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They Began Dating in 7th Grade. See How Their Wedding Day Turned Out!

Though they met when she was the new girl in school in fifth grade, and started “dating” in seventh grade, this Bride and Groom didn’t officially start dating until freshman year when her father’s “no dating until high school” rule expired. A year later, they shared their first kiss. And the rest is history — until their winter wedding. See every sweet moment, captured by Texture Photo, in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Davis and I met when we were just twelve years old. I had just moved to Knoxville from Colorado and we both were going to the same school. Keep in mind this is fifth grade and I was the new girl in school. Not the new girl that everyone wants to be friends with, but more the weird one that showed up in a pink camo backpack and pigtails. Needless to say Davis didn’t fall in love with me right then and there. Fast forward to seventh grade and we had home room together. By this point I had lost the pigtails and camo backpack and was a little less awkward. I remember thinking Davis was so cute and wondering if there was a chance that he would ever like me. At this point in time not many people had cell phones and so Davis and I would email back and forth. I look back on those emails and laugh at the amount of times we ask who each other likes and how many times we answer with “I’ll tell you if you tell me”. Each time we would always say each other, and each time it was like we had no idea. Davis and I say we started dating in 7th grade because without the title, we did. We talked all the time and honestly grew up together. My dad had a rule though that I wasn’t allowed to “officially” date until I was a freshman in high school. As soon as that day came, Davis asked me out and we started dating! My dad also had a rule that Davis had to wait a year to kiss me. His reasoning behind this was that if a boy can’t wait a year for something then it isn’t that important to him. He wanted Davis to know how important it really was. Davis has always been so kind and respectful. I am amazed at how caring he was even at such a young age. In middle school sports aren’t that relevant so when I went to my first high school football game and heard Davis’ name over the intercom more times than I can count, I realized I really needed to learn more about football. Our high school experience was somewhat of a dream. Davis went on to break a national football record and I was able to cheer him on in the stands every game. We went through so many stages of life together, it is hard to remember a time when Davis wasn’t my best friend. We went to college together at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where Davis played football. After our freshman year we knew that Chattanooga wasn’t our home and decided to transfer to the University of Tennessee Knoxville. This leads us to our Junior year of college.

Davis was a ranch hand at one of our family friends ranch in Knoxville. I would go up there with him some days to take care of the horses and just watch him. These were some of my favorite days because it felt like we were escaping reality for a little bit. In February of 2015 Davis said that one of the horses was hurt and he was going to go up to the ranch if I wanted to come. Of course I said yes and he came and picked me up. We drove up to the ranch and he told me that the medicine was on the top level of the barn and he asked me if I could go get it. I didn’t expect a thing and went up the stairs. That is when I saw hundreds of candles lining the floor, bistro lights draped across the ceiling, and a huge projector that said “Press Play”. I went up to the computer and in a moment of panic forgot his password. I shouted down, “Davis what is your password” and the crisis was averted. The video started playing and it was hundreds of photos and videos documenting our whole life together. From pigtails and camo back packs to where we were that day, Davis had it all in that video. At the end it said turn around and when I did there was Davis, with Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheehan playing in the background, walking towards me. I wish I could remember all that he said to me in those few minutes. Before I knew it he was down on one knee and my absolute best friend was proposing to me. It was a whirlwind of emotions when we walked downstairs to our whole family cheering us on. I can honestly say that I have never known a man to love so completely and so mindfully as Davis Howell. That day, up until our wedding, was the very best day of my life.

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Photography: Texture Photo | Floral Design: Swank Floral Creations | Wedding Dress: Sweet Elegance Bridal | Cake: Cheryl McMillan Cake Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bari Jay | Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty | Hair: Grow Knoxville | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Venue: Hunter Valley Farm | Coffee Sleeves: Four Things Paper | Men's Socks: Ace And Everett | Signage: Southern Timber

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Rustic Spring Wedding at Hunter Valley Farm

I have a wedding in Tennessee next year and if this celebration right here is any indication, I’m in for a treat. With rustic touches galore and some of the prettiest springtime bouquets I’ve seen in a while, I’m settling in for a thorough session with this soiree. JoPhoto captured every image – and don’t miss their film below – all gathered together for us to adore right this way!

