I’ve fallen for the unique blend of vintage, earthy, and modern in today’s Knoxville wedding from JoPhoto. The couple incorporated so many heirlooms into their day: from the ring, to the dress, to the tablecloths. The end result is something so special and this couple’s joy radiates from their faces!
We only had a few main goals for our wedding – simple, laid back, and honest. We chose The Standard because of it is urban, vintage, and unique – I knew it was perfect for us as soon as I walked in.
My engagement ring (the diamond was hand-cut in the early 1900’s) and necklace that I wore was my grandmother’s, as well as the vintage champagne glass that I drank out of while I was getting ready. She was incredible… I absolutely adored her. My wedding dress was my mother’s – I was the third person to wear it. My mom, then my mom’s sister, and now me! I had Colleen Moore from White Orchid Bridal remove some of the 70’s flair and add a few personal details to make it more my style. The tablecloth on the bride and groom table was crocheted by my great grandmother (mother of the same grandmother whose ring I wear), and was actually used at my parent’s wedding.
We wanted it to be an event that was personal and tailored to us. We tried to ignore all of the traditional wedding elements and pressure from others and only focus on creating the day to be exactly what we wanted. So, we had everyone come in, grab a drink, and sit at a table when they first walked in. Then, we walked down the aisle to some fun tunes, got married with vows the we each wrote, and the drinking and eating continued. Everyone said they really loved that setup!
Right after the ceremony when Brad and I were enjoying a glass of champagne and taking our sunset pictures with Kathleen and Joe was by far the most memorable to me. We had made it through the ceremony, we both didn’t cry while reading our vows, and the fun of marriage had officially started! I’m not sure if it was happiness, the champagne, or a mixture of the two…but I don’t think I had ever felt more “light” than I did in those moments.
I would describe the style as vintage/earthy. For decorations, we wanted whites, greens, and as many candles as possible. We kept it ridiculously simple with our centerpieces and decorations by using clear hurricanes with white pillar candles (we had over one hundred candles!) and vintage vases filled with magnolia leaves that my mother and I literally picked off a tree in her backyard the week before the wedding.
We also had a “wine anniversary” table. My godfather chose 12 fitting wines that we will drink on 12 future anniversaries. Each place setting included a small card with the anniversary year and wine name (each table had an assortment of years). We asked guests to write a note, joke, advice, etc. on that card and place it in a box on the wine anniversary table. Now, for each anniversary, we will drink that wine and read the notes from our wedding day. We actually received a lot of cards, and are super excited to begin that tradition!
Photography | JoPhoto | Venue | The Standard | Coordination | Absolute Wedding Perfection | Desserts | Magpies Bakery & La Madeleine | Catering | Knox Mason | Rentals | Campbell Tent & Party Rental | Gown | White Orchid Bridal | Accessories | BHLDN | Ice Cream Cart | Cruze Farm