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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!


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.

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

Rustic Downtown Knoxville Wedding

I adore high school sweethearts and these two are no exception. Tying the knot at the The Emporium, their laid back celebration was fun, fresh, and perfectly captured by Kristin Sweeting. From the bright blooms by The Flower Pot to the rustic cake by Sandy’s Cakes, to their first meal catered by Chipotle (hello, dream!) every detail was the perfect reflection of their lovely relationship, and you can see it all here!


From Kristin SweetingIf I had to describe this laid back wedding in Historic Downtown Knoxville in three words it would be fresh, unique, and simple. Monet and Michael met and dated throughout High School and College (UT Knoxville). Their wedding was laid back and they wanted to focus on enjoying this day with their family and friends. They both got ready at the stylish Oliver Hotel and we took pictures all around downtown Knoxville. Their ceremony and reception was at The Emporium, and whole night was full of dancing, food, and heart warming toasts from their friends.

Photography: Kristin Sweeting Photography | Flowers: The Flower Pot | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sandy's Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zara | Catering: Chiptole Mexican Grill | Ceremony And Reception: The Emporium | Getting Ready: The Oliver Hotel

Sailboat Honeymoon Styled Shoot in Knoxville, Tennessee

Honeymoons are pure magic. I swear my husband and I talk about ours a least once a week and it was almost five years ago. So this honeymoon shoot from Red Boat PhotographyHoneybee Events and LB Floral on sailboat? It basically is my heaven. And you can see why here.

From Honeybee EventsThis honeymoon styled shoot at Fort Loudon Marina in Knoxville, Tennessee was ideal for our models (who had been married 2 weeks previously) was nothing short of amazing! This duo was incredible and set the tone for the shoot. I wanted the shoot to tell a story from the moment they walked onto the boat dock with their luggage, to mapping out their sailing journey (also representative of their recent marriage and journey they were embarking on). The Red Boat Photography husband and wife team are super talented and SO much fun to work with. LB Floral created an over-the-top floral design for the back of the boat to display the “Just Married” sign.

Photography: Red Boat Photography | Event Design: Honeybee Events | Floral Design: LB Floral | Venue: Fort Loudon Marina | Hair & Makeup Artist: Southern Sirens

Traditional Spring Wedding

Add a sophisticated color palette like black and white to a traditional day simply overflowing with gorgeous details and the results are this: a rainy/romantic day that can only be described as breathtaking. From the stunning gown from White Lace And Promises to the yummy ice cream bar (YES) to the elegant Bridgemore setting.  See it all captured beautifully by JoPhoto in the full gallery.

From JoPhoto… Lauren and Jeff are two of our favorite people. Not only are they super perfect for each other, but they planned the most amazing Knoxville wedding and had a blast together doing it! Their black and white classy wedding was perfect for the clubhouse at Bridgemore, and Lauren and Jeff chose a fun alternative to having a traditional wedding cake – they had an ice cream bar for wedding guests instead of cake!

The day of their wedding it rained off and on, but the rain slacked off to a light sprinkle during their wedding ceremony and portraits. Moments after we were done taking photos outside, the rain started back up again. It was just enough time, and worked out perfectly!

Lauren said about her wedding gown, “I saw it at a bridal show up on a mannequin all in lights and HAD to have it! I knew before I even tried it on! It totally fits me and my old horse showing days since it’s covered with Swarovski crystals.”

Photography: JoPhoto | Floral Design: Lisa Foster Floral Design | Wedding Dress: White Lace And Promises | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Bradford Catered Events | Makeup: Make Up By Angela R | Hair: Natural Alternatives | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Bridgemore | Rentals: Event Rentals By Rothchild | Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

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Southern Jewish Wedding with a Farm Backdrop

From the bride’s lips to God’s ears…”The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.” Love that. This is the kind of bride that I wish I was, focusing on building a beautiful wedding where the focus stayed firmly on love…and yet man! The details are pretty darn gorgeous too. Click here for even more from Julie Roberts.

A conversation between photographer Julie Roberts and the lovely bride…

Was there a moment when you knew you were in love?

One moment when we knew we really had something amazing, was in a little Italian restaurant back in our old town in Florida. The hour we were sitting and talking, it felt like time was suspended and everything made so much sense. Then we just knew that this was a really good thing. And we were and still are, very lucky.

Tell us about your proposal!

Daniel, his sister Katie, and I headed off to visit the great Himalaya mountains to Everest Base Camp where Katie and I would be sending Daniel off to finish the Everest climb. About a week into the trip, we took a rest with the team in a lovely historic village called Tengboche. While overlooking the Kumbu Valley and a beautiful monastery behind us, he asked the question of every little girl’s dream. After crying for 45 minutes with tears happiness, Daniel asked once more if I said yes. YES!!!