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From JoPhoto… This is a lovely spring wedding at the Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, TN. Lauren and Chase got married on Sunday, March 22, and it was a gorgeous spring afternoon in east Tennessee. There was a light breeze that whisked across Lauren’s veil and the mint colored bridesmaids dresses, and you couldn’t help but smell the fresh green grass and flowers with every breath.

Lauren and Chase each wrote their wedding vows in a leather journal, and his grandfather was the minister of the ceremony. Their entire wedding party prayed over them before they read their vows, and it was truly a sentimental and intimate wedding.

Photography: JoPhoto | Cinematography: JoPhoto | Floral Design: Hunter Valley Farm | Cake: Cheryl McMillan Cake Design | Catering: Rosa's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Tony Williams | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Hunter Valley Farm | Chalkboard Signs: Southern Timber | Musicians: Jim Ogle

Elegant Summer Wedding at Southern Railway Station

There is something about train stations that I find ultra romantic, and I’m happy to learn I’m not the only one. The Southern Railway Station was the site for this elegant affair, planned and designed by Jennifer Laraia Designs. Jennie Andrews worked her magic behind the lens and Milestone Pictures filmed away, all resulting in one beautiful video and a gallery that I just can’t get enough of.

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From Jennifer Laraia Designs… Kathryn and Kent are an urban couple with both modern and classic sensibilities. They wanted to create a naturally elegant atmosphere that didn’t feel too formal. A place where friends and family could gather and enjoy a night of great food and fun.

They selected the Southern Railway Station for both the ceremony and reception. This two-story building, built in 1901, has a rich history and is nestled in the heart of downtown Knoxville. We used a muted color palette in order to compliment the original architecture, not compete with it.

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and dinner outside along the train platform. Long tables were dressed with crisp white linens, gorgeous china, sparkling glassware, and glowing lamps. Custom table number booklets not only showed guests to their seats, but included the history of the Station, information about the wedding party, and thank you’s from the bride and groom. Romantic centerpieces were overflowing with garden roses, berries, fennel, tulips, hydrangea, anemone, dahlias, maidenhair fern, and scabiosa. Kathryn’s Mom is a very talented floral gardener, so some of the herbs and flowers came directly from her own garden just days before the wedding. The creative team at Whimsical Gatherings did a beautiful job incorporating them into the most sentimental areas like Kathryn’s bouquet and the boutonnieres.

Personal touches were everywhere. The grandmothers played the role of “flower girls,” handing out stems to guests as they walked down the aisle. Kathryn’s Uncle Kevin married the couple in a very intimate ceremony. And bridesmaids were gifted with delicate shawls hand knitted by Kathryn’s Mom.

After dinner, cake was served with a side of raspberries (Kent’s favorite) and a custom fortune cookie. Every cookie included a special prediction about the couple, each one lovingly designed by Kathryn’s Dad. The fun continued as guests danced and participated in a competitive game of trivia until late in the evening. When it was time to say goodbye, the new Mr. and Mrs. Southworth led friends and family on a promenade through downtown Knoxville right to their hotel. It was the perfect ending for this perfectly beautiful couple!

Photography: Jennie Andrews Photography | Videography: Milestone Pictures | Event Design & Planning: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Cake: Rosa's Catering | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various Designers Selected By Each Bridesmaid | Catering: All Occasions Catering | Makeup: Claire Balest | Hair: Bangs And Blush | Hair : Salon Visage | Lighting: Sound Revue | Wedding Venue: Southern Railway Station | Bridal Shop: Wedding Wonderland | Bridesmaids' Shawls: Mother Of The Bride | Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

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