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Carrie Crowell and Daniel Knobler’s wedding was in the works before he even proposed. Her sister Hannah, who knew Dan would make a move soon, felt that Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, in the bride’s birthplace of Nashville, would be just the venue for the New Yorkers’ nuptials. Unbeknownst to Carrie, she put two dates on hold for the next year.
The gown, too, was a given. A few years earlier, Carrie, an interior designer and stylist, had come across the silk dress that her mom, country singer Rosanne Cash, wore at her 1995 wedding to Carrie’s stepfather. “I said right then I would wear it one day,” she recalls. “I love the tradition of generations of women in the same wedding gown.”
When Dan did, in fact, pop the question on a chilly spring evening at a Long Island beach in 2013, that prep work paid off. “Hannah’s reserving Cheekwood for us was perfect, actually,” he says. “We went there on our very first trip to Nashville.”
With a year to plan for the fete on May 31, 2014, the duo enlisted a little help from their friends to realize their vision of an English garden party with an artsy edge. (“Think Queen Victoria meets Frida Kahlo,” says Carrie.)
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The bride carried a bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, poppies, garden roses, mock orange, bay leaves, and jasmine vines made by Jaclyn Journey.
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Fabric flowers adorned the back of Carrie’s gown and also made up her headpiece.
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Carrie and Dan made it official beneath a huppa of peonies, garden roses, bay leaves, Italian ruscus, and ranunculus, which was built by two of the couple’s friends. The mutual pal who introduced the pair in 2008? She served as ring bearer.
Given that the groom is a record producer and the bride is the granddaughter of Johnny Cash, it was no surprise that music was a focus for their Jewish celebration. Dan composed the processional tune, played by friends, and Carrie’s dad performed an original number, “Tennessee Wedding Song,” that had everyone wiping their eyes.
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Alix Pentecost Farren also designed the ketubah, which was letterpressed onto watercolor paper; now, it has a prominent spot in the couple’s apartment.
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All in the Family
The bride with her father and mother, whose dress was adorned with floral appliqués similar to those on Carrie’s headpiece.
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Tables were decorated with centerpieces of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, and jasmine vine. A sprig of greenery also rested at each place setting.
After 193 guests had enjoyed a dinner of baked ham, mashed potatoes, and lavender-brined turkey, Carrie’s parents and Dan’s longtime bandmates played Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” for the newlyweds’ first dance; then a band kept everyone going with a slew of Beatles covers. As for the groom himself? He hadn’t planned to strum at his own wedding, but he couldn’t resist joining the guys on the guitar for a few songs before returning to the dance floor, his new wife, and their new life together.
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Dancing With Dad
“Their dance was an incredible display of unfiltered joy,” says Dan of his wife’s spin to George Harrison’s “Fish on the Sand” with her father.
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Guests left the celebration with a sweet treat: jars of local honey, sealed with lids bearing silhouettes of the bride and groom.
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The Photo Booth
The twosome snuggled up in the photo booth, which printed one picture strip to take home and one for the guest book.
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Day-of Event Coordination: Lauren Ledbetter Design & Styling
Catering: Clean Plate Club
Flowers: Jaclyn Journey Event & Floral Design
Photography: Rylee Hitchner
Officiant: Rabbi Laurie Rice
Cake: Sweetface Cakes
Music: Mason Jar Music
Hair and Makeup: Kristin Russell of Green Pea Salon
Groom’s Suit: Freemans Sporting Club
Ties and Pocket Squares: The Hill-Side
Mother-of-the-Bride’s Dress: Morgane Le Fay
Guitar Rubber Stamp: Miss HoneyBird
Honey: Garrison Honey Farms (931-364-3600)
Muslin Pouches: Celestial Gifts
Photo Booth: The Majestic Photo Booth Co.