Three adjectives that describe your wedding day?

Magical, Emotional, and Fun.

What was your favorite thing about planning your wedding?

My favorite part about planning our wedding, was knowing we would be surrounded by the people we love most and want to celebrate this happy day with us! That was the motivation for making this the most fun day! The small details were great to have, but were not the first priority. Family and friends were first.

Tell us about your wedding music choices (ceremony, first dance, etc).

Daniel and I wanted to have a LOT of fun with the wedding. By starting the wedding with some standard classical wedding music for the ceremony we turned it up with some classic Tennessee “Rocky Top” to begin our first walk back down the aisle as husband and wife. The first dance, father-daughter, mother-son dances, were all about a significant memory we had we each other, the rest was up to Sword Sounds making it a great night!

What significant traditional elements did you include?

Half of my family is Jewish, so we wanted to included some really fun traditions like breaking the glass and of course, the Hora, or chair dance. Which I must say is scary even though you have a quarterback, Olympian, and alpinist holding you up…

What significant non-traditional elements did you include?

Taking a traditional bouquet toss to a no-so-traditional was so much fun! Handing the bouquet off to my new sister-in-law hopefully made her laugh.

What was the funniest thing that happened?

So many…My cousin, stole the dance floor away, great friends singing to classic rock, and of course our groomsmen all dressed the “correct” part for the YMCA.

Favorite Moment of the Day?

Every minute of it. One month later and I still wish I could relive it over and over again! But, seeing Daniel before the wedding was so powerful. I was surprised by how emotional I became. It is a memory I will always cherish.

What’s next for you as a couple?

We continue to live as happy as two peas in a pod. Keep living this surreal life and know how lucky we are to get to be with each other. Nothing beats falling asleep next to the person you love so much.

Photography: Julie Roberts Photography | Florist: Samuel Franklin | Ceremony Venue: Castleton Farms | Reception: Castleton Farms | Catering: All Occasion Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bangs And Blush | DJ: Sword Sounds | Bridal Accessories: J.Crew | Bridal Gown: Essense of Australia | Cake Baker: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Event Lighting: True Grip | Event Venue: Castleton Farms | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm Inspiration Shoot

I adore the holidays more than I should probably admit, so this time of year I am like a little sponge for any and all inspiration. So when I come across something as gorgeous as this Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm shoot from JoPhotoL.B. FloralThe Bride Link and Custom Love Gifts I feel like I’ve hit the holiday jackpot. It’s picture after picture of pin-worthy prettiness, and you can see even more here.

From JoPhotoWith visions of joining the class of an elegant Christmas dining table with rustic beauty of the outdoors, The Bride Link and Custom Love Gifts designed this merry Christmas tablescape, photographed by JoPhoto. There was not a more appropriate location to complete the vision than Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm in Blaine, Tenn. The graceful rows of Christmas trees offered warmth and intimacy as well as a stylish entryway to the tablescape.

The table’s floral décor by L.B. Floral was the star of the show! The tall centerpiece added tasteful drama to the table, and the cascading, floral runner offered a truly unforgettable accent piece. Plaid placemats were layered with red fabric bordered with lace to incorporate this season’s oh-so popular, country-inspired pattern. Silver goblets are the essence of class and style and perfectly matched the plates and Christmas themed butter knives.

Custom Love Gifts provided not only design for the shoot but also the adorable favors and nametags for each place setting. Clear globes filled with fake snow topped red-painted candlesticks for the perfect name holder. Custom Love Gifts’ famous jammed-filled jars offered a tasty and beautiful favor item for each guest to take home.

The handsome groom sported clothing from Coachman’s Clothier in Knoxville, Tenn. that perfectly combined class and masculinity. The designers wanted to showcase a look that was suitable for a wedding yet blended well with the feel of the outdoors. His plaid bowtie and navy-teal vest offered a rustic feel yet combined nicely with the navy suite and silk handkerchief.

The stunning bride complemented the groom’s fashion beautifully with a stunning A-line gown from White Lave & Promises bridal shop, topped with a sparkly, lace attachment for her bodice. Her fashion was styled to match accents on the table such as the lace, rimmed placemats, and red spray roses. Her red lip and the stunning white peonies in her bouquet added the perfect Christmas style to her wedding day look.

