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Engagement Announcement Return the information on this form and a color photo of the couple to 121 W. Summer St., Greeneville, or email to lifestyles@greenevillesun.com to have a free engagement announcement published. Deadline is 2 weeks prior to ceremony. For more information call 359-3156. Bride-Elect’s Full Name, City/State__________________________________________________________________ Groom-Elect’s Full Name, City/State_________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Date___________________________________Time____________________Place__________________ Bride-Elect’s Parents, City/State_____________________________________________________________________ Bride-Elect’s Grandparents, City/State________________________________________________________________

Groom-Elect’s Parents, City/State____________________________________________________________________ Groom-Elect’s Grandparents, City/State_______________________________________________________________

Bride-Elect’s Education/Occupation/Clubs_____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Groom-Elect’s Education/Occupation/Clubs___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature____________________________________________Phone Number______________________________

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To The Greeneville Sun’s 2018 Bridal Edition

his guide contains useful information about local vendors, wedding trends and more for prospective wedding parties. As you browse these pages, you’ll find information from local vendors and other experts about how to make your special day the perfect, stress-free wedding you’ve always wanted. Sprinkled throughout this guide, you’ll find dozens of photos of local couples married in 2017 who answered our request to share their favorite wedding photographs with our readers. There’s also information about working with The Greeneville Sun to announce your engagement and wedding. These announcements are a free www.greenevillesun.com


service we are happy to provide to make it easier on you to share your special news with your family, friends and neighbors throughout our entire community. On page 2, you will find a copy of our Engagement Announcement form to get you started. Additional copies are available at our



offices, at 121 W. Summer St., along with copies of the Wedding Announcement form for after the big day and extra copies of this helpful guide. Engagement and wedding announcements can also be submitted by visiting the “Lifestyles” section of GreenevilleSun.com. It has been a treat working with the happy couples who grace the pages of this very special edition. I look forward to working with you to share your exciting news, too! Feel free to call or write to me at any time with any questions you may have.



ll engagement and wedding announcements for The Greeneville Sun are handled, free of charge, by the Lifestyles Department. Fill-in-the-blank forms are available for both occasions. Forms may be picked up during office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 121 W. Summer St. Forms may also be submitted online at GreenevilleSun.com. Engagements, which are stories to announce an upcoming legal wedding ceremony and not a church ceremony after the official and legal wedding, are usually published within a few days of their arrival in the office. In order for a photo to appear with an engagement announcement, all necessary information should be submitted two weeks prior to the wedding. If the time to the wedding is less than one week, we will announce an upcoming wedding and parents’ names. Photographs

Greeneville/Greene County


About the 2018 Bridal Edition Cover Robbie Britton and Julia Shelton-Britton smile for a photo in front of the historic Dickson-Williams Mansion following their June 18, 2017, wedding. Photo Special To The Sun By Katrina Serene Photography.

for engagements may be less formal than the traditional, side-by-side wedding pose. Engagement and wedding photographs must be of the couple only. For a wedding photo and announcement, the form and photograph must be returned to the Lifestyles Department within one month of the legal wedding date. This deadline is strictly enforced. In the event it appears that the deadline might be missed, contact The Greeneville Sun before the deadline so that alternate arrangements may be made if possible. For more information, call 359-3156 or 638-4181, ext. 3156, during office hours, email lifestyles@greenevillesun.com or write to Lifestyles Department, The Greeneville Sun, 121 W. Summer St., Greeneville, TN 37743. Contact Lifestyles Editor Sarah R. Gregory at 359-3156 or lifestyles@greenevillesun.com for additional information.

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Area Weddings in 2017


Samantha Haley Haynes Teague and Joshua Taylor Teague get a send-off at the front entrance of the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City after their Nov. 24, 2017, wedding in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom. Their wedding trip was a cruise to Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico.

Aimee J. Hall-Fabunmi and Motunrayo Fabunmi walk the aisle after their July 22, 2017, wedding at Friendship Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. C. C. Mills. Their honeymoon travels were to Gatlinburg, Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis, Maryland.



Tori Elizabeth Davis Holland and Brandon Michael Holland are surrounded by their bridal party after their July 15, 2017, wedding on the Nolachuckey River. In the front row from left are: Logan Tweed, Lexis Covington, Jaelynn Fillers, Dustin Holland and Cayden Fillers. In the second row are: Kansas Dixon, Kaytlin Holland and Faith Sturm. In the back row are: Ben Seaton, Matt Nicodemis, Sarah Luttrell, Tori Holland, Brandon Holland, Seth Riddle, Bryce Cutshaw and Brooke Davis.

Jacqueline Mary Scott Yap and Zachary Jordan Yap, of Front Royal, Virginia, slice their wedding cake during their reception on the terrace of the General Morgan Inn. After their June 17, 2017, wedding at Rheatown United Methodist Church, the couple honeymooned at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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Hannah Wilds Seaton and Nathan Seaton, of Greeneville, share a moment on the hill at Cedar Creek Church of God, where they were married June 24, 2017. The couple honeymooned at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.


Bronson and Ciera Stokes Winters, of Greeneville, smile for a photo with their sons, Brayden and Brennin, after their Sept. 2, 2017, wedding at the General Morgan Inn.

