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! 

Bride with Tiara & Groom in Tuxedo | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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!”

Traditional Church Ceremony with Monogram | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Bride & Groom in Front of White Rolls Royce | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Groom in Tux & Bowtie | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Monogram Gold Cufflinks | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Groomsmen in Classic Tuxedos | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Bride & Mom Getting Ready Together | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Engagement Ring in Pink Velvet Keepsake Box | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Pink Bridesmaids Dresses | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bridesmaids in Pink Pajamas | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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!”

Pink Badgley Mishka Heels & Wedding Details | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bridesmaids In Pink Dresses Walking in Field | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride in Tiara with Veil & Peony Bouquet | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Wedding Dress Hanging in Front of Front Door at Bride's Parents' Home | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Mother of the Bride Zipping Up Wedding Dress | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Floral Church Wedding Ceremony | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Quilt with Monogram for Wedding Guests to Sign | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Father Walking Bride Down the Aisle | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Prayer During Church Ceremony | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Unity Ceremony with Planting a Tree | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride & Groom Exiting Church | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Ribbon Exit at Wedding | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride & Groom in the Back of Rolls Royce | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Pink Tented Lavish Wedding Reception | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Luxe Classic White Wedding Cake | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Grooms Cake of a Dog | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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!”

Bride & Groom Holding Signature Cocktails | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

First Dance at Classic Pink Hometown Wedding | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Live Wedding Painter for First Dance | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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.”

Bride & Groom Dancing | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

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!”

Classic Pink Hometown Wedding | photo by John Myers Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

We wish you the best lives together, Aven & Robbie!

Credits:

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