Dreamy wedding vibe alert! This blue and burgundy velvet wedding in Knoxville is giving us all the moods and feels! And if it looks a little familiar, it’s because we chose this beautiful wedding for our magazine cover! Kendall and Joe’s wedding featured beautiful fall blooms, lots of velvet, an 80’s dance party, and a vintage VW bus! I mean, does it get better than that? Knowing this couple, their wedding day was completely personalized to them which makes it that much sweeter! See it all below with the gorgeous photos by Tara Kneiser Photography and behind-the-scenes details from Kendall!
How did you meet?
“I moved to Knoxville, TN from Southwest Florida the summer before my senior year of high school. Joe was the first person I met. I was in the guidance counselor’s office trying to get my class schedule fixed and in walked this redheaded boy with a British accent.”
What is your favorite quality in your husband?
“He is so supportive. He makes me feel like I can conquer the world.”
What traditions did you incorporate?
“We incorporated the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Since my husband is from England, we also incorporated their version which ends with ‘and a sixpence in your shoe’. I wore the family sixpence that has been used by all the women in his family.”
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
“Velvet, velvet, velvet! This wasn’t the theme, per se, but we did use velvet accents wherever possible. We wanted something that would compliment the rich colors of fall while still feeling light and whimsical. Our wedding as a whole was a collection of all our favorite things. We love games so we incorporated yard games for our guests – if you haven’t played ‘pass the pigs’ you don’t know what you are missing! We love gin, so we had a gin tasting at our cocktail hour for our guests to try some of our favorites from the U.K. We love 80’s music so our reception was one big 80’s dance party. Overall, our wedding was uniquely us, and it made for the perfect theme.”
How about your dress or attire?
“My dress was one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. I tried on three and just knew I had found the one. It was nothing like I imagined wearing, but I truly felt like a bride.”
What was the most memorable moment?
“When my dad turned on the car to drive me to the ceremony site, ‘The Best Day of My Life’ by American Authors came on the radio. I immediately broke down because it just seemed like a confirmation from a higher power that this truly would be the most amazing day! The sun was shining, the weather was perfect, and I was going to marry my prince charming. In that moment with my dad it just all hit me at once and I was so thankful.”
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
“‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers. We danced to a cover of the song by Sleeping At Last so the speed was a bit more appropriate. We absolutely LOVE 80’s music and wanted to incorporate it as much as possible.”
Tell us about your grand exit!
“Joe is an extreme lover of vintage VW buses and had been restoring his 1974 bus for 4 years. We decided to use it as our exit vehicle. We ran through sparklers held by our friends and family and hopped into the bus.”
We are so happy for you, Kendall & Joe!
Featured on the cover of the Winter/Spring 2019 Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride Magazine
Photographer: Tara Kneiser Photography
Coordinator: Danyelle McGrath
Catering: Citicos at WindRiver
Flowers: Melissa Timm Designs
Invitations: The Happy Envelope
Bridal Shop: Lillian Ruth Bride
Wedding Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Attendants’ Attire: Vera Wang David’s Bridal
Tuxedos/Suits: Regal Tuxedo
Videographer: David Lewis
DJ: Special Notes Entertainment Agency
Professional Musicians: Emily Malone
Rehearsal Dinner: Crú Bistro
Rentals and Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Bangs and Blush