Photography: JoPhoto | Design: The Bride Link | Design: Custom Love Gifts | Floral Design: LB Floral | Wedding Dress: White Lace and Promises | Hair & Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty | Groom's Attire: Coachman Clothiers | Christmas Tree Farm: Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm | Rentals: Restoration Rentals | Rentals: Campbell Tent And Party Rentals

Pan-Seared Ribeye Steak from JoPhoto

Truth be told, I’m not much of a steak eater. But when I do indulge, I indulge hard and I make sure to do it right. Sauteed mushrooms, a pad of butter, medium rare and straight off the grill (kind of making myself hungry here)… It never really occurred to me that there was any other way to do it. But after drooling over Kevin & Jo‘s recipe for a pan-seared version, I think I may have to change my ways.

Pan Seared Rib Eye SteakA simple recipe that's sure to please.
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
15 Minute/s
total time
25 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, whole
  • 3 each garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns, whole
  • 2 each ribeye steaks
  • to taste kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. whole butter
  1. Remove thyme leaves from stems. Start at the top of the sprig and pull downward toward the bottom.
  2. Remove the skin from garlic cloves and mince.
  3. To crack whole peppercorns, place peppercorns between a folded clean kitchen towel. Press firmly (give it a good whack) with a mallet or back of a skillet to crack in half.
  4. Combine first seven ingredients into a plastic freezer bag and toss to coat. Allow steaks to marinate for a minimum of 2-4 hours for optimum flavor.
  5. Heat black skillet on medium high. Add grapeseed oil. Once oil is hot, add seasoned steaks and allow to sear for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Flip the steaks and cook for another 2-4 minutes cooking to desired internal temperature.
  7. Prior to removing from skillet add whole butter to pan and spoon over the meat to create a sauce and an enriched, buttery flavor!

Photography: JoPhoto | Chef & Recipe: Kevin Green

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Knoxville Wedding from JoPhoto

Some weddings come along and put a smile on my face. Other weddings put a tear in my eye. And then, sometimes, a wedding so special comes across my computer screen and I can’t help but grin a wicked big grin, let more than a few tears out, and squeal a little in glee. JoPhoto sent us the latter, and we’re sharing it with you today. You will love it.


From the gorgeous bride… Cody and I were coworkers at Pier 1 Imports when we met. We are as opposite as two people can be but we felt an instant connection and as cheesy as it sounds, knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We had been dating about 10 months when Cody asked me to go on an early morning hunting trip with him in his hometown of Livingston, Tennessee. Since he was a regular hunter I didn’t think anything about him wanting me to tag along. We made our way down to the tree stand and Cody said that he was going to go check another spot. When he came back he had changed out of his hunting clothes and into dress clothes. I was so surprised and couldn’t believe at this moment I was decked out in CAMO! He got down on one knee and popped the question—of course I was more than happy to say YES!

As we started the wedding planning process, we knew that we wanted a wedding that would reflect both of our personalities—Cody needed a country feel and I knew that a rustic wedding would be perfect for the two of us. We searched for the right venue for what seemed like forever. From the minute we saw the Reserve at Bluebird Hill we knew that was it! It had everything we wanted with the farm-like feel and rustic ceremony/reception hall.

As we picked our wedding colors we knew that we wanted to incorporate ivory and burlap brown as accent colors. We stumbled on a beautiful smoky purple and fell in love with it! From the beginning of the planning process, an essential part of our day was to wear our cowboy boots. This was one of the most special things for us because the first gift Cody ever purchased for me was my cowboy boots—and they were the same boots that I wore on our wedding day!

Throughout our wedding we stayed consistent with our rustic/diy theme by using mason jars and old barn wood flower boxes that were handmade by the groom. We covered our tables in ivory linens and burlap cloths. The tables held one of our favorite accents—our favors! We had adorable cookies handmade in the shape of ball mason jars and left them for each guest. Throughout the ceremony/reception we used gorgeous hydrangeas, pallets, crates, lace votives and baby’s breath. Our wedding was almost completely diy thanks to many hours put in by our family and friends!

Our wedding day finally arrived and it was a rainy Sunday but we were fortunate enough for the rain to stop long enough to take some wonderful pictures all over the Reserve. Some of our favorite pictures were taken by the teal and white barn. Our photographers captured so many beautiful moments that we have a hard time picking our favorites! We love the intimate shots taken during our ceremony and our first dance.

Our wedding was absolutely perfect for us. It had just the right combination of rustic and chic elements to show off each of our personalities. If we had to do it all over again, we would not change one thing!


