Caroline Blake & Jeffrey Byrne

For As Long As There Is Love


Married

Mar 19, 2022
Nashville , Tennessee


Photo Credit

Kate Holt Photography


Style

Rustic


Season

Spring





The Proposal

A few months ago, Caroline Blake & Jeffrey Byrne’s Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding set the stage for the couple’s beginning story as husband and wife.

On Christmas Eve of 2021, Caroline hurried to get her and Jeff’s stockings ready for Christmas morning. With Lola, the couple’s beloved service dog at her heels, she worked quickly to stuff the stockings full of treats and gifts before bed, excited to share the intimate holiday between the two of them. In the morning, when they woke, Lola, forever the fateful sidekick, nudged and nosed Caroline and Jeff out of bed to start the day.

As Jeff and Caroline began to unpack their goodies, Caroline noticed a small box in her stocking which wasn’t there the previous night. Curious, she picked it up and read the words on the card attached, “Will you…?” Puzzled, she looked up at Jeff and asked him, “Will I what?” to which he responded with a laugh and told her to open it and find out! Opening the box, Caroline saw the sparkle of diamonds, and tears immediately surfaced. Throwing her arms around Jeff, she replied, “Yes!”

Lola happily wagged her tail and grinned in agreement while the newly engaged couple called their families to share the news. Caroline’s engagement ring, a family heirloom, was purchased by her father for her mother to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. Jeff had the diamond reset in a Tiffany setting and added a stunning diamond band as the perfect complement. Every time Caroline looks at it – she is transported back to that Christmas morning when Jeff asked her to be his forever, and she whole-heartedly agreed!


Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Proposal
Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Details

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Rustic Mother Daughter

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Dress

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Rings

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Getting Ready

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Groomsmen

 


In Preparation

Caroline wasn’t the kind of girl who had her wedding planned by the age of 10 and, for many years, didn’t think she would ever find “the one.” However, following their engagement, she knew she wanted a classic, traditional, big Southern wedding with lots of white and pops of gold.

Caroline had been following Southern Bride ever since Jeff proposed, and the magazine and its wealth of wedding information became her primary source of inspiration. The Seattle-based couple was looking for the perfect centralized location for a destination wedding, as their guests would be traveling from around the country. Caroline had familial ties to Tennessee as her sister attended Belmont University and started her dog training business, Fresh Canine, in Nashville. Her parents also retired to Franklin, Tennessee, where her mother volunteers as a garden docent at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Nashville.

Caroline’s desire for a classic Southern wedding, coupled with family ties to the south, made Tennessee an easy choice for their wedding. While searching for venues from afar, Jeff and Caroline would select a venue online and set up an appointment, and her sister Charlotte would carry her laptop around the property while face-timing with them. When they found Mint Springs Farm, they instantly knew it was PERFECT. With a spacious bridal suite and stunning grounds, it was the perfect mix of classic wedding elegance and country charm. Jeff and Caroline knew they wanted an intimate family feel for a whole week of wedding events. They planned a golf tournament, welcome barbecue, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and farewell brunch to ensure their family and friends had plenty of opportunities to interact and get to know one another.


Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding First Look

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Rustic
Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Sneak Peak

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Bridal Party

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Groomsmen Bridesmaids


The Big Day

The couple’s entire wedding day “felt sublime and filled with moments of unbounded joy and emotion.” One of their favorite memories is an unforgettable first look, where Jeff sweetly left Caroline a glass of the Yama Whiskey he’d purchased to share with his groomsmen. Caroline saw it as she walked toward him and took three sips to help calm her nerves before gently tapping him on the shoulder.

For months leading up to the wedding, Jeff had told her he wouldn’t cry, but Caroline could tell he couldn’t control it when he turned around. In an attempt to stop his tears, she quickly professed, “I brought you a present!” He immediately responded, “I already drank it!” and they broke into laughter. The ceremony was equally memorable. Caroline and Jeff chose the phrase ‘for as long as there is love’ rather than the traditional ’til death do us part.’  They found the words honest and beautiful, and thought, “It’s a lucky and positive phrase to take on as our own.”

