I had always imagined myself having a late spring wedding, because it is one of my favorite times of year and the temperatures are not too hot or too cold. I became engaged on New Year’s Eve, and I did not want to rush the engagement and planning process just to have a spring wedding. I knew I wanted some part of our wedding to be outside, so we looked for dates in the early fall. Growing up I always said that I would never get married during football season. I broke that promise, but I did make sure it was an open date for UT. I even checked the rest of the SEC schedule to make sure there were not any major games that day. My husband and I share a love of water, so I wanted to make sure our wedding was near or on the water. Originally we thought about the beach, but I am so proud of where I came from and wanted others to see Knoxville’s beauty. Crescent Bend Home and Gardens was the perfect location for our wedding.
The morning of my wedding, I woke up at my parents’ home with our sweet dogs kissing me good morning. After a breakfast of my dad’s homemade biscuits, I was ready to start the day that I had been praying for, for so long. I was so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends (and now husband) that played such an important part in making our wedding perfect. I was diagnosed with pneumonia the week of my wedding, so needless to say I needed all the help I could get it. I had a lot of people that were praying for me and helping Dave and I finish all those last minute details. The day was perfect from start to finish, and I was able to dance all night!
My husband, Dave, and I know that God brought us together. Dave and I met only about a month after he had moved to Atlanta from Maryland. What was our first of many shared loves, was the love for our dogs. Dave and I both have Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. After our first date, we introduced them to each other, and we have been one happy family ever since. Of course since our dogs played a part in how we got together, they had to be at the wedding. They greeted us with wagging tails and sloppy kisses after we were pronounced as husband and wife.
I chose Bill Waldorf [as my photographer] because his work stood out at every venue I visited. I love that all his pictures are so natural and truly tell the story of the whole day. Bill, Emily, and Izzie were so easy to work with, and they made us feel so comfortable. Our pictures our amazing, and they look like they are straight out of a magazine and not a wedding album. [For the flowers,] I used the some of the spring colors that I love, but I added a fall flair by having latte as one of the main colors.
My planner, Judy McMillan at Crescent Bend, is incredible! The all-inclusive package cut down on the vendors I had to choose myself, and made my planning a lot easier. The package includes florist, catering, DJ and sound, linens, and tables and chairs. I was also lucky that one of my best friends and bridesmaid had opened a full service party planning business about a year before my wedding. Amy, and her business The Frosted Affair, were my life savers. I was able to get our invitations, calligraphy, programs, wedding cake, and personalized bridesmaids gifts all through A Frosted Affair. My favorite part of my wedding day was having all our family and friends in one place, and seeing everyone enjoying all the decisions that we made when planning our wedding.
Photographer: Waldorf Photographic Art
Kim and Dave | October 12, 2013
Florist: Always in Bloom
Invitations: The Frosted Affair
Wedding Gown: Bridals by Lori
Ceremony & Reception Location: Crescent Bend Home and Gardens
Caterer: All Occasion Catering
Wedding Planner: Judy McMillan at Crescent Bend
Other Planner: The Frosted Affair
Ceremony Musicians: Anne Jackson Harpist & Allegro con Brio String Trio
Band: Empty Pocket
Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush
More Photos of The Bride and Groom’s Happy Day Below
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