Summer Garden Wedding with Elegance and Whimsy | June 9

December 11, 2019
December 11, 2019

CJ's Off the Square made our wedding day a dream come true


“Our experience with CJ’s was perfect from the first time we took our tour to the end of our wedding night. All the staff are incredibly personable and willing to take the time to work with you and answer your questions. Our planner was so patient through the whole process, with all the changes I wanted and last minute questions. Our wedding day could literally not have been any more perfect!” – Kristina & Stephen


Kristina and Stephen’s Whimsical Destination Wedding in Nashville with shades of Dusty Rose, Peach, and Thistle Blue

When Kristina and Stephen tied the knot on this lovely summer day, the garden at CJ’s Off the Square was in full bloom! The couple traveled from Bowling Green, Kentucky to have their dreamy destination wedding with an emphasis on elegance and whimsy here in our lovely town of Franklin. With lots of fabulous little touches and flowers aplenty, we couldn’t be more proud of the way that their special day turned out.

Getting Ready

Nashville wedding venue CJ's Off the Square in historic downtown Franklin, TNWedding Invitations - Whimsical/Spring/May/Blush/Dusty Blue Beaded wedding dress hanging in bridal dressing room - Romantic/Spring/June/Dusty Rose/Blue/Peach Bride getting ready before garden wedding - Elegant/Spring/June Wedding/Blush/Peach/Blue Buttoning Bride's beaded dress before the ceremony - Elegant/Romantic/Spring/June/Blush/Peach/Blue Groom tying his tie, wearing college cuff links - Whimsical/Spring/June/Dusty Rose/Blush/Blue Bridal party walking down the stairs before ceremony - Elegant/Romantic/Spring/June/Peach/White/BlueGroom in grey suite with white ranunculus boutonniere


First Look

With Kristina in one of the most fabulous Maggie Sottero gowns we’ve ever seen and Stephen dawning his alumni cufflinks, this lovely pair had the most adorable first look! You could sense their excitement as they stood back to back and slowly turned around to catch a glimpse of one another. We truly adore the love between them!

First look before garden wedding, bride and groom back to back - Romantic/Spring/June/Green/Blue/White/Blush First look between bride and groom, starting to turn around before garden wedding - Romantic/Spring/June/Blue/Peach/Dusty Rose Bride and groom kissing after first look - Elegant/Spring/June/Blush/Blue/Peach Bride and groom walking through garden - Romantic/Spring/June/Green/Blue/White/Blush


Simple touches meant everything for this elegant-yet-ethereal garden wedding! Guests sipped on cucumber mint water while adding their names to the guest book. The most beautiful succulent arrangements garnished every table in sight, greenery was lush throughout the garden, and gold finishing touches brought everything together. At the end of the night, guests took home adorable skeleton key bottle openers for a fun play on the new couple’s last name: Locke.

Welcome table for garden wedding with card box - Whimsical/Spring/June/Blush/Peach/Green/Gold/Blue Garden of outdoor venue with string lights and greenery - Whimsical Wedding/Spring/June/Green/Blush/Blue Flowers decorating pagoda for garden wedding ceremony - Whimsical/Spring/June/Blush/Peach/Blue/ThistlesView of pagoda for outdoor garden wedding ceremony - Whimsical/Spring/June/Green/Blue/Blush/PeachBrown Fruitwood folding chairs for wedding ceremony with ivory rose and thistle accent lush and romantic summer garden wedding ceremony in front of a gazebo at CJ's Off the Square



Kristina was walked down the aisle by both parents as Stephen stood breathless at the altar, ready to marry the love of his life! A short ceremony joined the two as one and it couldn’t have been more beautiful!

Bridal party in peach dresses with flower girl - Elegant/Spring/June/Blush/Peach/Blue Groom and groomsmen silly photo - Elegant/Spring/June/Blue/Green/Blush/Peach Bride and groom kissing in front of bridal party in the garden - Romantic/Spring/June/Peach/Blush/Blue Bride's parents walking her down the aisle - Romantic/Spring/June/Blush/Blue/Peach Bride and groom laughing while exchanging rings - Elegant/Spring/June/Blush/Blue/Peach Bride and groom embrace after saying I Do - Romantic/Spring/June/Peach/Blush/Blue/Green



After the lovely garden ceremony, guests and newlyweds let down their hair and enjoyed their beautiful wedding cake, group dances, and nostalgia. Kristina and Stephen were sent on their way by a line of sparklers that shot through the air like the electricity in their kiss! We truly enjoyed being a part of their magical day.


The Nashville Spring Garden Wedding Dream Team


Planning & Coordination: Jennifer Rhem for CJ’s Off the Square

Photography: Sarah Nichole Photography

Invitations: Minted

Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero

Flowers:  Enchanted Florist

Catering: Red Pony Catering

Cake: Wolfe Gourmet Cakes

Rentals: Southern Events Party and Event Rental

Entertainment: Premier the Entertainment Company

Wedding Venue: CJ’s Off the Square


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