Beth Collins & Eric Anderson
Cover Contest Runner Up!
Featured in the Summer 2013 Tri-Cities Pink Bride Magazine
Tell us your love story.
Eric and I dated for six years before we got married. He has been my rock and best friend. Actually, my younger sister, my maid of honor, had a slight crush on him in elementary school. They would have never worked out…they are too much alike. 🙂 Eric and I were boyfriend and girlfriend in middle school. He was one of my very first boyfriends. I wrote my phone number on his hand in middle school, and it rubbed off during an after-school football game, and he didn’t call me. I, being a sixth-grade girl, of course broke up with him. We continued to be friends all through high school, and I always had my eye on him. He went away to Maryville College to play ball and returned home for summer break. We ended up at the same gathering together, and he asked me on a date. The rest goes down in our history. We spent six years together, and he proposed on my birthday! We love going on hikes with our dogs, and we went on a hike up to a spot we always go to with our puppies right at sunset. He asked me to take a picture of the beautiful sunset moutaintop view to send to my mom, and after I took the picture, I turned around, and he was on one knee. I can hardly remember what he said because I was so nervous and excited. After that wonderful day, we spent one year planning. We were engaged on June 15, 2012, and got married on June 29, 2013.
Recap your big day.
Our wedding day was my favorite and most special day of my life. The entire day felt like a fairy tale day. I can still remember the exact moments of happiness, joy, and nervousness, just like it was yesterday. My daddy had never seen a picture of my dress nor did he have any idea what it looked like. When we did our first look, I can still remember feeling like his baby girl all dressed up in a wedding gown.
My favorite moment of the day was having my first look with Eric. I can remember walking down the long walkway at the General Morgan Inn. Jim, our photographer, had chosen such a beautiful walkway for us to do our first look. When I finally walked to Eric, and he turned around, I can still remember the rush of emotions. I had the biggest butterflies, but at the same time, I was calmed after seeing my best friend. I wanted to get to the church and run down the aisle at that moment so I could be married to him. That was by far the most memorable moment before the wedding.
How did your groom help with wedding planning?
Eric was so supportive during the wedding planning process. He attended almost all of our meetings with vendors. He helped calm me if something was wrong. He was most excited about meeting with the DJ because he really loves music. We spent a lot of our time planning out special songs we wanted played during special events throughout the day.
What was something unique that you did for the wedding?
Something very special to me was my dress. My grandmother Dee Collins at Southern Belle Bridals hand-customized my dress to make it exactly what I wanted. She added personal touches that made my dress unique to me. My great-grandmother stitched a lot of things, and she is not with us anymore. So, Dee stitched our wedding date into my dress, in honor of her. That was one of my favorite things.
Was there anything that you missed doing or wish you’d done differently?
I wish I had gotten a videographer. We had a family friend do it, and he did a wonderful job. But I would highly recommend brides getting a professional. I would love to have professional video footage from that day to reflect on.
What advice do you have for future brides?
Be each other’s best friend – always. Always be as in love as the day you said those special vows. Have fun together and laugh.
Detail your honeymoon.
We went to Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. A dear friend has a beachfront condo and allowed us to go to it. It was so nice to be with each other and spend that time together. I am so glad we had the opportunity to do so. It was nice to escape with my new husband.
Photographer: Jim Goodwin Photography
Wedding Planners: Patricia Bohen, Reception Planner; Debbie Ray and Judy Kannon, Wedding Coordinators
Florist, Rentals & Decor: Flowers by Tammy
Caterer and Reception Location, Decor: General Morgan Inn
Cake: Kathy Clowers
Invitations & Calligraphy: Artistic Printers
Bridal Shop: Wedding Wonderland
Formalwear: Southern Belle Bridal
Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal
Ceremony Location: Asbury United Methodist Church
Music/Entertainment: Night Moves Mobile DJs
Officiant/Minister: Rev. Jeannie Higgins