Eyecandy: Gorgeous Garden-Inspired Wedding!!
The old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder” has proven true once again. Though Caroline Estopinal and Clark Brewer dated for six years, they didn’t talk much about getting married. But while she studied in Italy and he worked in New Zealand, everything changed. The pair met up on the Amalfi Coast, where Clark had a surprise—a hand-forged ring and a proposal. They later married in a European-style chapel and celebrated with guests in the backyard of Caroline’s parents’ home. “We wanted it to feel more like a summer garden party than a wedding,” says Caroline. “And we were inspired by the farm-to-table look to keep it warm, relaxed, and intimate.”
Built in 1928, the Wightman Chapel in Nashville is on the National Historic Register.
The bridesmaids all wore the same dress by Bari Jay.
The couple chose the Wightman Chapel for its Gothic architecture, which reminded them of their European engagement.
Garden roses in various shades of pink give the bouquet dimension.
Caroline carried the same Bible down the aisle as her mother and grandmother and also wore the same earrings.
A trolley took the wedding party from the ceremony to the backyard reception.
The backyard reception was inspired by the movie Father of the Bride. Long tables accomodated 275 guests.
Inspired by her grandmother's love of china, Caroline decided to serve dinner on mixed china patterns. Instead of renting so many different sets, she and her mom scoured thrift shops, flea markets, and antiques stores to collect enough to serve all 275 guests.
"I wanted the frosting to look unpretentious— like my grandmother had iced it,” Caroline says of her towering, five-tier cake.