Photography: JoPhoto | Flowers: Lisa Foster Floral Design | Event Design: Pallets made by Southern Bliss Weddings | Venue: Reserve at Bluebird Hill | Invitations: Tiger Lily Invitations | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridal Shop: White Lace & Promises | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: After Six | Men’s Fashion: Savvi Formalwear

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Romantic Knoxville Wedding from JoPhoto

These two cuties were engaged among the macarons and champagne of Paris, and the wedding which followed was oh so fitting of that romantic proposal. Complete with those yummy treats, the day was tres chic, if you will. With JoPhoto behind the lens, this is a gallery that will leave you drooling… and begging for more.


From the gorgeous bride … We met while we were in graduate school. Jon spent three months in London for a internship while I studied for the Tennessee Bar to become an attorney, and the summer apart was miserable! After I took the bar and Jon finished work, he flew me over for a much needed European adventure. Halfway through our trip, Jon whisked me away to Paris where he proposed under the Eiffel Tower. We celebrated with macarons and champagne and traveled around the UK before heading back to The States.

Once the magic of the proposal had set in, we knew right away that Crescent Bend in Knoxville, Tennessee, my hometown, was the only choice for our wedding. The beautiful English gardens, fountains and twinkling outdoor chandeliers all came together to create the romantic setting we were looking for.

The color scheme and overall motif was actually inspired by my dress. The champagne ruffles in the skirt were echoed in the cabbage roses; the brocade bodice found its way onto the scrolls on the cake; the glistening crystal detail prompted me to chose silver and gray for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We chose pale orange to accent the champagne and gray, creating a color scheme of understated elegance. The entire day had subtle reminders of our romantic Parisian proposal, including a champagne toast and macarons as favors.

The day was masterfully captured by our incredible photographers. One favorite is an action shot during an impromptu dosey doe that broke out when the DJ played Rocky Top. We spun around the dance floor among our family and friends before making our exit through a tunnel of sparklers!


Photography: JoPhoto |Ceremony and Reception Location: Crescent Bend | Flowers: Always in Bloom | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | String Quartet: Special Notes Entertainment Agency | Catering and Cake: All Occasion Catering | Wedding Gown: Allure Bridal, from Wedding Wonderland | Invitations: Julie Hanan Design | Men’s Fashion: JoS. A. Bank | Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Bari Jay

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Chanel Inspired Birthday Party from Whimsical Gatherings

I have a four year old. And every day it’s a tutu. And a sparkly cupcake necklace. And a giant pink flower for her hair. And really anything with glitter that we can get our hands on. So this perfectly girly, perfectly princess birthday party that the lovely team at Whimsical Gatherings put together? Well, it’s all of Audrey’s dreams come true. And maybe some of mine too. Captured by Dixie Pixel, this party is one that will most certainly go down in every little girls’ Greatest Day Ever history. And there is soooo much more pretty right here in the gallery.

From Whimsical Gatherings… The party was designed and hosted by Whimsical Gatherings floral & event design studio in Maryville, TN.  Our Owner and Creative Director Leah McCall has been surprising brides and event hosts with her swoon-worthy designs in excess of 11 years.  Leah’s daughter Madeline shares her Aug 19th birthday with Coco Chanel.  The cake was made by Magpies Bakery in Knoxville, TN and the graphic design details were by Jude Staunton from Knoxville, TN.


Photography: Dixie Pixel | Venue + Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings | Event Design: Leah McCall | Cake: Magpies Bakery | Graphic Designs: Jude Staunton

Tennessee Wedding from Watson-Studios

Let me just start by saying this Tennessee wedding is about as cute as they come. It’s everything a southern wedding should be, plus more. The wide open spaces, the rustic chic barn, and the sweet as can be couple who couldn’t be more darling if they tried. Watson-Studios captured all the country cuteness and you can see every detail of the day right here.

From the bride…Brandon and I met four years ago at Auburn University where my two older brothers secretly plotted for their fraternity brother, Brandon, and I to meet. They have always very much approved of Brandon and since our first date at the Alabama state fair, we have been inseparable!

We fell in love with the beautiful property at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee and knew that from the quaint cottages to the out-of-this-world cuisine, the rustic yet luxurious resort in the Smoky Mountains was the perfect place for our destination wedding. I was inspired by my grandmother’s short vintage wedding gown and this simple idea set the theme for our wedding. We added fabulous florals, a bluegrass band and blackberry inspired cocktails like the blackberry bumpkin.
Our weekend started on Friday night with a rehearsal dinner under the stars on the main lawn and ended with a Sunday brunch. In between there was horseback riding, skeet shooting, and eating…. LOTS OF EATING! We served house made potato chips with paddlefish caviar and creme fraiche, crispy carolina gold rice fritters with black eyed pea hummus, singing brook cheese gougeres, guinea & dumplings and braised beef short ribs the night of our wedding. Our cake was a delicious classic white with a hint of almond buttercream; the design inspired by the dress. We picked the most perfect place on the property for the ceremony, the Yallerhammer Pavilion. The open air pavilion has the most perfect stone fireplace, wooden benches for seating, and a fabulous view of the mountains. We were so blessed to have had 115 of our closet friends and family together for the weekend, celebrating such a special time in our lives. Everything was perfect and Brandon and I wouldn’t have changed a thing!