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planning going into it to make sure every detail our key to forever starts at The of your day is just as you want it. Well-kept Homeplace at Johnston Farm. grounds lead you to the front lawn, straight Our family memories here are down to the outdoor altar area with breathtak100 years in the making … today ing mountain view, heavenly we help you start yours. to see! Our farm goes well over The Homeplace Pews and benches line the 100 years back in making not only has stained concrete walkway memories, making families, down the most important and making a lifetime of love incredible features aisle you will ever walk. in these mountains we call outside, but also a Reverence is natural when home. God’s masterpiece on surrounded by God’s beauty. this century farm had to be stunning interior After the ceremony, turn shared, the view is incredithat is dedicated around and enjoy the majesble, and so: The Homeplace. to your absolute tic barn, ready to celebrate Located just three miles from the city limits, down comfort and delight. with your guests! Designed for outdoor beauty as much Hwy. 321, scenic Joe Johnas indoor, the evening sun ston Lane sets a tone to let sets behind it – a perfect photo opportunity. you relax, enjoy the rolling hills and farmland, The Homeplace not only has incredible feacross the bridge at the creek, and soak up the tures outside, but also a stunning interior that is views, all the way up to the gorgeous mountain dedicated to your absolute comfort and delight. top location for your wedding. The Oregon Red Cedar barn style structure SEE FOREVER, PAGE 7 is brand new, with over a year of design and

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Legacy Fine Jewelers Can Maintain Your Bridal Jewelry


fter the Big Day is past and life starts to settle down, many times the new, sparkling engagement ring and wedding band become neglected. When that happens, gold or platinum becomes dull, gemstones become dirty and lose their sparkle, and prongs can become worn to the point where diamonds become loose or lost completely. Regular checkup and maintenance can correct or prevent a host of potential problems and keep your beautiful rings looking like new. Rick Barnes, co-owner with his wife, Faye, of Legacy Fine Jewelers in Greeneville, says that the team at Legacy will inspect your rings and clean them for free. “We inspect the prongs and gemstones to make sure that they are all secure, and many times we can polish and clean your rings while you wait,” he says. If any work needs to be done, they can advise the customer on the extent of repairs needed and the price. “Since all work is done in-store, we can service most items quickly at a reasonable price,” Barnes adds. Barnes says that common repairs include stone tightening and prong retipping. “It’s always better and cheaper to catch a loose diamond and fix the problem before it is lost. This is especially important with the styles today that use numerous tiny diamonds. With so many diamonds in a ring, it is rare when we DON’T find loose or missing diamonds.”

White gold rings may also need to be refinished with a process known as “rhodium plating.” Since pure gold is yellow, the gold is mixed with other elements to change the characteristics of the gold. These other elements, known as alloys, make the soft gold more durable for daily wear, and can change the color. When nickel is added to gold, it gives the gold a white appearance. However, the gold usually will retain a yellowish tint, so rhodium, a pure white metal from the platinum family, is used to plate over the gold mounting, giving the ring a pure white look. Unfortunately, being a plating, the rhodium will wear off over time, and must be replaced to restore the pure white look of the jewelry. Rhodium plating can last a few months to a few years, depending on the wear of the jewelry or its exposure to chemicals like makeup or medications. Many times jewelry will need to be serviced for reasons other than repair, says Barnes. “I usually suggest soldering the engagement ring and wedding band together,” he says. “That way, the rings always stay aligned, and won’t wear against each other.” After a few years, rings may also need to be re-sized, which Legacy is also able to do, as long as the rings are gold or platinum. With regular inspection and professional maintenance, your beautiful new rings can look as fresh and new as the day you said, “I Do.”


The main level has 6,048 square feet of heated and cooled space, topped by a soaring full balcony/loft of 2,527 square feet. Perfect for guests to overlook the great hall below or step out onto the upper balcony through the french doors to take in the bird’s eye view of the mountains and outdoor altar. This may just be the best seat in the house. Kate’s Closet, named for our beloved Great Aunt, is our answer to all your questions regarding wedding decorations. From wooden crates, signs galore, easels, chalkboards, frames, jars and silk flowers, we offer all our couples full and unlimited use, free. The list goes on and on, and the inventory is always growing and changing. If it’s Pinterest-worthy, we may have it.


Our Bride’s suite has private entrance, private bathroom, makeup station and delightful sitting area to relax. Grooms, stay out! – your man cave is across the barn, with handsome furnishings, flat screen TV and easy access to the outdoor cornhole boards and fire pit area. Caterers have private access to the prep kitchen. We want all our guests to feel at home, so a sitting area is in the front for those guests who might arrive a bit early for the wedding fun. Slow down, enjoy this space, it was created just for you.

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Don’t Fail To Think Through Your Wine Choices


ine has been part of wedding celebrations for centuries. Even the famous biblical account of Jesus turning water into wine notes that the occasion at which the miracle happened was a wedding celebration. Nevertheless, tasting and choosing the wine for your own wedding is an important and challenging job, and not one to be overlooked. You taste and choose the wedding food and cake ahead of time, so why not taste and choose the wine in advance, too? Don’t leave this important detail to chance.


Justin Todd Reynolds and Lorin Michelle Shelton Reynolds were married Sept. 15, 2017, at their home. The bride said the couple has spent seven years together, and “plan 50 more years, just like the ‘57 Chevy.”

