updated 06/11/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/12/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
She may have worn her share of sequins and gowns on The Bachelorette, but in reality, Emily Maynard says she’s much more low-key.
So when it came time to plan her June 7 wedding to fiancé Tyler Johnson, 28, an automotive management consultant, the bride-to-be kept it simple.
“I’m not super fussy,” says Maynard, 28, of her down-home outdoor affair, complete with twinkling lights and a Southern-inspired menu. “I never pictured myself as the country club bride.”
The ceremony’s location, underneath a 150-year-old white oak tree on the groom’s family farm in Sharon, South Carolina, was a no-brainer.
“As soon as I saw it, even before Tyler and I discussed marriage, I thought, ‘Yup, I’m going to get married under that tree,’ ” Maynard says. “It reminded me of growing up in West Virginia – the beautiful trees and the green grass.”
And for the 200 guests, who were told they were attending an engagement party, the surprise nuptials were all the more sweet.
Once they arrived at the farm, Maynard’s 8-year-old daughter (and maid of honor) Ricki helped make an aisle with lanterns, at which point the bride, wearing a custom Modern Trousseau dress, walked toward her groom to “Here Comes the Bride.”