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FROM THE PUBLISHER Congratulations on your engagement. The Pink Bride Magazine is all about helping you plan your wedding with new ideas, find wedding professionals and end up having a great wedding experience. Our new size allows for more pictures and more content to help you with all your wedding plans. And the entire magazine is online so you can electronically look through the magazine and when you see something of interest you can mouse over the url and go straight to that site. This electronic feature means you can also share all or part of the magazine conveniently through the internet. Planning your wedding is not an easy task. With time, budget, and family pulling you in every direction it is hard to stay focused. Adding to this pressure, it’s probably the first time you have planned an event of this scale. Getting married involves a lot more than just your wedding day – it is a wedding experience! Your wedding will take a lot of time: picking out your wedding gown, meeting with wedding professionals, selecting the reception location, choosing the music, flowers and cake and so on. You should enjoy each other during this time of celebration.

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The Knoxville Pink Bride magazine is here to help you with all your planning needs. Read the articles, get advice, and find ideas. Your wedding is probably something you have thought about many times, and now it is your turn. Use The Knoxville Pink Bride magazine to locate dedicated and talented wedding professionals who truly want to help you with your wedding plans. As you will quickly learn there are lots of options. You should consider enlisting the services of a professional wedding planner. At the very least, consider hiring a day-of planner, to help coordinate the many details of the wedding day. How can a wedding planner help you? They are familiar with the wedding professionals in the market, they have worked at many of the reception facilities and directed in many of the local churches. This knowledge is part of what you need to help plan your wedding and to make the right decisions. Your engagement and wedding will be one of the most exciting times in your life. With all the time and money involved with your wedding, a professional wedding planner can guide you through the decisions and details with grace and ease. And with all this planning and expectations for your wedding day, having someone else to make sure it runs smoothly will help you enjoy the day stress free. As you make contact with the wedding professional listed throughout this magazine make sure you mention that you saw them in The Knoxville Pink Bride magazine. If you have suggestions or ideas for future issues please let me know. My goal is that through this magazine your wedding experience will be the best! Enjoy many happy years together. See all of our products at The Pink Bride. Get the free mobile app at

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Elizabeth Scaperoth & Daniel Wiseman 05.14.11 Love Story: For Daniel and I to end up together, the timing had to be just right. We grew up just a few miles from one another and had a lot of the same friends, but we somehow never crossed paths. My best friend introduced us by saying, “you guys already know each other, right?” We both knew something was different right away, but neither of us was looking for someone. In fact, I had a nomination to the Peace Corps, and I thought I would be in the Ukraine for 2 years, so the LAST thing I needed was a new relationship! The crazy thing is, I think that somehow allowed us to end up as partners for life. We treated the relationship casually at first because I was leaving, allowing us to be uncharacteristically open with each other. I ended up choosing him over the Ukraine, and I don’t regret it for a second. He’s my favorite person in the whole world and makes me laugh every minute I’m with him. The day he asked me to marry him was one of the most amazing days of my life. I had just arrived home from a trip so I was blindsided! In front of a fountain in St Louis he got down on one knee and presented me with the most amazing ring. It’s an antique wedding band with an inscription on the inside from the original couple it belonged to. It says “FG to AP 4-17-31.” I love wearing a ring that represents someone else’s love as well as ours. The Details: I am a pretty crafty person so I wanted to do a lot of things myself. I wanted a rustic but elegant aesthetic that would fit well with the beauty of the botanical gardens. We really didn’t decorate for the ceremony at all because the grounds are so lovely. My aunt made a wreath of baby’s breath for my flower girl’s head and that was enough for me. For the reception, I focused most of my decor on the tables which consisted of mixed milk glass vases that I collected over the year, burlap table cloths, vintage doilies and some wooden elements. I had my friends Sara Kate and Aliya put together the centerpieces the day of. They bought the flowers and just intuitively created the beautiful vignettes that I couldn’t have been more happy with. They even spread my late grandmother’s collection of buttons around the centerpieces. It was beautiful. My favorite space in the whole reception was a seating area my dad created by using stumps for chairs (brought from his house). The cozy spot was surrounded by twinkle lights hanging between wooden posts he had made. I wasn’t concerned with every little detail, but instead I tried to create a really memorable, but easy space.

Behind the Story Photographer 5ringsphoto, Wedding Planner Kathy Duhaime, Caterer Luxe Catering, Jewelry Diana Warner, Bridal Shop The Ultimate Bride in St Louis, Formalwear Banana Republic, Bridal Party Attire J Crew, Ceremony & Reception Location Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Music/Entertainment The Coveralls! , Rentals and Decor All Occaisions Party Rentals Hair Whitney Rogers Hungerford of Salon W Program Design Daniel Wiseman Design

Brandy Luttrell & Joshua Joslin July 1, 2011 Ceremony and Recpetion Location The Lodge at Valley View Love Story: Our love story starts way back... 1993 to be exact. It was the third grade water fight at my elementary school and this girl needed a super soaker! My mom managed to borrow one from a friend of a friend. When I was “forced” to return the water gun, it was to Josh. Unfortunately for him, I chased him around our community pool that summer and the 5 summers to follow. All of my hard work finally paid off when he became my first real boyfriend during our freshman year of high school. As time went on, we remained friends and stood by each others side through all of life’s curves and after 10 years of friendship we began dating once more; only this time he became my husband! The Big Day: It was very important for us to keep our wedding small. We wanted to make sure we could spend time with our families and speak to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. Incorporating our families was a theme throughout the day and celebrating life lost was probably the most emotional of the day. Instead of a bridal bouquet, I carried a locket with a picture of my grandfather and Josh’s mother. It was strung around a flower during the ceremony so they could watch right along with everyone else. Once we were husband and wife, the party began and so did the laughs. Watching our grandparents get up and dance was definitely something we will never forget. After the reception was over, our parents, grandparents, Josh and I got changed and sat in the venue eating leftovers and telling stories. I think for both of us this was the one of the most memorable parts of the entire day - beginning married life side by side, surrounded by the people we love most. Since we decided to keep the wedding small, we definitely wanted an at home type feel. We used various shades of orange and yellow in our arrangements and a little raspberry (to match my shoes)! Almost everything in our wedding was homemade. All the flower arrangements were made by my mom, my best friend and I the morning of the wedding. Our wedding day budget was $5,000 with a guest list of 75. We saved quite a bit by having our wedding on a Friday and by completing a lot of tasks on our own. We purchased all the flowers from Krogers for $125 and made arrangements ourselves (and we had flowers everywhere)! Marriage Advice: It is true that the day is over before you realize it. Don’t get caught up in small details that really don’t matter. When I signed the contract with the venue I wrote “I promise not to be a difficult bride” and I tried to stick to it. In the end, it’s about the committment, not where your cake table is or what shade of pink you picked out.

Behind the Story Photographer, Ceremony and Reception Location The Lodge at Valley View, Cake Purple Cow Desserts, Invitations & Calligraphy Jaymefort Designs, Jewelry Markman’s, Bridal Shop David’s Bridal, Videographer Laurie Gilliam, Music/ Entertainment Ogle Entertainment, Rentals and Decor Campbell’s Tent and Party Rental, Officiant/ Minister Keith Bunch


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Courtney Laster & Christopher Redd 07.24.11 love story: We were introduced by a mutual friend at a cookout. Several months passed before our first date. More dates quickly followed. We had a long distance relationship for 4 and a half years, until Chris moved to Tennessee. Marriage was always a plan for our future, we just had to figure out the finances to make it possible. Chris finally got the ring and proposed in one of our favorite places, walking along the Hiwassee River. Little did we know, the wonderful wedding that was in store for us. We went to the Pink Bridal Show in Chattanooga, and registered to win a dream wedding package from Castleton Farms. We won, and our lives were changed forever!! the big day: Darla Walker was amazing! This was the most stress free day a couple could ever ask for, and it is all thanks to the vendors that put our wedding together. The most memorable moment for me, as a bride, was our first glance. I would recommend this to anyone. It calmed my nerves, and let me spend a few quiet moments alone with my soon-to-be husband. For Chris, it was when he saw me coming down the aisle towards him. He says that he will never forget the look on my face. Rain started moving in late in the evening, but Darla was prepared, and got everyone together for the fireworks show before the rain came. Our reception was so much fun. All Occasion’s food was incredible, and everyone actually got enough, which is a rarity at weddings, we think. Ogle Entertainment made sure we danced, laughed, and sang the night away until our big firework and sparkler filled send off. It all went by much faster than seems possible, people tell you that your big day will be a blur, and its true! Thankfully we had Bill and Perry from Waldorf Photographic Art to capture our big day for us! The pictures are beautiful, and our albums will make a lifelong treasure from our big day. the details: Our theme was peacock feathers, green and blue. Sam Franklin really made this come to life for us, with life sized peacocks! He perfectly tied together the flowers, decorations, and color scheme throughout our entire event. He coordinated with the party rentals and Darla, at Castleton, to make sure our theme was carried through everything. It was so much more than we imagined, or dreamed of. Jamie Walker, of Bangs and Blush, even made sure our makeup matched the colors! It was great, we all felt and looked beautiful. We really felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop, after we won this wedding. We kept waiting for the catch, but it never came. It truly was what it seemed to be. We are so greatly blessed that we won this wedding, and so thankful to everyone involved. We will never forget this extraordinary experience, and will never be able to thank everyone involved enough!

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Photographer Waldorf Photographic Art, Wedding Planner Darla Walker, Florist Sam Franklin, Caterer All Occasion Catering, Cake The Perfect Ending, Invitations & Calligraphy Designs in Paper, Formalwear Walker’s Formal Wear, Ceremony and Reception Location Castleton Farms, Music/Entertainment Ogle Entertainment, Rentals and Decor All Occasion Party Rentals, Officiate/Minister Tommy Marr, Make-up Bangs and Blush Hair Montage Salon

Anna Halliwell & Garrett Boyd September 3, 2011 Photography by Jennie Andrews

love story: We met through the University of Tennessee Swim Club when Anna entered college as a freshman. The first time we talked was at the swim club picnic (something the swim club does to meet the students who are interested in joining the team). There was only one other conversation between us before Garrett asked me out to breakfast and we’ve been together ever since. Garrett is the man I always hoped to marry. He is so genuine and kind hearted - the only person I’ve met who constantly gives more than he takes. He is level headed, cautious, and extremely good at math while I tend to be a spontaneous, passionate person that loves the arts. We have been best friends from the start and can not imagine a life without one another or each other’s families. the big day: In truth- I had no idea I would be so emotional at the wedding. I cried the moment I saw this older couple who have been like grandparents to me my entire life, I cried when I saw Garrett in our first look photo sessions, I cried the entire way down the aisle, and I cried in the receiving line. - It was all happy tears of course! I was simply overcome with joy and thankfulness for the day and everyone there. I will always remember our first look session and spending time with Garrett before the ceremony started. I would not have done it any other way. One of the best parts of the ceremony was when we jumped the broom and the best man, Bobby Taylor, did a huge fist-pump at the same time. Jennie showed us the picture of it all and we could not stop laughing! There were several unexpected moments that daythe most memorable being the reverend saying “I now pronounce you one hundred and one----I mean HUSBAND and wife!” Marriage and advice: Keep true to your vision and don’t let tradition or other people’s expectations hinder it. I am being completely honest when I say (and I’m sorry if any future brides find this upsetting) that life after a wedding is somewhat anticlimactic. Don’t get me wrong, marriage is absolutely amazing- but real life starts as soon as you get home from the honeymoon. It’s hard to make the transition from planning/ experiencing your dream day as a bride and then waking up a normal person the next day. You cannot have expectations of marriage being all roses and fluffy clouds- but rather take it one day at a time, enjoying each moment as it comes. You have to remember to look past the routine of everyday life to discover the love that brought you together in the first place.

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Don’t Say This During Wedding Planning! “Sounds good, whatever you think.”

If it only mattered what your bride thought, than she wouldn’t take the time to ask you for an opinion. Contrary to popular culture, most brides desperately want their groom more involved with the wedding planning. While there will be some aspects that you have less of any opinion than others, it is important to not fall mute for majority of the major decisions. After all, a wedding is the first step in your new life together and I’m betting you want to have a say in that.

“How much?!”

Constant criticism of how much is being spent really takes the fun out of planning a wedding for all parties involved, particularly your bride. Instead, map out a budget that you can both agree on for the wedding so you both have a clear understanding of how much money is being spent where. With financial woos the number one precursor for divorce; start off on the right foot.

“I’m really whipped... I just want to chill. Can all this planning stuff wait?”

Let me clarify... grooms get a hall-pass on this statement a couple times. By the third, fourth, every time we ask for help and you responsed with another excuse to postpone, our patience is wearing thin. Brides see a mountain of work ahead of them when it comes to all the details of a wedding. From decor to family drama to slimming down for our dream dress, we see our own sacrifice everywhere and need you to pitch in. After all, the wedding is for the both of us.

“Didn’t I mention that? I must have forgot.”

It is important that both bride and groom are kept in each other’s loop regarding the wedding, guest’s travel plans and Mom’s sudden one-eighty considering her help with the rehearsal dinner. A wedding can be a logistical nightmare and “forgetting” to mention vital details can derail a timeline and add a lot of undue stress to your bride. When you have new wedding information, make a point to share this with your fiancé, pronto. I’m betting there’s an app for that...

“This really doesn’t matter to me. I don’t want to help.”

Agreed, tying ribbons around hundreds of wedding programs or filling custom seed packets for favors may not be your cup of tea. But your bride is excited and loves the details that make your day personal and heartfelt, including those that are somewhat time-consuming. And when you love a person you do things that are not important to you because they matter to the person who matters most to you.