In addition to sampling the wine, there are many other things to consider when choosing the wine for your wedding reception. • Your guests — What kind of wine do

you and your friends and family enjoy? Do they prefer red, white, rosé, sparkling or a dessert wine? Would your guests enjoy one or two really nice glasses of wine to sip as they socialize? Or, is wine not that important to your guests? •Time of Day — Are you having a day or evening wedding? People may drink a little less at an afternoon wedding than at an evening affair. • Menu — Are you pairing the wine with the food? Prime rib can be served with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or Merlot and seafood or chicken with a Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay. • Sparkling Wine for the Toast — One of the most memorable moments at the wedding reception is the toast.

A sparkling wine or Champagne that is rated “very good” is a great choice and doesn’t have to break the bank, pricewise, to earn that rating.

SELECTING THE WINE If you need assistance selecting the wines for your wedding, please check out Towne Square Package on West Summer Street. The friendly staff will be happy to assist with your wedding wine, champagne and beer selection to make your day a perfect one. Towne Square Package Store has the largest selection of high gravity beer in the area for the beer-lovers attending your reception. The staff at Towne Square Package can help reduce your anxiety by recommending wines and beverages that marry well with your wedding cuisine.

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Brooke Ashley Sane Johnson and Cody Ryan Johnson share a moment after their Oct. 13, 2017, wedding at The Homeplace on Johnston Lane in Greeneville. The bride said hiring a wedding planner made the event stress-free. The couple’s honeymoon was in Gatlinburg.


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More Weddings in 2017



Keri Elizabeth Johnson Kirk and Adam Paul Kirk, of Greeneville, are surrounded by their bridal party after their Sept. 16, 2017, wedding at Hidden Meadows in Afton. A honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico, followed. In the front row from left are: Kennedy Malone, Laenney Malone, Natalie Berry, Kaden Johnson, Dennis Malone and Cole Berry. In the back are Abby Dawson, Allison Frazier, Megan Kirk, Madilynn Gregg, Samantha Melton, Molly Wilson, Keri Elizbaeth Johnson Kirk, Adam Paul Kirk, Garrett Harbin, Dakota Melton, Tyler Dixon, Matt Bright, Tanner Collins and Matt Weems.

Jonathan David Burchnell and Tiffany Page Swick Burchnell swing by the river after their May 13, 2017, wedding at Nolichucky Vineyard in Russellville.


Jeremiah Sims and Rebecca Joyann Grabner Sims share a moment after their May 13, 2017, wedding at the Grabner family home on Holly Creek Road. The couple, now living in Knoxville, took a “hometown honeymoon” to stay at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville.


Lexi Runion King and Tyler King, of Greeneville, get cheers from the crowd as they walk up the aisle after their Oct. 7, 2017, wedding at the Runion Farm.

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Brianna Kaylee Burnett Foshie and Dylan James Foshie, of Greeneville, are silhouetted in the archway during a quiet moment following their Aug. 10, 2017, wedding ceremony in Gatlinburg.


Jeremy and Sarah Light Wine smile after their Feb. 11, 2017, wedding in the Oak Glen Community of Fall Branch. The couple, of Greeneville, honeymooned in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.


Adrienne Dobson Hankins and Nicholas Hankins, of Baileyton, are shown after their Dec. 30, 2017, wedding at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The couple’s wedding trip to Palm Springs, California, followed.

Austin Goss and Samantha King Goss, of Greeneville, are photographed after their “first look” prior to their Nov. 11, 2017, wedding ceremony at the Oaks Retreat Center in the Camp Creek community. The couple honeymooned in Hot Springs, North Carolina.


Justin Aiken and Haley Ball Aiken are shown after their Oct. 7, 2017, outdoor wedding in Telford. The couple’s wedding trip was to Gatlinburg.

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Wedding Trends Never Stop Changing ...

You’re Getting Married Where? L

ike most other things in life, weddings are affected by changing trends. According to the website www.WeddingWire. com, some of this year’s trends might be surprising. For example, the recent prevalence of rustic, outdoor weddings, or even weddings occurring in barns, is making a possible subtle shift to what the website calls “New Age Bohemian” weddings. These weddings are “still somewhat relaxed, but a bit more elevated than the down-home rustic feel.” Just what “elevated” means goes undefined.

Another change area, WeddingWire says, is in the area of wedding color schemes. In 2018, anticipate seeing more dark, richer hues, some black accents, and even a drift toward silver and chrome wedding elements. And wedding color scheme instructions, the site says, are likely to be more on the line of “general guidelines” than strict demands, allowing decorators to aim at “a mood rather than a picture-perfect palette.” And if barns and outdoor spaces were popular wedding venues over the past couple of years, this year it seems that “Industrial Space” weddings may join them as a big thing. And that may be

a help for those wanting to wed in the winter, because an enclosed, roofed space renders moot concerns about bad weather messing up the plans. And it’s kind of cool to look up and see rafters and industrial lighting overlooking a wedding gathering, whether its in the ceremony itself or the reception afterward! So you want a wedding with a cozy feel? Incorporate that snuggly fabric, velvet, into your decorative touches! It’s a warm and winter-friendly fabric that works particularly well for a fall or winter wedding. The bridal bouquet is changing, too. Forget petite and delicate … the 2018 bridal bouquet is as likely to be a “cas-

cading bouquet” that spills out with a multiplicity of blossoms and greenery types. Remember that big arrangement in Princess Diana’s wedding all those years back? Something like that! Have you ever been a bridesmaid and had to get outfitted with pants? Bridesmaid pants are another rising trend, WeddingWire says. Also wrap dresses and jewel-toned hues. And for the guys of the wedding party, think burgundy. “Burgundy is the new blue,” WeddingWire tells us. Got a different idea that doesn’t fit any trend, new or old? Give it a try! It might become the next big thing in weddings.

