Today’s wedding feature comes to you from the Social Butterflies, Michelle Hope and Jamie Newsom, event planners extraordinaire. Close friends and creative geniuses, they recently planned the lovely nuptials of Emily Blow and Greg Stotts, which took place at the charming and beautiful Heartwood Hall in Rossville, TN. What makes this wedding unique are the many potential DIY details that you could implement in your next event! Welcome Michelle and Jamie as they tell us about this scenic, special event:

Michelle Hope and Jamie Newsom

Michelle and Jamie:

Emily and Greg are a special couple. They met through mutual friends at the P & H here in Memphis and got to know each other during the summer of 2008. Needing only a little nudge from maid of honor, Emmicia, they have been together ever since their very first date (a five hour lunch at Huey’s). In 2011, Greg got down on one knee while the couple was on vacation in Curacao and that was the beginning of their happily ever after! We hope you enjoy their wedding story and all of the special details as much as we enjoyed planning it.  

Bride Emily Blow has fabulous taste and we wanted her unique style to be translated throughout the wedding and reception. Anthropologie and Etsy are two of our favorite online places to draw inspiration that helped us make her wedding dreams a reality.

An outdoor ceremony illuminated by hanging mason jars with candles.

The wedding ceremony took place by the lake under a tree of hanging mason jar votives. Lush florals adorned the aisle, and a string trio played classical music as the sun began to set. It was the most romantic setting! Afterwards, guests made their way to the barn for a cocktail-style reception catered by CFY and The SoulSations kept the dance floor packed all night long!

The adorable forks engraved with “Groom” and “Bride” were used during the cake cutting at the wedding. We loved this because they now have the forks as a memento to use on special occasions each year. These were purchased on


The paper fortune tellers created by Mrs. Post were also a hit. Such a unique little detail to add to each table was a great ice breaker for guests and also shared facts about the couple.


The wedding programs were thread stitched mini booklets with all the important information about the bridal party and ceremony, and the round striped paper fans were also handmade by Mrs. Post, adding a touch of whimsy to the ceremony while keeping guests cool.


The happy couple outside the barn at Heartwood Hall.

In keeping with the rustic barn setting, Mason jars and burlap were a signature DIY theme and were reiterated from beginning to end: The jars appeared on the save-the-dates, were hang with candles in a canopy over the ceremony and were used to hold the parting favors of homemade jam from Jones Orchard. We used burlap tablecloths, added burlap bows to the chairs, and burlap provided the backdrop for the band. Every single aspect was tied together with the same consistent and cohesive details: navy and white stripes, Mason jars, burlap and lots of candlelight.

We served refreshing blueberry lemonade in Mason jars as guests arrived for the outdoor ceremony. Our navy blue striped straws were tied in blue and coordinated with ribbon used for the bride’s bouquet.


Parting favors of homemade jams.

We hope that this wedding has inspired you to consider every occasion an opportunity to leave your mark and embrace all of the little details that make your event appear professionally produced. DIY projects are a fun way to incorporate special details and personalize any wedding or event, and the many resources readily available on the Internet can help you craft your own cost-efficient, charming DIY look for your big day.  



Wedding Planners/Event Design: Social Butterflies, LLC

Flowers: Garden District

Venue: Heartwood Hall

Paper details: Mrs. Post

Cake: Oh My Ganache Bakery

Caterer: CFY

Mini Jams: Jones Orchard

Bride’s Dress: by Romona Keveza from B.Hughes in Nashville, TN


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