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A Nashville Secret Garden Elopement Styled Shoot at Travellers Rest

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Secret Garden was (and still is) one of my favorite stories. I remember watching the movie over and over when I was a kid! So garden walls covered in ivy, perfectly manicured hedges and wrought iron gates have always seemed to tug at my heartstrings! And when I set eyes on the beautiful photos by Abby Leighanne Photography, it had me dreaming of all things carefree and whimsical inside these garden walls. 

"I hear elopements are in" was the theme of this styled shoot at the beautiful Travellers Rest Plantation. And that, they are! Abby Leighanne's collaboration with a team of local Nashville area wedding professionals came to fruition on a gorgeous spring day on the beautiful historical property. Charming, delightful light and airy come to mind when looking through these beautiful inspirational images. Take a look:

Styled Shoot Date | 3/23/2016

Styled Shoot Location | Historical Travellers Rest Plantation, Nashville, TN

Planning | Adriel Nutter Events

Photographer | Abby Leighanne Photography

Photographer | Derek Couts Photography

Flowers | A Village of Flowers

Cake | Tis So Sweet

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Decor | Ultrapom

Invitations | Darby Cards

Hair + Makeup | Southern Belle Beauty

Dress | Fabulous Frocks

Tux | Street Tuxedo

Tell us about the shoot vision.

Abby Leighanne: I've always adored the idea of a small intimate elopement. Weddings can be big and beautiful, but there's so much love in a tiny elopement. And just because it's an elopement, doesn't mean that you can skip out on all the details. I really wanted to show how beautiful and detailed an elopement can be. Travellers Rest provided a beautiful historical backdrop to the shoot. Since moving from the mountains, I fell in love with the magnolia trees, plantation homes, and big front porches. I asked Derek to shoot alongside me just to see the same things from a different point of view.

What was the theme and what inspired it?

Abby Leighanne: "I hear eloping is in" was the theme. We used Travellers Rest as a vintage, garden party, and romantic historic vibe. We loved pale shades of pinks, peach and golds.

What details were used to create the theme?

Abby Leighanne: We started with a Pinterest board and let our "friendors" go wild with their own vision. The bouquet was by far one of my favorite details from the day and they were donated to the nursing home that I work for afterwards.

Thank you for sharing your inspiration with ABG, Abby!

All photos by Abby Leighanne Photography and Derek Courts Photography

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send Posted on July 15, 2016 | Filed under: Inspiration & Trends, Photography, Wedding Style - Garden, Outdoor,

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