Bride and groom hold hands as they walk ahead of their wedding party on the Lakeside Lawn

Sara + Hayes’ Vibrant Summer Wedding

Nestled in the stunning landscapes of Tennessee, Sara and Hayes said “I do” with a vibrant summer wedding full of energy and color on Cherokee Dock’s Lakeside Lawn.

Sarah, from Texas, and Hayes, from Tennessee, first met while working at Pine Cove Ranch’s Christian camps in Texas during a summer in college. Over the next two years, their friendship led to romance and eventually a surprise proposal on the shores of Grapevine Lake. Hayes set everything up so their families could be in attendance. How sweet!

For their wedding day, Sara said she wanted a venue “somewhere beautiful, timeless, and very Tennessee feeling,” and the Estate fit the mold, providing perfect natural beauty for her rainbow color palette and romantic yet organic ambiance.

Sara stunned in a sleek strapless gown with full-length sheer bridal gloves and a long veil, carrying a bright and colorful bridal bouquet with cascading blooms and a touch of whimsy. Her bridesmaids embraced the rainbow theme, each wearing a different color in mismatched dresses, with all-white bouquets. And of course, Hayes looked dapper in a classic tuxedo with a vibrant boutonniere that matched the day’s floral arrangements, while his groomsmen wore suits to match with white pocket squares.

Lakeside Lawn, adorned with vivid blooms at the altar, set the stage for their heartfelt vows against the tranquil backdrop of the water. Guests were seated with a custom hand fan to cool off during the August heat, and each was printed with the wedding program. 

As Sara walked down the aisle in her elegant gown, Hayes' eyes were full of admiration. Their love filled the air, palpable and infectious, as they exchanged promises for a lifetime together in front of their dearest friends and family.

Cocktail hour was held on the Lakeview Event Center’s patio, which was decorated with string lights, a rattan divider as a seating chart sign, and colorful, whimsical floral arrangements. Guests were treated to two signature drinks– a classic whiskey sour and a spice pineapple margarita.

The celebration continued into the evening for their indoor reception, where the event center took on an organic ambiance. Wooden tables were adorned with simple yet tasteful centerpieces with vibrant flowers in bud vases, complementing the natural beauty of the venue, with sage green napkins. Each place setting also had a custom printed menu with the night’s dinner, as well as a personal thank you from Sara and Hayes. Strings of lights hung from the ceiling, adding a touch of whimsy and casting a warm glow over the space.

As the night progressed, Sara and Hayes shared their first dance to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, an homage to her favorite childhood movie, The Parent Trap. Then laughter and joy filled the air as guests danced the night way. It was a celebration of love, friendship, and new beginnings!

After sending off the newlyweds with silver streamers and bubble guns, guests took home mini hot sauce bottles to remember the evening by. 

Scroll on to see more of Sara and Hayes’ vibrant summer wedding full of colorful blooms and so much fun!

An exterior shot of the mansion
Editorial-style cropped shot of the bride with her sleeveless dress and full-length sheer gloves
The wedding invitation suite, bridal shoes, and wedding rings laid out in the sunlight on Cherokee Dock's mansion porch
Groomsmen hoist the groom in the air and throw him up
The groom kisses his bride's forehead on the dock at Cherokee Dock
A wedding ceremony setup on the Lakeside Lawn with white chairs and glass podiums at the alter with vibrant whimsical arrangements on top

Wedding Details

Date: August 08, 2023

Ceremony Location: Lakeside Lawn

Reception Location: Lakeview Event Center

Planner: Infinity Hospitality

Photography: Kara Warren Photography

Florals: Sunburst Florals

Rentals: Event Works

Paper Goods: Truly Engaging

Signage: AMP Digital

Cake: Publix

Lighting & Production: Nashville Lighting and Production

The bride holding a vibrant and whimsical bouquet as she leans her head on the groom's shoulder
Bridesmaids, each in a different colored dress, hold white bouquets and white wedding parasols over themselves and the bridge, hiding their faces
The bride laughs with her bridesmaids as they hold their bouquets and white wedding parasols in front of them
The bride and groom hold hands during their ceremony on the Lakeside Lawn as guests look on
The groom dips his bride for a kiss as guests cheer while they leave their wedding ceremony during the recessional
A groom fist bumps the air at the end of the ceremony aisle during the recessional
The bride and groom walking toward the pool from the Lakeside Lawn
A view of the event center's back patio on the Lakeside Lawn
A close-up view of a ground floral arrangement in the foreground with a rattan divider as a seating chart in the background
Film photography of a round table's centerpieces of 4 small bud vases with various vibrant blooms
A long farmhouse table in the event center decorated with a white runner, sage green napkins, and small arrangements in bud vases lining the center
The event center decorated for the reception with light wood chairs, string lights, and a round table with whit linens in the foreground
A wooden sweetheart table decorated with vibrant and whimsical floral arrangements with two ground arrangements in the front
A single tier Lambeth-style cake with white icing and
Bride and grime share private last dance in the event center underneath a disco ball
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