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.
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 | Videography: Milestone Pictures | Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter | 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 | Bridesmaids' Shawls: Mother Of The Bride | Event Design & Planning: Jennifer Laraia Designs | Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals