Emily and Tyler’s Biltmore-inspired wedding at WindRiver was nothing short of breathtaking! With an outdoor ceremony and reception under the stars, we can’t help being head over heels for their special day filled with family and love! But don’t take our word for it-scroll down hear all about this special wedding from the bride!
What is your favorite quality in your husband/wife?
My favorite quality in Tyler is his thoughtfulness on every occasion and his favorite quality in me is how loving and giving I am to others.
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
Since Tyler and I fell in love at Biltmore and that was the trip we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, we wanted to pick a venue that reminded us of Biltmore in Knoxville. WindRiver was the place! The rolling hills throughout the property, beautiful and elegant homes, and gorgeous flowers throughout the property made us feel a small part of Biltmore in East Tennessee. After visiting the venue once, we knew that our Biltmore inspired wedding would fit right in. We wanted to have an elegant feel for a garden wedding. We wanted to have our ceremony overlooking the lake and our tented reception under the stars and full moon. We incorporated birdhouses with beautiful floral centerpieces flowing out of them, candelabras which created romantic lighting, and many modern calligraphy pieces to set the elegant, romantic feel for the night. I chose a wedding dress covered in lace with a blush pink underlay and the bridesmaids wore beautiful eggplant dresses that were long and flowy. We all held beautiful bouquets that were full of texture and had champagne, ivory, and lavender ribbons flowing from them. Tyler and his groomsmen wore tuxedos and looked very sharp!
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
From the Ground Up by Dan and Shay. We chose this song because it has meaningful lyrics that we want to build our relationship on as husband and wife as well as build our family on one day when we have children. The song is all about standing beside one another in the good times and bad and being each other’s shelter throughout the tough times in life as well as celebrating life’s blessings together. We were very picky when finding a first dance song. When we first heard this song, Tyler and I listened closely and both agreed the moment after we heard it that it would be our first dance song! We took dance lessons for ten weeks and thoroughly enjoyed listening to our first dance song over and over as we practiced dancing to it together. It holds such special memories for both of us, and it brought us so much joy and laughter during the ten weeks leading up to the wedding. Our first dance was so special to both of us and is a memory that we both treasure. Then two months after we were married, I was opening up my Christmas stocking from Tyler and there were tickets to see Dan and Shay at the Tennessee Theatre in February. It was the concert of a lifetime and extremely special for the both of us! We are so happy with our choice of song and will continue to build our love from the ground up now till forever.
What traditions did you incorporate?
Tyler and I were married on my Gramps and Grammie’s birthday (they shared the same birthday-October 16, 1925-Gramps and October 16, 1928-Grammie) who had both already passed away. They were like second parents to me and helped mold me to be the woman I am today. Tyler thought it would be a sweet idea to get married on their birthday in honor of them. We also wanted to incorporate parts of Tennessee into our wedding day because we went to every single home game together after we met! Tyler’s groomsman cake was orange and white and his groomsman wore Tennessee socks. Lastly, our favors were succulents that my sister grew for us. We wanted everyone to let love grow just like our love had grown after our Biltmore trip to the gardens.
When did you know you were falling in love?
Tyler and I met in July of 2011 through a mutual friend. I worked with Tyler’s roommate, Ben, at Clayton Homes for several years in college. Ben and I were going on a mission trip to Nicaragua together, and I started going over to his apartment to plan for our upcoming trip. I met Tyler at Ben’s apartment, and we all started hanging out frequently with a group of friends. There was something special about Tyler because he always knew how to make me laugh and feel special. More importantly, he was head over heels for my dog Bentley who I am also head over heels for. Tyler asked me out on a first date to Copper Cellar’s for burger night (he knew the true way to my heart because I am totally a burger girl) and the rest was history. Fall of 2011 was our last semester in college, and we made the best memories by going to every UT football game in Neyland Stadium together screaming for the Vols, decked out in orange and white. Tyler took me to Biltmore the following spring for my birthday and that was the trip we fell in love. The setting was beautiful and while we drove to Asheville we had time to talk about all of our dreams, hopes, and aspirations in life. It was the trip that we truly fell in love with each other and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. God has blessed us immensely with each other!
Tell us about your grand exit!
We exited the venue with all of our friends and family screaming with excitement and sparklers lighting up the skies. We got into an awesome, Rolls-Royce and had a wonderful driver who treated us like a queen and king during our drive to the hotel! It was such a romantic ending to our dream wedding!
Congratulations Emily and Tyler, from all of us at the Pink Bride!
Featured in the Fall 2017 Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Ceremony & Reception Location: WindRiver
Catering: WindRiver’s Citico’s Restaurant
Tuxedo: Regal Tuxedo
Photographer: Jo Photo
Coordinator: Heels and Veils
Cake: Sweet Beginnings By Elaine
Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations
Bridal Shop: The White Room
Dress Designer: Allure Bridals
Transportation: Regal Carriages
Videographer: Wild Story Group
DJ: Ogle Entertainment
Hair & Makeup: Grow Knoxville
Florist: Sassafras Flowers