When Nashville native Jordan Hein met Hunter Grubbs at her own 18th birthday party, they were both dating other people, and she could barely see his face past the two black eyes and broken nose he had from an ATV accident. It might not have been love at first sight, but 13 months later, a mutual friend reintroduced them during a weekend lake house trip, and they were smitten. Jordan, who’s in social media marketing, and Hunter, who’s finishing up his nursing degree, spent the weekend playing guitars and bonding. Once the festivities were over, dating was the natural next step.

The couple officially got engaged on October 13, 2018, but Hunter couldn’t resist tricking Jordan into thinking his proposal plans were underway the week before. “I was visiting him in Paducah, KY (Hunter’s hometown),” Jordan tells us. “He planned a full day of doing his favorite things, and I thought, I think he’s going to propose. He even bought me nail polish.” When Hunter got down on one knee at a local pumpkin patch, Jordan was sure the moment had arrived. Instead, her future husband asked if he’d picked out a good pumpkin. “He totally tricked me that week into thinking he was going to propose and then didn’t,” laughs the bride. But the next week proved to be a different story. While Jordan, who enjoys performing on the side, was playing an acoustic show at Opry Mills mall, Hunter hopped up on the stage to surprise her. This time, when he got down on one knee, his intentions were clear, and he proposed right then and there. With her mom in the audience videoing the entire event, Jordan said “yes” and then finished playing her last two songs. After all, the show must go on — even after a marriage proposal!

The bride and groom enjoy a stroll by the lake at Cherokee Dock.

Jordan Hein and Hunter Grubbs married at The Estate at Cherokee Dock on August 1, 2020, at 6 p.m.

A nearly two-year-long engagement gave Jordan and Hunter plenty of time to plan, and they started diving into the process about a year before their big day. “We were planning a smaller-ish wedding in Paducah, but I work for The Estate at Cherokee Dock,” explains the bride. “My work caught wind that I was engaged, and they were like, ‘You should have it here!’ They took the reins, which is fantastic because I’ve heard how stressful wedding planning can be.” With that in mind, Jordan turned the bulk of the strategizing over to her coworkers, who reached out to phenomenal event planners Hugh Howser and Kate Steele of H Three Events. After choosing her color scheme and handing over her Pinterest vision board, Jordan sat back and watched the magic happen. “There is nothing better than free reign!” exclaims Hugh of the ability to take Jordan’s ideas and run with them. “It’s a designer’s dream. That way, you can make your event come to life without piecing something together that isn’t cohesive.”

Invitation suite with bride's shoes and bouquet

Jordan and Hunter’s stunning invitations feature Valorie Ward Cole Calligraphy. Here, the suite is surrounded by the bride’s bouquet and shoes, as well as all of her accompanying wedding day jewelry.

Using blue — Jordan’s color of choice — as a foundation, the event planning team moved forward with putting together a French country garden-themed wedding: elegant and classic with natural elements and oodles of greenery mixed in. While Hugh and Kate were busy lining up an array of white and green florals, lush linens to pull in the bride’s color palette, and even timely details such as hand sanitizer placeholders, Jordan concentrated on finding her dress. “My dress was so pretty,” the bride gushes about her Olia Zavozina gown with a nearly 15-foot train. “We went [to her store], and my mom, two grandmothers, and two of my bridesmaids were there, and I tried on three dresses that I’d seen on the website. They were all stunning, but my mom didn’t cry over any of them — you know, the cry test.” Thankfully, the final dress was a winner. “The dress had sparkles, there were little flowers everywhere, and it fit me perfectly,” says Jordan. “Oh, and my mom started bawling. That’s when I knew it was the one.”

Bridal gown at the Estate at Cherokee Dock for French country wedding

“For my something old and something borrowed, my mom gave me a gold bracelet that my dad gave her. She wore it for her wedding,” Jordan tells us. “She had two, so we wore matching ones that day. It was kind of cute.” Here, her stunning something new hangs up in front of the doors to The Estate at Cherokee Dock.

Jordan and Hunter running toward their reception

Jordan was set on wearing blue Vans on her feet but made a slight adjustment when the ones she’d ordered online didn’t come in before the final dress fitting. Instead, she opted for white Vans and painted her toes blue to satisfy the traditional something blue.

