blue rings as Something Borrowed and Something Blue | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

The something borrowed, blue, old and new tradition is one of my favorites, and I had so much fun gathering all of these pieces! A few of my sweet bridesmaids leant me their rings, each with blue stones, for my something borrowed and something blue. I had them tied to my bridal bouquet, so that I could carry a piece of them with me throughout our wedding day! 

Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

While these moments sure were sweet, we of course found ways to make them silly! We both find it important to let loose and have fun, and our newlywed photos were no exception! PS ladies - find a guy who can help you fix your hair when it gets windblown, and you've got a keeper!! 

Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Groom in Navy Gingham Shirt, White Suspenders and a Bright Blue Kenneth Cole Suit | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Groom in Navy Gingham Shirt, White Suspenders and a Bright Blue Kenneth Cole Suit | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Groom in Navy Gingham Shirt, White Suspenders and a Bright Blue Kenneth Cole Suit | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Isn't Zack just the perfect example of a dapper Southern gentleman? I still cannot get over how amazing his groom's attire was! One of his favorite details was the crisp white suspenders he wore under his jacket, and I love them too! Such a fun way to add character to his look. Especially since they pop so nicely against his navy gingham button down!

Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Bride in Floral Lace and Tulle Reem Acra Gown with Kate Spade Crystal Arches Necklace and Low Messy Bun | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Southern Bride in Floral Lace and Tulle Reem Acra Gown with Kate Spade Crystal Arches Necklace and Low Messy Bun | Sweet Newlywed Photos after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Looking at these photos reminds me of the excitement I felt when I found my wedding gown! When I stepped out of the fitting room in front of the mirrors, I could not stop beaming! I kept touching each part of the dress, from the stunning beaded floral lace to the delicate tulle skirt, twirling all the while. I remember saying that I did not want to take it off, which is when my mom, sister and I all realized that it was the one!! I loved my dress so much that I included the floral lace detail as a pattern on our invitations and as the backdrop for our escort card display!

Sweet Newlywed Photos in a Field of Tall Grass after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Sweet Newlywed Photos in a Field of Tall Grass after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Sweet Newlywed Photos in a Field of Tall Grass after our Wedding Ceremony | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Groom Holding Blush and Fuchsia Poeny Bridal Bouquet with Peach Juliet Garden Roses and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Tall Field of Grass Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

As always, a big thanks to all of our sweet vendors who made our wedding day possible!

Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDNAmsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN

Our Southern Wedding | Our Cocktail Hour Details

Our Wedding, WeddingsJessica Peddicord1 Comment

Happy Tuesday, y'all! For those of you who have been following along with our wedding posts, today's blog post will be a continuation of all things wedding related! After our wedding ceremony, Zack and I snuck away for some newlywed photos. During that time, our friends and family enjoyed a sweet and casual cocktail hour full of games, yummy cheese and wine, and lots of laughter!

I absolutely adore these cocktail hour photos miss Perry Vaile captured for us! Make sure to read our feature and interview on the Southern Weddings blog for more details!

Cocktail Hour Lounge Soft Seating Area with Custom Watercolor Pillows | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Cocktail Hour Lounge Soft Seating Area with Custom Watercolor Pillows | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Cocktail Hour French Blue Striped Cocktail Tables tied with Eucalyptus Leaves | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Creating a comfortable environment for all of our friends and family was an absolute must. Luckily, I have the sweetest friend Charity of Honeybee Events who has the most gorgeous collection of rentals, which we used to create a soft seating area downstairs by the golf course! But really, how gorgeous are those gold end tables and coordinating gold coffee table? And that tufted sofa? Yes please, I'll take one for our apartment! You may or may not recognize it from the SJM Lifestyle product shoot, which took place at Charity's loft!

In order to personalize our lounge area, I designed custom pillows featuring some of our favorite patterns and details. One of the pillows featured our custom watercolor wedding crest on the front, and the floral lace pattern from my wedding gown hand drawn and printed in French blue on the back. The other two pillows had a pattern created from our invitation suite florals (invitation details coming to a blog post soon!). I loved these pillows so much that I even added them to the lifestyle shop!

Our wonderful planner, stylist, and floral designer Becca of Rebecca Rose Events then helped me brainstorm other ideas for the cocktail hour seating. I had shared with her my love of pattern, florals, and eucalyptus leaves, and they came up with the most darling high boy table idea based on my design interests! We used French blue striped linens which were tied in the center by a garland of eucalyptus leaves, and topped with the sweetest pink peonies, white stock, and more eucalyptus leaves! Her amazing partner Betsy and their wonderful team then brought that vision to life on our wedding day!

