Katie and Ashley’s Tennessee wedding is the perfect marriage of vintage and creativity. We love the bud vases hanging in front of the frames, the peony bouquet, the apothecary-inspired centerpieces… We could go on and on! Naturally, we have to mention the couple’s too-cute-for-words Boston Terriers as ringbearers. This is one gallery you won’t want to miss. Thanks to Tara and James of Dixie Pixel!
From the bride, Katie: Ashley set the tone for the wedding after an amazingly romantic proposal — he tricked me into thinking I was going to a tapas restaurant called A Proposta (which, by the way, is Portuguese for “the proposal,” and doesn’t even exist in Tennessee!). I had no clue that he was actually taking me to the Bleak House, an antebellum mansion built on the banks of the Tennessee River. He had friends set out several tiny votives, sprinkle rose petals around, and set a table with a bottle of wine and a piece of tiramisu with a heart carved in it. He got down on one knee, asked me to marry him, and — when I said yes — we danced together to the song that later became our first dance at the wedding (“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne). I really wanted to carry those romantic overtones on through the wedding.
Additionally, after blog stalking numerous blogs (Ruffled, primarily), I really started to love the vintage feel of various weddings I’d seen. We both decided that incorporating vintage elements with an overall romantic theme would be the type of wedding we really wanted to have.
I wanted the ceremony to be relatively formal, yet somewhat non-traditional (we wrote our own vows, incorporated handfasting into the ceremony, including our Boston Terriers as honorary canine attendants, had excerpts from Sandol Stoddard Warburg’s “I Like You” read aloud, and had an Apache prayer read aloud before we were announced as husband and wife). We wanted the reception to be relatively laid back and fun, and we wanted the whole fête to be reflective of us –and I think we achieved that! :)
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Planning a wedding is a LOT of work! The best way to manage it is to break it down into several smaller pieces, and handle them that way. I had a little under a year to plan, but knew that there was a lot to be done. It seemed to be easier and less daunting when I set a goal per week. Also, I think it’s really neat when your wedding is reflective of you, the couple, rather than a stack of etiquette books. Ashley and I worked very hard to ensure that the wedding really felt like us. We’re goofy, fun-loving, sweet people, and we wanted that to come out in our wedding details. From the polaroid camera to the photobooth to the costumes/props, our wedding felt like, well, us. :)
Bride’s processional: “At Last,” Etta James
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Let It Be Me,” Ray LaMontagne
Father/daughter dance: “Stand By Me,” BB King
Grandmother/grandson dance: “Stardust,” Nat King Cole
Be sure to watch their video…you’ll love their sendoff!
Wedding vendors (Knoxville, TN):
Reception Venue: Maple Grove Inn / Wedding Photographer: Tara and James of Dixie Pixel / Wedding coordinator: Suzan Bowman and Vicki LaFollette / Floral Designer: Whimsical Gatherings / Rehearsal dinner flowers: Lisa Foster Floral Design / Invitation and Save-the-date Designer: Hello!Lucky / Program designer: Fourth Year Studio / Ringbearer bowl: Paloma’s Nest / Ceremony dress: David’s Bridal / Reception dress: Dolly Couture / Chiffon petticoat and wedding veil: Colleen Moore / Bridesmaid’s dresses: Jasmine B2 / Cake Designer: Magpies Bakery / Cake toppers: thedaintywoods and concarta / Lighting, String Trio and DJ: Ogle Entertainment and DJ Jake James / Solo artist: Robinella / Videographer: Nathan Hinckley at Milestone Pictures / Web stream: GX Media / Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals / Dog handler: Dog Training in Your Home / Wedding favors: made by groom’s cousins / Handfasting stole: made by groom’s aunt and sister / Wedding hair and makeup: Belleza Salon and Spa / Bride’s earrings: Adorn Brides / Dogs’ collars: SillyBuddy / Dogs’ embroidered hearts: Beantown Handmade / Dress hangers: Lila Frances / Bouquet charm: Princess Allure / Sweetheart Table Garland: Paper Polaroid / Mr. and Mrs. Chair Signs: William Dohman / Ceremony and reception signs: True Connection