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August 1, 2020, marked Jordan and Hunter’s long-awaited special day, and even COVID couldn’t stop them. Since they held their event at a private venue outside of Davidson county, the rules and regulations allowed for a more significant affair. Some family members, such as Hunter’s grandparents, weren’t able to attend due to safety concerns. Nevertheless, 120 guests joined together at the estate to celebrate the beautiful couple. “Our videographer live-streamed it so people who weren’t able to be there because of COVID could see it, too,” says the bride.

The bride getting her makeup done for French country wedding

The bride gets ready for her big day with a little help from one of One10 Beauty‘s makeup artists.

Jordan and her bridesmaids jumping on the bed

What’s getting ready without a little fun with your bridesmaids? Jordan and her crew take a break from getting gussied up to indulge in a bit of playtime.

Bride opening card from husband on wedding day

The bride and groom exchanged pre-wedding gifts — a watch for Hunter and earrings for Jordan. Here, the bride laughs with delight over the card from her almost-husband.

The groom sits on a porch swing and reads a card from his bride

Hunter takes a moment to sit on the porch swing and read his special card from Jordan.

Jordan and her flowers

With a variety of white flowers at the top of her desired floral list, Jordan’s wedding vision board came to life with her fabulous bridal bouquet.

A bride and groom's first looks in the serenity garden

The intermittent rain couldn’t deter the bride and groom from first looks in the Serenity Garden. “We actually got all of the doormats from inside and laid them out so my train wouldn’t get muddy,” says the bride.

Hunter seeing Jordan in her dress for the first time.

Hunter’s first glimpse of his bride was nothing short of perfection. The huge smile says it all!

The bride and groom share a kiss

A stolen kiss near the lake makes for a picture-perfect moment.

Though they intended to wed by the water, rain prompted them to go with Plan B. Instead, a tent outside of the estate stables served as an enchanting oasis for the wedding party and guests. One of the bride’s favorite moments of the day was walking out and seeing the incredible ceremonial floral ring where she and Hunter would be saying I do. “I hadn’t seen it before then,” she recalls. “I was so disappointed that it rained, and I was afraid it wasn’t going to be as pretty, but when I walked out and saw the gorgeous flowers on the flower circle, it was just amazing.”

The ceremony was short and sweet. The couple exchanged traditional vows and made it through their ceremony in only seven minutes, then walked back up the aisle as husband and wife, stealing a few more kisses along the way.

The ceremony tent at Hunter and Jordan's French country-themed wedding

With rain on the horizon, the event planning team moved to Plan B, setting up the ceremonial floral ring beneath a tent. “If you live in the South, there are only about eight pretty Saturdays in the summer,” says Hugh, “so having a rain plan from day one is key!”

Groom and groomsmen

Sporting impeccably designed boutonnieres, Hunter and his groomsmen look dapper as they wait for the ceremony to begin.

French country garden themed wedding with bridesmaids in blue

“For the dresses, I wanted it to be pretty natural — no crazy colors — so the bridesmaids’ dresses are different shades of gray-ish blue,” says Jordan. “One was twilight, for example, and one was dusty blue. It was sort of an ombré deal, going from darker to lighter shades.”

The bridal party celebrates at the French country-themed wedding

Jordan’s maid of honor, Molly, is one of her best friends from Belmont University; they met in the entrepreneurship program. “Funny story, I didn’t know her until I was engaged,” says the bride. “One of my friends was congratulating me, and Molly came over. She was like, ‘Oh my gosh, did you get engaged?’ We got super close over the next two years, and I knew she had to be my maid of honor. She and a couple of others are part of a group we like to call the Tuesday Crew. We get together every Tuesday to cook a meal and eat it together.” Six of Hunter’s friends and family rounded out the bridal party.

The bride and groom kiss at their French country-themed wedding

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Grubbs!

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds enjoyed a private dinner inside the house, savoring a quiet moment to sit and sample delicious offerings from Chef Edgar of Haute Iron Co. While guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and feasted on appetizers such as peach ceviche, pork belly on toast, and watermelon with pistachios served on rustic platters, the couple held hands, tasted the exquisite fare, and sipped their signature drinks. “It was such a special moment,” recalls the bride, “and we were so hungry! We got so nervous we didn’t eat before the wedding. Afterward, it was so relaxing to have that time together.”

The bride and groom enjoy a quiet moment with cocktails

Hunter enjoys a unique take on an Old Fashioned, while Jordan sips a custom-crafted basil vodka cocktail.

