A Southern “Salvage” Wedding

Last Saturday one of our team member’s youngest son married his best friend. The wedding took place on a beautiful 600 acre hunting farm in the picturesque mountains of Fayetteville, Tennessee. It was a perfect day!

Planning a wedding on a farm with a beautiful new barn, lots of trees, freshly cut fields, wild turkeys and deer grazing in the background, doesn’t require much more than what nature has already provided. Since we own an architectural salvage store and have access to some pretty incredible finds, we could not resist contributing a few elements from Southern Accents to this already amazing venue.

The groom mentioned that he wanted some type of archway to use as a backdrop for the ceremony. Garlan immediately pointed to an 8 foot, wrought iron, arched trellis and gate sitting on the iron lot. Our team member, and mother-of-the groom, admitted that she has been on that iron lot numerous times taking pictures of every corner, nook, and cranny, but never once noticed that very large piece of ironwork! How could she have missed it? If you have ever been to our showroom, you already know the answer to that question. We have so many beautiful works of art it is easy to overlook one element because your focus is on another. Each time you pass through our showroom you most likely will see something new just by focusing your eyes in a new direction.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

This wrought iron arched trellis and gates became the perfect backdrop for a perfect Southern wedding!

The groom took one look at the arched trellis and thought it was perfect… exactly what he had in mind. The magnificent piece was disassembled and hauled to the mountains, along with a few other pieces found sitting around the showroom and tucked away in the corners of the warehouse. Once reassembled at the farm, the large wrought iron ensemble was decorated with hydrangeas and grapevine and became the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony. Although it could have been painted, its rusty state could not have been more appropriate for the natural setting the farm provided.

Two 1880's wrought iron gates were used to create an entrance for the wedding guests.

Two 1880’s wrought iron gates were used to create an entrance for the wedding guests.

A pair of unique 1880’s wrought iron gates were also taken and used as an entryway for the guests. Mason jars were equipped with wire handles and hung on shepherds hooks at the end of each row of seats, each one housing a simple bouquet of hydrangeas. A custom chalkboard framed with salvaged wood was decorated with a sweet request from the bride and groom to pick a seat, not a side. An old six pane window was turned into a menu board for the reception.

This wood window frame was hung from a tree and provided a fun picture op for the wedding guests!

This wood window frame was hung from a tree and provided a fun picture op for the wedding guests!

A final contribution from the store was one that provided some really fun picture ops for the guests! When digging through the warehouse we ran across a glassless window frame. The frame was hung in a tree and presented as a ‘picture frame’ for photos. The guests took advantage and some really fun photos, and memories, were captured.

The antique and salvage pieces taken from Southern Accents to a farm in Tennessee are items that most likely were destined for a landfill before we rescued them. This past weekend they were repurposed and used to help set the stage for what turned out to be a perfect wedding. Visit our Pinterest page to view more pictures from this farm wedding and gather a few ideas of how you can incorporate salvage items into the décor of your next big event!

Written By: Lisa Jones
Photos By: Sharon Tucker & Lisa Jones

This custom chalk board framed with salvaged wood was used to convey a sweet message from the bride and groom to the guests.

This custom chalk board framed with salvaged wood was used to convey a sweet message from the bride and groom to the guests.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The chalk board was placed on a wood easel which greeted guests as they arrived.

This salvaged window was used to display the reception menu.

This salvaged window was used to display the reception menu.

Each pane of this salvaged window was painted by hand and displayed at the reception tent.

Each pane of this salvaged window was painted by hand and displayed at the reception tent.

Mason jars were equipped with wire hangers, filled with small floral bouquets, and hung from shepherds hooks at the end of each row of chairs.

Mason jars were equipped with wire hangers, filled with small floral bouquets, and hung from shepherds hooks at the end of each row of chairs.

Using mason jars was a great way to repurpose existing containers.

Using mason jars was a great way to repurpose existing containers. Mason jars were also used as drinking glasses and added a definite “Southern” charm to this outdoor farm wedding.

Making use of what is already on hand, this front loader was used to ice down soft drinks!

Making use of what was already on hand, this front loader was used to ice down soft drinks!

The happy bride and groom!

The happy bride and groom!


4 responses to “A Southern “Salvage” Wedding

  • Judy Buchanan

    Loved and enjoyed each of these photos. Absolutely beautiful with each detail. Especially loved the iced drinks in the tractor bucket. My daughter, Andrea and Edwin Marty married on a farm also. They used an old footed tub for the drinks and the wedding guest favors were sunflower seeds in small brown bags.
    Congratulations on a beutiful ceremony.
    Judy Buchanan – Bham

  • Marcia Picha Keys

    I also loved these photos! Great ideas, beautiful flowers, everything was just right. I wish I had seem something like this before I planned my wedding to Doc last year! We will drive down to Cullman from Nashville one of these days to visit your shop again. It’s always a pleasure.

  • Gail

    How perfect and so simple with a beautiful backdrop of the outside!

  • Gena Black

    I love the beautiful photos! What a unique and different way to celebrate starting marriage together! You were outside in God’s creation and used your own special touches of the farm (the easle with “not picking sides” is great!)- simply wonderful!

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