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MaKayla J. Michaels Inscore and Stephen Michael Inscore smile after taking their vows at Kingswood Primitive Baptist Church in Morristown on Oct. 14, 2017. The couple’s wedding trip was to Pigeon Forge.

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There Are Plenty Of Ways

To Get To Your Wedding Site C

ouples planning their weddings routinely rely on professional transportation to bring them to and from the ceremony and reception. According to The Knot Real Weddings Study 2016, roughly half of all engaged couples will hire a transportation service such as a limousine or party bus for their weddings. Wedding transportation options abound, and some are more popular than others. The following are some of the ways couples are getting to the altar on time. • Shuttles and buses: Investing in the guest experience means couples are seeking ways to provide comfort and convenience for their guests and wedding party members. Rather than asking guests to get themselves to and fro, couples may employ buses or shuttles stocked with amenities to transport a greater number of people. The Real Weddings Study indicates this type of transport has grown considerably more popular in the last six years. • Exotic limousines: The chauffeur-driven limousine continues to be one of the most popular methods of transportation. However, to set their weddings apart, couples are trending away from traditional stretch limousines and renting something more trendy, such as limos built upon sports cars. SUV-based limos are still

popular, with Hummers, Escalades and Navigators offering the wow factor. • Vintage cars: For that A-list look right out of a classic movie, stepping out of a vintage vehicle creates red-carpet moments. Dream cars for this type of glamorous arrival and departure include Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and others. Many private companies rent classic vehicles. Couples also may contract with those who attend classic car shows. • Water transport: Couples celebrating by the ocean, a lake or a river can make a grand entrance aboard a vessel. Water taxis, pontoon boats and even sleek speedboats may be the transportation of choice. The Knot says that couples spend around 6.5 months researching their wedding day transportation options and will make their decision and a reservation five months before their weddings. The more exotic the transportation option, the earlier couples should make their decisions to ensure they can book their first choice. • Of course, there’s always those esoteric types who skydive to their wedding place, ride in on horses, ski, swim out to an island for the big event … anything goes in the eternal nuptial quest to “get me to the church on time.” If it works for you, go for it.


Nathan House and Laura Gosnell House are shown in silhouette after their Aug. 18, 2017, wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple are now living in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

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General Morgan Inn Offers Small-Town Charm, Luxury For Wedding Events


ooking for a wedding location that offers ready access, lodging, dining options, space for ceremonies and receptions, ample parking and smalltown charm combined with uptown elegance? Not to mention a staff with at least 18 years of individual experience in making weddings happen? The General Morgan Inn, one of East Tennessee’s best and most beautiful hotels, hosts about 15 to 20 weddings a year on average, and on a busy year might see as many as 25. So reports GMI Director of Sales and Marketing Patricia Bohon, who typically spends about 40 hours consulting with brides who opt for GMI as their wedding venue. It’s one of the most enjoyable facets of her work, Bohon says. SEE LUXURY, PAGE 14

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Asked to make the best case she can for choosing GMI as a wedding venue, Bohon is ready with her answers. The reasons for choosing GMI are multiple, she says. Some of the main ones have to do with the facilities available in a spacious, beautiful building that has been part of Greeneville history for decades and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The General Morgan Inn is a privately-owned, independent hotel featuring 51 beautiful guest rooms and suite, all located in the heart of Greeneville’s Historic District. Located in the Inn is Brumley’s Restaurant, featuring an exquisite art-deco mirror purchased in the 1940s. Brumley’s dining rooms easily accommodate couples for romantic dinners, families sharing stories over lunch, or large groups of friends. With easy access to all major travel corridors in East Tennessee, the General Morgan Inn and

Brumley’s Restaurant and Lounge capture and promote what GMI calls “the big-time spirit of smalltown America.” With all the wedding venue options available to couples today, Bohon believes that trends such as outdoor weddings and barn weddings are going to continue. Even so, the kind of wedding atmosphere offered by GMI is not going away and is seemingly regaining attention, as she perceives it. Says Bohon: “The General Morgan Inn is a different atmosphere … this is a more a unique, elegant, historical aspect.” One of the features that makes GMI particularly attractive for wedding parties is its 7,600-squarefoot garden terrace covered by a 40-by-80-foot heatable tent, notes Bohon. In addition, the GMI grand ballroom encompasses 4,000 square feet and is one of Greeneville’s most-utilized venues for banquets, parties, meetings and assorted presentations. Each of the areas – the garden terrace and the ballroom, “individually, for a reception – will host about 250 people,” Bohon says.

