Emily + Ben: A Vintage Tennessee Wedding by Gideon Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

From fond farewells to an emotional first look, Emily and Ben’s sweet Southern wedding is filled with special moments. Their vintage-inspired affair took place on a cool October day on the grounds of the Heartwood Hall estate just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and we love how they blended traditional rustic touches with a modern hipster aesthetic. Special thanks to Gideon Photography for sharing photos from the day with us! You can view even more details in the full gallery.

Emily and Ben originally met at a conference in Monterey, California. She ended up moving from Tennessee to California to intern at the church that hosted the conference, and Ben happened to be a youth pastor at the very same church. He waited a full year for her to complete her internship before asking her on their first date with an elaborate scavenger hunt. The duo exchanged vows back in Tennessee during the Fall of Emily’s twenty-first year, which had always been a dream for the bride.

“We really wanted our wedding to be something that everyone attending would enjoy,” says the bride, and it was the details beyond the decor that ensured this to be true. “Our DJ was really fun and interactive with the crowd,” says Emily. “And it was great having the staff of Heartwood Hall there—my family could enjoy [the party] and I wasn’t stressing out about getting everything done!”

The sweet night ended with a streamer-filled send-off for the couple and s’mores favors for the guests. Thanks again to Gideon Photography for sharing the day with us! You can see the complete wedding in our main gallery, and, if you’re looking for more rustic wedding inspiration, be sure to check out Kalista and Kyle’s creative eco-friendly fête or Brittany and Brian’s luxe vintage wedding on a farm.

Photos by Gideon Photography • Bridal Gown by Mon Cheri from Barefoot Bride • Bridal Shoes by Steve Madden •  Venue: Heartwood Hall DJ: Jordabella Entertainment • Hair and Make Up by Emily Hamrick • Cake by Rebekah Smith • Invitations by Southern Grace Boutique

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  • I am a photographer in Memphis, TN, and I love Heartwood Hall! The s’more idea is so cute! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful wedding.