Signature cocktails at a French country-themed wedding

While they may not have participated in any cake tastings, the bride and groom sat down with Gemaal from Aperitif Events and Cocktails to conduct a tasting for their signature drinks. “I basically told him what I liked and he crafted the cocktail right there,” says Jordan. The drinks were available to guests all evening as well.

After their mini culinary extravaganza for two, Jordan and Hunter joined their guests for the seated meal. Outdoor firepits brought an air of woodsy charm and hearty food to the reception, with cedar plank salmon, roasted honey mustard chicken, New York strip and root vegetables leading the way. Upon entry to the reception, guests signed the pages of a copy of Jon Meacham’s Nashville: Scenes from the New American South, which now serves as the perfect Nashville-centric memory to adorn the couple’s coffee table. “I’m a Nashville native, so I love everything Nashville,” says Jordan. But aside from the guestbook, the bride and groom opted not to partake in many of the typical wedding traditions, skipping the bouquet and garter tosses, and trading in the cake cutting for pre-cut slices of berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods — the bride’s personal favorite. They even did speeches at the rehearsal dinner rather than the wedding reception, which left more time for dining and dancing. A pretty little lounge area provided intimate seating and offered older guests a front-row seat to the dance space — a custom-painted midnight blue floor embellished with French tulips along the edge that they certainly put to good use. After the bride and groom shared their first dance to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” the DJ had the guests rocking late into the evening. After a long night, boxes of Krystal burgers showed up for the hungry partygoers.

Watermelon appetizer during cocktail hour

Watermelon squares served on a rustic wood plank and topped with pistachio crumbles make for a mouthwatering and dazzling starter during cocktail hour.

Outdoor fire pits at Cherokee Dock wedding

Firepits offer a beautiful culinary display that not only adds to the aesthetic but delivers incredible food, too.

French country-themed reception tables lined with dinnerware and flowers

H Three Events designer Hugh says, “We selected lush linens and transformed the entire event center into a garden — complete with life-size trees, custom bars, and hand sanitizing stations. In fact, the escort cards were personalized hand sanitizer bottles.”

Close-up of French country-themed wedding tablescape

Blue tablecloths drape the reception tablescape, with lush greenery, candles, and ornate blue glasses adding an element of sophistication.

With their plans for a honeymoon in Ireland thwarted by pandemic travel restrictions, the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Grubbs enjoyed a sparkler send-off and then headed to an Airbnb in Chattanooga for some rest and relaxation. Being closer to home offered an unexpected relief — more time to recuperate instead of being in transit. “Hunter and I love food and hiking, and there are a ton of great food and hiking places in Chattanooga, so it was perfect,” Jordan says of their vacation, adding, “Being so tired after the wedding weekend, it was great only having to drive two hours. We were sort of happy not to go to Ireland at that point.”

Bride and groom exit their French country wedding amid sparklers

A sparkler send-off closes out the evening, a magical ending to a magical day.

“The wedding weekend was fantastic,” says the bride of their three-day affair. She recommends taking the time to stretch out your celebration, if at all possible, using it as an opportunity to focus on what’s important. “It slowed everything down so we could enjoy it,” she adds. “It was really stressful with wedding planning and COVID and doing my senior year online while all of this was going on.” Her laidback approach made it easier to brave the challenges, and Jordan hopes she can encourage other future brides to follow suit. “Go with the flow, and don’t let the little things get you,” she offers. “The most important thing is that you’re getting married — your wedding is only one day, but the marriage is the rest of your life.”

We wish you a bright and beautiful future together, Mr. and Mrs. Grubbs. Thank you for sharing your wedding day story with us, and special thanks to Becca Cannon for the photography.

RESOURCES

Ceremony and reception venues: The Estate at Cherokee Dock
Photography: Becca Cannon for Cannon Weddings
Videographer: Josh Curd of Little Josh Productions
Wedding planners: Hugh Howser and Kate Steele for H Three Events
Bride’s hair and makeup: One10 Beauty
Florals: Tim Riffle Environments
Cake: Whole Foods
Invitations: Joyner and Hogan
Menus and programs: You’re Invited
Calligraphy: Valorie Ward Cole Calligraphy
Bride’s gown: Olia Zavozina
Bride’s shoes: Vans
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie
Groom’s tux and shoes: The Black Tux
Caterer: Chef Edgar Pendley for Haute Iron Co.
Cocktail Service: Aperitif Events and Cocktails
DJ: Aaron Traylor of Premier Entertainment
Linens: La Tavola
Rentals: Please Be Seated
Custom vinyl dance floor: Inkredible Floors

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