Guys! Your hearts will definitely be skipping a beat after this wedding! From the beautiful details to the ethereal meets industrial theme, it’s heart eye central over here! The best part of this celebration though is the couple themselves. We are absolutely inspired over the intentional love Macy & Ryan have for one another! It’s the absolute sweetest and a great lesson in what a marriage is all about. Start scrolling to fall in love yourself with the stunning photos by Kelsey Prater Photography and behind-the-scenes from Macy!
How did you meet?
“We actually went to high school together but never met until 7 years down the road where Ryan reached out through Facebook. We talked briefly but didn’t end up dating seriously until a few years down the road and the rest was history!”
When did you know you were falling in love?
“We dated long distance for about a year and a half before getting engaged, so falling in love was gradual and imminent. I only say imminent because our ‘dating’ was very intentional in terms of figuring out whether we were the other’s ‘person’. Ryan says he realized it was happening when we started lingering with our hugs, not wanting to say goodbye knowing we had limited time on the weekends. We would talk about everything but goodbye. He says this was when he started to say ‘Hey, I like you’ but really meant, ‘Hey, I freakin love you!’ afraid that I may not return his feelings.”
What is your favorite quality in your husband?
“A few of my favorite qualities of Ryan are: his faith, his ability to make me laugh in any situation and his killer dance moves. All of these things made falling in love easy for us as we were just so in sync. That’s not to say we align on everything but finding a friend in each other has made navigating the rough waters a lot easier.”
What traditions did you incorporate?
“I followed the tradition of using something old, new, borrowed and blue. My something old and blue was a ring from my grandmother. My something borrowed was a pearl necklace from my mother and a bracelet my father gave her and my something new was my wedding ring set. My father and I did a first look, which was a sweet moment and gave my family (mom, dad and brothers) a few minutes alone before the ceremony.”
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
“I knew I wanted an ethereal, outdoors feel to our wedding but I also loved an industrial look. (I got the best of both worlds by using 2 venues!) Eventually I settled on calling our wedding a ‘Modern Midsummer’s Dream’.”
How about your dress or attire?
“My dress was a fitted, strapless mermaid gown by Blue by Enzoani from Lillian Ruth Bride in Market Square. It had a detachable skirt that gave way to a sleek, fitted dress that had a more vintage feel. My bridesmaids wore slate blue/green, strapless gowns that had small trains. Ryan wore a black, grosgrain bound tux from The Black Tux. While his groomsmen wore traditional tuxes. I wanted Ryan to stand out ever so slightly. We asked our guests to wear semi-formal dress.”
What was the most memorable moment?
“Our entire wedding was so memorable that it’s almost impossible to pick one single moment. As hard as this advice may be, I would suggest that the bride and groom plan together. Therefore, as the evening is unfolding you get sprinkles of your contributions and it brings your hard-work and planning full circle. We chose wonderful people to work with and it really made our day run smoothly. I think the most fun we had, however, was dancing the night away with our friends and family. Our band was wonderful! The dancing was also fueled by our own personal cocktails that The Press Room let us design. Naturally, we named them after our dogs. The Mabel was a guava margarita with fresh agave nectar and The Loki, an old-fashinoned with flamed orange.”
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
“The song is called, ‘Death of a Bachelor’ by Panic at the Disco. Essentially it’s about a couple falling in love and the man happily exchanging his bachelorhood for a lifetime of laughter. The melody is reminiscent of a Frank Sinatra song, whom I love, so the song was a good compromise.”
Tell us about your grand exit!
“We did a sparkler send-off with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.”
Happily Ever After Macy & Ryan!
Featured in the Winter/Spring 2019 Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride Magazine
Ceremony Location: Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum
Reception Location & Catering: The Press Room
Photographer: Kelsey Prater Photography
Planning: Windsor and Willow & The Press Room
Cake: Whisk N’ Batter
Bridal Shop: Lillian Ruth Bride
Wedding Gown Designer: Blue by Enzoani
Tuxedos/Suits: The Black Tux
Videographer: 148 Films
Professional Musicians: Young Hearts
Rehearsal Dinner: Elkmont Exchange
Rentals and Decor: Anderson Party Rental
Hair & Makeup: Go Glamorous
Accommodations: The Oliver & The Tennessean