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Amelia Johnson & Joshua Peterson May 21st, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dixie Pixel Photography

Amelia Johnson & Joshua Peterson 05.21.11 Love Story: Josh and I met in college, he was a grad student and I was getting my BFA. We both studied theater in a fairly close-knit arts program, so it wasn’t long before we noticed each other. Josh came to see a show I directed and was hooked. He asked me out for coffee to “talk about the show” and before I knew it we were dating. Five years later, after a hopeless break-up and a slow rekindling of friendship and finally love, Josh asked me to marry him at sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m really glad I said yes. So is he. The Big Day: We awoke that morning to a beautiful day that led to an even more beautiful ending. It was so easy and peaceful and full of love and laughter. My favorite moment of the day was taking communion with Josh. After we had said our vows, we knelt on a 100 year old quilt from my mother’s family with a loaf of bread my father had baked and took communion together. I remember being overwhelmed with gratitude for my new husband, a man who loved God first and loved me next and who was committing his life to doing both well. Our theme words were whimsy, magic, vintage, warm, bright and home. We wanted the wedding to be about our guests. Making it fun for them. Bringing them into our home and welcoming them into our story. If it weren’t for our community and our desire for our marriage to be made stronger by our friendships, we would have eloped. So, if the wedding was because of them, we wanted to make it about them. We also needed their help to pull it all off! Our friends helped create our invitations, bake our pies, clean and decorate our home, fill our ceremony with music, and fill our wedding with flowers and lots of color. Wedding Advice: When planning your wedding, be sure to keep asking yourself “Why are we having a wedding?” If you keep returning to this question, your priorities will become very clear. And don’t be afraid to ask for help! You’d be surprised how many people will come through for you when you make the need known. The best advice I heard before my wedding was to enjoy and receive! The best gift you can give everyone around you is to enjoy all that you are given. Your job as the bride is to open your hands and receive.

Behind the Story

Photographer Dixie Pixel Photography, Caterer Luxe Catering and Events, Invitations & Calligraphy Ashley Addair, Bridal Shop Saja, Formalwear JCrew, Ceremony & Reception Location Bride’s parents’ home, Music/Entertainment Tamara Brown and Brown Sugar, Rentals and Decor Event Rentals, Ashley Addair, Officiant/ Minister Doug Banister

Kathryn Ruffner & Billy Ledbetter 09.17.11

Catherine Dailey & Jeb Neal 05.21.11

Lindsey Courtney & Randy Loope 06.10.11

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Meaghan Ruppert & John Roethlisberger September 24, 2011

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Meaghan Ruppert & John Roethlisberger 09.24.11 The Big Day: It was an emotional day! I cried when John and I had our “first look,” when my dad saw me for the first time, when I walked down the aisle, during my vows (just a little :) ). Oh and I definitely cried during one of my favorite moments of the night. After the toasts (which were just awesome), Johnny surprised me by playing me a song on the guitar with our bandleader. He had spent the last few months learning “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. Our bandleader Dave sang it while Johnny played it. I will never EVER forget that moment. It was so special because he has now played for me twice, once for the proposal and once at our wedding. The details: I guess I could describe my vision (or theme) as “rustic elegance.” I’m not frilly or over-the-top, and I love a natural look, but I wanted it to still have an elegant feel. Sandi helped me bring my vision to life through the whole process. One of the very first things she thought of was to make homemade mason jar candles to place around the venue. Since it was an evening wedding, we wanted LOTS of candlelight. So I ordered 350 mason jars, 100 lbs of wax, and wicks, and Johnny and I spent hours upon hours in our kitchen making candles. It was time-consuming, but we had so much fun making them together, and they were absolutely gorgeous at the wedding. We used them as our wedding favors, and let everyone take a candle home to have as a momento of our day. Other than that, I guess you could call all of the flowers DIY, since Sandi created all of the bouquets and centerpieces herself. It was the first time she had ever made bouquets, and they were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! I also made our ceremony programs. I ordered the outside shells from, and then created the inserts myself and binded them together with twine. That wasn’t a quick little process either! Also, we had 6 chalkboards at the wedding that my friend painted for me. 4 of them had quotes/song lyrics that we love on them, 1 was for the memory table, and one was for the bar. She also painted a large stand-up board for the entrance to our wedding. As far as our colors, I didn’t necessarily have set colors that I planned everything around. My bridesmaid’s dresses were “wine”, and the groomsmen tuxes had “latte” colored vests and ties with their black tuxes (the latte was kind of like a tan/brown). Flower girls wore champagne dresses with chocolate sashes. We also incorporated ivory, brown, sage green into the wedding.

Behind the Story

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Our love story: I knew I loved him after three weeks meeting him. I was on the phone with my friend and I told her I thought he was the one. I think I knew I loved her when I asked her to be my girlfriend the day after Valentine’s day (2007). the proposal: Our proposal wasn’t super romantic, but it was still a sweet day. We were in NYC visiting our friend Beth and we had spent the day at the Natural History Museum and then we stumbled on the Imagine memorial for John Lennon in Central Park on John’s birthday. We then went to have dinner at Beth’s restaurant and somehow marriage came up in our conversation and we decided it was time. I told Michael I didn’t believe him unless he told Beth. I came back from the restroom and Beth was at our table and when I sat down he told her we were engaged! The Big Day: Walking down the aisle with both of my parents and then seeing Michael look like he was about to cry was the most emotional part of my day. For Michael is was watching me walk down the aisle with my parents. Walking away from the ceremony to the Beatles song The Two of Us with everyone throwing flowers at us! It started to rain during our pictures before the wedding and everyone was worried it would rain during the ceremony. We had to make the call to either move the wedding to the pavilion or chance it and leave the chairs where they were. We decided to chance it, and we are very glad we did because it didn’t rain again at all that day! DIY projects: A LOT! So much of our wedding was done by hand! Almost all of our decorations were made by Michael & I with the help of family and friends. I made the Mr. & Mrs. Banner and both of my garters. favorite thing about planning your wedding: How simple it was. We really didn’t fret about little details that wouldn’t matter in the end. best thing about the whole day: Walking away from the ceremony to the Beatles song The Two of Us with everyone throwing flowers at us!

Behind the Story

Photographer Julie Roberts Photography, Ceremony & Reception venue, Florist & Catering The Lily Barn, Bride’s Dress & Head Piece Colleen Moore of White Orchid Bridal Boutique, Bride’s Shoes Alex Marie, Bridesmaids’ Dresses Alfred Sung, Groom’s Attire J. Crew Etsy, Invitations/Programs Fourth Year Studio

Echelon Florist When only the unique will do. 865-690-7427

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Maci Stephens & Chad O’Connor September 24, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Waldorf Photographic Art

Maci Stephens & Chad O’Connor 09.24.11 Love story: We met as sophomores in high school at a mutual friend’s house. We went up to Tremont on my birthday, to a place along the river we used to go with friends back in high school. We were walking along the river and next thing I knew, he was down on one knee. I remember him asking “Will you marry me” and saying “yes, absolutely,” but the rest was a blur! We did get it on camera though because he had our sisters up on the bridge over the river secretly taking pictures and videoing the whole thing!! The Details: I knew I wanted fall colors but not just oranges, reds, and yellows. I loved the eggplant color and thought the spice orange added the perfect touch of autumn! I did lots of little DIY projects! I love doing crafty things and it was really important to us to have some special personal touches to everything. We chose the carriage house at Castleton Farms because it fit the classy vintage feel I dreamed of. I literally knew from the first time I saw it, which wasn’t “in person” that I wanted it there and seeing it just confirmed it. It is an absolutely beautiful place that is so accommodating with wonderful staff and vendors so I knew it would be none less than perfect! I found my dress at White Lace and Promises here in Knoxville with my mom, sister, and one of my best friends Allison. The dress I chose was the second dress I tried on and I knew it was the one when I didn’t really have any desire to try on anything else. I humored the idea of at least trying on a few more, but quickly put “the dress” back on. It was a for sure thing! I chose my photographer Bill Waldorf after seeing albums and trailers that Waldorf Photographic Art had created, it was a done deal to me! They really do an amazing job of capturing all those special little moments and details that make the photographs more than pictures, they are lasting memories. Our send off was something that was unremarkably special to us! We left our reception, in front of the Castleton Farm Mansion, in a helicopter. It was one of those moments that I can’t even put into words. Leaving our reception seeing our family and friends waving below while I gripped Chad’s hand so tightly in excitement his fingers were almost purple was a moment I will never forget, and thankfully the pictures from inside the helicopter captured it all!!

Behind the Story

Photographer Waldorf Photographic Art Videographer Waldorf Cinema, Caterer All Occasions Catering, Florist All Occasions Catering, Cake The Cake Lady Knoxville, Invitations Happy Envelope, Bridal Shop White Lace and Promises, Ceremony Location Castleton Farms Bridal Pavilion, Reception Location Castleton Farms Carriage House and Gardens, Music Special Note, Rentals All Occasions Party Rentals

Allison Kesling & Grant Rosenberg June 25, 2011 Photography by Your Reflections

our love story: Grant’s godparents and my parents are good friends, so one night over dinner the four of them discussed introducing us to each other to see if we would be compatible. We went on a blind date that lasted 3 hours and that night was quickly followed up by several other lengthy dates. Needless to say there was definitely a connection! After about ten months, it was obvious that we had something worth holding onto when, while taking a walk one day, we stumbled upon a stately victorian house in Old North Knoxville. We snooped around the house and immediately saw visions of what it would be like to live together in such a big and beautiful place. That Spring, the vision became a reality as Grant closed on the house almost exactly a full year after our first date. As I was helping him move boxes into the house I noticed a little black box above the mantle. As I curiously asked about the strange box, Grant walked up, grabbed it from my hands and proposed by saying “I love you and I want to make this house our home, together. Will you marry me?” the big day: The big day was perfect. The weather was sunny and warm, and we were surrounded by all of our friends and family. While the time leading up to the ceremony was filled with nervous energy, once we stood next to each other at the altar, there was all of sudden a calmness that took over. We both couldn’t stop smiling and I think it was the happiest either one of us had ever bee wedding details: Our initial vision for the wedding was vintage and eclectic. But when we finalized the skybox at Neyland Stadium as the reception location that vision changed. Our church is absolutely beautiful with old, stained glass and classic brick and woodwork, so there wasn’t much in the way of decorating there. The skybox also had some neat design of its own, but we added some subtle details to warm it up. The reception was decorated in purely white flowers to soften the masculine feel. advice for brides-to-be: My advice for brides is to not do a quick engagement if you are a perfectionist. You’ll make yourself crazy! A one year engagement was perfect for us. It gave us time to really focus on each detail one at a time and look at different options, not settling just because we had to make a decision quickly. I would also encourage couples to make a list of everything they will be spending money on and prioritize what is the most important to them on their big day and adjust their budget accordingly.

Behind the Story Photographer Your Reflections, Florist Blooming Earth Flowers, Caterer Abner’s Attice, Cake Magpies Bakery, Invitations & Calligraphy Paper Divas, Jewelry Diana Warner, Bridal Shop Kelly’s Closet, Ceremony Location Church Street United Methodist, Reception Location Neyland Stadium, East Club Level Skybox, Music/Entertainment Special Notes, Rentals and Decor Rentals Rentals

Susan Turner & Michael Haynes August 6, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Erin Browne Photography

Susan Turner & Michael Haynes 08.06.11 Love Story: Michael and I met at a bonfire on Halloween night. I moved from Tennessee to D.C. about a year earlier to go to graduate school, and Michael had moved to D.C. from Texas about two weeks before we met. I snapped him up before any other girl had the chance! Michael proposed after we had been dating a year and a half. It was the year of the “100 year snow” up in D.C. and he kept waiting for the weather to get warmer! Finally, the first day the sun broke through, March 6, 2010, we met up at our favorite farmer’s market. Michael put signs all around the park with scripture on them and he made a book of the memories we had together. It was extremely thoughtful and special. Afterward, we strolled through the farmer’s market together and the vendors congratulated us with free produce! Wedding Details: Since it was an August wedding by the lake, blue and yellow made sense to me. I incorporated books, because Michael and I are both still in graduate school, and we lived apart for a year for me to finish up my doctorate and him to begin his Physician’s Assistant program. We also had a huge dictionary replace the traditional guestbook. We asked guests to circle the word that reminded them of us. We will keep that dictionary forever, and it is always wonderful to be surprised by someone’s signature and note in the margins. Big Day: It was early August when Michael and I got married and we anticipated having our ceremony outdoors, so, naturally, I was concerned about the heat and the comfortability of our friends and family. Luckily, though, it misted all day, and stopped right before the ceremony. It left all the leaves and grass with dew and the light danced off of it all in a most heavenly way. It was breathtaking. Michael and I chose to do a “first look” and have our pictures taken together prior to the ceremony. During the session, our photographer said she wanted us to play a game and for Michael to try and kiss me and for me not to let him. (The object was to get cute kissing/ dipping pictures.) Michael took the game quite seriously. He tackled me to the ground! So here I am, right before the ceremony, laying on the wet grass in my white ground with my soon-to-be-husband on top of me. It was priceless! My photographer gasped and I was too busy laughing to notice! It took a few minutes for Michael to pick the grass out of my hair afterward, but the pictures are hysterical and are some of my favorites. Marriage Advice: Michael began his medical rotations right after we returned from our honeymoon, and I began a new job and began work on my dissertation. We both worked long hours, but, in the end, we were simply overjoyed to get to experience everyday life with oneanother - especially after being a part for over a year. My advice would be to treasure every moment spent - even doing laundry together, because it is time no one else gets to share.

