Ijams Nature Center Wedding


March 29, 2022

Ijams Nature Center eco Wedding

Brittney & Brandon’s

Wedding at Ijams Nature Center

If you’re into nature, consider having your wedding at Ijams Nature Center! Ijams is a 315 acre leading wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center just 5 minutes from downtown Knoxville. Brittney and Brandon held their ceremony in a beautiful field and had a reception nearby under a giant tent. We had tons of spots for photos in this gorgeous urban greenspace.

Botched Proposal

Brandon’s proposal plan was thwarted when he asked Brittney to take a walk on the beach but she was too tired. On the last day of their vacation, he got down on one knee after dinner with her family. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! After 7 and a half years, they said, “I do.”

Small Wedding Trend

Right on trend with 2021, Brittney & Brandon chose to have a smaller wedding with about 50 guests. They were able to spend quality moments with each guest and still have time for dancing and cake cutting. My favorite details from their day besides the beautiful surrounding at Ijams was Brittney’s gorgeous dress, her sparkly Betsey Johnson sneakers, and her bouquet that was made from wooden roses — yes, wooden!!! Oh, also that fake first look as you’ll see below!

Overall, it was a beautiful day and I am grateful that B&B went on a little hike with me for some awesome photos by the river.

Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Ballinger!


VENUE:  Ijams Nature Center

COORDINATOR:  Katie at Ijams

CATERER:  Rothchild Catering

WEDDING DRESS:  White Lace & Promises, Knoxville, TN

BRIDESMAID DRESS:  Formal Approach

FLORIST:  My Dinosaur Dreams (Etsy)

HAIR & MAKEUP:  Amanda McIntyre

DJ:  Pro-Audio Mobile DJs

OFFICIANT:  Jason Crowder, God Squad Weddings

wedding dress hanging from arbor

wood rose bouquet

Pear diamond engagement ring

fake first look

ijams wildflowers

Ijams nature center wedding

outdoor wedding at Ijams

outdoor wedding at Ijams

bridal portraits at Ijams Nature Center

Knoxville wedding in the woods

bridal portrait at Ijams Nature Center

Knoxville wedding at Ijams

Knoxville wedding at Ijams

Hiking trail wedding at Ijams

Ijams wedding photos

Wedding reception at Ijams

wedding decor at Ijams

first dance at Ijams wedding

Nature lovers wedding at Ijams


“My favorite part was buying decorations, putting them together, and seeing my vision for my wedding become real. My least favorite was spending as much money as I did lol.”

“I have to say ‘the kids.’ The way my husband pulled me in to kiss me and held me, and going in for a second kiss.”

“I wouldn’t change anything but if I had to it would be to pick a cooler day.”

“My wedding dress.”

“Give yourself plenty of time to plan and pay. Don’t rush!”


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Shanell Bledsoe is a wedding & boudoir photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee, available for destination weddings worldwide.

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