“Ceremony-wise, with up to 150 people you can do it in one of the locations with a reception, or you can separate the locations and do up to 300 people in the ceremony.” Experience has taught Bohon that it usually works best, for weddings with 150 or more guests, to have the ceremony in one of the locations and the reception in another. This avoids time-crowding one facet of the wedding day while staff scrambles to set up for the next portion, and helps defray congestion and potential confusion for guests and the wedding party. Dividing across the two locales “doesn’t add much more to your budget; we do give you a discount on that,” she says. The single most important offering for brides and grooms at GMI is not the facilities, grand as they are, but the services offered by GMI staff. It all comes down to five words for Bohon: “Coordination and attention to detail.” Of the key GMI staffers who are involved in wedding planning, preparation and presentation, none has fewer than 18 years of experience, she says. Bohon believes that


experience level reveals itself in how well GMI weddings and receptions are coordinated. The biggest GMI wedding in Bohon’s experience? A whopping 400 people. Challenging for a “boutique hotel” such as GMI, but the careful coordination and staff experience made it happen, she recalls with evident pride. GMI does not do ceremonies only. The reception is part of the package. The reason is purely economical, according to Bohon. The costs that would be involved for a ceremony-only scenario just would not work out for either the bride and groom or the hotel. It is possible, however, to host wedding receptions at the GMI for ceremonies happening in a different venue. Apart from wedding-day events, the GMI also is ideal for wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, and for housing wedding guests. Because of the luxury of the best suite in the hotel, one that is used both as the bride and bridesmaids pre-wedding dressing room and also the suite for first-night newlyweds, almost all couples married

at the General Morgan spend their wedding night at the hotel and depart for their honeymoon the next day, Bohon says. The GMI also is what Bohon calls a “one-stop shop” for weddings. It has wedding packages in place that can provide everything from flowers through reception buffets and entertainment. Because the GMI is charmingly decorated facility at all times, it isn’t necessary for wedding organizers to expend great amounts of money for flowers and décor, Bohon notes. A beautiful décor is there already to be built upon. Buffets are offered on a “sliding scale” of costs. Different group sizes, food choices and so on can be handled with the price adjusted accordingly. To learn more about what GMI can offer for your wedding events, call Patricia Bohon at 423-787-7510 or email her at pbohon@generalmorganinn.com. The website is www.generalmorganinn.com, and features information and galleries of photos showing what the historic and beautiful GMI has to offer.

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Team Bridal


Brings A Sense Of History To Your Wedding Day

he helpful staff of Team Bridal Wedding & Event Loft (formerly known as The Wedding Loft), located in the heart of Historic Jonesborough, promises to deliver “a romantic, Victorian wedding experience” for those who choose to experience marriage in the most historic town in Tennessee. “Our white horse-drawn carriage pulled by one of our ‘Gentle Giant’ draft horses will add the perfect touch to a most romantic experience,” publicity materials from Team Bridal declare. Fully catered receptions are offered in the adjoining 1820’s elegantly decorated building, complete with gas fireplaces or an outdoor stone courtyard for privacy and garden atmosphere. “Our complete team of vendors know as ‘Team Bridal’ will bring all the products and services you would need to complete your Wedding Day experience. Each member of Team Bridal have been carefully selected and chosen for quality of products and superior customer service. All of our in-house vendors are licensed and insured. We insist on it!” The helpful information goes on: “Our complete in-house team brings over 45 years of experience to your wedding day or event! No detail of your special day will be overlooked by our carefully chosen staff.” You’ll find Team Bridal at 119 East Main Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659, by phone at 423.753.2903, or by email at: mywedding@team-bridal.com. The website address is www.Team-Bridal.com. Drop by, email or call to find out more about the extraordinary experience Team Bridal can provide on your most special day!

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Zach Lassiter and Amy Cook Lassiter, formerly of Russellville, now of Johnson City, are shown in a candid moment during their first meal together after their Sept. 30, 2017, wedding at Allendale Mansion in Kingsport. The couple honeymooned at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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From Major Furnishings To Decorative Accents, Roberts Furniture Has You Covered O ne domestic need that faces all newlyweds and continues through all their years is the need to have a place to live, and to furnish that place. Furniture, decorations, accents … all these things are the building blocks of family memories. Everyone treasures having that old table from Grandmother’s house, that chair that was Dad’s most cherish possession and place of relaxation, that delightful old headboard that has passed down through the family for more decades than anyone can remember. If the furniture that surrounds us is to become a lasting part of our home and family culture, it’s important that it be of lasting quality. That’s where Roberts Furniture gives a true advantage to local folks who are walking the aisle and “setting up housekeeping” to lay a foundation for their own family traditions and treasures. Speaking of treasures, even little things – that picture that will hang on your wall for all your life, that accent piece that holds that beloved old lamp – those can become treasured family heirlooms passed on through generations. Roberts Furniture has you covered on all counts: Roberts stocks a complete line of home furnishings, from major furniture items right down through knick knacks. As newlyweds, you’re writing your own family story. The Roberts Furniture story is a family story too.


Furniture on display on the Roberts Furniture website.

C. Edward Roberts and Johnnie Roberts opened Roberts Furniture store in 1978. The business continues to be family-operated today by the Roberts’ daughter, Betty Bird, and granddaughter Pam Johnson. Roberts’ 50,000-plus-square-foot store is located in Towne Square Shopping Center on Summer Street. The store offers a wide array of furniture for the entire home, home accents, bedding, candles and more. Roberts carries brand names such as

LaZboy, Broyhill, Lane, Ashley, Liberty and Pulaski. Selections in bedding by Restonic and Springwall, made right here in East Tennessee, range in size from twin to king sizes and are available in many levels of firmness. The store offers home-decorating accents, candles and more to dress your home. All the furniture and accessories in the store are hand-selected to give customers the best look for the best price.