Behind the Story

Photographer Erin Browne Photography, Wedding Planner & Florist Nancy Elmore, Cake & Caterer Rex Jones, Bridal Party Attire J-Crew, Ceremony & Reception Location Hunter Valley Farm, Officiant/ Minister Stephen DeFur

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Jamie Howell & Tyler Roberts June 26, 2011 Photography by Jennie Andrews Photography

love story: Tyler loves all things Christmas, and he had wanted to see the Biltmore at Christmas for years. So I wasn’t surprised he wanted to visit The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in December 2010. Tyler wanted to take a picture by the giant Christmas tree on the front lawn. Since we were the only people there to brave the cold, the plan was for me to take his picture, then we would switch, and he would take my picture, then we would take one together with an out stretched arm. But we didn’t get to my turn! As I went to hand him the camera (so he could take my picture), he spun me around (it was very icy), we kinda switched places, and he got down on one knee!! I remember thinking and trying so hard to remember EVERYTHING he was saying, but I guess the adrenaline was flowing because I can hardly remember anything but his smiling face & him saying he couldn’t wait another second. (Luckily he remembers exactly what he said, and promises to write it down for me.) Then he asked me to marry him and then I said YES! The wedding planning process: We were only engaged for 6 months. I am in graduate school & there was only 1 day in all of 2011 that would work with our schedule. With our relatively short engagement & me being a full time student, I had LOTS of help from wonderful friends & family. My classmates had a “water bottle party” to assemble all of the personalized water bottle labels. My bridesmaid Leslie made all of the white & green wedding signs, & the slideshow. My aunts created flower arrangements for showers, luncheons, & the rehearsal dinner. Amazing aunt Marti brought beautiful sunflowers from her own garden in Statesboro, GA. Aunt Marti also arranged the candy bar, gave us endless pointers, inspiration, support, & was there every step of the way. The wedding budget: We had a conservative budget, but I knew I would splurge on the dress, the photography, & the video . The dress because I love fashion, the photography & video because that is all you have to remember the day for the rest of your lives. I am so so so pleased with how it all turned out!! Marriage and advice: Marriage has been wonderful, you will love it! It’s like a slumber party every night with your best friend.

Behind the Story

Photographer Jennie Andrews Photography, Florist Lisa Foster Floral Design, Caterer and Cake Rex Bradford Jones, Bridal Shop Amsale Blue Label - Bijou, Formalwear Men’s Warehouse, Bridal Party Attire J.Crew, Ceremony and Reception Location Hunter Valley Farm, Videographer Milestone Motion Pictures, Music/Entertainment Soul Connection, Officiate/Minister Tim Shaughnessy, Hair & Makeup for Bridal Party Salon Barnes & Barnes, Ceremony Music Jacob Winn, Wine&Spirits Pop’s Wine & Spirits 47

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Ashley Jones & Justin Tackett September 15, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dixie Pixel Photography

Ashley Jones & Justin Tackett 09.15.11 The Story: We actually met over Myspace! Ha! We met in person on September 15, 2006. Justin came into town for a concert and we have pretty much been inseparable ever since. He has the most precious face and the sweetest smile I have ever seen. He is always smiling! He proposed to me in his living room floor. We were sitting on the couch watching a movie. He pulled a little ring box out from under the couch and asked me to be his wife. I cried so hard and obviously said yes! DIY: I was really inspired by rustic, laid back, vintage weddings. I knew for sure that I wanted to have hay bales for ceremony seating, a paper bouquet, a wooden cupcake stand, and a tea length lace dress. Other than that, we just found things we liked along the way and, one way or another, made them happen. Our wedding was 90% DIY. I made the banners for our chairs, the gifts banner, the heart garland for the alter, Justin’s boutonniere, little corsages for our mothers, our guestbook, the seating chart, confetti and cones, my bouquet, etc. I started working on the paper flowers for my bouquet probably the week we got engaged and finished it pretty early on. With help from a few girlfriends, we hand made the rest of the flowers for the tables. The day before the wedding, we picked a couple different kinds of wild flowers (probably considered weeds!) as filler for the vases at the tables, and I purchased dried craspedias because I love them so much. Wedding Details: I knew from day one that I wanted to use Dixie Pixel. I have known Tara for a few years now, and she is wonderful to work with. During the countdown to the wedding, no matter how busy she was with other things, she always made me feel like I was the most important bride in the whole world. She was part photographer/part friend/part wedding planner to me! She did an incredible job of capturing so many wonderful moments that we can always look back on and remember how we felt at that time. I can never thank her enough. We are both vegetarian, so we knew we wanted an all vegetarian/ vegan menu. The moment we decided on using a caterer instead of our original plan of preparing the food ourselves (one of the best choices we made), I emailed Bettina to set up a a time to discuss prices and menu options. She listened to the things we did and did not want and came up with an absolutely DELICIOUS menu that our friends and family could not stop talking about! It was such a blessing to work with so many of our friends.

Behind the Story

Photographer Dixie Pixel Photography, Flowers EcoLectic Events on etsy, Caterer Luxe Catering, Cakes Magpies, Invitations & Calligraphy Bailey Riddle, Jewelry Black Heart Organics on etsy, Gown Unique Vintage, Shoes Vivienne Westwood, Ceremony & Reception Location Red Gate Farm, Music/Entertainment Nathan Tipton, Rentals and Decor Campbell Tent & Party Rentals, and Anderson Rental, Hair Corey Lambert , Makeup Lia Patty



This section was created to help you choose a reception site for your big day. When you are trying to decide what place is best for your event, keep in mind that every facility has different advantages. You can use the following pages to compare and contrast the benefits of different venues. Once you have narrowed the facilities down make sure you visit them. Take time to sample some of their food and take a tour of the facility. Make sure the place you choose fits all your needs. Many of these facilities can also accommodate your rehearsal dinner or other party needs


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historic bleak house

The Barn Event Center of the Smokies is a unique venue that represents East Tennessee heritage. It is a beautiful Cantilever Barn that offers an atmosphere that can be described as “Country Elegance”. You can have your Ceremony outdoor next to our award winning gardens or inside in the beautiful LeConte Room with gorgeous hardwood floors and special effect lighting. Our Executive Chef can help you customize a menu or you can choose from one of our established delicious menu’s whether you come to our place or we come to yours.

Bleak House is an 1858 antebellum Italianate style mansion located on Kingston Pike. Our gardens are the premier location for ceremonies, while receptions can be accommodated either in the gardens or in the house. The gardens host up to 350 guests, and the house can entertain up to 150 guests as well as 50 guests on the patio. The 3.5 acres of gardens feature handcrafted stonework, including a wisteria covered arbor, multiple balconies, ponds, fountains, and a gazebo. Rooms that can be used in the house include the bridal suite, groom’s room, large dining, room, small dining room, assembly room, solarium, bathrooms, and kitchen. Plentiful parking is provided with a traffic/security guard onsite.

7264 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 865.448.3812

3148 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 865.250.0882

Wedding & Reception Locations

Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering

Castleton Farms

A wedding is hospitality of the highest order. As a grand celebration and reflection of your personal style, it’s important to choose the right professionals to make your vision a reality. Our mission is to combine our expertise with your dreams to create a unique, stress free and totally individual event. Offering panoramic views of the Tennessee River and wraparound decking, the casually elegant banquet rooms can accommodate large receptions or intimate dinners. Our kitchen offers food fare from Calhoun’s, Copper Cellar and Chesapeake’s. It would be our distinct pleasure to be of service to you.

400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 865.673.3399

Situated on 108 acres of rolling pasture, Castleton Farms is home to a Greek Revival Antebellum Manor surrounded by the beautiful mountains in Loudon, Tennessee. Modeled after the New Orleans Plantation, Houmas House, the home boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a beautiful spiral staircase in the main foyer, and a circular driveway complete with a twelve-foot, four-tiered Palazzo fountain. The Southern Garden is host to lush flowers which envelop all three of this garden’s structures, the Bridal Pavilion, Tented Pavilion and Vineyard are the perfect setting for a truly Southern wedding. The Carriage House is a recently renovated equine facility. It illuminates an intimate and warm feeling while the large imported wrought iron chandeliers add the right touch of class to host any occasion. 150 Cedar Grove, Loudon, TN 37774 865.376.9040

Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country club

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Located deep in the heart of West Knoxville, Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club sits high atop the hills of Westland Drive. Our stately English-style clubhouse provides breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains. Need another space here. Terraces overlook the sweeping greens of the championship golf course. Need another space here. Inside, the warm backdrop is home to a Member’s Bar and Grill, the quaint Westland Room that accommodates 25 guests, the cozy Fireside Room, that accommodates 30 guests, and the Gettysvue Room, a ballroom that accommodates 130 guests. For larger parties, we offer the use of three spaces, allowing an event for 250 guests.

Get married like a Rock Star in our Wedding Chapel! A jewel city in the Wedding Capital of the South. Providing Authentic Experiences that Rock, we are a full service event planning facility with state of the art audiovisual options available for all events. Catering, entertainment and event merchandise can be customized to compliment every event.

9317 Linksvue Drive, Knoxville 865.522.4653 x101

515 Parkway, Gatlinburg 865.430.7625

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Historic Scott Mansion, completed in 1912, is located on a 200-acre plantation farm in the quiet town of Tellico Plains, TN just an hour outside of Knoxville and Chattanooga. The large Corinthian columns set the ideal backdrop for any size wedding or reception with it’s sweeping views of the Tellico valley. The home offers the full second floor as the ideal bridal suite and adjacent rustic log cabin for the groom. Other amenities include, an intimate mountain chapel, gazebo, expansive gardens, water fountain, and a mid 1800’s barn.

Come to the mountains for your dream wedding and let The Lily Barn pamper you! From food to flowers, our talented staff will satisfy your every need. We offer an outdoor gazebo on site, large reception area, landscaped gardens for beautiful portraits, full service florist, photographer, catering services and lodging on site. Visit for further information or call 865-448-9895 or 1-800-4488697.

197 Scott Mansion Rd, Tellico Plains, TN 865.805.7627

1116 Carr’s Creek Road 865.448.9432 or 865.448.9895

RT Lodge



The Reserve at Bluebird Hill is a brand new state of the art facility on a 75 acre horse farm with views of the Smoky Mountians. We are located 1/4 mile west of Farragut. The new facility is 5,500 square feet with a fireplace indoors and a beautiful covered porch outside with a large stone fireplace. We invite you to come and tour our elegant event center and beautiful gardens perfect for receptions and weddings. Our staff will make your special day “An Affair to Remember”.

1411 Midway Road., Lenoir City, TN 865.680.8099

Wedding & Reception Locations

RT Lodge is exclusively yours for the weekend of your celebration. Imagine one location for guest accommodations, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid’s brunch, a special ceremony, and exquisite reception. The Lodge is the ideal backdrop for spending time with family and friends during this once-in-a-lifetime event. You won’t be subjected to frantically scrambling from location to location; with 60 guest rooms, an array of dining rooms, elegant common areas, outdoor leisure space, and a range of ceremony and reception options, the Lodge is the ideal setting for your special time.

1406 Wilkinson Pike Maryville, TN 37803 865.981.9800

Trillium Springs

Valley View Lodge located in Townsend, Tennessee is nestled along the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Surrounded by mountains and forests with only the chatter of squirrels or the trill of songbirds to interrupt the solitude, Valley View prides itself for the beauty of its grounds. Our two outdoor pools and indoor pool with Jacuzzis and waterfalls create the feeling of a romantic oasis, and a variety of rooms and suites are just a sampling of the luxurious amenities furnished by Valley View Lodge. We offer the perfect setting for your special event. Spacious, flexible meeting, wedding, reception and party facilities with breakout rooms for groups ranging from 25 to 600. Our new facility, the Lodge at Valley View, is perfect for weddings and receptions!

Trillium Springs is set along side a peaceful mountain spring which makes its way from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bordering the National Park for more than 600 feet, Trillium Springs is very secluded but also easily accessible. The main hall is an open air facility with incredible views of the valley. Our huge stone fireplace is prefect for those cool fall nights. The Honeymoon cabin which is only accessible by our log bridge over the mountain spring is a prefect getaway. There are also 3 other private cabins onsite for family and friends. Along with the hall guest have access to our large field area with seasonal wildflowers for outdoor services and photo shoots. Our sister property The Lodge @ Valley View is only 10 min. away if you should need more guest rooms for your event.

7726 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend 800.292.4844 or 865.448.2237

3525 Wilderness Mountain Road Sevierville, TN 37862 800.292.4844 or 865.448.2237


Whitestone country inn

Imagine a ceremony at sunset followed by a cruise on a luxury yacht. Many brides are looking for a venue that is unique and romantic for their wedding event and that is exactly what you will find onboard this luxury yacht. A wedding can be the most significant and stressful moment in a couple’s life, and the Volunteer Princess Wedding Coordinators can help to make that beautiful beginning possible and stressfree. The panoramic backdrop of water, nature, skyline and sunsets will heighten the beauty of the wedding ceremony. We offer sumptuous cuisine and luxurious interior together with gracious service. Whether you choose a large or intimate gathering, we’ll create a wedding memory for you to treasure forever. Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, Day After Celebration, and Wedding shower/Bridal Luncheon packages are available. 956 Volunteer Landing Ln. Knoxville, TN 865.541.4556

When booking a wedding location, perfection means Whitestone Country Inn. The Lion & Lamb Reception Hall, located adjacent to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, is nestled amongst East Tennessee’s beautiful mountains, lakes and rolling hillsides. Inside this grand Victorian building, you will find the charm of an elegant banquet room equipped with state-of-the-art amenities. Your Whitestone wedding coordinator will help you choose from among the many extra services available to create the wedding of your dreams. Complete catering services, Hansom carriage rides, luxurious honeymoon suite, relaxing massage therapist and many other special touches make planning your wedding at Whitestone an enjoyable experience.

