Toby and Victoria’s amazing Blountville wedding at Chateau Selah drips with style in pops of mint green and lovely decor you’ll fall in love with.
Victoria Stinson + Toby Hawkins
Featured in the Winter 2013 Tri-Cities Pink Bride Magazine
LOVE STORY: It started in March 2010 during a lunch date with a mutual friend and his wife. Our friend said to me, “You have to meet this guy; he is perfect for you! He is witty and he’s determined and he’s basically the best guy I’ve ever known.” I’m sure my response was something like, “Sure why not? Let’s do this! Can we get cheese fries?”
At one point in her life, every girl is a skeptic on “the perfect guy,” and at that moment, I was no different. But then I met Toby, and boy did my world change. It was truly a moment of awakening; his smile instantly melted me, and I got that giddy feeling (like you got when you went to your first Hanson concert, or NKOTB or Nsync…don’t lie, you know it happened!). Thoughts like, “I can’t believe this is really happening,” and “Am I getting punk’d?” were running through my mind. I came for lunch and what I left with definitely wasn’t on the menu. Who would have thought that I would go to work that day and meet my soul mate for lunch? After a few dates it became apparent that this was the man of my dreams.
WEDDING PLANNING: We had our wedding at Chateau Selah in Blountville, TN, and if you’ve never been you must go immediately. It is stunningly beautiful, and the surroundings are so breathtaking! Given how gorgeous our venue was, we didn’t feel the need to do a lot of decorating! Our colors were Pistachio (Mint Green), Ivory and Black. My bouquet consisted of Confetti Roses, which were kind of a yellow rose with reddish-orange tips.
Two things we wanted the absolute best of were our venue and our photography, which was done by the unbelievably amazing Cable Photography. Gary and LaDonna Cable with Cable Photography are simply wonderful to work with, utterly professional, and they truly care about each person/couple they’re working with. Toby and I both agreed when we got engaged that some things with weddings are trivial, and in 15 years, you may not remember what font you used on the programs or what candy you put in the favors, or how the music even sounded. A great photographer (such as Cable Photography) knows that you can relive every moment by photos. “You want your photos to tell a story,” they would say, and once we received our photos back from them after the wedding, they were so true. Looking back on our engagement photos, the bridal portraits and the wedding/reception, it does tell a story. 50 years from now, we can look at those and remember everything. They were such fun people to work with; hopefully we can work with them again in the future. Along with the Chateau, if Toby and I had it to do all over again, we would pick Cable Photography. They’re hard-working, really fantastic people and photographers. We honestly could not have been more pleased with the result of their dedication and commitment to us during our special time.
Photographer: Cable Photography
Florist: Food City
Invitations & Calligraphy, Bridal Shop, Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony & Reception Location: Chateau Selah
Rentals and Décor: Celebrate Party Rentals
Caterer: Firehouse Catering
Jewelry: Goodman’s Jewelers
Videographer: John Metcalf
Music/Entertainment: Michael Hawkins
Officiant/Minister: Mark Estepp