Roberts is proud to have served Greene County for 40 years, assisting its customers in transforming houses into homes. Visit this, one of Greeneville’s bestknown businesses, online at http:// robertsfurnitureonline.com. Or just stop in and take a look at what we’ve got to offer you. Roberts wants to become part of your own family story and home. Come visit our family business and see what we can do to brighten your homeplace.

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Skin Health Is Important For New Couples, New Families


rides (and grooms) naturally want to be at their best when their big day arrives. Part of that “best” includes having a healthy-looking complexion. Greeneville and Greene County couples getting married this year will soon have a new option for making sure their skin looks as good as possible on their wedding day. An ownership change in an established Greeneville dermatology clinic is bringing a transition to medical staff, Laurie Church of Tri-Cities Skin & Cancer, Johnson City, has announced. Tri-Cities Skin & Cancer has purchased

Greeneville Dermatology, Church said, and is opening a new branch, to be called Tri-Cities Skin and Cancer at Greeneville. For a time, the Greeneville dermatologist currently at the site, Lawrence H. Reid, MD, will continue his involvement as a transition is completed. Tri-Cities Skin & Cancer at Greeneville will offer ongoing comprehensive medical dermatology services to help ensure the skin health of the entire family. Many cosmetic and laser services will be offered at the Greeneville location along with an even larger variety of cosmetic services at the Johnson City location Church said. Coming full-time to the TCSC Green-

eville clinic will be Jerrin Nabers, PA-C, who already practices in Greeneville. Joining her in Greeneville from TCSC in Johnson City will be Dr. Robert Clemons, MD. Dr. Clemons graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree and began his medical training at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1994. After graduating in 1998 he traveled to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to study in the department of Dermatology. Following his training in Dermatology,

Dr. Clemons returned home to Johnson City to begin practice at Tri-Cities Skin and Cancer. Church said it is anticipated that a permanent full-time physician to head the Greeneville clinic will be recruited and added later. Tri-Cities Skin and Cancer was founded in 2000, with just 15 employees. It has since grown to more than 70 employees, including five board-certified physicians and five mid-level providers. Co-founder Dr. George Winton has said that the clinic offers “as advanced, comprehensive treatments as found anywhere in the country.”

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Cassidy Ariel Norton Minnick and Logan Michael Minnick, of Greeneville, smile for a photo with their bridal party after their June 17, 2017, wedding at the Capitol Theatre of Greeneville. Their wedding trip was to Aruba. From left are: Ty Wilhoit, Kenly Wilhoit, Tad Norton, Easton Griffin, Savannah Griffin, Ashley Norton, Ariel Minnick, Logan Minnick, Enrique Cruz, Patrick Wells, Ryan Minnick, Austin Boys and John Boys.


Summer and Ashley Foster Peters are shown after their Oct. 14, 2017, wedding at Still Hollow Farms. The couple took a cruise to the Bahamas for their wedding trip.



Jacqueline Nicole Miner Bentley and Kevin Wayne Bentley, of Jefferson City, are shown at sunset following their Sept. 23, 2017, wedding at Honey Creek Farms in Dandridge.

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he formal request for people to attend your wedding is the wedding invitation. In today’s world, there is an infinite selection of wedding invitations available, as well as wedding programs, napkins, party favors, stationery and other paper products. Many brides struggle with creating the perfect theme for their weddings. In my experience, brides begin with a theme in mind, but sometimes that changes once they come in and actually see samples they love. My advice is to keep an open mind about invitations, especially if you do not have a theme or color scheme in mind. If you do have something in mind, stick with the color or design scheme, and that will help eliminate choices before you even consider them.

On the other hand, traditional brides may love classic invitations, featuring a white or ivory cardstock and matching envelope with black, brown or what-ever-color-fits-your-scheme lettering that appears simple and elegant. We’ve got that too.


Invitations can get pricey. It’s also difficult to weigh a fair price against the level of quality and detail required. I recommend that brides come into our shop at Artistic Printers, and compare our prices and quality to those of other vendors online, as well as local wedding marketplaces to ensure they’re receiving the best deals. We also provide a free sample of our in-house products before you make your purchase. This allows brides to physically see the quality of the invitation before placing a large order. Remember that actually viewing a product can make all the difference. Ease your invitation stress by performing FREEDOM OF CREATIVITY a little research before contacting vendors. This is where Artistic Printers comes in. Have definite dates, times and locations. We are your one-stop shop for your wedKnow roughly what you want, but keep an ding printing needs. open mind in order to get the best results. We can help you from the beginning (save-the-date cards) to the end (thank-you Have fun with the process, and you’ll be able to create something that you’ll want in cards) and everything else in between. your scrapbook. From trendy to traditional, we can customize your wedding invitations to meet your needs. Each wedding package can be CUSTOMER SERVICE modified to meet your requirements. Our service here at Artistic Printers sets Perhaps you need an odd quantity. We us apart from the others. We have f lexible can do that as well. Artistic Printers is a hours and will be available for you at your Carlson Craft distributor. convenience. We have a comfortable lobby So, if you are looking for a metallic pock- where you can take your time and look et fold with a satin ribbon and rhinestone through our Carlson Craft books as well as buckle and a satin-lined envelope that all of our in-house designs. will perfectly set the stage for an elaborate Our goal is to provide you with your wedding — we’ve got it. customized wedding printing packages in

the most cost-effective way. We will be here WEDDING INVITATION ETIQUETTE for you every step of the way to your special The rule of thumb is to mail out your day. invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. Make your RSVP date two to three weeks OTHER SERVICES WE PROVIDE before your wedding date. This will allow Many brides like to have the personal touch of hand-addressing envelopes. If you enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer. would like for us to address them for you, Thank-you notes should be treated with we do provide an addressing service and can match the fonts to your invitations. We a sense of urgency. Send them within two weeks of receiving the gift to express your can also do indoor and outdoor banners, true appreciation. large prints of engagement or wedding For questions, visit us at 2475 Snapps photographs to display at your reception Ferry Road or call 639-4316. and customized wedding-party favors.

