A Natural, Bohemian Wedding at Heartwood Hall in Rossville, Tennessee

Olivia Eagle (23 and a nanny) and Eric Tabor (26 and an account executive for Johnson Controls) planned a romantic, bohemian bash with a hint of secret-garden flair for their late-summer wedding in Rossville, Tennessee. A former plantation estate turned hospital and campground for Union soldiers during the Civil War, Heartwood Hall offered a beautiful backdrop for the day. As bona fide nature lovers, the couple were instantly smitten with the 19th-century estate’s rolling hills, quaint pond and 25 wooded acres. While the ceremony took place in a nearby church, the couple ensured that the evening’s earthy theme was in full force. Giving guests a taste of the celebration to come, Olivia and Eric lined the aisles with sprigs of lavender, fluffy white bundles of baby’s breath and vibrant greenery leading to the altar, where a statement floral arch stood. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds whisked guests off to Heartwood Hall for dinner and dancing. Upon stepping foot inside, guests felt as though they had been transported to a scene out of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Bountiful garlands of greenery and fresh wildflowers hung suspended from the hall’s exposed wooden beams, while lanterns, willow branch chandeliers and fairy lights filled the room with a warm, ambient glow. Before sitting down to dinner, Olivia and Eric hit the dance floor, where they shared their first dance as husband and wife to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.” Dinner featured New Orleans fare—a nod to Olivia’s Baton Rouge roots—and a few Memphis favorites, such as chicken and waffles, followed by red velvet and strawberry cake. After the meal, guests hopped out of their seats and started grooving to the sounds of the Garry Going Group. “Eric and I both graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville,” Olivia says. “One of my favorite memories was playing ‘Rocky Top’ at our reception and watching everyone go crazy when it came on.” A tip from Olivia: “Definitely get ready with your bridesmaids. That was one of the sweetest times of the whole day. It was so much fun to get ready with my best friends and reflect on all the memories we had together. It made the whole day feel more relaxed and put me at ease.” —Libby MacCarthy