Sarah Darling’s Rustic Bohemian Wedding

Sarah Darling shared photos of her wedding planning process with Great American Country. Get inspiration from her chic country wedding in Tennessee here!
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Meet the Couple

Sarah Darling and her husband James Murial met through James’ father who later passed. After the funeral service, a date at a British pub and email correspondence, Murial and Darling couldn’t ignore the chemistry between them. So, the pair spontaneously wed in Key West, Fla., but planned a large wedding with family and friends the next year.

The Planning Begins

Sarah Darling began wedding planning by picking the dress and venue.

The Wedding Venue

Sarah decided on Front Porch Farms for the ceremony and reception. (Fun fact: Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert hosted their engagement party at Front Porch Farms.)

More Decisions

With the help of farm owner and wedding planner Kathy Best, Sarah created a cohesive design scheme for her country wedding.

A Dream Come True

Sarah loved the homey feel of Front Porch Farms, which reminded her of her favorite movie The Notebook.

Mixing Elegance With Country Casual

With the venue booked, Sarah jumped right into the design process. The reception area at Front Porch Farms (pictured) perfectly aligned with Sarah’s vision for a rustic chic wedding.

Open, Scenic Reception Area

Large farm tables provide plenty of seating and a casual atmosphere for a country wedding. The open shelter still offers a view of the countryside without complete exposure to the elements.

Vintage Meets Rustic

Mixing vintage decorations with rustic farm elements, Sarah created a cozy, inviting atmosphere for the wedding and reception.

A Sweet Setup

Sarah took inspiration from this dessert table topped with an old quilt, adorned with vintage serving platters and displayed in front of a wall of antique frames.

Easy Mason Jar Decor

Mason jars have officially reached "wedding trend" status. Sarah knew she wanted to incorporate the jars as decorations in her country-style wedding. Here, the jars serve as candleholders.

When in Doubt, DIY

Sarah wasn’t afraid of a little DIY project. Inspired by these Mason jar vases lining the aisles, Sarah created her own version with daisies (her favorite flower) and lemons.

Homemade Guest Gifts

Since Sarah specializes in baking macarons for her French bakery Sweet Darling, she decided to save money (and exercise her baking skills) by making her own treats as wedding favors. She also made her own macaron wedding cake!

Bohemian Inspired Wedding Decor

While Sarah looked to her Southern roots for wedding inspiration, she also wanted to incorporate the bohemian, "Anthropologie" style. This dessert table is the perfect marriage of country style and girly bohemian.

Choosing the Dress

Sarah made it a priority to stick to her wedding dress budget. She chose an A-line dress because it wasn’t too poufy nor too fitted.

Take Another Look

Sarah recommends shopping for dresses with your best friend(s) to make the event more fun. This dress is obviously gorgeous, but it also boasts a special feature.


It’s two dresses in one! This would be perfect for a quick change before the reception.

The Bachelorette Getaway

Sarah’s friends surprised her with a relaxing weekend at the spa.

Trios Amies

The girls arrived in a quaint little town called Washington, Conn. Sarah loves everything romantic and reminiscent of an English countryside, making it the perfect bachelorette getaway.

Girls' Day In

Sarah and her friends enjoyed relaxing and tapping into their artistic sides at the Mayflower Grace Spa.

Heavenly Escape

Sarah’s favorite part of the weekend was hanging out in the all-white garden room while drinking infused water and enjoying the snowy scenery.

Three’s a Party

They even bought matching macaron-printed onesies!

That’s a Wrap!

After a weekend of wine tastings, macaron making, snowshoeing and living in a tranquil spa resort, it was time to get back to the wedding planning.

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