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The Lodge at valley view

1200 Paint Rock Road, Kingston, TN 1.888.247.2464

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Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

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Wedding Professionals, Your Company Listing Could Be Here! An elegant and unique setting, overlooking downtown Knoxville, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame evokes an ambiance perfectly suited for wedding celebrations. Our rotunda area offers a sweeping staircase, panoramic view, and a wraparound balcony where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown. The atmosphere of the Hall of Fame is one of elegance, and will leave you and your guests with memories that will last a lifetime. The Hall is available to provide that little something extra for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and showers.

700 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37915 865.633.9000

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Knoxville Wedding & Reception Locations

Barn Event Center of The Smokies 865.448.3812

room capacity

price range per person

outside catering permitted

outside reception area

overnight guest rooms

facility rental fee

ceremony site available

valet parking

Up to 200

$15.00 to $45.00







150 indoor 300+ outdoor









$12.95 to $30.00







30 to 500+








30 to 250

$25.00 to $35.00








$25.00 to $50.00







50 indoor 400+ outdoor








Lily Barn 865.448.9432 or 865.448.9895

200 at farm

$11.00 to $60.00







Reserve at Bluebird Hill 865.680.8099

300 to 500








RT Lodge 865.981.9800

100 to 400

$45.00 to $100







The Lodge at Valley View 800.292.4844 or 865.448.2237









Trillium Springs 800.292.4844 or 865.448.2237









Volunteer Princess Cruises 865.541.4556


$18.00 to $35.00







175 to 225

$24.95 & up







10 to 300








Bleak House 865.250.0882 Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering 865.673.3399 Castleton Farms 865.376.9040

Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club 865.522.4653 x101 Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg 865.430.7625

Historic Scott Mansion 865.805.7627

Whitestone Country Inn 1.888.247.2464 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 865.633.9000

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It all starts with “Yes” You said Let All Occasion Catering make planning your wedding day fun and worry free by taking care of all of your reception’s needs. AOC can help you decide everything from the venue to what type of reception suits you and your budget best.


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much money as you think. The labor and time to create these artful bites can make them as expensive as a plated meal. Instead work with your caterer to simplify your menu and come up with seasonal savings. _

Kyndall Meeks & Perry Smyre September 18, 2011 Photography by Waldorf Photographic Art

Wedding Planning: We chose to have our wedding date exactly one year after he proposed. We felt this would allow sufficient time to plan and enjoy the engagement and provide more significance to the date. However, being natural born procrastinators, we didn’t technically get started until 5 months out from the date! The process was slightly stressful as to be expected, but unbelievably rewarding when experiencing the final product. Perry’s mother and sister were absolute life savers! Each helped to hold a fire under our behinds to assure the necessary tasks were completed. Darla Walker was a major help! We could not have done it without her expertise!

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Planning the bridal portrait was also tons of fun! We knew from the beginning that Bill Waldorf would not disappoint, and he didn’t! He came up with the idea of hiking the Chimney Tops in the Smoky Mountains. Bill, Perry, Lindsey Smyre (Perry’s sister), and I climbed 2 miles up a rock face carrying makeup, bouquet, dress, and photo equipment. We took the portrait at sunset as Perry hid behind a rock, so not to see me in my dress, and hiked all the way back in the dark. It was A LOT of work but totally worth it! That’s a story for the grand kids! The most important thing to us about our wedding, other than the obvious nuptials...was hands down the experience with our family! The support from our family and friends was unshakeable...they stood behind our union 100%! Your Vision: Our vision was to get married. We didn’t really care about the details. The only things we knew we had to have was Waldorf Photographic Art to capture what was most important to us: our and our loved ones emotion on this day. Perry insisted on the band, The Bearded. People are still taking about how much they enjoyed the music! Lastly, we wanted a photobooth! If was a fun way for guests to interact and the way Waldorf Photographic Art treats it is completely different from the rest. You have the remote control to fire the images and can fit large groups. So much fun!

Behind the Story

Photographer Waldorf Photographic Art, Wedding Planner Darla Walker, Florist Samuel Franklin, Caterer All Occasions Catering, Cake Magpies, Invitations & Calligraphy Designs In Paper, Bridal Shop Alfred Angelo , Formalwear Jos A Bank, Bridal Party Attire Alfred Angelo, Ceremony & Reception Location Castleton Farms, Videographer Waldorf Cinema, Music/Entertainment The Bearded - Matt Morelock, Rentals and Decor Samuel Franklin, Officiant/ Minister Rev. Daniel R. Deck

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The Lily Barn 865-448-9895

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Mary Kate Moats & Brent Abercrombie September 24, 2011 Photography by Your Reflections

The Proposal: We took a trip to Biltmore in Ashville, NC just as a day trip. It was my 1st time to Biltmore. After walking around for a little bit he asked if there was anything that I would like to do. Typical girl answer yes I picked a private carriage ride around the estate. Well I thought I picked it he had set everything up weeks before. At the end of our ride we stopped at the lagoon were through the trees you could see the house. We were taking some pictures and he asked me if I was having a good day? I remember saying that I was having a blast. Then I asked him if he was having a good day? He said, “Yeah but I think that one thing could make it perfect.” Pulling the ring out of his pocket then he said”If you would spend the rest of your life with me.” I was shocked...this was the last thing i though would happen today. But my answer was immediate “YES!” That same day was my grandmother birthday and we were able to celebrate with our family. The Details: We really didn’t have a theme. Brent and I are casual people and we love our families. We wanted something that was us and I think that we got it. We just picked the things that we liked. I remember asking Brent which one of something he thought was “me.” He said if you pick it out then it is you. So we just ran with that thought. My dad and I made our reception signs, my made all the food, we did the music for the ceremony, and we made the programs. One of my favorite DIY projects was putting together bags of smore’ ingredients for the fire pit. We wanted something for the kids that were coming....but to be honest most of the adults loved them just as much. You have to know that we are big UT fans. And I wanted a fall wedding. So knowing ahead of time we would be planning around football season. Our favorite color is orange but it can be kinda loud but when used as an accent to the grey and white it really pops. Planning advice: It is a special day but don’t let yourself get so stressed that you can’t enjoy it. Also remember it is day one. We feel that there is a difference in a good wedding day and a good marriage. And we know that you can have both!

Behind the Story

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A Country Chic Inspired Photo Shoot by The Bridal Suite At the suggestion of Sweet T.E.A. Productions, members of The Bridal Suite™ wedding planning studio joined together to film an inspirational wedding video at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill. Our creative members designed the shoot for the bride who dreams of a rustic, vintage, country chic wedding with an emphasis on friends and family. All of our member photographers captured the day in their unique styles. Check out the video at Dixie Pixel

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Cake: The vintage chandelier wedding cake, by The Perfect Ending, draws its inspiration from the wedding theme and pink lace wedding dress. Bride: Our model, Catharyn Kaye, was a former bride of several participating vendors. She isn’t a professional model, but those of us who worked with her, think she missed her calling. Tabletop: Table numbers, place cards & menu cards with a vintage typeface, instruct guests to Sit, Love & Eat.

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Samuel Franklin accents a unique tablescape of antique and vintage inspired pieces with flowers and vegetables.

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Caramel apple favors are the perfect ending to a day on the farm.

A long banquet table is dressed with a jute and burlap inspired linen from White Table, which contrasts beautifully with elegant fruitwood chivari chairs provided by All Occasions Party Rentals.

The frothy skirt and lace bodice of the custom designed dress photographed beautifully in the brisk breeze. Dixie Pixel

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Carrie Edwards & Tyler Bush 06.04.11 Engagement Story: We got engaged on a Wednesday evening at Disney World in Orlando, FL. Along with a few friends, we took a trip to Disney for a week on vacation. Before dinner reservations, I asked Carrie to take a walk on the beach towards the “sand bar” with me where I would plan my attack. I did not know what a sand bar was, but it got her moving. When we approached the only tree on the beach, I turned to Carrie and said “Well, I guess this is where it is going to happen”. I dropped to one knee, grabbed Carrie’s hand, and began telling her my most inner feelings about her. With a smile on Carrie’s face as well as a look of confusion, I pulled out the ring and asked her to marry him. It was an immediate “YES!” and engaged we were! Wedding Details: My mom was incredible throughout the whole process. She put so much time, energy, and heart into planning our wedding. I was planning a wedding in Knoxville while living, working, and attending my first year of grad school in Charlotte, NC so to say she was priceless is an understatement. She did so much and was determined to make it my dream come true and she certainly succeeded. I am not the girl who has had their wedding planned since I was five so starting the process was a little difficult for me because I didn’t know where to begin. The few things I knew I wanted was an outside reception, the color purple, lots of lights/candles, and a meaningful ceremony. Maple Grove Inn was the perfect location for the outside requirement. We had our rehearsal dinner on one side of the lawn, had the ceremony outside on the courtyard, and the reception outside under a tent. We had tons of tea lights scattered around, Chinese lanterns, Christmas lights, a couple of chandeliers, and pillar candles inside hurricane vases on some of the tables. The only DIY project I did was the invitations. With my sister-in-law’s help, we formatted the invitations and then printed them off. My colors were royal purple, royal blue, and off white. Lisa Foster did a FABULOUS job of displaying these colors in my flower arrangements the whole weekend, they were exquisite!. The most important thing to me about our wedding was making it personal. I didn’t want it to feel stuffy or ritualistic. I wanted it to feel comfortable and fun but also beautiful and elegant. I felt like, looking back, that between our different family and friends there were no strangers and we were all having the time of our lives.

Behind the Story

Photographer Broadleaf Photography, Florist Lisa Foster, Caterer Maple Grove Inn, Cake Esther Kant, Bridal Shop & Jewelry J Majors Bridal Boutique , Formalwear Men’s Wearhouse, Bridal Party Attire Bella Bridesmaid, Ceremony & Reception Location Maple Grove Inn, Transportation Chariots of Hire, Music/Entertainment Ogle Entertainment, Sequoyah Strings, Rentals and Decor All Occasion Rentals, Officiant/ Minister Dr. Doug Sager, Wedding Coordinator Peggy Buchanan, Dance Choreographer J’Adore Ballroom

Kendra Tilley& Cody Jones August 27, 2011


Kendra tilley & cody jones 08.27.11 our love story: We met in college, we had a class together and had mutual friends. We are the perfect match because he always knows exactly what to say to make me feel better. We have the most fun when we are just hanging out doing normal, every day things! He popped the question February 4, 2011. I was living in Cincinnati while I was getting my master’s degree, he came up to visit that weekend and was acting a little strange. He offered to take the dog outside and when he came back in he said he had something for me. We had previously decided not to get each other anything for Valentine’s Day so I was a little confused. When I went into the living room he had a small bag and on the outside of the bag there was a note that said “together we have shared many _” when I opened the bag there was a bag of Hershey kisses inside. Then there was a bigger bag, on the outside it said “Forever I want you to be in my _” in the bag was a box of Life cereal. Then there was a card, when I opened the card the outside had a carriage and it said happily ever after and on the inside it said “will you _ _” when I turned around he was on one knee with the ring and asked me to marry him. He had already made dinner reservations and had a bottle of champagne! the big day: Our wedding was more than I could’ve dreamed of. I was completely stress-free and loved every minute of it. My bridesmaids kept me laughing the entire day, they helped me to stay calm. Cody wrote me a letter that his best man brought me before the ceremony that made me cry, it was so sweet and thoughtful. My brother and I had a “surprise dance” to do at the reception and we cracked up practicing it an hour before the ceremony when our family thought we were having sentimental brother/sister time. The most memorable moment was definitely our “first look”. We decided to see each other before the wedding so that our guests wouldn’t have to wait so long to start the reception and I am so glad we did! The 20 minutes we had alone before the ceremony were amazing. Our entire reception was great, we had the most fun and everyone danced the whole night! the details: We wanted to have a vintage/romantic feel. We used many homemade details to accomplish this goal. Our ring bearer pillow was burlap from Etsy. Our flower girl basket was made by my Mom. We made our own programs, with the help of TwoYellowShoes from Etsy. She designed the programs and we printed and put them together. She also designed the menu templates and water bottle labels. We had water bottles waiting for our guests as they walked in to the ceremony. We also had a table with pictures of our grandparents that have passed when you walk in to the ceremony. I gave each of my bridesmaids brooches to put on their bouquets, I ordered the brooches from paviapavia on Etsy. Our colors were Eggplant, Pewter, and Ivory. marriage and advice: Do not stress! There will be things that are not perfect on the day of your wedding and no one will even notice! No matter what, it will be the perfect day for you and your fiance.

Behind the Story

Photographer Watson Studios, Wedding Planner Darla Walker, Florist Samuel Franklin, Caterer and Cake All Occasion Catering, Bridal Shop (Gown) Bridal and Formal, Formalwear Mens Warehouse, Bridal Party Attire Wendy’s Bridal, Ceremony and Reception Location Castleton Farms, Music/Entertainment Ogle Entertainment, Rentals and Decor All Occasions Party Rental and Sam Franklin

Wedding Day Schedule Want your big day to run smoothly? Then you need a timeline! We know that thinking about the actual wedding day can seem a little stressful. With so much to do and so much to think about how are you going to get it all done? All you have to do is follow this simple timeline on your wedding day and watch everything simply fall into place. This is suggested for a ceremony that begins at 5 p.m.; adjust to reflect your start time. It’s easy to figure out if you work backwards.

9:00 AM

9:15 AM

9:45 AM

Up and at ‘em! Your

Grab a light, energy-

Check the weather if you

big day has arrived!

enhancing breakfast.

are brave! If it’s raining, time for plan B!

11:00 AM Check your wedding day emergency bag. Make sure you will have everything you’ll need.

4:40 PM You and your bridesmaids arrive at the church.

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

1:15 PM

Lunch: Make it simple

Get your hair done. Wear

Time to get your

but nourishing. Stay

a button down shirt.

makeup done!

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

4:30 PM

Get Dressed! Be careful

Time for pictures!

