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Chapel in the Hollow Micro Wedding in Tennessee

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This savvy couple planned a charming wedding in the woods with 32 guests and it is so inspiring. They really made sure to make savvy choices, including choosing a venue that included photography, officiant, decorations, and a coordinator all in one price. We especially love their choice to use succulents for their floral arrangements!
Chapel in the Hollow Micro Wedding in Tennessee

Lauren + Matthew

Seymour, Tennessee
06/11/2022 · 32 guests
Total wedding budget $1,900

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Cake/Dessert
  • Rentals
  • Planner
  • Photography
  • Partner 1 Attire
  • Partner 2 Attire
  • Stationery
  • Total wedding budget
wedding invitation
bridal portrait, succulent bouquet

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

Not really. Almost all decorations and flower arrangements were provided by the venue as it was offered in the packages. There was a wooden table that was set up for the cake and we brought small items and flowers from Hobby Lobby to decorate.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We incorporated a western/country theme into our wedding since my husband was born and raised in New Mexico and I was born and raised in Tennessee. Using succulents, turquoise bolo ties, and square-toe Ariat boots.

groom walking down the aisle
bride walking down the aisle
ceremony exit

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

Looking into my husband’s eyes as his father who was marrying us, read the statement of purpose, the declaration of intent, and prepared our vows for us.

bride and groom
bride and groom
bride and groom

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

We picked the venue that provided all the most important things for us for our day. The venue, photography, officiant, decorations, and coordinator, were all included in one price. I bought a dress from a boutique that housed last season’s wedding dresses and all of the proceeds went to nonprofit organizations in Bristol.

What was your biggest splurge?

My wedding dress for sure. My plan is that this will be my first and only marriage, so I won’t have to do this again. So I’ll only need one wedding dress in my life, and I want it to be the right one, the perfect one for me.

bridal portrait
succulent bouquet

What were your favorite details?

This small chapel in the middle of the green woods. Very charming and quaint, and perfect for a micro wedding.

cake stand
bride and groom

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

We’ve been married almost 3 weeks now and all the small details I agonized over truly do not matter. I don’t even remember the little things. It’s fine to pay attention to details but don’t lose sleep. Enjoy being in the moment of being a fiancé.

bride and groom kiss