Dana and Brantley’s spring wedding at Butterfly Hollow, just outside of Nashville, turned out just the way they’d dreamed. They knew they wanted a quiet, intimate wedding. They knew they wanted their family and closest friends by their sides. And they knew they wanted to be married in a beautiful, natural setting. On March 23, all their wishes came true!
If you haven’t been to Butterfly Hollow you are missing one of Tennessee’s jewels. Nestled among the hills an hour east of Nashville, this quaint bed and breakfast is known for its old-fashioned charm. Just 15 minutes from the interstate, the short drive to the property offers pastoral scenery at every turn. Barns, cattle, streams, and colorful hills welcome you on your way in. Dana and Brantley traveled to Tennessee from their home in Waycross, Georgia, just north of the Florida state line, and planned their trip to include their intimate wedding day at Butterfly Hollow, as well as a few fun sightseeing days in Nashville.
Keeping it simple
Dana’s down-to-earth sensibilities meant keeping her day as simple as possible — so she planned ahead with several DIY details. She created sweet bridemaids’ bouquets for her three sisters and paired them with blush pashminas as gifts. For her wedding gown, Dana chose a sleeveless blush sheath featuring a keyhole bodice set off with matching sequins. Her jewelry was likewise classic and simple, and she wore delicate satin flats. This bride was lucky enough to have her three sisters in attendance, who happily doted on her wedding hairstyle and makeup! (This part of the day was so much fun! With Dana, her sisters, mother, and grandmother all together, the cozy cabin was filled with teasing and laughter all afternoon!)
Luckily Dana and Brantley didn’t try to take on too much themselves. Two Fat Men Catering provided a buffet dinner as well as the delicious wedding cake. And at Butterfly Hollow, Dave, the owner takes care of so much! He personally oversees every aspect of the property, as well as officiating and the flowers. After the ceremony, all the guests enjoyed southern bbq and ice tea under the twinkling lights of the open-air barn.
Fresh air and spring romance
Butterfly Hollow offers such beautiful choices for romantic bride and groom portraits! And while I have shot summer and fall weddings there, spring was a new delight! By late afternoon, the sunlight was simply glowing. I couldn’t wait to walk down to the old-fashioned country lane, which creates such a charming romantic backdrop. There is just so much inspiration, as the property also features gardens, a bridge, a porch swing, and flowers of every kind. Luckily for me, Dana and Brantley were laid back and eager to explore all the creative possibilities, which truly made my heart sing. Their wedding day happiness was overflowing, as these photos beautifully show.