Fed up with the stress of wedding planning while trying to promote an album and tour in the process, on October 20 of 2013, Kelly Clarkson decided to keep it simple with her wedding day.
Kelly and Brandon Blackstock, a talent manager, tied the knot under the sweet simplicity of a covered bridge on an eastern Tennessee farm.
Only a handful of close family and friends were on hand to witness the event.
From her gown to the flower selection, Kelly achieved an enviable type of wedding, one that seemed to drown out the background noise and focus on the couple.
In what can be the perfect storm of stress, chaos and outside voices when it comes to planning a wedding, Kelly Clarkson’s nuptials are looking more and more appealing for those trying to achieve a relaxed, country style wedding.
While the wedding day could be considered both a wedding and elopement, brides can still achieve the sweet simplicity by borrowing a few notes from the popular singer’s big day.
Atmosphere and Tone
For Kelly’s wedding day, she certainly went more country than city. The bride kept her special day very small and intimate. Her own mother was not even present at the ceremony. In hopes of achieving a small affair, Kelly kept trimmed back the guest list and selected a location that would lend an “away from it all” tone.
For brides looking to recreate Kelly’s wedding day, they must desire a small wedding. Couples can keep their nuptials small by selecting a location that is private and only lends capacities for just over 100. By keeping things cozy, you can recreate the same tone as Clarkson’s wedding day. While I don’t think most of us could exclude our moms from the guest list, a more intimate affair has its advantage in terms of costs and stress.
Kelly’s wedding took place on a private farm in eastern Tennessee. The Blackberry Farm imposes on the Great Smoky Mountains across 4,200 acres. Kelly’s wedding location was particularly a standout in some of the photographs that she released. The natural setting lent itself to an expansive valley, babbling brooks and plenty of almost too perfectly placed fall leaves. The farm location also produced a more homey feel to the couple’s wedding day.
A couple looking for a similar location should hone their search to farm and barn venues. Over the last few years, these types of wedding venues have really grown in popularity for their natural and organic look. Some similar properties include Bishop Farm in New Hampshire, occupier of 300 acres. Like Kelly’s wedding location, the farm has accommodation on site so that guests have a place to stay post-reception.
The Beach Rose Farm in Stockton Springs Main also bears similarities to Kelly’s wedding venue except rolling mountains are replaced with ocean views. For the couple looking to truly mirror Kelly’s location, Full Moon Farm in the Hudson Valley of New York embraces 17 acres with a 4-bedroom farmhouse on site. A soon to be married couple can truly keep their wedding day intimate in such a location. In addition the farm also has a barn for larger gatherings.
Kelly wore a lacy V-neck dress by Temperley Bridal from the Iris collection. Her “Jessamine” gown was a soft, antique ivory color with plenty of lace detailing. The gown appeared to be something of an heirloom piece, one with classic, country elegance. The shape of the dress was somewhat form fitting but it did billow out in the skirt with a small train.
For brides looking to recreate Kelly’s look, they will need to seek out gowns with that vintage, old-world feel. While traditional, Kelly’s dress stepped outside the normal bridal trend of strapless with the addition of long lacy sleeves. Brides could try gowns with sleeves and also those with more color beyond true white. A similar gown would work well not just for a fall wedding but also a winter wedding.
A wedding gown can be a statement unto itself, but the accessories tend to tie the piece together. In Kelly’s case, she wore a crystal headband by Maria Elna Headpieces. The ornate headband gave the suggestion of another time while still remained in keeping with Kelly’s playful personality. Brides can easily emulate Kelly’s headband bling as headband shave really come a long way in bridal fashion. Complimenting the headpiece, Kelly kept the rest of her jewelry understated with simple earrings and a necklace.
Hair and Makeup
A bride should never ignore just how important her hair and makeup are toward achieving the right look on the wedding day. In Kelly’s case, she kept her makeup soft and earth toned, a reflection of the tone of the day. If she had heavy and dark makeup, her face won’t fit the style of the dress, accessories and the overall atmosphere of the wedding. Brides trying to achieve this same type of wedding should borrow a brush from Kelly in this case and keep their wedding day beauty soft, simple and natural looking. Complimenting her soft makeup, Kelly wore her hair in a low, loose bun. A too-tight up-do simply wouldn’t work for this type of wedding. Those seeking the same hair merely need to avoid overly structure tresses and keep it loose and natural.
The single most important bouquet of flowers that the bride will carry is on her wedding day. However, in Kelly’s case, that didn’t mean she complicated her bouquet with a tight arrangement. Kelly carried an earthy and organic wedding bouquet of wildflowers. She carried mostly Sunflowers, complimented with white and purple floral accents. For a wedding as relaxed and simple as Kelly’s, the bouquet needed to stick to the theme of the day. Brides looking to mirror Kelly’s bouquet don’t have to go with the same flowers or even the same color scheme. They merely need to emulate the feeling and tone of the arrangement, one of a more wild and simple nature.
Kelly Clarkson’s wedding was certainly not your run of the mill affair. Not only did she go unconventional with her limited guest list but she also selected more peace and quiet over a loud overdone location. What did you think of Kelly’s wedding day look and feel? Share your comments with us below.
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