Photography: Watson-Studios | Venue, Catering + Coordination: Blackberry Farm | Designer, Florals + Cake: Edgar’s Bakery | Invitations: Weddings Etc | Cinematography: TLC Weddings  | Ceremony Music: Special Notes | Reception Music: The Bearded Brides Gown: Justin Alexander via Something Blue Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic

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DIY Knoxville Wedding from Jennie Andrews Photography

I pinky promise you are going to fall head over heels for this homespun Tennessee beauty. When the bride is an art teacher, and the groom and his family are big music fans, the wedding is definitely going to be sweet and happy, no doubt about it. And judging by Jennie Andrews Photography‘s view, the wedding was all that and then some. It was a beautiful day which has packed our gallery full of meaningful details!

I come from a family of artists. My Grandfather is a wood turner, my dad is a painter, my mom used to make a living by making crafts and selling them at craft shows, my older sister, Ashley, is a graphic designer/advertising major, my younger sister Kendel has her degree in Interior Design, Kendel’s husband Daniel is an Architect. The list goes on and on… As for my self, I have my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. I love all mediums of art. I have made wedding cakes, painted murals, studied jewelry in Italy, taught High School Art for 5 years… Art is a HUGE part in my life. It is just in my DNA to make and create! So when Lucas proposed to me I knew this would be a perfect time for me and my family to put our crafty/artsy skills to use! Planing the wedding was a total blast. Everyday was a different project…. I would come up with something to make for the wedding and have it finished by the end of the day. For example, one day I made all of the guys boutonnieres made from old fabric, buttons, feathers, and burlap I found in all of my craft supplies. Another day I decided to make flower vases from all of my soup cans I had in my recycling bin. One of my favorite parts about the wedding planning was I had my sisters and my mom making all of the different projects with me. We had sooo much fun!

Lucas is one of 4 children in my family. He have a really strong relationship with them and they mean the world to him. They have lived all over the country as well as Canada. One of the biggest common interest that pulls his family together is music. Growing up they were always singing together in the car or at his parents church. Some of his biggest passions are filmmaking and writing music.

Lucas and I met three years ago just two days shy from our wedding day. We met while I was working at the Cafe4 in Knoxville, TN. I was a hostess for the Cafe and Lucas was filming a commercial for the Cafe. Lucas had no idea where anything was located in the restaurant so I was the lucky girl that got to show him around. He just happened to come at the perfect time when the Cafe was in between lunch and dinner so I had some down time to talk to the new artsy cute guy. We had a 15 minute conversation that turned into getting coffee a few days later. We then started to hang out all the time and realized how much we had in common. It wasn’t long before we made it official and started our story together.

It was Christmas Eve and Lucas was headed to his home town in New York. We had decided to spend Christmas with our own families and I would catch a plane to New York to spend New Years with his family. Everything was going as planed. Lucas took off early that morning and I was spending the day with my family. My family had a big dinner at my uncles house and it was pretty late when we got back to my parents house. It is tradition for all of my sisters to stay the night at my parents house Christmas Eve night and wake up for Santa!

When we got back to my parents house it was around 11:30 pm. Just about the same time as we got back to my parent’s house Lucas called to tell me his plane was delayed and he was stuck in the airport for a few more hours. I started telling him about my big family dinner and how much fun I had when he interrupted me to tell me to go get my Christmas present out of my car. I was very confused because I didn’t see anything in my car that looked like a gift… Lucas told me that a few days before he had put my Christmas gift under my driver seat in my car. I started to get excited thinking about what my gift was! I started out the front door of my parents house and saw a car in the culdesac that looked just like Lucas’. I even said something like, ” hey there is someone in the neighborhood who has the same car as you… weird!” Lucas acted like he didn’t catch what I was saying so I said it again, “There is a red HHR in front of my parents house”. I started to walk down the dark sidewalk to see this silhouette of a man walking towards me. I also could hear a Lucas’ voice doubled with a delay. This is when I realized Lucas was not in New York he was in TENNESSEE with ME! I hung up the phone and ran over to him and was freaking out saying, “what are you doing here” and “why are you not in New York?” I was in total shock!

