By CATHI AYCOCK

As first dates go, Jennifer and Cole Kilgore may have rated theirs pretty low on the second date possibility scale.

“Cole actually got sick right before our first date. He says now he really didn’t want to cancel. But throughout the date I’m thinking “what is wrong with this guy?” Toward the end of the night, he told me and I kept telling him we could just go home. I think he really wanted that first date,” laughs Jennifer Kilgore.

The two met in college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and dated for two years before Cole asked Jennifer to marry him.

“It was July 4th and we were at the beach when he asked me. Of course, I said yes. And then the wedding planning started,” Jennifer says.

Both Southerners, Jennifer and Cole wanted a decidedly regional feel to their wedding. Mint Springs Farms, with rolling countryside, a pond and rustic chic venue fit the bill.

Mint Springs Farms, the setting for the wedding of Jennifer and Cole Kilgore.

Mint Springs Farms, the setting for the wedding of Jennifer and Cole Kilgore.

“One of the best things about the day was spending time with my bridesmaids and mothers before the wedding,” says Jennifer, who gifted her wedding party with monogrammed shirts to wear while getting their hair and makeup done in the bridal suite at Mint Springs.

Jennifer and her wedding party spent the morning getting ready for the wedding. Jennifer gifted her bridal party with matching monogrammed shirts to wear during the pre-wedding preparation.

Jennifer and her wedding party spent the morning getting ready for the wedding. Jennifer gifted her bridal party with matching monogrammed shirts to wear during the pre-wedding preparation.

Cole and his groomsmen relaxed playing pool and watching television in the groom’s lodge. Most of his groomsmen were fraternity brothers. The ever Southern boy, Cole and Jennifer had one party that offered sweet tea, fried chicken and shooting clay pigeons: the groom’s idea of “heaven”.

“We wanted a relaxed day. Spending time laughing and being with our friends and family. And that is exactly what we got,” says Jennifer.

Groom Cole Kilgore and his groomsmen relax in the grooms lodge before the walk down the aisle.

Groom Cole Kilgore, center,  and his groomsmen relax in the groom’s lodge before the walk down the aisle.

The couple eschewed waiting to see each other when walking down the aisle and instead, had a private moment before the wedding for the “first look”.

Jennifer waits for her groom to turn and see her for their "first look".

Jennifer waits for her groom to turn and see her for their “first look”.

"Seeing Cole before the wedding just took the edge off of my nerves. I loved seeing his face when he turned to see me," said Jennifer Cole.

“Seeing Cole before the wedding just took the edge off of my nerves. I loved seeing his face when he turned to see me,” said Jennifer Cole.

Jennifer waits for her walk down the aisle, wearing her tulle skirted wedding dress. “My something old was a ring from my great-grandmother, my something new and blue were my shoes. I chose them to match the bridesmaid dresses and for a touch of fun,” says Jennifer.

Jennifer purchased her wedding gown, with a full tulle skirt and strapless bodice, at XXX in Arkansas.

Jennifer purchased her wedding gown, with a full tulle skirt and strapless bodice, at Low’s Bridal and Formal in Arkansas.

The flowers, a mix of roses and astilbes in shades of white and peach, accented the blue dresses and felt “fresh and summery” to Jennifer.

“We wanted flowers that felt less contrived and more natural. The bouquets are loose and easy. But still absolutely beautiful,” says Jennifer.

The bridesmaids wore a deep inky blue. Jennifer loved the white interior of the venue and wanted the dark blue dresses to "pop" against the country chic whitewashed interior.

The bridesmaids wore a deep inky blue. Jennifer loved the white interior of the venue and wanted the dark blue dresses to “pop” against the country chic whitewashed interior.

The groomsmen and groom wore light gray suits with matching blue ties. The mood was festive: Cole was one of the first of his friends to marry.

“When you know, you know,” said Cole Kilgore, of walking down the aisle with bride Jennifer.

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The dance floor is ready for the after-dinner festivities at the wedding.

Choosing from some of their favorite foods, the couple served beef tenderloin, macaroni and cheese, Southern-style green beans and more at their seated dinner reception.

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A seated dinner of Southern favorites, including a dessert bar with Cole’s favorite, caramel pie.

Jennifer and Cole met during their time at the University of Tennessee. And both have Tennessee roots. Each guest was given a handmade Tennessee-shaped cookie that Jennifer and her mother baked, wrapped and gave to each wedding guest.

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An antique postal bin is used to house the Tennessee-shaped shortbread cookies that each guest received.

“The day was perfect. Not because everything was perfect, but because we were able to share it with our friends and family. That’s how we wanted to start our married life together,” Jennifer said.

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Jennifer and Cole Kilgore on their wedding day, a Southern affair filled with family and friends.

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