Good morning and a very happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend full of fun and spring vibes (yes, spring OFFICIALLY starts on Wednesday – hallelujah!). I’m a summer girl, so warm weather and sunshine is when I feel completely content with life. Guessing I’m not the only one huh?!
On to today’s real wedding which is an encapsulating outdoor gypsy union in the waterfalls of Foster Falls, Tennessee. I have to admit, we were utterly blown away by this wedding from the moment we laid eyes on it. Everything about it is so unique, so boho and intricately true to the couple’s vibes and free spirited souls. Both Margaret and Garrison are creatives at heart, with him working in the music industry and her running her own incredibly hip upcycling clothing brand – Bohemian Seed.
You may notice that there weren’t many suppliers involved in this wedding, and that’s because Margaret and Garrison made absolutely everything and created an artistic DIY masterpiece all by themselves. They used bohemian drapes, cushions and rugs, vintage decor and weaved in Margaret’s traveler heritage to create a magnificently authentic and soulful wedding….
My grandmother is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, and I grew up in a huge bohemian family that was awash with vibrant colors, creativity and handmade everything. Garrison and I are both avid travelers, and we drew a lot of our inspiration from our own personal styles, and other cultures that have inspired us over the years during our travels.
Rachael Crowe was the lucky girl who got to share this wedding, and her collection is without words. She’s now become a firm friend of the pair, and we hope to bring you more of her work throughout the year.
Waterfalls, barefoot beauty and an epic journey of love through the wilderness, this wedding is stunningly different, bursting with vibrant, gypsy charm. Here’s Margaret to tell you all about it….
Engaged in New York with 1940’s Diamond Ring
Garrison works in the music industry, so he travels a lot for work. He asked me if I wanted to accompany him to New York for the weekend, because he had to attend a very important meeting there, and thought we could make a fun weekend out of it. I agreed to go, and when we arrived, he immediately surprised me by taking me to the diamond district to look at rings, specifically one we had seen on Etsy that was from a private seller. It’s a beautiful vintage statement ring from the 1940’s. I said ‘YES’ and it was a perfect weekend!
Outdoor Nature Wedding by the Waterfalls with Tipi Reception
We were married at Hemlock Falls in Sequatchie, Tennessee, USA. We actually found it hiking one day. The venue is a private property next to a popular waterfall hiking destination called Foster Falls.
We had a tipi style burning man tent for the reception dinner (the ceremony and reception were at the same site). It was a beautifully spacious outdoor venue with lots of old growth trees, and a breathtaking bluff overlook where we exchanged vows and said ‘I do’.
Special Moments Captured at the Falls….
Rachael Crowe was our wedding photographer, and we’re proud to say she’s now our dear friend! She was an absolute dream to work with. She went above and beyond to capture the most special details of the day, even hightailing it up and down the hiking trails with us shortly before the ceremony to capture some unbelievable shots of us in front of the Falls. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience with her as our photographer.
Personalised Ceremony Officiated by Best Friend
We had a short and sweet ceremony, I think it lasted all of about 15 minutes. Our dearest friend, Taylor, officiated for us. He wrote a very special and personal script for our big day, and he refused to share it with us until the ceremony. It was his surprise wedding gift to us. We exchanged personal vows (both cried a bit) and then said ‘WE DO’! I walked down the aisle to ‘Follow the Sun’ by Xavier Rudd, and we walked away as husband and wife to ;Send Me On My Way’ by Rusted Root.
Stunning Geometric Arbor Backdrop
My dad hand built our geometric arbor. I had been collecting vintage rugs for the rug runner I’d walk down the aisle on since we’d gotten engaged. The benches we used were borrowed from Garrison’s Uncle who uses them in the barn on his farm property in Georgia. The entire event was a family affair. We built everything from scratch with the help of our friends and family, and even used some decor from our house for the final touches.
Upcycled DIY Wedding, Foraged Flowers and Vintage Inspiration
The entire event was DIY! I’m an entrepreneur in the form of modernising and upcycling vintage clothing (my creations can be found at Bohemian Seed) and Garrison is a concert promoter and events coordinator, so we are self-proclaimed eclectic masterminds. We knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be a combination of our favourite things – nature, vintage decor, vegetarian food, good music, and community. To keep everything as DIY as could be, we pulled together borrowed pieces from friends and family, pieces that I had collected specifically for the event, and even incorporated pieces from our own home into the ceremony and reception. I didn’t even purchase florals for decor. I used dried Japanese Lanterns growing behind a family friend’s home, bowls of fruit and brass decor, and I foraged flowers along the path to Foster Falls the day of the event for my bouquet.
Eclectic Gypsy Wedding Attire and Barefoot Bride and Groom
I wore an antique Afghan wedding dress that I modernised into the Bohemian wedding dress of my dreams. I wanted something eclectic and colourful that I felt both comfortable and beautiful in, and wore an array of gypsy jewellery to match.
We both went barefoot! I wore gold gypsy anklets with jingle bells for a little extra pizazz! I did my own hair in a pinch. It turned out to be kind of a messy low-do, but it went with the dress and the theme of the day… bohemian, laid back and fun!
Russian Vintage Shirt and Scarf
Garrison wore his favourite pair of slacks, a vintage Russian wedding shirt, and a scarf that I made from remnants of my dress alterations.
We didn’t have a bridal party, because we wanted to keep it simple and have no pressure on anyone of our friends and families. We just wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the day together.
Mediterranean Vegetarian Banquet Served on Vintage Brass Platters
Kabobster provided a stunning array of Mediterranean vegetarian food. We had lovely spiced potatoes, grilled vegetables, basmati rice, dolmas (grape leaves), falafal bites, hummus, baba ghanouj (eggplant dip), tandoor bread & pita, burek (like a lovely warm croissant stuffed with cheese and spinach), tabouli (parsley, tomatoes, onion & bulgar wheat), feta cheese spring rolls, and huge greek salads). I had collected lots of beautiful large vintage brass platters and bowls, and we were able to use them in serving the food. It turned out to be an excellent display!
Delicious Platter of Baklava
We opted for a beautiful giant platter of baklava instead of wedding cake. It’s our favourite, and we catered Mediterranean food, so it kept with the theme.
Our first dance was to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – ‘That’s What’s Up’.
It’s our favourite band, and one of our favourite songs. It’s about being best friends forever, and it’s been our song essentially since we met. We actually met at an Edward Sharpe concert, so it was fitting.
I have to say, I can’t choose just one special moment! The whole day felt like a dream turned reality. Everything from walking down the aisle with my dad, hearing Taylor’s script that he wrote so specifically for us, exchanging handwritten vows, the food, the first dance, watching the sun set. It was all so purely and truly magical!
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t overthink it. BE PRESENT, and enjoy each moment. Because what they say is true, months and months of planning flies by in just a few hours. It all happens so fast! Take a deep breath, and just enjoy each other.