Lucas didn’t answer any of my questions just told me to come with him… I couldn’t stop worrying about my family… I was afraid that they would be worried about me because I ran out the door in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. I kept asking Lucas to let me call my family and let them know I am ok and I am with him… He kept saying, “no, don’t worry about it”. Well the next 20 minutes I was full of questions of, “what are we doing, where are we going, why aren’t you in New York?” I was a mess. I had no idea what was about to happen. Well Lucas dove me to the Cafe4 which is the place where we first met and had a first date. I then realize what was happening and started to get really excited! Lucas said all of the sweet things that he loved about me and got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him….. WELL of course I said YESSSS!!! We kissed and hugged and laughed then kissed some more. We were like two giddy kids as we drove back to my parents house to tell them the great news! My family greeted us at the front door with hugs and kisses. They knew the whole time what Lucas was up to. It was such a beautiful surprise!

Handmade, Antique, Vintage, Artistic, Unique are words I would describe our wedding by. Our colors where antique pink, champagne, neutrals, and an accent of navy blue.

Lucas and I both have worked in the wedding industry with him being a videographer and me with the wedding cakes. We both are tireed of the same ole, same ole and wanted to have a unique, personal touch to our wedding. One thing we did that was different was the unity tree. Rather then doing a unity candle or the unity sand we planted a tree together. Lucas’ dad made a planter for our tree to be planted in. Both of our parents started the planting by putting in starter dirt and then Lucas and I put the tree in the planter and filled the rest of the planter with dirt. My sisters had super cute watering cans and watered the tree. And while all of the tree planting was going on Lucas’ three sisters where singing one of our favorite songs, “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. It was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the party!

One of my favorite moments of the wedding day was getting to drive way in our get-away car. My uncle let us borrow his convertible Prosche. Lucas and I only borrowed the car long enough to do a “fake get-away” and then return it. But during out 20 minute drive we blasted the music and drove down town singing to songs on the radio.

Well… Let me just say that our photographer Jennie Andrews, was incredible .I haven’t picked out a favorite photo just yet but I would say the whole process of taking the photos was one of my favorite parts of the day, it was so much fun and enjoyable. I could not have pick a better photographer! She made the process so much fun! Honestly, she made me feel like the most beautiful bride and photogenic person she had ever met. She was complementary and encouraging. Sometimes people can look so stressed out in wedding pictures but I was having such a blast that the emotions were true and genuine. A lot of that has to do with how great it was to work with Jennie!

My dad made the wedding favors. My dad is a painter and for the wedding favor he painted a landscape of the Knoxville Botanical Garden. He made it look like a French Impressionist Painting from the 1800s. He personalized the painting to include some of my favorite painters such and Monet and Dega. He also included my cat and Lucas’ dog in the bottom right corner of the painting. It was incredible! All of the guest got a signed print of the painting.

Photography: Jennie Andrews Photography / Catering: Backyard BBQ / Rentals + Linens: All Occasion Party Rentals / Cake: Made by the Bride / Groom’s cake: Made by mother of the Groom (Thea Smith) / Dress: White Lace and Promises / Shoes: Re-purposed by the bride from Target / Rings: Gemstone Designs / Cinematography: Ryan’s Productions + Kava Weddings / Entertainment: Ogle Entertainment / Decor: DIY by the bride / Bouquets: tied by each bridesmaid / Flowers Arrangements: arranged by mother’s of both bride and groom (Elizabeth Wolfe and Thea Smith) / Boutonniere: DIY by the bride / Stationery:  Ashley Plauche / Painting: Randy Wolfe / Photobooth: Red Eye Photo Booths / Officiant: Lucas’s sister and father / Venue: Knoxville Botanical Garden

Knoxville Wedding by Dixie Pixel Photography

We’re going to bring a little glam and glitz to your Wednesday afternoon!  This awesome Knoxville wedding by Dixie Pixel Photography is full of funky, unique decor, dripping with shimmery, metallic details and bursting with phenomenal DIY crafts made by this creative bride and her friends.  And be prepared to be blown away by the most gorgeous custom Lazaro gown in the sweetest sherbet hue.  Click here to see even more in the full gallery!

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From Dixie Pixel PhotographyAdam & Jennifer were married in Krutch Park, which is a public park located right in the heart of downtown Knoxville.  Jennifer’s sherbet Lazaro was custom from Lazaro himself, inspired by the Spring Dior Line! It was a sweet ceremony followed by a reception at a local Art Gallery (The Emporium) also located in the heart of downtown Knoxville.

