A Long-Awaited Tennessee Wedding – Katie & Rhett

Katie was unexpectedly overwhelmed by her emotions on her wedding day. Like most brides, she felt the pangs of nervous pre-wedding excitement and anticipation as she prepared to declare in front of 100+ guests her love for her beloved, Rhett, whom she’d met at the gym back in 2016. However, something else filled her with emotion …

As Katie’s sister pulled her beautiful Martina Liana gown out of the wardrobe and hung it up on the mirror, Katie started to weep. Through her tears she managed to say “I finally get to wear it”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie had attended many fittings, but following a number of postponements of their wedding, did not know when she might actually get to wear it. When the bridesmaids from all over the South started rolling in for hair and make up, Katie’s heart skipped a beat. She was touched that they all showed up notwithstanding that the wedding was in the middle of a global pandemic. It meant the world to her to be surrounded by her friends who were filled with love and support.

Karie and Rhett eloped in early May due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of when they might be able to celebrate with friends and family. The couple were worried that their wedding might no longer feel special following their elopement, but were pleasantly surprised and said they found it even more special than it would have been under normal circumstances.

A Knoxville Knees-up

The wedding took place in Knoxville, Tennassee at The Press Room. Katie and Rhett knew from the moment they visited the venue for the first time that they would get married there. The open space, giant windows, twinkly lights everywhere, and urban setting was exactly what they wanted. It was such a naturally gorgeous venue they knew they would not need to do much for it to be beautiful and stand out. They kept the colour palette simple with blue, grey, green, and pops of peach for summer wedding vibes! 

What They Wore

Katie was not one of those brides that has always dreamed about her wedding dress. However, from the moment she slipped it on, she knew it was the one for her. She fell in love with the detail in the front and all of the buttons on the train. The dress was glamorous but still comfortable enough for her to move around and have fun in. Katie had a cascading bouquet filled with peonies, roses, and eucalyptus. She was nervous about the “pops of peach” she asked the florist to incorporate, but is now very glad that she added some color. The delicate veil from White Lace and Promises completed her look.

Keeping with their colour palette, Rhett wore grey and blue, which also happened to be his colours of choice. He wore a grey suit with a unique vest that set him apart from the groomsmen who were also in similar colors. The bridesmaids wore different shades of blue.

Some DIY Touches

To help manage their wedding budget, Katie and Rhett got creative:

  • They set up a popcorn bar for their wedding favours. It cost under US$250 and was a great treat for guests to snack on as they left or to enjoy the next day. 
  • They made the flower girl baskets which they bought on sale after Easter and added some pretty ribbon to decorate them.  
  • They made their own unity candle that they used to create a sentimental moment during the ceremony. 
  • They made a “wish you were here” table. This was a very special personal touch as certain family members, including grandparents, were unable to attend the wedding. It was great to still remember and recognise them on such a special day. 


Photography: Amanda May Photography | Venue: The Press Room | Photography: Leah Nicole Photo | Floral: Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio | Videography: Wildwood Media | Wedding Cake: Art of Cakes Bakery | DJ: Ogle Entertainment | Rentals: White Table | MUH: Bangs and Blush | Wedding Dress & Veil: White Lace and Promises | Groom’s Attire: Regal Tuxedo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie



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