The ceremony was meaningful because Jeff was changing his last name to his grandfather’s – Byrne. When the officiant and close friend explained the significance behind the name change, Jeff, highly emotional, expressed his measureless love for his grandfather, who could not be there for their big day.  Following the ceremony, an exquisite table scape was set with beautiful china and gold-rimmed glassware, while topped with hundreds of lit candles on long rustic farm tables that filled the expansive reception barn. Floating above the guests’ heads were floral installations creating a canopy of ferns and elegant lanterns, while a live band set the soundtrack for the perfect Nashville party vibe late into the night.


Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Rustic Venue Doors

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Ceremony At Mint Spring Farm 1

 

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Groomsmen Couple Portrait
Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Groomsmen Custom Suit

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Mint Springs Farm Tablescape


The Retreat

Caroline and Jeff share two favorite pastimes – golf and old fashioned cocktails! They love golf and seek out playing rounds on new courses throughout their travels while enjoying a bit of a competitive spirit. When Jeff and Caroline started dating, they bonded over a shared love of old fashioned’s – as long as they were perfectly prepared. Jeff, having been a bartender, knew precisely what that meant and earned “brownie points” by preferring to prepare and enjoy them the “proper” way – with one large ice cube and Luxardo cherries.

Encapsulating these two themes, when planning their honeymoon, the couple combined their hobbies and planned a trip to the 150th British Open at the historic St. Andrews. They planned the entire month of July to attend the Open and explore Ireland, Scotland and London. Both Jeff and Caroling have Irish lineage but have never been to Ireland. They have set aside a large part of their trip for exploring the gorgeous country and staying in two historic luxury castles, Ashford in Galway and Waterford. Jeff is particularly excited, as he will also get to celebrate his 38th birthday while enjoying his favorite beer, Guinness, brewed straight from the waters of Dublin.

In Scotland, the two will attend the championship day of the 150th Open with VIP tickets – definitely a “bucket-list” item for the newlyweds! The couple are big foodies and made reservations for Michelin star restaurants in various cities. They researched the top swanky bars for old fashioneds – dressed with one large ice cube and Luxardo cherries, of course.

The couple plans to take a romantic hot air balloon ride, and look forward to enjoying each other’s company as honeymooners before returning to begin their new life together in Seattle as husband and wife. Following their dream honeymoon, the newlyweds plan to buy a house with a yard for their dog, Lola, and start a family together.

Caroline Blake and Jeffrey Byrne’s Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding was one for the books!


Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Rustic Table

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Table Details
Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Table Setting

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Mint Springs Farm First Dance
Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Mint Spring Farm Sparkler

 

Caroline Blake And Jeffrey Byrnes Beautiful Lakeside Retreat Wedding Mint Springs Farm Exit


Featured Wedding Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER

Kate Holt Photography 

 

Contributing Vendors

EVENT PLANNER, VENUE & FLORIST

Mint Springs Farm 

CATERER

G Catering 

WINE 

Steven’s Winery

WEDDING CAKE

The Bearded Baker

INVITATIONS 

Minted

GOWN

 Kleinfeld Bridal, Rita Vinieris

VEIL

 Bridal By Valeria

BRIDAL SHOES

Badgley Mischka

GROOM’S TUX

Men’s Wearhouse 

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Bella Bridesmaids, Alfred Sung

ENGAGEMENT RING 

 Snow’s Jewelers

WEDDING BANDS

Helzberg Diamonds 

HAIR & MAKEUP

R & Co Bridal Beauty Nashville

ENTERTAINMENT

 Emerald Empire Band

RENTALS & DECOR

Please Be Seated 

TRANSPORTATION

Signature Transportation  

WEDDING FAVORS & GIFTS

Prepping Parties 

RECEPTION VENUE 

Mint Springs Farm 

HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS 

 Ashford Castle in Ireland

VIDEOGRAPHER

 Axel Marshall Productions

CALIGRAPHY

Kathleen Petro Calligraphy

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