Jennifer did a lot herself (with the help of her bridesmaids), including the programs & designs.  ALL of the paper flowers on the chuppah and hair accessories were made by Jennifer.  Jennifer’s bridesmaid, Deanna, assembled the flower girls’ dresses.

Ceremony Venue: Krutch Park / Reception Venue: The Emporium / Wedding Photography: Dixie Pixel Photography / Catering: Earth Fare / DJ: Ray Adelman of Old City Entertainment / Floral Design: Whimsical Gatherings / Make-up: Casey Moore / Veil: White Lace and Promises / Wedding Dress:  Custom Lazaro via Bridals by Lori (Atlanta) / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry:  Heirlooms / Garter: Custom Linda Caldwell / Wedding Cake: Local Baker, Kingston, TN / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Groom’s Shoes: Vans via Journey’s / Bartender: Palmer Mason of Surin of Thailand / Rentals: Rothchild’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Max & Cleo / Chuppah: DIY / Flower Girl Dresses: DIY

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Knoxville Wedding by Watson-Studios

Yesterday was a big day at SMP with the launch of our oh so fabulous local blogs! We could not have been more excited to see those beauties hit the Internets!  So worthy of two exclamations in a row. Well today is just as exciting because we have a Wedding Wednesday lineup that is sure to knock your socks off. Seven weddings and seven galleries full of images equals one glorious day. Just another pretty day at Style Me Pretty!

Why not start this pretty pretty day with another take my breath away wedding from Watson-Studios. Not only am I am member of their fan club, I am the also the president (hope that’s OK Natalie and Dan). Seriously, I love their get to the core of the couple way of capturing the day. And with a couple as darling as this one, the end result is a wedding worthy of hours spent oogling over the gallery of images.

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From the Bride… I am a very sentimental person, and I love my family and all the traditions we continue to pass from generation to generation. I wanted a morning wedding because that is the time of day my parents and my grandparents got married. I loved the idea of having the young children and the older adults being able to really enjoy the reception, too, instead of having a party that went late into the night.

After deciding to have a morning wedding, I wanted to stick with the traditions my family has used for generations, but also make it personal at the same time. Since my grandmother, mom, sister, aunt, cousins (most of the women on my mom’s side of the family) have been married in my home church, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, I knew I wanted to have a formal, traditional church service there. Some of the important smaller details were the kneeling bench in the church, the diamond broach, the silver candelabras at the cake table, and the cake topper.  My great-grandmother, “Mimi,” actually did the needlework on the kneeling bench at our church.  All of the girls since my great-great-grandmother have worn her diamond broach on their wedding day.  I did not have a place on my dress for it, so I wore it on my bracelet.  The two larger silver candelabras on either side of the cake have the initials “MB” engraved on them. The candelabras were given to Mimi when she was married with her first and middle initials “MB” (Marion Bidwell was her full name). When my parents named me Molly Blane (Blane was a family name from Mimi’s side of the family as well), Mimi gave the candelabras to my parents to give to me when I got married. The cake topper has also been used by all of the girls since Mimi.

Caleb and I chose for the guys to wear morning suits, just as my parents wore in their wedding. I liked how old-fashioned they looked. I also wore a dress that Mimi made out of ribbon to my bridesmaids luncheon.

After making sure to include all the traditional details, we also wanted to make our wedding personal with “Caleb and Molly” details. For our first dance a cycling friend of Caleb’s performed a song that he had written.  The song says “Will you dance with me, Molly?” and it has always been “our song.”  Also, we spend a lot of time biking and playing outside together.  Caleb is very into cycling, and has slowly gotten me into it. We knew we wanted to ride away on a tandem bicycle. I did not want a themed wedding, but if there was one detail that truly inspired the feeling I wanted to capture for our day, it was definitely that red tandem bicycle. We tried to use it as a small motif with the save-the-dates design, and also used it a design of it on the candy bags.  It was also really important to get some photos of us on the bicycle, and those are definitely some of my favorites from the day.

Wedding Photography: Dan & Natalie Watson of Watson-Studios / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church / Wedding Reception Venue & Catering: Maple Grove Inn / Bouquets & Reception Floral Design: Clay Pots Floral Events / Ceremony Floral Design: Family & Friends of the Bride / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale via The Bride Room / Bridesmaid Jewelry: J.CrewAnthropologie / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture via White Lace & Promises / Morning Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Invitations & Programs: Larry B. Newman Printing Company / Save-the-Dates & Candy Labels: Doodle Pad / Cake: Esther Kant of Sweet Manna / Wedding Ceremony Music: Celebration Strings + Dr. Eunsuk Jung / Wedding Reception Music: The Wooten Brothers

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Tennessee Wedding with Edwardian Elegance

I know that we’ve been featuring a ton of barns lately…but honestly, it’s hard to turn down a wedding THIS gorgeous. With fresh from the garden style flowers, homemade desserts that have left me REALLY hungry and a bride whose style is both ridiculously elegant and yet totally approachable…this is one of those weddings that you just know was magic. Photographed by Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography…we’ve definitely fallen in love. Click here to see even more.

