Fall Wedding

Erica & Dennis' Intimate Wedding at a State Park

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Erica and Dennis are a lovely, creative couple from Washington D.C. who I had the privilege of working with the month of their wedding! I love taking a brides vision and creating her dream day, but when a bride wants the freedom to create on her own, I also love helping with the last minute details and coordinating the wedding day. Erica was the latter, with Dennis her strong partner along the way. I hope you enjoy reading about their intimate wedding. 

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Erica and Dennis' day started off with what she describes as her favorite part!

One of my favorite moments from the day was our first look. I didn't have cold feet, but was feeling nervous about everything coming together. When I saw him, though, I instantly felt at ease, burst into tears of happiness and knew that it was going to be a perfect day.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Dennis and Erica's love story poured into their day and really represented who they are as a couple.

Dennis and I were together for 6 years before we got engaged during a weekend treehouse camping trip. We love being outdoors and knew immediately that we'd want to have a small, rustic outdoor wedding in my hometown of Nashville, TN. We live in Washington, DC so had to do a lot of the planning from afar, which was sometimes challenging, especially when it came to venue selection. We were initially thinking of a farm wedding, but found most of them to be way beyond our budget so we tried to think of other outdoor options like a nice rental house, garden or park. When we found Montgomery Bell State Park, we knew that it was the perfect place to say I do, surrounded by the beauty of nature and love of all our family and friends.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

DIY Decor!

When it came to decorations, we knew we wanted to DIY as much as we could since Dennis is so creative. In fact, his very first gift to me was a bracelet made out of a bicycle spoke (he's a bike mechanic!) so as a token of gratitude for sharing our day with us, he made a bicycle spoke bracelet for each of our guests. Everything had our touch, from the songs we chose to walk down the aisle, to the pumpkin decorations we grew, to the bicycle pie topper Dennis made, each selection we made represented us individually and as a couple.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom
Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Erica's advice for other brides:

My advice to other brides is to not get too focused on making sure all the little details are perfect because things will inevitably go wrong at some point, but luckily it's not about those things, it's about marrying the love of your life and that's what makes it the perfect day.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Guest Count: 40
Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Weddings & Events
Ceremony Venue: Montgomery Bell State Park – Lake Woodhaven
Reception Venue: Montgomery Bell State Park – Golf Pro Shop
Photographer: Whitney Raquel Photography
Florals: Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm
Centerpieces: DIY (with flowers from Basil & Bergamot)
Catering: Jim 'N Nick's
Pies: Papa C Pies
DJ: Friend of couple, Matt Suitt
Hair & Makeup: Blowout Company
Officiant: Sherrie Binkley

Locklane Weddings & Events, Intimate fall wedding at a Tennessee state park | Photo by Whitney Madlom

Cortnie + Jay's Narrow Gate Wedding

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

Narrow Gate Foundation is a non-profit that is near and dear to my heart. My husband and many of our friends have graduated from this program that is geared at helping young men find their purpose. Through Christian discipleship, challenging adventures, and biblical training, they equip these young men for life.

When I was called and asked to coordinate a wedding on the Narrow Gate property for a graduate, I immediately said yes. And I'm so glad I did! I was lucky enough to form a friendship not just my lovely bride Cortnie, but also her son, her mom, the groom's mom... well basically the whole family. They were the perfect reminder of why I love to plan weddings! To help take away any stress and to see the happy outcome of not just the commitment of two people in love, but also the coming together of two families.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

Father/son love is the best! Mr. Hardin has been a wonderful role model to prep Jay for his new commitment as husband to Cortnie and dad to (adorable) Jayden.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

I asked Cortnie what her favorite part of the day was:

Pastor Steve telling Jay that he could kiss his bride :)
Jay said "Thank God!" and I put my hands around his neck.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

Cortnie has great advice for other brides!

Try to stay calm, not everything is going to go as planned but it will be ok :) No one else is going to notice the mishaps and in the moment, they really aren't that big of a deal. Also, get help from anyone and everyone who is wiling. You don't have to do EVERYTHING by yourself. That really helped me a lot.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

This sign sits at the entrance of the barn and holds the names of all the graduates since it started 10 years ago. If you look closely at the last line, just to the left of the flowers, you'll see my husband's name!
Jay came to Narrow Gate a few years later. Not everyone is close and none of the relationships are perfect, which fits exactly with the resounding description of what Narrow Gate is -- it's a family.

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
 Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding
Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding

Guest Count: 85
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Narrow Gate Foundation
Photographer: Audrey Curran Photography
Planner: Megan Scurlock, Locklane Weddings & Events
Hair & Makeup: Babe Beauty Bar
Officiant: Pastor Steve Berger, Grace Chapel
Catering: Family
Dress: She wore her mother's dress!
Florals: DIY by Family and Mother of the Bride's Friend, Bonnie

Locklane Weddings & Events, Nashville Planner - Narrow Gate Foundation Barn Wedding