Oct 02, 2010

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  • Last updated on March 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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I took my pictures at a beautiful national park in West Tennessee and at my mother's wedding venue, the University of Tennessee Faculty Club. I decided to take these bridal pics nearly four months after my wedding because my honeymoon consisted of a two week, Mediterranean cruise that we left for directly after our wedding in early October and another week in Puerta Vallarta, New Mexico in late November of 2010. Plus the weather in Knoxville is absolutely terrible during the winter months of December thru February.

With ALL that being said, I also liked the idea of wearing my dress again ;) Needless to say, I'm sooo glad that I waited until after my wedding because I felt more comfortable taking pics without worrying about damaging or staining my dress. I would highly recommend doing this if you are an A-type bride...lol! Like myself.  

As for my accessories, I decided to change my veil, jewelry, and shoes in order to alter "my look". Basically, I LOVED the idea of doing a completely different look for each photo shoot! At my wedding, I enjoyed being more classic & elegant (my hair was down with a veil accented in crystals) while my bridal portrait look was more vintage inspired & fun! So I purchased bright green heels, a headpiece that consisted of crystals & peacock feathers, a birdcage veil, and ornate teardrop earrings that were iridescent. As for my hair, I decided to wear it up in a low bun that complimented the vintage accessories plus it was perfect for the warm weather.

These close-ups were a lot of fun with the bird cage veil ;) I completely understand why so many brides wear them on their special day!

My jewelry camed from Helzberg Diamonds (Peridot, tear drop earrings) and Swarovski.com (crystal encrusted bracelet). I actually wore the bracelet on my wedding day but my earrings were a surprise from my husband the day of my bridal shoot ;)  

These shoes were so much fun to wear! And I LOVED the fact that they were so comfortable to walk in. I would highly recommend these shoes to any bride on her special day. They came from David's Bridal and were only $69!!! :} 


These pictures were taken at my mother's wedding venue (The U.T. Faculty Club) that is nearly 75 years old!!! She got married there in 1984 on March 5th and it was a pleasant coincidence that I took my bridal portrait pictures in the exact same month over 30 years later. With that being said, my mother nearly cried while we walked around the venue because my father passed in 2008. She told me that he would of been so proud ;)

The University of Tennessee's historic fountain...

This particular picture was soooo random...lol! Basically, my photographer told us to pull over real quick so that we could do something non-traditional. And I REALLY like it! The surroundings are so urban. Plus I liked how she lined me up with the posts. It's very prim & proper meets the city...hehe ;) 



  • Last updated on March 8, 2011 at 4:21 am
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My wedding gown consisted of a silk-satin material and simple beading around the bustline with asymmetrical pick-ups and a chapel length train. It was made by Alfred Angelo from his Sapphire/Piccione Collection (#810). It's featured on this site under his Spring 2009 Collection. I tried it on and I knew it was the dress for me! It has a classic design but with a modern twist...the color is silver mist! After trying this gown on, I couldn't imagine wearing a stark white gown with my complexion.  

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Now my reception dress was made by Mori Lee and I purchased it from a local wedding shop in Knoxville, TN called A Joyous Occasion about eight weeks before my wedding. After my final fitting, I quickly realized that I wanted a second dress for the party! I wanted something simple, elegant, and figure flattering so I could dance the night away at my reception. It had to be ivory in order to coordinate well with the reception decor but I refused to wear a stark white dress after going down the aisle in my silver gown. It was accessorized with a feathered headpiece with Swarovski crystals and vintage earrings & bracelet from Simple Treasures.

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I had the honor of being featured at the Knoxville Premier Bridal Show in January of this year. My photographer, Tara from Dixie Pixel Photography, did such an incredible job on our wedding day so check out her website www.dixiepixelphoto.com Especially, if you are looking for a different approach to wedding photography plus she is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S.   



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As for my wedding & reception shoes, I was so happy to find exactly what I was looking for on Zappos.com because I had to find shoes that were classic and beautiful yet comfortable. Plus a low heel was a MUST because I'm already 5'7 and refused to be taller than my husband in our photos.

With that being said, these two pair of shoes turned out to be perfect for me! My gorgeous ceremony shoes were made by Stuart Weitzman and my reception shoes were made by Martinez Valero and they were a steal for under $200. So I would highly recommend these brands and the Zappo website because my shoes were stylish, comfy, and easy to find.


