Real Country Wedding: Chelsea Howell

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We take great joy in sharing these real weddings with you as they are filled with rustic wedding style, creativity, and even a few DIY country wedding ideas along the way. Our hope is that these Real Country Weddings will inspire and guide you as you plan your own country wedding.

Our very first bride is Chelsea Howell. Her lovely country wedding took place in a small, log chapel located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains near Sevierville, TN on November 1, 2014. While we could talk for days about this simple and chic wedding, we thought the bride would have more insight into her special day. We asked her a few simple questions with some of her responses actually bringing tears to our eyes.

What was the favorite part of your wedding day?

My favorite part of our wedding day was how intimate and relaxed the ceremony and reception was. Our reception was held in a beautiful log cabin located in the resort where we got married.  We loved being able to share our special day with our closest family and friends.

Did you guys do anything special such as carry on a tradition, honor someone who couldn’t be there or wear your mom’s/grandmother’s dress?

For my “something old” I wore my great-great grandmother’s wedding band. My mom also wore it on her wedding day. I also had a bouquet charm with a picture of me and my paternal grandfather who passed away 3 years ago. He loved to hunt and fish so I tied the charm on my bouquet with a piece of his favorite camo shirt.

What songs were a part of your day?

My dad walked me down the aisle to “Best Thing” by Anthem Lights. “Til My Last Day” by Justin Moore was the song playing when we left the chapel.

What was your something blue? 

I had a bridal bouquet charm from England with a lucky sixpence and a blue, guardian angel charm.

We love the cowboy boots. What prompted the decision to wear boots?

We had a destination wedding in a small log chapel located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The theme for my wedding was “country chic”. I love fashion but I’m a country girl at heart. I have always worn cowboy boots and wanted to be comfortable on my wedding day. I loved the look of my boots with my vintage style ivory lace gown.

The bride and groom sharing a kiss on a carousal. How romantic is that?

Remember that quaint cabin we were talking about? Here it is!

We love this idea for a photo! Bouquets and boots. Is there anything better?

What a creative way to capture the wedding rings!

The Mr. and Mrs. cutting the cake.

Mason jar goblets are the perfect way to share your first toast as a married couple.

Generations of brides.

Don’t miss the sweet message on the chalkboard welcoming guests to their day.

Presenting, the happy couple! Congratulations!

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Photo Credit: Teresa Howell/Picture Perfect Photography