Aven & Robbie’s wedding is giving us total Father of the Bride vibes (except no Steve Martin appearance). This bride who has been planning her wedding for years got married in her hometown, and even celebrated the reception in her parents’ backyard! The long distance wedding planning paid off, and we are so thrilled to share the day it turned out to be! See it all below with goodies from Aven herself!
How did you meet?
“Robbie and I met through Bumble! We actually were both students at Belmont University in 2013. It was my last year of undergraduate and he was in graduate school at Belmont as well. Our paths didn’t cross until four years later. We matched on Bumble and this lead to seven months of dating long distance. I moved to Nashville and accepted my dream job at The School of Nashville Ballet. He proposed in August 2018 at Blackberry Farm. It was the best day of my life, until our wedding day!”
When did you know you were falling in love?
“I knew I was falling in love with Robbie when he first came to visit me in Crossville. I was so excited to see him that I ran outside, forgot to leave the screen door open, and the outer door got stuck. We laughed and he used an old tennis racket to pry the door open. The next evening, we had dinner at my parents’ house with them, my brother and sister-in-law. It seemed like he was the missing piece of our family. He felt like home from the very beginning.”
Who said “I love you” first?
“I did! We had come close to saying it several times but I just couldn’t stop myself one night after dinner on our first family trip to Blackberry Farm.”
What is your favorite quality in your husband?
“My favorite quality in my husband is his integrity. He is the most honest and trustworthy person I know. He is truly my anchor.”
What was the hardest part of wedding planning?
“The hardest part was planning a wedding in my hometown while living in Nashville. Communicating with vendors from Memphis to Knoxville could be challenging at times. I give all the credit to my mom because she kept us organized and on task.”
Did you have any specific design inspiration for your big day?
“I grew up dreaming of every aspect of my wedding. My mother and I had files upon files of ideas. When it came time to plan, I knew what I wanted: Pink, Peonies, and Pearls!”
Favorite aspect of your wedding?
“My favorite aspect of our wedding was how personal it was. I got ready at my parents’ house. My dad walked me down the aisle and performed the ceremony at my home church and the reception for 400 guests was under an enormous tent in my parents’ backyard.”
Did you do a first look? Would you recommend this?
“Robbie and I chose to wait on seeing each other until I walked down the aisle. We are traditional and really wanted that big moment when the sanctuary doors opened. I would highly recommend waiting to see each other. I will never forget the feeling of seeing him and both of our eyes welling up with tears.”
Was there a part of your wedding that held a personal significance to you or your spouse?
“My family has a tradition of planting trees for significant events. My late maternal grandfather started it. For our unity ceremony, we planted a Southern Magnolia tree. We poured in soil from my family’s backyard and his grandfather’s garden in Indiana.”
Tell us about your grand exit!
“We had two send-offs. The first one at the church was with our 400 guests waving ribbon wands with bells as we walked out and entered a vintage 1958 Rolls Royce to ride to the reception. For the final exit from the reception, our guests rang silver bells that doubled as place card holders and one of their favors. We got into a limousine and rode to Nashville prior to flying to Bermuda for our honeymoon.”
Did you have a signature cocktail? What was it?
“Our signature cocktails were an ‘Anchor Down Mule’ and ‘Rocky Top Cosmo.’ We chose to represent our athletic allegiances with our favorite drinks!”
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
“Our first dance song was ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges. Robbie introduced me to his music shortly after we started dating. We saw him perform in Nashville the week after we got engaged and his music will always be special to us.”
What do you look forward to most as newlyweds?
“We are looking forward to never having to say goodbye, getting into our own routine, doing everyday things together like grocery shopping and running errands, making a house a home, and making memories.”
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
“I have been surprised at how easily we have settled into married life. Compared to living in separate places and planning a large, formal wedding, this is a piece of cake!”
We wish you the best lives together, Aven & Robbie!
Ceremony Location: Linary Church of Christ in Crossville, TN
Reception Location: Bride’s Parents’ Home
Photographer: John Myers Photography
Cake: Magpies Bakery
Catering: Grade A Catering
Flowers: Lisa Foster Floral Design
Rentals & Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Invitations: You’re Invited
Bridal Shop & Attendants’ Attire: Arzelle’s Bridal
Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro
Hair: Omaet The Salon
Tuxedos/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Transportation: Chariots for Hire for shuttle buses and Saltbox Inn for the Rolls Royce
Videographer: Lemon Drop Productions
Musicians: Emerald Empire Band
Rehearsal Dinner: Fortes on the Square
Accommodations: Hampton Inn in Crossville, TN