UPDATE: So I planned on wearing my previously mentioned Valeros for my wedding reception. However, my "shoe obsessed" mother in law had different plans after I sent her a pic of my wedding shoes. See she LOVED my ceremony shoes bc they were Stuart Weitzmans (...lol) but she wanted me to wear some silver Manolos for the reception. With that being said, I received these beauties on my actual wedding day with a note from her that said... 

"Nothing but the BEST for my NEW daughter...Love, Phyllis" ;) I couldn't believe it!!!  


As for my veil, I decided to go with an elbow length, ivory veil after trying on a few at my first dress fitting.



And I decided to wear a vintage veil that I found in Asheville, NC at a little vintage shop called Simple Treasures. You can find her on Esty.com The owner's name is Stacey Henson and she does amazing work with vintage pieces so that your wedding accessories are one of a kind. Stacey from Simple Treasures added heavy beading all around the base of my veil that coordinated well with the beading on my wedding gown. Plus she found just the right earrings to pull the entire look together from the 1950's. Also the headpiece and earrings that I wore with my reception dress were another incredible find from her shop.

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                                            My Jewelry came from Simple Treasures in NC  


                                     "Reception Earrings"                         "Ceremony Earrings"

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 I always wanted a bouquet that consisted of calla lilies and my florist suggested that we add another one of my favorites, Hydrangea. And I think it turned out amazing!!! I decided to attach a picture of my brother & I (a childhood portrait) to my bouquet along with a crystal brooch that my mother gave me for my 21st Birthday as a personal touch.

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 Surprisingly, my purse came from David’s Bridal. I just happen to check out their website and found this silver vintage inspired purse that has beautiful detailing on the handle & sides of the bag. It was only $65!!!   




  • Last updated on March 8, 2011 at 1:57 am
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My DH & I got married at Butterfly Gap Retreat in Maryville, Tennessee with about eighty of our closest friends & family. I highly recommend checking out their website www.butterflygap.com, if you are looking to get married in the South but at a modern venue that provides a separate ceremony & reception space, six cabins to rent for your guests to stay in after the reception, and an amazing "grand entrance" option. Plus this family owned facility has some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains! By the way, it is a bed & breakfast too so you can provide an incredible "send off" for your guests the morning after your big event. Our guests couldn't stop gushing about waking up to homemade blueberry pancakes and bacon after partying all night with us.

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As for the wedding theme, we definitely wanted a mix of modern & vintage so this venue suited that concept. The combination of renting a 1959 Rolls Royce with the 360 degree rotating doors at the reception studio made for an "over-the-top" entrance! Our guests were able to see us pull up in style...lol    

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The color scheme for our wedding was black, white, silver, and green (my favorite color) while we used a variety of fall colors for our rehearsal dinner. We met in September of 2000 on a gorgeous fall day so we had to incorporate that particular season in some aspect of our wedding plus we decided to get married in October!                    


      "OUR REHEARSAL & WELCOME RECEPTION" (inside the glass pavilion at Butterfly Gap Retreat)

We decided to invite all of our friends & family to our rehearsal since most of them were from out of town. As a result, we hired a band from ATL called "J-Funk" for entertainment, we also hired Tara from Dixie Pixel Photography to capture the moment, and we hired Calhoun's Grill & Brewery to provide a delicious buffet.

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                                              Pre-Ceremony Shots & Wedding Decor

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The bridesmaids were black satin cocktail dresses by Alfred Angelo and shoes by Jimmy Choo, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs. To incorporate their individual personalities, I decided to let "my girls" pick out their own shoes for the wedding & reception. While my mother (and Matron of Honor) wore a custom made, tea length dress designed by Colleen of White Orchid Bridal in Knoxville, TN www.whiteorchidbridal.com and shoes by Nina.




          The Groom & Groomsmen wore custom made suits designed by J. H. Daniels in Nashville, TN. 


                                 At this point, I'm patiently waiting to get MARRIED!


