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I haven't ever been to Knoxville, but this gorgeous wedding has convinced me that one day I must just have to visit. Liz and Doug know how to celebrate. From the champagne guzzling to the sweet dance moves, this wedding was truly a party (even the horse wanted to join in the fun). Thank you so much to Jennie Andrews Photography for sharing!

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What was your vision for your reception?

In the reception site, we chose rustic elements like burlap, mason jars and candles. We made a moss covered W for over the fireplace and utilized simple ivory hydrangeas and peonies (the bridesmaids bouquets) inside of antique mason jars my mother in law had collected over the years. We also utilized several vintage lace table cloths passed down from Doug's great grandmother as a special touch. A few chalkboards from Something Borrowed, a really cool antiques rental company, were displayed to give the reception a bit of vintage charm as well. We had hoped to portray a classic shabby chic vision with these elements.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

We knew we wanted to be married in a church with God at the center of our ceremony. In terms of the reception, we wanted to have a setting different than any wedding we had ever been to. We thought The Reserve at Bluebird Hill was perfect. The Reserve had a gorgeous view of the Smoky Mountains and rustic southern feel with a beautiful indoor facility to keep everyone comfortable despite the warm summer elements.

 

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

Having my Dad walk me down the aisle to my future husband. He was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and it was uncertain if he would be able to make it. I was so grateful he was healthy enough to make it and to walk his only daughter down the aisle.

 

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

 

We were taking pictures outside of a rustic barn on the property when a beautiful horse peeped his head out of the door and tried to make a snack out of Doug's boutonniere! It was hilarious! I think the horse just wanted to be a part of the party!

 

Tell us details of the events surrounding the wedding as well.
Most of our family and friends traveled in from out of town. We appreciated all of the hours spent traveling so much that most of the days leading up to the wedding were filled with visiting and spending time with close family and friends. The girls did spend an afternoon getting pampered at the salon while the boys had their own version of pampering while getting old time straight shaves at the barbershop. It was so great to be surrounded by our favorite people.

 

How did you know your partner was "the one"?

After nearly seven years of dating it is hard to decide on just one moment. But, about one month after we started dating, Doug surprised me by flying up to Chicago to visit me on our Christmas break. He didn't say a word to me, but instead called my parents and got their permission. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gesture that I knew he was a keeper.

 

Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?

Keep yourself organized and don't be afraid of making decisions. I had seen so many ideas on wedding sites that I started to get overwhelmed with possibilities. After a while, I started losing focus of what I wanted. One day I decided to stop researching and start making some decisions. In the last few weeks, everything started to really come together! I just needed to trust that the decision I was making was the best one.

 

 

Vendors:

Photographer: Jennie Andrews

Venue: The Reserve at Bluebird Hill

Dress: Wedding Wonderland

Shoes: Steve Madden

Accessories: Veil by Wedding Wonderland; Bride's Rings by Jack Kelege (Genesis Diamonds, Nashville)

Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Catering: Calhoun's

Flowers: Mulberries

DJ: Kris Geswein