The groom arrives at

hydrated, drink water!

not to stain your dress

church with

with your makeup.

his groomsmen.

5:00 PM The parents are seated while you wait with your dad in the back of church.

5:05 PM

5:07 PM

The bridal party makes

Your big moment!

their way down the aisle.

Take a deep breath and smile!

Jenna Shook & Shannon Peterson October 6, 2011 Ceremony and Reception Location Trillium Springs

The Big Day: On the morning of the wedding when the bride and bridesmaids arrived at the hair salon, it was discovered that they weren’t scheduled. The hair dresser forgot to write in five appointments, instead there was only one scheduled and they had it down for a cut. The hair dresser was able to contact an additional stylest and was able to get the party finished. The bridal party arrived to the venue a half an hour late to meet with the photographer. While at our hair appointment, the guys(groom, groomsman, dads, brothers and cousins) got everything ready for the wedding and reception. They even had a table set up with pictures of our grandparents who had passed away so we could remember them and have them there with us. During pictures with the bride and bridesmaids, the mother of the bride noticed there was a small rip in the bodice of the dress. She then had to sew the wedding dress during pictures so it would be pefect for the wedding. Thank goodness I have a talented mother. Other then the hair appointment the wedding went better then planned. The photographer was very easy to work with and very talented. The wedding was beautiful. The food was excellent and the weather was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! The Details: We were engaged for 8 months before we got married. We had originally planned to get married in Okeechobee Florida in the spring of 2012. After we figured out the guest list and estimated costs we decided that a destination wedding in the mountains with just family was what we really wanted. We planned a trip to the grooms parents home in Erwin Tennessee in April of 2011 to plan the wedding. The brides family drove down from Michigan to go wedding dress/bridesmaid dress shopping and to meet the grooms family. After 2 hour at Davids Bridal we had the wedding dress purchased and the bridesmaids dress picked out. Prior to the visit, we had looked online to find possible wedding locations and had made two appointments. While eating lunch in between appointment, in Townsend Tennessee we noticed The Lodge at Valley View and thought that it would be a great place for the family to stay for the wedding. We stopped in and had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Maples who showed us pictures on his cell phone of Trillium Springs, their sister site. After our second appointment we called Kevin and he took us to see Trillium Springs. We instantly fell in love with the location. It was exactly what we had invisioned our wedding location to be. We stayed at the lodge for the night and called Kevin first thing the next morning to meet with him and reserve the location for Oct 6, 2011. Not only did Kevin have Trillium Springs available he was able to provide us with a baker for the cake(Shannon Bishop), a photographer(Sandy and Ira Smith), a minister(Rev. Jack Thomas), and agreed to cater our dinner.

Behind the Story Photographer Moonlight Photographic, Ceremony & Reception Location Trillium Springs, Caterer Kevin Maples, Cake Cakes by Shannon Bishop, Jewelry USA Bride , Bridal Shop Davids Bridal, Formalwear Mens Warehouse, Bridal Party Attire Davids Bridal, Music/Entertainment Rick and Jane Page, Officiant/ Minister Jack Thomas

Namita Bisaria & Max Jan 09.04.11 LOVE STory: Max and Namita met at Princeton University where they were both working in the laboratory of Coleen Murphy studying the biology of the aging process. They were lab-mates and good friends for a year until Max, a year ahead in school, graduated and went to Stanford to start his PhD in Cancer Biology. Namita finished her final year at Princeton, travelled around the world for a year, and met Max at Stanford again to start her PhD in Biochemistry. Again, as friends, the two of them were roommates that fall until Max moved out and subsequently asked Namita out the following Spring. Having such a strong foundation as great friends, they were fast to fall in love and were engaged the following September and married a year after that. the big day: We awoke to the weather reports predicting rain for most of the late afternoon and evening, so we signaled our vendor All Occasions to put up a tent over the ceremony area. Both Max and Namita were dressed separately, Namita’s finery taking ten times longer to put together as the Indian wedding lengha is quite heavy an complicated and requires 2-3 aunties and a team of hair people to arrange things perfectly. Maryville, TN certainly had horses, and for the path from Maryville College to RT lodge, Max rode a bedecked steed while his and Namita’s friends and family danced and sang to traditional baraat music. When he arrived, Namita’s family greeted and blessed him at the entrance to the ceremony venue, while Namita looked on secretly from a room where Max couldn’t see her. Finally the wedding ceremony commenced with the traditional Ganesh prayer, followed by garlanding of the bride and groom by each other, and the traditional Mangalfera, or walking around a fire four times with their shawls tied together. Finally they were married, signified by taking seven steps together and Max giving Namita her Mangalsutra or necklace that signifies Namita as a married woman. Max and Namita left with flowers and rice thrown at them, and reappeared for the reception and speeches. The dinner was a delicious southern style meal prepared by the chef at the RT lodge. Since Max and Namita love to dance, as does their friends and family, the rest of the night was filled with dancing! Whether it was around RT lodge firepit or the rock in the middle of RT lodge’s pond, the evening was magical and honestly the best party the bride and groom had ever been to. the details: The wedding and reception were done at RT Lodge in Maryville. It was RT Lodge’s first Indian wedding and they did an amazing job hosting an (enormous) Indian wedding. The ceremony took place at the outdoor wedding location on the premises. Since there was light rain, the ceremony was conducted under a tent. Indian wedding are done under a mandap, a covered structure with four pillars. The priest, the bride and groom and their parents all sit under the mandap.

Behind the Story Ceremony and Reception Location, Caterer RT Lodge, Wedding Planner Alex Hansen, RT Lodge, Photographer and Videographer Waldorf Photographic Art, Florist Abhilasha Events, Invitations & Calligraphy Parekh Cards, Bridal Shop and Formalwear Swati Coture, Bridal Party Attire Mirage Sari Shop, Transportation Gentry Trailways, Music/Entertainment DJ jazz, Rentals and Decor All Occasion Party Rentals and Abhilasha Events, Officiant/ Minister Shri Parmannand Mauni

Namita Bisaria & Max Jan September 4 , 2011

Ceremony and Reception Location RT Lodge

Whitney Bishop & Nick Justice 07.23.11

Megan Jones & Aaron Freeman 06.04.11

Amanda Pittman & Mack Stiles 9.10.11

Lindsay Jane Studios

Dixie Pixel Photography

Waldorf Photographic Art

Rachel Berube & David Geist 07.30.11

Audra & Chris Brannen 06.18.11

Makenzie Loy & Danny Partida 05.21.11

Katherine Birkbeck Photography

Bryan Allen Photography

Watson Studios

Kelley Robinson & Chris Belmont 09.24.11

Jennifer Tisdale & Chase Rainbolt 10.04.11

Susan Ward & Greg Arnold 12.11.10


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Congratulations To all of these Knoxville couples

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Don't be that bride

Thank You Notes are a Must! Written by Krista Chapman

I bring you a gift and you write a thank-you note. Seemingly simple, modern brides are regularly falling prey to this etiquette blunder.

Thank You!

I remember my paternal grandmother forgetting my birthday one year. Waiting patiently for the signature shape of a Hallmark card, with neatly written check tucked inside to arrive, I remember waiting and thinking...was she just getting old and forgetful? I received piles of presents from friends, my parents and other grandparents acting quickly as a distraction to this oversight. I would find out later that the oversight was actually on purpose. Seeing that I had forgotten to write her a thank-you card the year before, she had forgotten to write me the check I expected. Lesson be learned young one. Years later, this lesson sticks with me and while I may be late with a thank you now and again, I always make it a point to call or write. Pleasantries are not to be overrated after all, particularly a thank you.

While, I would not describe myself as particularly sentimental throwing out magazines once read, rarely hanging onto ticket stubs and reveling in purges related to closet reorganization, I do have a secret. I have kept every thank you note, neatly stacked and held by a fraying rubber band, from the brides I worked with in my past life as a wedding planner. Every single one. Why? They make me feel good, great really. After all the blood, sweat and tears I dedicate to make a bride’s day flawless, receiving a sweet note in the penmanship of a new wife or husband, suddenly hard work is a distant memory buried in appreciative bliss. And apparently, I am not the only one that feels gratified to open their mailbox to find a handwritten note. Biggest etiquette complaint I hear repeatedly from wedding guests, family and bridal party member post wedding... I spent XXX amount of dollars on this person’s wedding as their bridesmaid, guest, etc and never received a thank you note. Nothing pisses people off more than not being appreciated. Nevertheless, our busy lives inevitably get in the way, particularly for a pair of newlyweds with honeymoons, post wedding planning exhaustion, the purchase of a new home (that needs paint and furniture and decorating) and even children. Repeated attempts to send out

a card are lost when we can’t seem to find so and so’s address or figure out what to write. Months have gone by and perhaps it’s too set out with the best intentions and that’s what counts, right? No, dear reader... intention is not nearly enough in regards to your thank-you cards. However, my goal is not to lecture on the manners on the day but rather offer insight and solutions. First step - organization is key. This seems like common sense but I can’t tell you how many brides cite a lost address as their reason for a delayed thank-you. As you are organizing names and address for your invitations, keep these handy for later reference when addressing your thank-you cards. Additional, task a friend or family member to track gifts when they are being open so you know what’s what. The case of a detached card? A card-less gift, should be set aside as well as lonely cards. After all gifts are open, attempt to pair the lost mates. No luck? Ask Mom or Dad if they have any idea... often guests will share planned gifts with family. A vague thank-you, not mentioning an exact gift may be another option in a pinch. What do you say? Sadly, technology has turned many of us into miserable writers that speak in code less than 140 characters. Knowing what to say can be another reason for delayed letter writing. Simple and sweet is my best recommendation... thank your guest for coming, making reference to a favorite part of the day (yours or what you might think their’s was) and bringing Item A (mentioning how you might use this, specifically if cash was given). Signed, sealed and delivered. Finally, writing 100 plus thank-you cards in one sitting is bound to make the grateful task into a surefire chore. Break up your thank-you notes, writing them over a few nights of must-see TV (with wine in hand!). And don’t forget the groom... last time I checked he’s capable of a thank-you, too. For the bride hard press for time or looking for inspiration there’s an app for that. Recently, I stumbled across, a site offering computer generated hand-written notes (in your penmanship, no less). While I still strongly argue for writing thank notes to wedding guests by hand (they were important enough to get an invitation, right?), this also offers a great resource for clever and thoughtful words of appreciation. Finally, politics aside, former President George W. Bush was said to begin every day in office hand writing thank you notes. Through waning popularity, economic collapse, two wars and a shaky legacy, he still found things to be thankful for everyday. That, if nothing else, tells us the power of a thank you. For more articles like this one go to for daily inspiration, advice and real weddings.

Lori Forrester & Paolo Castiglia November 20, 2011 Reception Location Volunteer Princess Cruises

love story: Paolo and I met in his hometown in Italy called Alba. I was working there for about eight months as an Au Pair, living with a family and teaching their children English. I met Paolo on my first day in Italy, just a few hours after my plane had landed. He was a mutual friend of the family I worked for, and he kindly offered to show me around and introduce me to a few other English speakers. Our friendship grew quickly and eventually transformed into a love I never expected (although all of my friends back home had predicted it). In February, I had to say goodbye to this new love, which had changed my life in order to continue my plans of graduate school back in the U.S. However, Paolo is a determined romantic who wouldn’t let an ocean get in our way. By July he was on a plane bound for Portland, OR (where I attend grad school). He left his friends, family, and everything he had ever known back in Italy to be with me, and from that point on we were inseparable. the big day: My father’s toast and dance made me cry. My friends made me laugh. My most memorable moment was standing up at the altar with Paolo and reciting our vows in both languages. Paolo’s most memorable was when he first saw me coming down the aisle and our 1st kiss. We also had a blast dancing on the boat after dinner and loved the send off of both sparklers and bird seed. The wedding planning process: We were engaged for just three months. Everyone helped!! My mom was the biggest lifesaver. Also Peggy (our wedding planner), Nikki (the cruise director), and Kate (the director at the church). Of course Paolo also helped me out with many things and I’m so thankful for his involvement in the whole process. The most important things to me were the content of the ceremony (such as our vows, the song choices, and prayers) and the reception party. I wanted all of our guests to eat well and enjoy themselves! Once everything is planned, it was just about having fun, relaxing, and getting to be in the moment. Don’t try to plan your entire wedding during the middle of a busy semester of graduate school like I did though! Allow time to really enjoy the process... but not too long. Have fun and don’t worry about each detail. At least one thing is always going to go wrong, but in the end it will be great. We are looking forward to building our lives together and many more memories in the years to come.

Behind the Story Photographer Broadleaf Photography, Wedding Planner Peggy Buchanan, Florist Te-Bos Floral Design, Caterer VPC Catering, Cake Magpies, Bridal Shop Wedding Wonderland, Formalwear Walkers Formalwear, Bridal Party Attire Dessy Bridesmaids, Ceremony Location First United Methodist Church, Reception Location Volunteer Princess Cruises, Transportation Sweetheart’s Limousine, Videographer Benjamin Maddux, Music/Entertainment Pro-Audio Mobile DJs, Rentals and Decor The White Table, Officiant/Minister Rev. Troy Forrester

Kayla Polte & Brett O’Connor May 7, 2011 Reception Location The Reserve at Bluebird Hill

Love Story: Kayla and Brett met her sophmore year of high school and his junior year when he transfered to her school. They dated through out high school into college. Summers spent at Norris Lake and fall weekends at every football game, home and away dating for 7 years. After college Brett fixed Kayla dinner one night after work and popped the question her friends and family had all been waiting for.