            My brother's reaction to seeing me for the first time on my wedding day! Priceless ;)


All of my florals were provided by Lisa Foster Designs in Knoxville, TN www.lisafoster.com

I wanted something different for our ceremony music so we went with a jazz trio. Jack's Music provided my guests with upbeat music from the 50's, 60's, & 70's for my rehearsal dinner, my ceremony, and my cocktail hour. For my wedding march, my husband decided on "You Are So Beautiful To Me" written by Ray Charles and we walked back down the aisle (as husband & wife) to "Signed, Sealed, Delievered...I'm Yours" written by Stevie Wonder.    



The bridal party, our parents, and grandmothers walked down the aisle to a variety of music from Frank Sinatra, Sam Cook, and Otis Redding. Our guests were singing along with the music and moving to the beat...it was great ;)

Andrew (the groom) was cool, calm, and collected seeing me walk down the aisle but he started to cry while saying our vows. It was so sweet!

                        My reaction to our minister's opening words...he was so funny ;)

            Our first kiss as husband & wife! And Andrew going in for another kiss shortly after...lol


                                                 We are officially Mr. & Mrs. ;)







Our signature drink was a big hit with ALL our guests! It consisted of orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and premium vodka. Try it ;) It was our spin on the "Madras".

We decided to name our signature drink... The Perfect Ten! Because we had been together for ten years on our wedding day. We officially started dating on October 2nd of 2000.


We decided to have a plated dinner provided by Rosa's Catering in Knoxville, TN. During our cocktail hour, we served four different hor'devours; Chicken Teriyaki Skewers, Bruschetta, Crab Cakes, and Spanakopita. As for the main course, we offered three different meat options for our guests; Chicken Roulade, Beef Tenderloin, and/or Salmon. Our three side options were garlic & herb mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and/or rice pilaf. As for linens & china, I decided to purchase black & white pintuck linens for all the tables along with ornate china and sterling silver flatware.




 Our wedding favors were monogrammed t-shirts, charity donations, and caricatures. We decided to go with monogrammed t-shirts because Andrew & I make sure to get a souvenir t-shirt every year when we take our annual vacation to the Caribbean and we like the idea of sharing that with all our wedding guests. As for the charity donations, I found this incredible idea on the Knot.com. I think that it is a great way to give back to the less fortunate and we loved the idea of honoring our guests in some special way. Lastly, the caricatures were an excellent way to entertain our guests during cocktail hour.   


Our first dance was chorographed by an incredible dance instructor named Maria at The Dance Academy of Knoxville. She decided to use certain aspects of the Venetian Waltz because it coordinated well with our song, "That's How Strong My Love Is" by Otis Redding.    



                                                              Let Them Eat Cake!!!

Our wedding cake consisted of four different flavors; vanilla, lemon, red velvet, and carrot cake. We wanted a black & white wedding cake that incorporated black ribbon at the base of every tier, scroll work, polka dots, and a lot of green Hydrangea. Our cake was made by Party Perfections in Maryville, TN



Now, it was time to PARTY!!! Everyone stayed on the dance floor from 8 p.m. (after the plated dinner) until around 1 a.m. when it was time for the venue to close ;) At the end of the night, we were so happy! Because every couple wants their guests to walk away from their event feeling like they had the time of their lives! The best suggestion that I can give any bride is to make sure that your guests feel taken care of by focusing on great food and entertainment. Trust me! ...your guests will remember that more than your china pattern or stationary.                                   


Here's our mothers (Phyllis & Pat) dancing up a storm at the reception :) Along with my 73 year old grandmother who's birthday was the very next day! She stayed on the dance floor all night long and wrote me a week later to tell me that she hadn't danced at a wedding in at least ten years!!! And of course, I teared up.   


OUR ROCKY TOP MOMENT! A Knoxville wedding is NOT complete without "Good, Old Rocky Top...Whoo! Rocky Top Tennessee...Rocky Top Tennessee!" It's a southern thing...We LOVE our VOLS!!!

OUR CIGAR MOMENT! We hired a cigar roller from Cigar Bar Entertainment www.cigarrollers.comAnd we couldn't of been happier with Santino! His cigars were a BIG hit with our guests.

I think this pic is so funny :) The guys are trying so hard to look cool...

                               BUTthe girls show them how it's done! lol

THE PETAL TOSS MOMENT... ;) Since our event didn't end until around 1 a.m. I figured we would just skip the toss. However, my planner insisted that we do it and I'm so glad that she did!   

                Living Happily Ever After... ;) Vow Renewal in 2020!!!