It is always at treat when I get the opportunity to feature a wedding photographed by Tec Petaja and designed by Joy Thigpen. The couple, Kristine and Bruce, actually have one pretty amazing story which Joy was kind enough to share with us along with a few details behind their celebration…


Last May Kristine found herself the victim of a nearly fatal car crash. As a trauma nurse herself, she immediately assessed her conditions and knew she was in serious trouble. Miraculously, there were three other nurses on the road who happened to witness the accident and were immediately at her aide which saved her life. She told me the event changed so much for her and was the main catalyst for her and Bruce to go ahead and marry….almost exactly one year later.

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It was truly delightful to work with Kristine as she has that rare perspective of someone who is just happy to be alive and get to share that life with the ones she loves. She knew she wanted to be married at the ruins of Barnsley Gardens. She instantly loved that it was both hauntingly beautiful and elegant, and also wild and unruly. After that, Kristine just wanted it to be beautiful, colorful, simple, and light-hearted.

Photography: Tec Petaja

Venue: Barnsley Gardens

Event Design/Flowers: Joy Thigpen

Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller

Ring Pillow/Styling Assistant: Ginny Branch

Cake: Chocolate Pink Cafe

Paper Goods: Oh My Deer


Comments (15)

a thousand mason jars | Reply

amazing story & a beautiful garden wedding. i love the stationary & the stamps on the invitations…where did you find them?

Sarah Danaher | Reply

Awwww, so beautiful.

chelsea {oh, my deer!} | Reply

hi A THOUSAND MASON JARS! the stamps were ordered from etsy vendor verde studio: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VerdeStudio

Kristi | Reply

What an amazing story!! This wedding is stunning! Love the location…just love it! And all the pretty details…including those stamps! Yes, Verde Studio is a great place!


forget.me.knot.weddings | Reply

Amazing story and of course a beautiful wedding any time Tec Petaja and Joy Thigpen are involved!

Dominique | Reply

Southern weddings always have an extra bit of charm, at least it seems so to me! The flowers are completely dreamy.

Kate/MagnoliaRouge | Reply

This is absolutely stunning, from the location to the flowers and everything in between!!

annie @ marry you me | Reply

this looks like something out of a movie! what a dream wedding – just so gorgeous

Steph | Reply

Oh my. This location is simply divine.

Prudence @ Flotsam Friends | Reply

So totally simple and stylish. Love it. Also love the yellow paint on that brick wall. Pruxxx

Mara | Reply

wow Joy did such an incredible job! This wedding is beautiful and I love the location. What a sad but sweet story about the bride.

Shannon | Reply

Love the gown, who is the designer?

Rute | Reply

The location and the decor is so sweet and romantic… Wish I could have a second wedding like that :)

oddsundays | Reply

how utterly beautiful! love the ribbons and the fans. it’s the little details isn’t it sometimes?

Julia {Room for Dessert} | Reply