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More Weddings in 2017 PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Austin James Korte and Cory Michelle Jones Korte, of Greeneville, enjoy the mountain views during the reception after their May 13, 2017, wedding at Hartman Farms family farm in Greeneville. The couple’s wedding trip was to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. PHOTO SPECIAL TO THE SUN/WAREHOUSE STUDIOS

Tiffany Danielle Morgan Abel and Jared Charles Abel, of Jonesborough, are shown after their Sept. 30, 2017 wedding at Harvest Acres Farm in Limestone. The couple honeymooned in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana.



Logan and Lindsey Willis Delp, formerly of Greeneville, now of Johnson City, are joined by Lindsey’s daughter, Jaelyn Brooks, and the family’s rescue dogs after their Oct. 20, 2017, wedding at Katy Branch National Park. Guests’ dogs also attended the ceremony. The couple’s honeymoon was in Asheville, North Carolina.

Russell Locher and Alyssa McClanahan Locher, of Greeneville, smile at one another after their May 20, 2017, wedding at their farm in the Camp Creek community. Their honeymoon was in Cancun, Mexico.

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More Brides Leaving Matchy-Matchy Bridal Parties Behind If it’s a super-formal wedding, for instance, a short dress likely ASSOCIATED PRESS wouldn’t work, Brown said. Nor would a more informal fabric NEW YORK (AP) — Alison Kelly like jersey, she said. Some brides felt she had enough on her plate who want to offer choice in color dealing with her own wedding without losing control altogether gown and all the details of her may want to offer paint chips as a mountain getaway nuptials withguide. out micromanaging how her bridal “One of my favorite ways to inparty would dress. terpret this trend is to pick a really So instead, she asked her maid of subtle, neutral color like blush or honor — her sister — and the rest nude or even a very soft pewter of her bridal party to choose natand then let your girls choose what ural tones to honor the informal embellishments or silhouettes they Vail, Colorado, location that she like,” Brown said. “They could do and her husband had picked for rose gold sequins if they want to, their Sept. 2 nuptials, and to wear maybe someone else has a lace styles that made them feel good. dress and someone has some kind “I’m surrounded by women who of separates happening. That way make their own decisions and are your girls get to show some of their strong and independent. There’s personalities. They’re definitely no way I could tell any of them spending a lot of time on your what to wear. It just wouldn’t even wedding. They’re invested in the work,” Kelly laughed. “I know that they know their own bodies.” PHOTO VIA AP BY LEAH MOYERS process. They want to look good, too.” She was thrilled with the results, The bridal party of Sydney Broadhead of Nashville, poses at her wedding in Asheville, North Carolina. Broadhead allowed her bridesmaids to choose their own dresses, though she stayed in the loop on their plans and Sydney Broadhead of Nashville, a soft mix of rose blush, light red, was the final arbiter. Mismatching bridesmaids dresses has become more popular in recent years. Tennessee, is a graduate student ivory and taupe that proved the in public health and health policy. perfect complement to her own She was married in May 2016 in a personalize their weddings. medium and dark shades to allow white gown. The bridesmaids wore “They kept showing me the pic“Over the past few years, design- historic home in Asheville, North for an ombre gradation. For large tures of what they were thinking. matching rings of flowers on their Carolina. She went way out of the wedding parties, mix in some pale ers have picked up on this trend, heads. The groom’s party was also I thought that was really nice box when it came to her bridesneutrals that will offset the overall adding new colors and styles and not matchy-matchy. He wore light because I was just too busy doing maids’ dresses. patterns so brides can mix and palette. my own thing and planning my gray, his best man was in black “I had several bridesmaids of While mismatching is more visi- match,” she said. “It’s a really easy own stuff. I trusted them, and it and the other groomsmen were in varying sizes, different body types, darker gray. Identical boutonnieres ended up being much better than I ble these days, it hasn’t completely way to make your bridal party and I wanted dresses that were stand out.” taken over. According to the most imagined.” tied their looks together. going to make them feel more It’s also a great way for brides recent Bridal Fashion Study by the The trend is well represented While brides have been giving to be more sensitive to the shapes, comfortable and weren’t run of the wedding site TheKnot.com, done on the retail side. David’s Bridal, their stand-up loved ones greater sizes and skin tones of their brides- mill,” she said. in 2015, 51 percent of brideswith more than 330 stores in the freedom from the constraints of She wanted romantic tones maids, Brown said. United States, Canada, Mexico and maids still wear the exact same more traditional — often hideous but the overall vibe was eclectic. Complete freedom of choice — matching confections, they now the United Kingdom, has an online dress as others in their wedding She went shopping with a couple can go wrong, so Brown suggests party, while 33 percent wear the section of mismatched bridesseem to be taking the mismatch bridesmaids who live near her. that brides provide some broad maids options with advice on how same color in different styles, 11 bridesmaid trend a step further. Out-of-town bridesmaids sent her percent wear different dresses and guidelines. to make the concept work, from Matching colors in different photos and questions as they made “Offering no guidelines can 5 percent wear the same style in using the same color in different silhouettes or identical dye lots create a more stressful process for their selections. different colors. styles to choosing wildly different for different styles of dresses have “I had one girl in gold and anthe bridesmaids,” Brown said. “So Shelley Brown, fashion and fabrics, lengths, silhouettes, colors, given way to completely different don’t just say, oh, buy a blue dress. other in pink. One was in metallics. beauty editor for The Knot, said prints and embellishments. cuts, textures and colors. My sister was in red. One had a Is it strapless, is it floor length, the idea of mismatched bridesOne suggestion from the com“They did so well,” said Kelly, beaded top. It came together very what material is it, what shade of maids dresses is picking up speed pany: Select different shades of who lives in Colorado Springs, organically,” Broadhead said. blue?” as more brides look for ways to Colorado, and works as a librarian. the same color, but include light,


