|October 1, 2013 by Real Weddings|
Bethany Sayers & Nicholas French
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
On November 13th of 2011, Nick and I got the same fortune in our cookies from the Chinese take-out restaurant, and it read, “Remember three months from today.” He took it and ran with it. He bought the ring that he had picked out, and three months from that day, proposed to me at my parents’ house with a large fortune cookie he had made with the ring tied to the top. I plan to keep that cookie as long as it lasts! After about twenty minutes of hyperventilating (I don’t like huge surprises), I said yes – and we started the planning process!
Nick was patient, understanding, and supportive during the entire year and a half of planning. He trusted my design taste, and all he ever wanted a say in was the food and the cake…shocking! We had a lot of fun during wedding planning time, and the stress really was minimal, no thanks to my controlling and perfectionist attitude!
My bridesmaids were THE BEST. My girlfriend Misha Testerman truly brought peace to me on my wedding day. We all laughed and cried throughout the day. After a little lunch, my mother and I went and sat in the reception area and just watched it all come together. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment with my mother, watching all our plans come to life, jaw’s dropping as we watched the flowers come in and the candy bar being set up, and each table being perfectly placed and set. That’s when the excitement really set in.
The girls wore chiffon dresses with a train that was a deep plum color. They had gold Swarovski crystal earrings and did their hair and make-up whichever way made them feel the most beautiful. With that, we had rich jewel tone bouquets to match the reception area. They looked magnificent, a lot of thanks to Samuel Franklin.
At the end of the night, my dad surprised all of us with a beautiful 10-minute firework show set to my favorite movie theme song from “Father of the Bride!” It was unreal… All of our guests loved watching while the ice-cold milk and cookies were being served to our guests.
Another special feature was that my caterer, who is also a champion ice carver, made us ice vases that were huge and lighted from beneath to make them glow. Castleton Farms was the perfect backdrop for our extraordinary day. We started our weekend with our rehearsal dinner in the Carriage House, getting ready in the mansion, getting married in the Vineyard, cocktail hour at sunset on the Croquet Lawn, and the reception in the tent under the stars. To say the least, it was magical.
Ceremony & Reception Location, Fireworks: Castleton Farms
Photographer, Videographer, & Photo Booth: Waldorf Photographic Art
Wedding Planner: Darla Walker
Florist: Samuel Franklin
Catering & Ice Sculptures: Deron Little, Chef/Owner at Seasons Cafe
Cake: Cheryl McMillan, The Perfect Ending
Invitations & Calligraphy: Sarah and Ty Pattison from The Happy Envelope
Bridal Shop: Bridals By Lori in Atlanta GA and Wedding Wonderland
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Attire: White Lace and Promises
Music/Entertainment: Frog and Toad Jazz Band from Crown and Goose
Rentals and Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Officiant/Minister: Reverend John Wood
Ceremony Orchestra: Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church
Hair & Makeup: Bangs and Blush
Theatrical Lighting: True Grip