The Big Day: Brett started the day off playing a round of golf with his groomsmen father and father in law. Kayla spent the morning getting ready for her big day. Weather was perfect making the pictures beautiful. One of the memorable moments was when the bridal party in the trolley had broken down and they had to wait to get a new ride to the church. Had beautiful linens with a soft pink and a lace overlay, it made all the difference. We wanted a rustic feel with the venue adding lanterns to the centerpieces.

Behind the Story

Photographer Moonlight Photographic, Reception Location The Reserve at Bluebird Hill, Wedding Planner Paige McKinnon, Florist Flowers By Tammy, Caterer Abner’s Attic, Invitations & Calligraphy Personally Yours, Jewelry Markman’s, Bridal Shop & Bridal Party Attire Wedding Wonderland, Ceremony Location St. John Neumann, Transportation Knoxville Trolley, Music/Entertainment Michel Jons Band, Rentals and Decor All Occasion Party Rentals, Officiant/ Minister Father Reagan

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I ‘m getting overwhelmed by all these wedding emails! What can I do?


Is it appropriate to let vendors know that you have booked someone else?


Is it true that vendors charge more when it’s a wedding?


My wedding vendor is not returning my calls and I’m not happy with their services! Isn’t that a breach of contract?! 

First things first... set up a separate email account for your wedding planning. This will keep emails separate from your personal account and once you’re married, you can simply stop checking it.  Check out MyBridemail for a wedding specific email service.  What not to do?  Don’t report the email as spam unless you are sure that it is.  If you no longer wish to receive emails from a vendor, simply unsubscribe from the email (at the bottom of nearly all email newsletters) or contact the vendor directly asking to be removed from their list.  Reporting an email as spam can limit a vendors ability to email other brides and grooms that want the information.

Absolutely! Letting a vendor know that you have decided to go with another vendor is definitely a good idea.  Not only will this stop email follow-up but vendors are able to release a date to other couples looking to book.  Sending a short email will generally do the trick.  If you feel so inclined giving a reason on why they weren’t the right fit vendor is normally appreciated as well.  Professional wedding vendors want to know how they can better serve future brides and grooms!

The answer is often yes... and it should be. While this may not seem fair, the difference in the amount of work related to a wedding vs. other social functions or corporate events is fairly significant.  Often an event of similar size and budget for a retirement party or family reunion will require a third of the email and phone correspondence as a wedding.  Corporate clients are even less and rarely ask for tastings, multiple meetings outside business hours and numerous proposals adjustments.   All this increases the overall time a vendor spends when working with brides and grooms and since time is money, weddings cost more.  If this still doesn’t seem right, ask your vendors to explain why they charge more.  They should be able to explain why so it makes sense to their clients.  If not... go with a vendor that has fair pricing policies.

Ideally, no bride or groom would ever have to deal with a poor performance by a wedding vendor, during or after the planning process. While I am not a legal expert, I have been on the both sides of this fence.    Before you do anything, take a good look at the contract and cancellation fees.  While few contracts will address customer service, a client always reserves the right to cancel their agreement.  This will likely result in a loss of your initial deposit and could send you on a frantic last minute hunt for a vendor.  Instead, I suggest sitting down with your vendor for a heart to heart on your concerns.  Stay calm and offer suggestions for how your problems can be addressed.  Avoid being overly dramatic and attacking a vendor as it will get you nowhere, fast.  If possible, ask to work with another employee that might better mesh with you personally or ask to speak with a general manager or owner.  If no solution is in sight, follow your gut and find a new vendor.  Better to lose a small deposit than have a wedding vendor disaster on your big day.  Note:  The closest wedding day is, the higher the cancellation fee with likely be.  Address your apprehensions when they occur, rather than wait until a budget crunch leaves you little option other than to hope things will work out.  Small Claims Court can be some help here but probably not in time for wedding day.

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Sarah Williams & Brett Smith September 18, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Katherine Birkbeck Photography

Sarah Williams & Brett Smith 09.18.11 Wedding Planning: We were engaged for 8 months, after dating for 7 weeks. Our parents helped tremendously and my Mom was the planner. We have long and varying hours at work, as medical residents, so our parents did a great deal of work. My mom took care of the planning for the party, including the food, decorations, guest list, finding multiple vendors and much more. She and my dad even cake tested all over Knoxville and brought us personalized cake samples to taste in KY, prior to picking a vendor. My dad handled the business side of things, including contracts, budgets and parking. My dad also took dance lessons for 6 months, to prepare for our father of the bride dance and to become the Rumba King. His parents found us a quaint, vintage hotel to stay at downtown, set up the rehearsal dinner and reserved us a Rolls-Royse getaway car, complete with a driver from England. The most important thing to us about the wedding was the ceremony. We planned that ourselves and felt it carried the most meaning to us and our marriage. We picked all of our songs to communicate worship to God and included our song, “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. Everyone in the wedding, even the pastor and musicians, were in our family. Additionally, we wrote our own vows and baked the bread for communion, as a part of our ceremony. The only part of the wedding we really planned was the ceremony. We wrote it as a book to be read proclaiming God’s wonderful love, grace, and asking for His blessing. It was amazing to hear it read aloud! We wrote our own vows which was a culmination of what God had taught us about love, together and in our relationship with Him. The visible beauty of the wedding was all my Mom. She planted hundreds of flowers and gave us a true heavenly wedding with roses to signify the colors of Love represented in our ceremony: red for love, pink for affection, yellow for friendship, orange for passion, and blue for the treasure. The arbor where we we got married was covered in white mandavillas which were gorgeous and grew more preoperative than any other! It was a vintage theme and our colors were simple, black and white with gold accents. We brought in color only in the sentimental roses mentioned previously. My mom handmade many things, including forty lanterns for the long driveway and patio, name cards, table place cards and personalized water bottles. Marriage Advice: As far as planning the wedding, the best advice we can give is to enjoy the planning as a couple coming together and focus less on the wedding, more on the life. Read marriage books together during your engagement to get to the core of each other, so you can share your viewpoints and desires on the many aspects of marriage and life, including sex, communication, work, love languages, kids, family time and romance. We most look forward to doing life together now, as two people who have come together as one.

Behind the Story

Photographer Katherine Birkbeck Photography, Florist Lisa Foster Floral Design, Caterer A Sliverware Affair, Cake Daisy Cakes, Invitations & Calligraphy Invitations by Personally Yours of Knoxville; Calligraphy by Debi Lyn of Maryville , Jewelry After Glow, Bridal Shop Rebecca’s, Formalwear Savvi Formal Wear, Ceremony & Reception Location Home, our family farm, Rental and Decor All Occasions Party Rentals , Officiant Rev Charlie Barnard

Alia Cunha-Manly & Scott Breitengross September 10, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHY BY 5ringsphoto

Alia Cunha-Manly & Scott Breitengross 09.10.11 Proposal: Scott & I met almost 3 years ago. After our first date, I told everyone who would listen that he was the man I was going to marry! When you know... you know! He popped the question while we were on vacation in Florida. It was unexpected and perfect! Wedding Details: I was engaged for 11 months! I didn’t hire a planner. I definitely have the “bridal gene” and knew I wanted to be involved in every little detail. With an accounting background, I had my wedding pretty much planned out in an excel spreadsheet. Let’s just say when I got back from my honeymoon I realized what a black hole wedding planning can be. It is all consuming and I now know that I PROBABLY would have factored a wedding planner into my budget. I love blue. I started with the bridesmaids dresses and fell in love with the color. However, I didn’t want the bridesmaids to match the tables and the blue of the dresses wasn’t very “romantic”. So when I found the invitations, I knew that they would compliment each other and I pretty much took it from there. I am such a visual person so I instantly got hooked on wedding blogs. One blog led to another and another, and it soon became a nightly ritual to check out what other people were doing and get inspired! Inspiration boards were my favorite thing to do! I would save all the pictures on my iPhone and I had a folder with all my saved blog pics. Finding venues that were similar to mine and styles that were similar to mine, helped me to find my vision, my theme and my style. The vineyard had such natural beauty that I didn’t want to overpower it at all. I stuck with a more natural look by tying in some burlap. My theme (which I may have made up) was simple elegance. I truly did a lot of stuff myself. The program fans and placecards - I did with two of my bridemaids. I did a lot of the printing of everything myself. The flower girl buckets were me too! but let’s face it... was my best friend! Advice: I debated about whether or not to do a “first look” (photos before the ceremony) but ultimately decided to do it. If you are on the advice to you would be to DO IT! My photographer described it as the only time that you truly get to spend alone with your groom for the entire day... and that sold me. Both Scott & I loved that special time together and it made me even more excited to walk down the aisle. I was relaxed and so happy. I’m SO glad I did it!

Behind the Story

Photographer 5ringphoto, Florist Madison Flower Shop - Donna Santoro, Caterer & Cake A Thyme to Cook, Invitations & Calligraphy, Calligraphy by Jennifer, Jewelry Bella Perlina - Andrea Panullo, Bridal Shop The White Dress by the Shore, Formalwear Collin’s Tux Shop, Bridal Party Attire White Dress by The Shore, Ceremony & Reception Location Jonathan Edwards Winery, Transportation Premier Limo, Videographer Jeff Brouillet Films, Music/Entertainment Robert Alberti’s Event Services - DJ Tim Paclorek, Rentals and Decor Liberty Rentals, Officiant/ Minister Larry Stevens, Hair Timothy Pamment Salon, Makeup Jennie Fresa Beauty Library, Favors Red Rooster Bakery, Rehearsal Dinner Big Green Pizza Truck

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Sarah Peak & Gray son Price October 29, 2011

Ceremony and Reception Location Castleton Farms

Sarah peak & grayson price 10.29.11 our love story: Our story began a year and a half ago at Rowena’s, a small downtown Morristown boutique, which would also be the site of the proposal and the beginning of the rest of our lives. However, the road that led us to each other really began more than half a century ago with our mothers, Carolyn and Jane. They were born to parents who lived across the street from each other. They became best friends, always together, until Carolyn’s parents moved across town. Even then, Carolyn and Jane went to the same elementary school and junior high, continuing to be good friends. Eventually, they were separated during their high school and college years. While their lives grew busier, they were able to keep in touch through their parents. Their dads, our grandfathers, worked together at Roger’s men’s store in downtown Morristown after they retired from their regular jobs. They spent many hours together swapping stories about their grandchildren. In 1996, Carolyn and her husband, Buddy, were looking for a builder for their house. The person most recommended was Craig Peak, Jane’s husband and my father. Carolyn and Buddy knew that it wasn’t just irony that led them to choose my dad as the builder. Ten years after my dad built Carolyn and Buddy’s house, and when I was 17, my mother, Jane, lost her battle with cancer. Carolyn met me for the first time at my mom’s funeral and was astonished by the strong resemblance I had to my mother. At that point Carolyn felt a strong urge to take care of her childhood best friend’s daughter. However, it wasn’t until four years later that dream would come true. I was 21, and my boss, Regina, secretly approached Carolyn at church and asked if Grayson was dating anyone. Regina proceeded to tell Carolyn that she had an employee at Rowena’s that she wanted to set up with a good guy. She continued to describe me to Carolyn. When Carolyn asked what my name was, much to her surprise, Regina responded, “Sarah Peak”. Carolyn was ecstatic and thus began her mutual scheming with Regina to introduce Grayson to me. Carolyn started coming in a lot to Rowena’s. Little did I know that it was all part of the plot to get us together. One Friday, Carolyn brought newspaper clippings in to me that explained that the store I now work in used to be the store where our grandfathers once worked. She proceeded to tell me that she wanted me to meet Grayson, but because he lives and works in Georgia it could take a while to do so. I worked the next day and while my back was turned from the front of the store, out of the blue my friend’s eyes widened and said “Grayson’s here!” I quickly turned to see if it was the same Grayson that Regina and Carolyn wanted me to meet. Then I saw Carolyn walk in before him. It was at that moment that I asked my friend if she could see my heart beating through my shirt! Carolyn had convinced Grayson that the birthday gift she wanted from him could only be found at Rowena’s. He had been told very little of me, but enough to be very curious. I could be cliché and tell you that we both saw fireworks and knew from the moment we first met that we were meant to be. However, our relationship goes deeper. It was founded on a half century of close relationships of our families and a destiny that was started by our mothers’ friendship. When Grayson proposed to me in the same spot that our late grandfathers once shared stories about us, and the place where we first met, he told me that there were a thousand reasons to propose other places that would be just as memorable. However, he only needed one. The spirits of our lost loved ones filled that room as he dropped to one knee. Without a doubt, we knew the rest of our lives should start at that store… at that moment…in that spot.

Behind the Story

Photographer Waldorf Photographic Art, Wedding Planner Darla Walker, Florist Samuel Franklin, Caterer All Occasions Catering, Cake The Perfect Ending Cakes, Ceremony and Reception Location Castleton Farms

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to Make the Most


of Bridal Shows

Your engaged and now it is time to start planning… With so many things to see and vendors to talk to, wedding shows can be overwhelming and feel a bit like, well the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Savvy brides see through the chaos and make the most of what bridal shows have to offer by way of inspiration, advice and vendor giveaways. With these 7 tips, you can too!


Come Prepared. The boy scouts were on to something here… Make sure you have the essentials. Have a pen to take notes and sign up for all the wedding day give-aways. Better yet, pre-print mailing labels with your name, phone number, email and wedding date to save a ton of time. Also, remember to bring your camera to capture all the wedding inspiration on display… vendors are putting their best decorating foot forward and you will want to remember everything you saw.


Don’t eat (a lot!) before you come. Weddings have food and so do wedding shows. Caterers and bakers use this opportunity to showcase great samples of their food so hold off on lunch & come hungry!


Leave the little ones at home. Children have small attention spans and even with all the cake samples, will quickly lose interest becoming dead weight. It is distracting to have fussy or bored children (or adults!) in your party while you are walking the show floor and trying to talk with vendors. Think carefully about who will join you on wedding show day.


