A Rustic Summer Wedding With Latin Flair at Still Hollow Century Farm in Greeneville, Tennessee

Kaitlin Tomas (22 and a copywriter) and Salvador Tomas (23 and a restaurant manager) blended Southern charm with Latin flair for an unforgettable summer soiree at Still Hollow Century Farm in Greeneville, Tennessee. “I wanted to get married somewhere that felt like home to me, surrounded by nature and history in the hills of Tennessee,” Kaitlin says. “Surprisingly, Salvador's parents thought the venue looked strikingly like the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, which is their birthplace.” The couple chose a palette of blush, blue and ivory to instill a sense of softness into the decor, while letting the beauty of the setting shine through. The day began with a ceremony tucked away in a clearing in the forest. The soft bubbling sound of a nearby creek was heard behind the sweet sounds of an acoustic guitar, a violin and singing, as Kaitlin and her bridal party passed under the arches of whitewashed vintage doors on their way to the altar. The couple exchanged vows under an arbor of blush garden roses, grapevines and seeded eucalyptus, and their officiant recited the ceremony in both English and Spanish. In lieu of lighting a candle as a symbol of their unity, Kaitlin and Salvador planted a tree using soil from their family homes. Salvador’s grandmother made rebozos for the occasion: small, woven, ribbon-like sashes with tassels that she handed out before the ceremony. “In Mexican culture, it is expected to have close relatives or friends be asked to be padrinos, or sponsors of a certain item for the ceremony,” Kaitlin says. “We had padrinos for Salvador's wedding band and for a family Bible. During the ceremony, both sets of padrinos came forward to present the items to us, which we then followed with a prayer.” After the ceremony, the newlyweds joined their guests in Still Hollow’s granary for the reception. Colorful papel picado, vibrant wildflowers and vintage glass vases in a spectrum of bright colors served as a nod to a traditional Mexican fiesta. Salsa music filled the air as guests enjoyed a fresh fruit bar, and authentic Jarrito sodas were displayed in vintage washtubs. Salvador’s uncle’s Mexican restaurant catered the event, delighting guests’ taste buds with a menu featuring traditional barbacoa. A tip from Kaitlin: “Take your time, enjoy every bit of the process, and find true joy in your special day.” —Libby MacCarthy