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A Romantic Garden Elopement in Nashville | August 2

May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020

“All of it was so amazing and surreal. I wouldn’t change anything even if I could.” – Ashlyne

Ashlyne + Bailey Wed in a Nashville Garden Elopement, Complete with a Private First Dance

High school sweethearts Ashlyne and Bailey relished in their engagement and decided to keep their ceremony intimate. CJ’s Off the Square offers elopement packages for couples who want to marry in a romantic setting, but without a reception. We were thrilled to be a part of this pair’s intimate nuptials. Ashlyne and Bailey chose our “Elegant Elopement” package that includes our venue, a beautiful bouquet and matching boutonniere, and an officiant. Soooo easy and soooo beautiful!

 

Getting Ready

It was important to the couple for the ceremony to be very private. But Ashlyne made sure her mom and grandmother helped her get ready in our bridal suite. Bailey dressed in the wine cellar. The duo wrote their own vows and posed with them as a keepsake to remember the romance of their intimate ceremony.

 

Bride's vows with wedding rings on vanity / Elopement / Summer / August Groom getting ready before elopement at Nashville venue / Elopement / Summer / August Groom putting on his watch before ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Groom reciting vows in wine cellar of venue / Elopement / Summer / AugustGroom holding up his handwritten vows / Elopement / Summer / August Image of vanity in bridal dressing room with heels and vows / Elopement / Summer / August Bride's mother zipping up her dress / Elopement / Summer / August Bride putting on her shoes in bridal dressing room / Elopement / Summer / August Bride's mother attaching her veil / Elopement / Summer / August Close up of bride looking down in dressing room / Elopement / Summer / AugustBride holding up her wedding vows / Elopement / Summer / August

 

The Venue

CJ’s Off the Square offers a beautiful garden space that was in full bloom during this summer elopement. Winding pathways work their way through the garden, overlooked by tall trees and lots of greenery. We offer two elopement packages that meet the needs of any couple looking for an intimate wedding: Venue only or, our most popular, the totally turnkey Elegant Elopement Package.

 

Pathway in the garden of CJ's Off the Square / Elopement / Summer / August Garden of Nashville wedding venue / Elopement / Summer / August Decorative fence in the garden of wedding venue / Elopement / Summer / August

 

The Bride

Ashlyne stunned in a lace long sleeve beaded gown and a veil with floral accents. She carried a beautiful berry bouquet that was included in our Elegant Elopement Package.

 

Bride holding her bouquet / Elopement / Summer / August Bride smiling and holding bouquet / Elopement / Summer / August Back of bride's lace wedding dress / Elopement / Summer / August Close up of bride smiling with lace off shoulder dress / Elopement / Summer / AugustBride holding shoes in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August

 

The Groom

Bailey wore a navy tux and a checkered tie with a matching boutonniere to Ashlyne’s bouquet. Dressed up with gold accents, he stunned for his Bride.

 

Close up of groom putting on his watch / Elopement / Summer / August Groom smiling in garden / Elopement / Summer / August Groom posing with jacket over his shoulder / Elopement / Summer / August Groom posing with jacket over the shoulder / Elopement / Summer / August

 

The Ceremony

Ashlyne and Bailey were joined only by officiant Wes Howard in an intimate exchange of vows. Ashlyne made a magical Bridal entrance as the sound of rain surrounded them. The ceremony was held under the pavilion with our stunning Garden backdrop. Usually, a couple might panic but because we have the pavilion rain plan, it truly became the perfect setting. Almost like it was in a movie! After their exchange of vows, the rain cleared up and the couple took gorgeous portraits throughout the garden, followed up by an unbelievable rainbow overhead. Wow!

 

Bride and groom standing with officiant under chandelier / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom during private ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride smiling at groom during private ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Groom smiling at bride during vows / Elopement / Summer / August Bride wiping tears while groom reads his vows / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom holding hands and praying during ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Close up of bride and groom holding hands during their private ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom kissing at venue after their private ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom smiling after their wedding ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom having their private first dance / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom having their private first dance / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom having first dance in garden / Elopement / Summer / AugustRainbow above garden wedding venue / Elopement / Summer / August

 

Wedding Portraits by Austin Gros

When asked what advice she would give to other brides planning their wedding, Ashlyne said,

“Don’t stress about what everyone is going to think or say. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money just to make everyone else happy. This is about you and your partner. If you put too much focus on other things, you will look back one day and regret it. This is 100% of the reason we decided not to have any guests and I still don’t regret it. It was amazing and it’s a memory that will forever be ours and only ours to share.”

 

Bride and groom posing after wedding ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom touching faces after their wedding / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom about to kiss and holding bouquet / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom walking down the pathway in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom kissing under trees in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August Bride hugging groom from behind in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August Bride smiling and hugging groom from behind / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom smiling and posing for portraits / Elopement / Summer / August Bride smiling and looking at groom during portraits / Elopement / Summer / August Bride kissing groom's cheek / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom dancing in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August Bride twirling with groom in the garden / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom dancing after their ceremony / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom kissing in the garden of venue / Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom posing for portraits/ Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom walking down the stairs of CJ's Off the Square/ Elopement / Summer / August Bride and groom walking down the street next to CJ's Off the Square/ Elopement / Summer / August

 

The Nashville Garden Elopement Dream Team

 

Planning & Coordination: Kate Creech for CJ’s Off the Square

Photography: Austin Gros

Officiant: Wes Howard

Flowers: Garden Delights

Venue: CJ’s Off the Square

 

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