Do your homework. It’s worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the services you are still seeking, what questions to ask and who is exhibiting at the show. This helps to maximize the time you have at each booth which can sometimes be limited with busy shows and popular vendors. Having other details such as your wedding date or budget mapped out, are also helpful… you don’t want to fall in love with a vendor only to find out, that they are booked on your wedding date or out of your price range.


Come ready to make a deal. Many of the vendors will offer show-only discounts and specials for brides ready to book. If you have done your research and have your checkbook in hand, the savings will add up fast.  Keep in mind that vendors are not as busy during the fashion show so if you have your dress, use this time to talk one-on-one. 


These boots are made for comfort. Remember the show floor is big with lots of walking so leave the heels for later that night and wear comfy shoes!


FREE tickets! Many local vendors are given free show tickets to hand out to perspective brides that they would like to personally invite to the show. If you plan to set up meetings with vendors before the show, make sure to ask if they will have a booth and you just may get free tickets.

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The Proposal: While visiting me in Nashville, Jeremy planned a day full of things we love to do – a HUGE breakfast, rock climbing, a picnic, a delicious dinner out. He told me it was our 5 ½ year anniversary, and even though we had never really celebrated an anniversary before, I fully bought that as an explanation for the big fuss. After dinner, he took me to a hill overlooking downtown Nashville, there was a walkway lined with candles and flowers, and that’s when I knew. Throughout the day, he’d given me little notes telling me what he loved about me (you know…mushy stuff), and there was a final note sitting at the end of the walkway along with my favorite wine, my favorite cupcakes, and even more flowers. The note read, “turn around” and when I did, I saw him on one knee and immediately burst into…nervous laughter. I don’t remember a word of what he said, but I know I said yes! Afterward, we headed back to my apartment where I was surprised by my family and friends who had secretly driven in to celebrate with us. Everything about the day was perfect, and it was only right that the people we love could be a part of it. Wedding Details: We wanted it to be “Elegant Southern.” The reception was in a renovated barn, after all, but that didn’t mean we needed to add hay bales, gingham, and cowboy boots. Instead, we infused it with southern charm using mason jars, pies, peaches, and a biscuit bar. I scoured wedding blogs in the first few months looking for wedding inspiration. Once I got an idea of what I wanted, I cut myself off. Too much surfing the web can make you second-guess your initial decisions and gut instincts. I made very specific plans for the flowers (I had a document literally 15 pages long of flower-arranging instructions…bridezilla?), and started collecting mason jars and antique books for the centerpieces. My husband built our gorgeous arbor and our crates himself. Together, we made the signs, invitations, and tags for our placesettings. My aunt worked like a dog to put together all of our flower arrangements and centerpieces. My bridesmaids and I made our own bouquets. I even made the marmalade from our biscuit bar with my grandmother! The bridal party wore light grey, but we wanted soft citruses for the flowers. We used primarily peach, ivory, light pink, and coral.

Behind the Story

Photographer Katherine Birkbeck Photography, Wedding Planner Darla Walker, Castleton Farms, Caterer All Occasion Catering, Bridal Shop Maggie Sottero from A Joyous Occasion, Formalwear Express Men, Bridal Party Attire JCrew, Ceremony & Reception Location Castleton Farms, Music/Entertainment Christabel and the Jons





Is wedding advice coming at you from every angle? Determine what’s fact and what’s fiction by debunking these common wedding myths.


IT’S NOT REALLY A WEDDING IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION. The first person to buck tradition and wear white was Queen Victoria (that’s right...brides have not always worn white). This is now taken for granted as standard attire as is a wedding cake, first dance, bouquet toss and something blue. A wedding simply requires an offisciant, license and witness. The celebration of said wedding should be an expression of the couple’s personalities and sometimes breaking the rules leads to new traditions that are a better fit than those of past generations.


The Bride’s parents pay for wedding and reception, groom’s parents pay for rehearsal dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mom and Dad still footed the bill but not so with modern weddings. This myth goes out the window as at least a third of wedding costs are now cover by the couple themselves. Families today are pooling their resources and then together, determining how funds are spent for all related events.


Thank you notes can be sent by email.



While email is the preferred way of communication for many a message, it is generally frowned upon when thanking your wedding guests. Hand written thank-you notes are far from out-dated and thought tedious to a generation of texters, it must be done. Appreciate this dying art and take the time to communicate as your grandparents. Years later, a friend will dig out your hand written note, carefully saved. Not your email.

This myth dates back to the days of old, when daughters were literal property of their fathers and a wedding was merely a business deal for Dad to expand his fortunes through the sale of his daughter. While the tradition still sticks to this day, I doubt very much that modern brides would describe themselves as part of dad’s estate. Your aisle escort should be a person that played a significant and supportive role in your path to find true love.

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WEDDING LUCK (AND MARRIAGE) DEPENDS ON A SIXPENCE, SPIDERS AND SUPERSTITIONS. Here’s the thing about luck... it all depends on the belief that wearing a certain color, carrying a token or changing your behavior will shift future events to their preferred outcome. Luck is mostly used as a way to counter those things completely out of our control and has often been a way of explaining the unexplained. If only making it through the first year of marriage was as easy as saving the top tier of your cake. Make your own luck careful planning, professional vendors and a positive attitude.


Vendors will always give a discount if you ask.


If you can’t foot the bar bill, offer a cash bar.

Wedding vendors are not Mexican bazaars where you haggle the best possible deal. While a vendor may run a promotion, expecting to get a discount because you’re a bride is like expecting your doctor to run a special because you’re a patient. This doesn’t make long-term business sense. Instead, plan to attend a local bridal shows for show-only specials or giveaways and be honest about your budget and vision with wedding vendors. Professionals will work with bride to find creative ways to stretch your buck and meet their bottom line.

Cash bars are T-A-C-K-Y... as well as anything else on your wedding day that requires you guest pony up cash is tacky. Remember these are the same dearly loved friends and family that bought a special outfit, traveled across the country, paid for a hotel room and bought you a gift for your wedding. During the wedding day, guests’ wallets should stay in back pockets and purses. Tactful Solution… If you are set on offering liquor at your wedding but fear the cost, consider a limited bar with only wine and beer (better yet keg beer, often costing half as much per serving as bottled).



Brides on a budget save big with DIY Projects.


Wedding Day is the Bride’s Day.

With the vastness of today’s World Wide Web, the likelihood of finding a bargain can make DIY more costly than one thinks. This is even more apparent when your inner crafter is not well match to make DIY magic (but Martha Stewart made it look so easy!). And remember time is money, even if it is your time. Be realistic about how much time will need to be dedicated to DIY projects, particularly in the last few weeks leading up to wedding day (when the to-do list is never ending and you’d rather be with you family). If the budget is stretch thin, it might make more sense to skip it all together.

While you and your groom are certainly the guests of honor, a bride with her sights set on making wedding day entirely about her is likely to be labeled a bridezilla. Weddings are as much about the happy couple and their new life together as it is a celebration for all the related family members. Instead find ways to celebrate your family or close friends and their traditions with your new love and the traditions in store for years to come. This ensures your guests feel part of a truly special event.

Your bridal party must have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. Today’s bride has thrown out all the rules when it comes to bridal parties. With you closest friends and family by your side on wedding day, trying to stay in the box of specific numbers or even genders just doesn’t work. Nowadays, your maid of honor is now your man of honor, pooches are playing ring bearer and dancing to the altar is what makes wedding ceremonies personal, memorable and unique.

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Although famous for our bbq, Buddy’s Custom Catering offers other fresh and delicious menu choices like tender grilled chicken, juicy pork tenderloin, succulent grilled shrimp, as well as carving and specialty stations to make your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner a tasteful and tasty event. So call the “Greater Caterer” and RELAX!

...Staying true to Chef Rosa’s dream of providing each client with a tailor-made menu that tastes phenomenal, is beautifully presented, and served with care. Our chefs and staff consistently provide the tried and true and the new and bold, while insisting on top quality. That is why Rosa’s Catering is celebrating its fortieth year of exceeding its customer’s expectations. Rosa’s is a name East Tennessee can trust. We can customize any event to fit your budget. Call for a free estimate.



Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering

Miss Lily’s Catering


Our off-premise catering brings the Copper Cellar quality and Calhoun’s favorites to the area’s premier wedding venues, lovely gardens and intimate home settings, to create a wedding experience that is unique, stress free and totally YOU. We’ve proudly served East Tennessee’s catering needs for 30 years, and it would be our distinct pleasure to be of service to you and your families.

Indulge your guests to a culinary treat with Miss Lily’s Catering services. Whether you are looking for heavy hors d’ oeuvre’s, sit down dinners, down home BBQ or bridal cakes, exquisite cuisine and outstanding service won’t go unnoticed at your wedding reception with Miss Lily’s taking care of your guests. We cater onsite at the Lily Barn and offsite. Miss Lily’s is the perfect environment for bridal teas, showers, and rehearsal dinners. Call and book today!



Destination Weddings Dancing Bear Lodge

Knoxville Catering & Special Events


From elegantly simple to resplendently grand, the natural charm & beauty found only in the Great Smoky Mountains. Your event will be an unforgettable celebration complete with elegantly appointed lodging, attentive service & genuine Southern hospitality.

Knoxville Catering & Special Events is a full-service catering and event management company. Our vast catering expertise & passion for excellence will ensure that you receive the highest quality food and service. Let our expert staff and extraordinary cuisine set the stage for your wedding or any special occassion.




Flower Preservation Luxe Catering & Events

Flowers Forever Inc.

At Luxe, we are passionate about delicous food and beautiful presentations. Our specialty is building menus that represent each client’s vision. From modern southern foods to exotic international menus, we provide each bride with exactly what suites her taste and style. Why be everyday when you can be Luxe?

With their state-of-the-art freeze-drying system they are able to preserve your floral arrangement so you may enjoy it for generations to come. Choose from a variety of frames, keepsakes to personalize your frame. Life-long memories start with them. Call Meghan Lederer at 865385-0882 or Peggy Lowe at 901-496-1707.





Marble Slab Creamery Marble Slab Creamery is a great alternative and/or addition to traditional wedding or groom’s cake. Whether you choose a sundae bar, the portable slab, or let us help you create a signature ice cream dessert, your guests will be in ice cream heaven as we dish out the freshest ice cream in the world! Contact Sheila Thigpen, Marble Slab’s only wedding consultant, for a Tasting Session and more info.


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Wall Flowers

Wall Flowers


We specialize in preserving and framing your wedding bouquet. We also do custom watercolor sketches of your wedding gown. Both are personalized art pieces for your home, as well as heirlooms.



Always in Bloom

With over 40 years of combined floral design experience, let the designers at Always in Bloom provide beautifully arranged fresh floral arrangements for your wedding and special events! Call today for your complimentary consultation~

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Echelon Florist


Echelon Florist & Gifts is your Knoxville, Tennessee full service florist and custom floral design specialists. Echelon Florist has been serving Knoxville since 1995 and are family owned and operated. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.


Samuel Franklin’s Floral & Home


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Always in Bloom, LLC


Samuel Franklins located in the old historic post office in Clinton Tn is a Floral & Decor company with a rich history, being in business now for over 25 years. Offering the latest styles and trends in the wedding industry today, the staff of 8 are well known far & wide for being the best in wedding floral design! Come see why so many travel so far to have Sam and his wonderful staff design incredible flowers for you!


Floral Designs by Whitestone


Our passion for wedding designs is to make every bride’s “Floral Vision” into reality. From the elegantly traditional to the decidedly different, let Whitestone make all of your wedding dreams come true. Melissa Timm, lead wedding designer and floral consultant, offers quality unique creations that are designed to reflect your personal style and tailored for your needs.



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Lisa Foster Floral Design When you step through the doors of Lisa Foster Floral Design, you immediately experience a warm, friendly and pleasant environment--from the staff of designers to the overall ambiance of the European floral design influence. Located on top of Bearden Hill, Lisa Foster Floral Design is a full-service floral studio specializing in weddings. We pride ourselves in the ability to work with any budget for any occasion. Floral consultations are always free, call to make your appointment today.


Petree’s Flowers, Inc. Inside Front Cover Petree’s Florist, Inc. proudly serves Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Family owned and operated, we are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect. Two locations to serve you


AAA Travel Honeymoon Experts


Offering an extensive range of travel planning services. Book your honeymoon with AAA Travel and receive FREE luggage, with a minimum purchase. Also, don’t forget to ask how you can put your honeymoon on your gift registry!


The Sandals Lady


There is something magical about the Caribbean that inspires thoughts of romance. Let The Sandals Lady introduce you to the world’s only Luxury Included® honeymoon and take the worry out of your honeymoon planning. Royal Travel is East Tennessee’s Preferred Sandals Agency, and there is no fee for our services.


Music & Entertainment Random Acts of Flowers


Recycle your wedding flowers and deliver a smile! Make your flowers last, long after the wedding with a free, easy way to “pay it forward.” Random Acts of Flowers is a nonprofit charity whose whose volunteers collect flowers from weddings - to recycle and re-purpose them into beautiful bouquets for delivery to patients in area hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Martha E Painter, Harp Soloist, provides an elegant repertoire for wedding ceremonies, dinner receptions, and many other special occassions. Hiring a professional musician ensures the flow of your ceremony music. The harp is a perfect choice for setting an ambience of style and elegance that leaves your guests with a lasting impression.


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Photography Sound Force


Established in 1992, Sound Force is built on customer service and backed by years of experience. Known for producing fun events with attention to detail, we thoughtfully plan with you to ensure that everything is just as you imagine. Services offered: DJ, Emcee, Photo Booth, Specialty Lighting, Fabric Draping, Event Decor. We welcome the opportunity to celebrate your wedding day with you!


