When Tennesse couple Margaret and Garrison decided to get married, they knew exactly how they wanted their day to look. Margaret and Garrison are traveling vintage collectors who repurpose and sell vintage clothing and accessories in a mobile gypsy wagon! They decided that their gypsy wedding would be a perfect extension of their gypsy lifestyle and incorporated items from their home and store.
For the venue, they chose Hemlock Falls. Hemlock Falls has a gorgeous view of the Cumberland Mountains and is close to Foster Falls which is an 80-foot waterfall with a suspension bridge and turquoise lake.
The couple was inspired by all of their favorite things – nature, vintage decor, vegetarian food, good music (Garrison is also a concert promoter), and community. So a bohemian bazaar was the perfect fit.
A bluff-side barefoot ceremony officiated by the couple’s dear friend was the perfect start to the festivities. The couple exchanged handwritten vows to each other along with their rings. Margaret forged some wildflowers to go along with some farmers market flowers for her bouquet. Margaret’s father carried the couple’s son, Quinn, down the aisle as well as escorted her. The bride’s dress was an antique Afghan wedding dress that she modernized into the custom dress of her dreams. She removed the sleeves and added some side panels, took in the waist, and added a zipper to make it easier to get in and out of. She also added some velvet to the bottom to add some length. Groom Garrison wore his favorite pair of pants and paired it with a vintage Russian wedding shirt. His scarf was made from leftover pieces of Margaret’s dress. Margaret added a gold gypsy anklet with jingle bells.
The reception was very DIY… Garrison’s friend in the music business was willing to loan them the tent from Burning Man. Garrison and his father made the reception tables and Margaret’s father built the geometric arch. They had floor pillows for seating under the tent and the vast array of antique rugs for the ceremony and dance floor. Not wanting everything to match perfectly, the couple borrow pieces from friends and family. Margaret also thrifted for almost a year to find pieces for the wedding. The mix-matched benches and church pews came from an Uncle’s farm.
Instead of floral for decor, the couple chose to pick a bunch of Japanese lanterns to dry and used them in vases. Then they decorated tables with assorted in-season fruit. Clementines, plums, grapes, figs were beautiful and the guests could snack on them as well. The couple chose a local Mediterranean restaurant for their catering. It also happened to be the same restaurant where they had their first date. For the wedding cake, the couple opted for assorted baklava. Large kegs of kombucha juice from a local juice shop served as the beverage of choice.
The couple made time to walk to the falls for some special portraits. The attention to detail paired with the creativity of this couple made this wedding one full of sentimental and personal touches that made it truly unique. We are so thankful that they were willing to share this special day with us.