CMA Fest draws almost 100,000 people to Nashville each year, so the chance of Keaton Lehning and Max Pittard crossing paths was low. But thanks to mutual friends, the odds were tilted in their favor. It is here, among country fans and country music, Keaton and Max met in June of 2013.

Max popped the question three years later. Sitting by a creek, covered in mud, with Trigger (the couple’s black lab) by her side, Keaton committed to marrying her best friend and the love of her life. The following fall, with less than seven months of planning, Keaton and Max said, “I do.” The pair wed at Green Door Gourmet, a 360-acre farm that is nothing short of breathtaking, as 230 friends and family members bore witness.

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After meeting during CMA Fest back in 2013, Keaton and Max began dating and, three years later, were engaged.

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Keaton and Max were married on October 1, 2016, at Green Door Gourmet!

“The first time we looked at Green Door Gourmet, we knew it was where we wanted to get married,” Keaton shares. “We picked the date according to what was available — and when our band was available.” Donning a dress worn by her mother, Keaton was escorted by her father down the aisle, at which point Keaton and Max exchanged traditional vows against the backdrop Green Door Gourmet’s natural landscape.

Green Dour Gourmet Wedding

These programs, by The Paper Place, were handed out at the wedding ceremony and included the names of the wedding party, a schedule of events and a thank you to the couple’s guests.

Green door gourmet wedding

Keaton’s vintage ivory lace dress is rich with history. It was worn by her mother, two of her aunts and her mom’s best friend.

Green door gourmet wedding

Keaton wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings as her “something old,” her Senso shoes as her “something new,” her cousin’s cathedral veil as her “something borrowed” and nail polish as her “something blue.”

Green Dour Gourmet Wedding

The blushing bride was all smiles as she looked in the mirror for the first time on her wedding day.

Green Dour Gourmet Wedding

The long train on Keaton’s dress and the cathedral-length veil added a touch of sophistication to the rustic setting of Green Door Gourmet.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

The lush bridal bouquet was made up of seasonal flowers and fit seamlessly into the wedding’s neutral color palette created by the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Green Dour Gourmet Wedding

Keaton’s 10-person bridal party wore coordinating (but not matching) dresses for the day. “Oh goodness, I had the best time getting ready with my girlfriends,” Keaton tells us.

Green Dour Gourmet Wedding

Here, the wedding party gathers for a photo against the stunning backdrop of Green Door Gourmet’s 360 acres.

Green Door Gourmet Wedding

The gentlemen (including the groom) look dapper in their tuxes, pictured here just before the ceremony begins.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

The wedding was held outside, which allowed guests to enjoy the rustic setting and gorgeous October evening.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

One of the most memorable parts of the day for Keaton was walking down the aisle with her father.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

Vows were said, rings were exchanged — and Keaton and Max became husband and wife!

Green Door Gourmet wedding

These little munchkins (almost) stole the show from the bride and groom!

Green Door Gourmet wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Pittard are ready to continue the wedding celebration with food, drinks and dancing!

Green Door Gourmet wedding

The couple was grateful for beautiful weather on their wedding day.

After being greeted by their guests as Mr. and Mrs. Pittard, the couple kicked off their reception with a cocktail hour held outside of the barn. Guests did their fair share of snacking on raw oysters, fried okra and candied bacon before heading inside to enjoy a buffet of shrimp and grits, pork tenderloin and biscuits, kale salad and roasted root vegetables. And as tradition has it, Keaton and Max kicked off the dancing with their first dance to “First Dance” by Van Morrison, which was followed by a shared dance between Keaton and her father to “Never Found a Girl” by Huey Lewis and The News. Then, the couple cut into their four-layer wedding cake (orange Creamsicle in honor of the Tennessee Vols), banana nut and almond with buttercream icing and the groom’s cake — Dessert Designs’ famous caramel cake. And without further ado, everyone made their way to the dance floor.

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The flowers perfectly complemented the setting, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses. “I have an insanely talented coworker who is a lover of all things living (and dying). He worked with Emily Daniel of Basil and Bergamot Flower Farm on the arrangements,” Keaton tells us.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

The flower crowns by Flowers by Memma made the flower girls feel extra special!

Green Door Gourmet wedding

The candle-lit tables were decorated with floral arrangements.

Green Door Gourmet wedding

After enjoying the perfect evening, the newlyweds headed to Turks and Caicos (aka “heaven on earth,” according to Keaton) for their honeymoon.

Keaton and Max, we thank you for giving us a glimpse into your big day and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

RESOURCES

Venue: Green Door Gourmet
Photography: HannaBeth Photography
Event Planner: Carlie Moore
Event Designer: John Christian Phifer
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Show Me Your MuMu
Hair: Tyson Johnson at TRIM
Makeup: Libby Barnes
Men’s formalwear: Street Tuxedo
Invitations, programs and menu cards: The Paper Place
Floral arrangements: Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm
Flower crowns: Flowers by Memma
Catering: Susan’s Catering; Oyster bar by TomKats Catering
Cake: Signature Cakes by Vicki and Dessert Designs
Rentals: Boswell’s Benches and Southern Events Party Rentals

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