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Tennessee Wedding

Tennessee Wedding

Tennessee Wedding

Tennessee Wedding

Tennessee Wedding

tennessee wedding

Tennessee Wedding

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Selecting the Lily Barn in Townsend as the site of our wedding was the first decision my husband, Chris, and I made. We found it on a lark and just completely fell for it. The structure is a 19th century cantilevered barn, unique to the region, set on a three-acre property of wildflower gardens, mountain streams, and beds of day lilies. The venue, along with our love of Edwardian elegance and romance, guided us in creating the celebration’s atmosphere.

Chris made a line drawing of the barn, which he used in the design of both the save-the-date cards and the invitations. We gave our guests wildflower honey, Jack Daniels sour mash, and CD mixes Chris and I put together with liner notes that served as our ceremony programs. The paper products also showcased the specific flower varieties we used in the wedding. We wanted lush florals reminiscent of a country garden, and our florist fulfilled our vision with dahlias, blue delphinium and thistle, hypericum berries, and Tennessee’s state wildflower, coneflower, with the petals pulled off! The aluminum pitchers and cobalt blue bottles to hold the flower my mother and I found together in antique markets. Many of the books on the tables came from Chris’s grandmother’s house and incorporate our love of literature. Having just moved 60 crates of books across the country, I can tell you that is a décor element authentic to us. But the awesome deconstructed book mantel display was entirely the idea of our florist and her assistant.

Our desserts, like our flowers, were inspired by east Tennessee’s summer bounty. We requested pies with peach and blackberry, strawberry and rhubarb, which sat on family-owned cake stands. Our talented pastry makers broadened the offerings with individually sized tarts, too, brownie ice cream sandwiches, and lemon meringues. The dinner food also had a relaxed, picnic feel, but the casual party had as its counterweight the 1930s-inspired Alençon lace gown I wore and Chris’s classic suit. The cameo I wore was originally my grandmother’s brooch, given to my sister, who reset it into the pendant for me. Old, new, borrowed, blue – voilà! When it all came together, the aesthetic was part rough-hewn, part refined, and the weekend was a rockin’ good time.

The day of our wedding there was a terrific thunderstorm for the hour or two right before the start. The Smoky Mountains come by their name honestly, and the rain felt pretty appropriate to the environment. Everyone, guests and vendors, rolled with it. We moved the ceremony from the field in front of a gazebo to the dinner pavilion, with my dear friend playing the hammered dulcimer having to set up his instrument and amplifier twice (thanks, Allen!). At the last minute, the sun broke, and from that moment on, there was the most beautiful golden light filtered through the mist that remained. Everything looked and felt enchanted and also intimate. I couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful.

The Lily Barn may have established the tone, but our photographer, Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography, captured the moments. Eventually the rain gave way to dreamy light, but she had to go through some adverse circumstances to get there. Our couples portraits were shot outside in the rain with her under a photographer’s umbrella or else in the pavilion while everyone was setting up, and she made it all look gorgeous and seem effortless. A complete professional, I could not speak more highly of her, and any other couple would be lucky to get her. Best thing I did, hands down.

Transportation: Dancing Bear Lodge / Bamboo Fans: Favors and Flowers / Honey Jars: / CDs + Program Inserts: DIY / Invitations: Designed by Chris / Letterpress: Hello, Lucky! / Venue and Rentals: The Lily Barn, with day-of coordination by Sarah Greenway / Floral and Decor: Whimsical Gatherings, Leah McCall / Decor including pitchers, bottles, cake stands, display books: Bride’s and Family’s / Dessert Buffet: Craft & Spoon / Catering: Luxe Catering & Events, Bettina McCann / Wine: Downtown Wine & Spirits / Beer: Downtown Grill & Brewery / Groom’s Attire: Suit and tie by Ermenegildo Zegna / Wedding Gown: Lazaro, from Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa, CA / Wedding Veil: Colleen Moore of White Orchid Bridal / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, purchased on Zappo’s / Hair: Brett at Salon Azure / Jewelry: All borrowed or passed down from family members / Bridesmaids dresses: Jim Hjelm

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