Sound Revue




A picture is worth a thousand words, thankfully because a writer I am not. As a photographer, I work tirelessly to make sure that each and every image I take tells the story that my words cannot. Documenting the most important moments in your life is my passion and the most amazing job I could ever imagine having. Let me tell your story.


Ashley Hoskins Photography


You’re planning a wedding that is different from any that has come before it. For one thing, your music will be different....because you’re different. Sound Revue DJs offers a vast selection of the most loved music ever created. Our DJs are trained entertainers who know how to deliver the amount of energy right for your day. Everything we do is customized for you. This your day. This is your party. Your entertainment will be perfect in our hands.

Ashley Hoskins Photography is a company that is deditcated to creating beautiful images from your wedding day. I want to capture the unique, fast paced, intimate, moments of your day and turn your wedding day photos into a work of art. It would be my honor to photograph the most special day of your life!



Special Notes Entertainment Agency Special Notes has been in business for 26 years providing wonderful musicians for all kinds of events. Many of our musicians are in the Knoxville Symphony, on the music staff at the college level or professional music teachers. Strings, harpists, pianists, organists, bagpipers, guitarists, flutists, vocalists, D.J.s, and bands are available for your wedding function whether it is for the ceremony or reception. Special Notes is owned by Beverly Kerr who is a professional pianist.


Bob Franklin Our style is best described as Journalistic. moments in life just happen, not scripted.

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OFFiciants Unity MinisterOfficiant Services Have a distinctive wedding ceremony created and customized to be uniquely yours. Spiritual, civil, secular, non-denominational, or interfaith. All spiritual paths & cultural backgrounds are honored. Our officiants are all trained and experienced professionals who are caring, open-minded and non-judgmental. Both male and female officiants available. Any location. Save $60 on your TN wedding license with our optional Premarital Preparation Course.


Broadleaf Photography


Fresh style blending traditional portraiture with photojournalism yielding timeless, elegant images. Letting each moment reveal itself in a natural manner, we strive to truly capture your day with honest, relaxed, and beautiful photographs.


Photobooth The Knoxville Photo Booth Company

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We are Knoxville’s most trusted photo booth company with the highest-quality pictures and service. Your guests will love making their picture, and you will get a beautiful archival-quality photo scrapbook filled with their good wishes!

My signature look is fresh and contemporary – an artistic fusion of modern and traditional styles designed to portray your unique Wedding story in stunning imagery. My approach is simple – an unparalleled energy and passion for people combined with straightforward pricing (no hidden costs) and exquisite album designs and print products.

“Everyone loved the photo booth and I am still getting comments on it! It took me over a week to get through my photo scrapbook without crying - it is an amazing memory.” Rebecca, Knoxville


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Lindsay Jane Studios


So much more than looking at the camera and smiling.

Lindsay Jane has been a leading international photographer for 10+ years. Her colorful, vibrant, and timeless images have been requested by brides from France to Puerto Rico and across the US. She is a perfectionist with incredible attention to detail while helping even the toughest groom feel totally comfortable in front of the camera.



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Moonlight Photographic


Focusing on a photojournalistic style, we specialize in candid, authentic wedding imagery. Portraits are kept brief so as not to disturb the natural flow of the day. It is our goal to respect your celebration and unobtrusively preserve those fleeting moments - a single tear, a joyous laugh, or an unmistakable expression of love - the very essence of your wedding day.

Moonlight Photographic is a Premier Knoxville/East Tennessee Wedding Photographer. Creating fabulous images, one click at time! Its all FABULOUS! We are FABULOUS, our clients are FABULOUS, and our photography is FABULOUS! We are a full service studio, award winning with 20+ years in the wedding industry. Call 865-233-7427.



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Sabrina Lafon Photography


I am so lucky to have the ability to capture with my camera the beauty, joy, humor and love that happen in fleeting moments. I love what I do and I feel fortunate that I get to not only know the spirit of each person I photograph, but I also get to help tell the stories of their life’s greatest moments. I would love the opportunity to help tell your story.

Your love, your story. Sabrina loves to capture unscripted, real life moments, along with all the unique details that make your wedding day “yours.”



Julie Roberts Photography

Sheila Hannus, Photographer

Julie approaches her work with compassion and a steadfast sincerity that makes her images ring with truth and love. Steering away from traditional, posed imagery Julie’s style is inspired by the personalities of the couples she works with. If you want beautiful images paired with a meaningful experience Julie Roberts is the girl for you.

Swoon worthy. Stylish. Full of laughter and emotion. Wedding photography should be all of those things!




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ST Photography

Emotional Photography with Creative Flair.

ST Photography always gives you two photographers for the price of one! No time limits and High Resolution Photo CD with rights is always included FREE! ST Photography mixes posed with candid pictures and always is there to capture the fun!



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Bearden Banquet Hall

By Valerie Foley and team, Professional Service, Exceptional Quality, and a fun attitude!

The Bearden Banquet Hall is the perfect location for your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Beautifully decorated with audio and video capabilities to accommodate up to 300 guests. From elegant sit down dinners to traditional buffets our professional staff and planning assistance will make the Bearden Banquet Hall “The Perfect Place for Tasteful Events”.

We consider ourselves Portrait Journalists - meaning we capture your day in a journalistic style, however we do get involved in helping direct in some parts of the day as needed. We are fun, flexible and capture you naturally! To tell your story by way of the artform of photography is our passion.

Waldorf Photographic Art


Art is our passion. We photograph with an artistic eye, always relying on the fundamentals of light and composition. We capture images of reality without intrusion. As true photojournalists, we never prompt or stage photographs. Recipients of the “Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011” from Martha Stewart’s Wedding Wire.




Bleak House




Bleak House is an 1858 antebellum Italianate style mansion located on Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Its rustic Roman-inspired gardens extend almost 3.5 acres down to the Tennessee River. The property features five terraces as well as multiple ponds, fountains, and balconies. Indoor and outdoor space is available for wedding ceremonies and receptions.


Calhoun’s Banquets & Copper Cellar Catering


Dan & Natalie Watson of Watson-Studios are a husband & wife photography team. We strive to create images that are candid and creative. But, what is most important to us and at the core of our philosophy, is that we believe every one of our clients deserves photographs that uniquely reflect who they are. We know we have done our job when friends and families of our clients tell us after the wedding, ‘you really captured their personalities.’ Let us help you tell your story, so you can share the magic of your wedding day for generations.

A wedding is hospitality of the highest order. As a grand celebration and reflection of your personal style, it’s important to choose the right professionals to make your vision a reality. Offering panoramic views of the Tennessee River and wraparound decking, the casually elegant banquet rooms can accommodate large receptions or intimate dinners.



Your Reflections


Want wedding photos you’ll love without a huge price tag? Then you need to check us out!

Capitol Theatre


We capture emotions not just moments. We create friends not just clients. We produce artwork not just photos. We are fun, we are real and we are Your Reflections.

The newly renovated Historic Capitol Theatre is a glamorous full-service venue that hosts both ceremony and receptions. Elegant art deco style and vintage ambiance of silver swirled tables, star curtain, crystal chandelier, and most state of the art dance floors and DJ services in Knoxville.The most sensational event facility in the region.



Receptions & Wedding Sites All Occasion Catering


All Occasion Catering has been committed to providing experienced and outstanding catering service to the Knoxville, Tennessee area for over fifteen years. AOC is a full service catering company. We even offer complete event planning solutions! With events for anywhere from 20 to 7,000 people and menus from elegant candlelit four course dinners to boxed lunches, AOC is able to accommodate any and all of our client’s needs.


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Castleton Farms


Situated on 108 acres of rolling hillside with lovely mountain views, the Manor offers 4 beautifully, decorated guest rooms, 2 parlors and the family great room all of which is at the disposal of our bridal party during their events. Scattered about the two gardens you can find pavilions, sculptures and flowers, which emit a feeling of grandeur that all Castleton’s guest enjoy. The gardens are lit at night with white party lights that make it feel as if you are dancing amongst the stars.


Flower Mountain Weddings


Knoxville Convention Center


Imagine your wedding and reception at one convenient location! Our elegant country estate features a captivating mountain view setting, surrounded by 25 acres of wildflower fields with both indoor & outdoor wedding/ reception options. Host your intimate event from 2 to 125+ Bridal Suite & Groom’s Dressing room provided. Let us make your wedding personal, elegant & affordable! Call one of our experienced wedding coordinators today & schedule your viewing appointment!

Whatever the size, culture or formality of your wedding, the Knoxville Convention Center’s ambiance offers style, grace and elegance.



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Choose from our established wedding menus or work with our in-house catering team to create a custom menu; the quality and presentation of our food will be first class.


Gettysvue Polo, Golf and Country Club offers several options for both your indoor and outdoor facility needs. Whether it’s a business meeting, wedding, birthday party or tea party, our catering department will work with you to customize a menu and space to exceed your greatest expectations.

The Lodge is exclusively yours for the weekend of your celebration. Imagine one location for guest accommodations, rehearsal dinner, a special ceremony, and exquisite reception. With 60 guest rooms, dining rooms, elegant common areas, outdoor leisure space, and a range of ceremony and reception options, the Lodge is the ideal setting for your special time.



Hard Rock Cafe Gatlinburg


Get married like a Rock Star in our Wedding Chapel! A jewel city in the Wedding Capital of the South. We are a full service event facility with state of the art audiovisual options available for all events. Catering, entertainment and event merchandise can be customized to compliment every event.

The Barn Event Center of the Smokies


Our Chef Mike Blair can create a memorable meal that will delight your guests. Whether you come to our place or we come to yours, Chef Mike can accommodate your culinary needs.



Historic Scott Mansion



The Lily Barn


Historic Scott Mansion, completed in 1912, is located on a 200-acre plantation farm in the quiet town of Tellico Plains, TN just an hour outside of Knoxville and Chattanooga. The large Corinthian columns set the ideal backdrop for any size wedding or reception with it’s sweeping views of the Tellico valley. The home offers the full second floor as the ideal bridal suite and adjacent rustic log cabin for the groom.

Plan your customized dream garden wedding at the Lily Barn under a rustic gazebo amidst 100,000 daylilies and extensive perennial gardens. Then take a short leisurely stroll to the pavilion where your reception awaits. The Pavilion seats up to 150 people at round tables. With good weather, or the addition of a tent the wedding receptions spill out onto the grounds leaving ample room for food, drink and dancing under the diamond lit pavilion for as many as 300 guests.



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The Lodge at Valley View offers the perfect setting for your special event. Spacious, flexible meeting, wedding, reception and party facilities with breakout rooms for groups ranging from 25 to 600. Our new facility, the Lodge at Valley View, is perfect for weddings and receptions!

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Rentals & DÉcor


Reserve at Bluebird Hill


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The Reserve at Bluebird Hill is a brand new state of the art facility on a 75 acre horse farm with views of the Smoky Mountians. We are located 1/4 mile west of Farragut. The new facility is 5,500 square feet with a fireplace indoors and a beautiful covered porch outside with a large stone fireplace. We invite you to come and tour our elegant event center and beautiful gardens perfect for receptions and weddings. Our staff will make your special day “An Affair to Remember”.

All Occasions Party Rentals is East Tennessee’s premier wedding rentals source, providing the finest service, quality, and products for every event. You deserve the very best, and All Occasions delivers top-notch service with unparalleled access to the products you need. Our staff is the most highly trained in the business and work together to make your Knoxville wedding truly memorable.



Trillium Springs

Anderson Rental Inc.



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Anderson Rental offers quality products and superior service to make your vision reality. Rustic to traditionalour unique inventory can make your event one of a kind. Indoor or outdoor, ceremony to reception we can help you design a perfect event. Please come visit our showroom.

Trillium Springs is set along side a peaceful mountain spring which makes its way from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The main hall is an open air facility with incredible views of the valley. Along with the hall guest have access to our large field area with seasonal wildflowers for outdoor services and photo shoots. Our sister property The Lodge @ Valley View is only 10 min. away if you should need more guest rooms for your event.


White Table


The luxury yacht Volunteer Princess provides both a unique and romantic setting for all Wedding Events. Whether you hold your Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, or Bridal Shower onboard, the panoramic backdrop of water, nature, skyline and sunsets will heighten the beauty of the event. The best Wedding Events are on the water!

White Table offers specialty linens & chair cover rentals to enhance any affair with creativity and sophistication. Our team of linen specialists will guide you through our wide variety of colors, textures and designs. Let us help you create an eye catching tablescape that suits your taste and personal style for a memorable event.



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Whitestone Inn specializes in romantic facilities and attentive services to make your wedding day simply perfect, with everything you need in one fabulous location. Our 200 seat Chapel of the Good Shepherd, heartshaped courtyard gazebo and accompanying Lion & Lamb Banquet Hall overlook spectacular Watts Bar Lake. This majestic setting is unparalleled for both indoor and outdoor weddings.


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Whitestone Country Inn


The Bridal Suite™ is a complimentary wedding planning studio connecting brides like you with Knoxville’s finest wedding professionals. Our Platinum Elite loyalty card can save you over $2,000, and our portable wedding packages will help keep you within budget. Contact us today to start saving time and money on your wedding.


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The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is the perfect location for your special day. With our sweeping staircase, panoramic view of downtown Knoxville, and elegant and unique setting, the Hall is that little something extra to make your day unforgettable.


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DeWayne Arp, one of the very best in the area. He has the latest digital equipment & is a heck of a nice guy, too.


Milestone Pictures


Not your traditional wedding video. Milestone Pictures produces HD, cinematic style wedding films that tell the story of your wedding unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Sweet T.E.A. Productions Video captures the entire essence of a wedding. Not just a moment. With her broadcast journalism background, Tammy captures the emotion and tells the story of your wedding day in a glamourous style.


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Knoxvile Pink Bride Magazine is here to help brides plan local weddings!