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Wedding Thank-You Notes Are Hard ...

Here’s How To Get Them Done Other obstacles: bad handwriting, not knowing what to say, or losing track of who ASSOCIATED PRESS gave which gift. (Use a gift tracker app, spreadsheet, or just a pen and notepad to NEW YORK (AP) — Been to a wedding remember.) recently? How long did it take to get a The biggest problem, Monson says, is thank-you note for your gift — assuming “organization fatigue.” Once the wedding’s you got one at all? over, newlyweds lack the time and energy Newlyweds say it’s hard to organize a for another chore. big task like writing 100 or more notes by Punkpost handwrites thank-you notes hand — especially when they’re exhausted — or any type of correspondence — for $6 after months of wedding planning. Some a card, including mailing (the first one is even blame their bad penmanship. free). Customers pick from different handBut gift-givers blame bad manners. writing styles, but Monson says the “goal Here’s why wedding thank-you notes still matter, along with strategies and ideas is never to mimic someone’s handwriting. for getting them done — including hiring a Our goal is to help people make good on their good intentions.” card-writing service. The Punkpost app lets senders create text for each card, or they can cut and paste DO WE NEED THANK YOU NOTES? the same message for all. Most gift-givers “Most of us have been in the position won’t know the sender’s handwriting, but of not receiving a thank-you note, but it feels particularly disappointing when your if someone questions it or the postmark, customers have the choice of confessing or generosity seems to go unnoticed by a bride and groom,” said Evie Granville, who not. A company called Bond has even develwrites about manners with Sarah Davis at oped robotic technology that mimics handEvieandSarah.com. But thank-you notes are not just a polite writing, right down to the inconsistencies that make letters look different every time tradition. If newlyweds don’t say thanks, some guests worry their gift was lost. Emily you write them. Customers can choose from 15 handwriting styles, or Bond can Burns realized her gift had gone missing digitize handwriting to create a personal when a friend wrote a thank-you for knife style for anyone’s notes. covers without mentioning the kitchen “It’s not a font,” said Nick Alexander, knives she’d sent. Burns, CEO of Learmarketing lead for Bond. “We’ve developed nivore.com in Boston, tracked down the missing knives, but says the incident shows handwriting styles that have the variances “thank-you notes are not obsolete, because and nuances you see in human handwriting. Two notes worded exactly the same they functionally serve as receipts.” would look different when written by our robots.” OBSTACLES AND OUTSOURCING Alexis Monson, cofounder of a note-writing service called Punkpost, says “many of EMAILS us aren’t even used to writing one sentence How about emailed thank-yous? Traevery day with a pen in our hands, so the ditionalists say nope, but in the era of the thought of writing many, many thoughtful paperless wedding, paperless thank-yous and beautiful cards just makes people shut may be inevitable. down.” Lindsey McGuirk sent her invitations via


email, so she did the thank-yous that way too. But each gift-giver got a personalized message, and McGuirk included a wedding photo with each one: a photo of the bride and groom, or a great shot of the gift-giver at the wedding. “Everybody loved it,” said McGuirk, who works in public relations in San Francisco. “As soon as we sent them out, we started seeing them on Instagram. Everybody was like, ‘Check out this great photo of me.’” McGuirk said she supplemented the emails with handwritten cards for older relatives or guests who don’t use email.

TIMING AND STRATEGIES Some etiquette experts say newlyweds have just 90 days to get the notes out. Others say a year.

Rachel Winkler, who blogs about healthy food at LittleChefBigAppetite.com, said she made the task easier by “setting out to write four to five cards each day after we returned from our honeymoon. That way the task never felt too daunting.” Anna Coats, editor of the Marry Me Tampa Bay wedding site, suggests writing out a second set of envelopes for thank-you cards at the same time the invitations are being addressed. Don’t expect the bride to do it all, though. Experts agree that each partner should handle notes for his or her side. However it’s done, says Monson, “The fact that so many people complain about not getting thank you cards shows just how important and relevant that act of properly thanking someone really is.”


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Bridal Edition 2018  

This 24-page guide from The Greeneville Sun contains useful information on local vendors, wedding trends and more for prospective wedding pa...

Bridal Edition 2018  

This 24-page guide from The Greeneville Sun contains useful information on local vendors, wedding trends and more for prospective wedding pa...