Clear Top Wedding Tent with Italian String Lights | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Calligraphy Escort Cards with Gold Wax Seal Wedding Crest | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Calligraphy Escort Cards with Gold Wax Seal Wedding Crest | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Calligraphy Escort Cards with Gold Wax Seal Wedding Crest | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Love Letters on a Wedding Escort Card Display | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

These darling little escort cards were some of my favorite details to create! Soft French blue brush calligraphy adorned metallic blush cards which were topped with gold wax seals featuring the simplified version of our wedding crest. So much love and attention in such a small card!

We displayed these on the scoreboard of our golf course venue, but I didn't love the natural look of the board. So, I designed a backdrop to cover the board with the lace pattern from my wedding gown hand drawn and in the same French blue as the escort cards. It added the perfect pop of color and texture!!

Zack and I wrote each other lots of love letters while we were dating long-distance (more on that to come in a later post!), and knew we wanted to carry those sweet details into our wedding design. We sprinkled a few snippets of our letters to one another across the escort card display as well, and surrounded the letters with more eucalyptus leaves. While I could have chosen to calligraph the letters, I thought it was so sweet to leave them in our natural handwriting. There's something so real and raw about that!

Advice for the Newlyweds Cards | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Bar Signage, Custom Calligraphy Wedding Koozies, and Custom Gold Foil Wedding Crest Cocktail Napkins | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Watercolor Cheese Signage and Custom Gold Foil Wedding Crest Cocktail Napkins | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Our favorite household snack is a simple cheese board accompanied by the tastiest crackers and a glass of red wine. To keep our cocktail hour "us" - we decided to provide a beautiful cheese display and a variety of beer and wine for our guests to enjoy. Our cocktail hour was only 30 minutes, so we didn't want to overwhelm our guests with too many hors d'oeuvres prior to dinner! And of course, I had to create signage for everything! Once we move into a kitchen with more wall space, you can bet these will be framed proudly in our home! I love creating decor that can then be used as home decor for years to come! 

In keeping with the notion of Southern hospitality, I designed some fun pieces to help keep our guests crumb-free and their hands nice and warm while keeping their beers cold - napkins and koozies! I loved our wedding crest so much that I had it gold foil stamped onto navy and fuchsia cocktail napkins. Our wedding hashtag, #jessgetsapeddi, was underneath our crest to encourage our friends and family to share photos using the hashtag! A sweet and simple reminder, without needing to create any extra signage!

We also had a lot of fun with our koozies, which were also our wedding favors. We know we weren't reinventing the wheel by any means with this favor idea, but knew that it was the most fun and practical option that would get used time and time again - especially with football season coming up! I designed a feminine pink koozie for the ladies, with "let love brew" in calligraphy on one side, our crest on the other, and "bottoms up!" on the base of the koozies. The gents (and UT loving ladies!) got UT orange koozies with "I volunteer for beer!" (a phrase Zack came up with as a play on the Tennessee Volunteers, so clever!) on one side, our crest on the other, and #GBO on the bottom. They were a hit!!

Finally, we knew we wanted to have a few activities for our guests to do during the time when we were tucked away taking pictures. One of these activities was a guest book alternative in the form of advice for the newlyweds cards. We had them displayed by the bar, so guests could fill them out while waiting for their drinks! Zack and I had SO much fun reading through everyones responses after our honeymoon, and have them displayed in the cutest little gold and glass shadow box on our coffee table!

Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Custom Gold Foil Wedding Crest Playing Cards | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Wedding Corn Hole | Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography
Blush and Navy Wedding with Fuchsia, French Blue and Gold Accents | Simply Jessica Marie's Southern Wedding at Gettysvue Golf Course and Country Club in Knoxville Tennessee | Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

Playing games, whether they are board games, Jenga, corn hole, or card games, is a big part of our relationship and our family. To create a truly fun and relaxing environment for our guests, we brought together all of those details and infused them into our cocktail hour! We wanted to ensure that guests of all ages had something entertaining to do!!

Another one of my favorite design details was the custom gold foil playing cards I created featuring our wedding crest! Our flower girls absolutely loved that idea, and may or may not have stolen the decks from the rest of our guests! I'm excited to teach our kids and grandbabies how to play Spoons and I Doubt It on these decks of cards one day!!

As always, a big thanks to all of our sweet vendors who made our wedding day possible!

Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDNAmsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN