Barbara D. Corzo & C. Bryant Thomas
Bryant and Barbara hosted an elegant and intimate wedding celebration with their close family and friends at Kingsport wedding venue, Allandale Mansion.
Tell about your love story!
Bryant and I met in high school back in 2005. We spent eight years together before we tied the knot. We share the same lifelong goals, and we are each other’s best friend.
Bryant proposed December 2010, under the Christmas tree… there was no “Would you marry me” question… it was more like an, “Are you going to marry me?” type of question – haha!
Recap your big day for us.
Our wedding day was very relaxing. It was my best friend and I during the morning preparations… she did my make-up and hair, and we had mimosas and breakfast together. Later on, my family arrived for photos, and after that, they did the groom’s family photos.
I didn’t see Bryant until I walked down the aisle…which was the most memorable moment to see him so emotional waiting for me.
The only unexpected issue was when I thought I lost my car keys… luckily, we found them after a 10-minute thorough search.
What about the details?
I wanted a simple, elegant and classic wedding. I wanted it to be personal and stress-less. I got my inspiration from the mansion itself; it’s so beautiful that there was very little to be done or decorated.
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for two years, and I planned it on my own with help from our caterer who was AWESOME, Breelyn Bomba from Mainstreet Café and Catering in Jonesborough. She helped us with the food selection and flower selection. I didn’t use any specific tools; I just kept an email folder open at work and saved all my info there. I did use a little bit of Pinterest to give our catering people some pictures and ideas of the flower arrangements we were looking for.
I think hiring a catering company that did our cake, food, drinks and flowers was the best decision… they knew exactly what I wanted and took care of it all together for me. It was painless.
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
We spent $5,000 for 20 guests. We splurged on the rental chairs and food with a three-course sit-down dinner. We saved big on the photographer and our minister since they were both very good friends of ours.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Don’t forget that the most important part is the “getting married” part and not the “wedding.”
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Continuing to grow old together and build our family.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
How well we know each other.
Photographer: John Dunahoo Photography
Caterer, Florist, Cake: Main Street Café & Catering
Jewelry and Bridal Shop: Alfred Angelo
Ceremony & Reception Location: Allandale Mansion
Rentals and Decor: Action Party Rentals
Officiate/ Minister: Clint Singleton, family friend for over 8 years