This modern Knoxville wedding boasts a romantic theme in blue and pink that you simply can’t miss!
We adore the bride’s chic style in a fitted ruched gown and cathedral-length veil. The groom sports a dapper khaki suit and matching tie, while the groomsmen don matching suits with blue ties that complement the bridesmaids. Bridesmaids wow in long, flowing gowns in a rich blue hue, while the lush bouquets pop in shades of pink. Traditional ceremony elements light up the first half of the celebration, while an urban oasis with contemporary architectural elements stars for the reception. Overall, we’re in love with every detail!
Take a cue from this contemporary wedding in Knoxville, and opt for personal elements mixed in with a romantic, modern theme.
You’ll end up with a wedding that’s totally you – and completely irresistible.
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Morgan Alanna Taylor + Timothy Richard Meade
August 15, 2015
Wedding Day Soundtrack
Ceremony processionals/recessionals: All traditional ceremony music played on the piano
Bridal party entrance at reception: Each bridal party member had their own individual clip of a song to dance out to, as well as introductions given by the DJ, Michael Durham.
The bride and groom came out to “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce and JayZ.
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
Father daughter: “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw transitioned into silly dance to a collaboration music mix
Mother/Son: “Like Jesus Does” – Eric Church
Last Dance: “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
Tell about your love story!
Tim and I knew about each other for three years before we ever met. I went to school at Lincoln Memorial University about an hour outside of Knoxville, and he attended UT Knoxville. Some of my friends knew Tim’s roommates. So when we visited Knoxville on the weekends, we stayed at their apartment several times over the next three years. However, Tim was never around on the weekends. We both dated other people, and Tim was in Nashville most weekends. Thus, due to his empty room, my friends and I made it our own for the weekends we were in Knoxville. In 2013, I moved to Knoxville for my new job. One weekend, his roommates invited me and a few girlfriends over to hangout. After only being there for 5 minutes, I had finally met the guy I had only heard about for the past three years. Then, as persistent as he is, he asked me for my number very quickly. After hanging out with friends for the next few weekends, he took me on our first date to see Daniel Tosh at the Tennessee Theater.
Tim and I rely on fun and laughter to keep our relationship going. I’ve never met someone that can make me happy every day and in any circumstance. He makes me laugh without trying to be funny. Whether we are traveling on a new adventure or staying at home on a Friday night, we always have a great time just being together. It’s been a learning experience, but we are doing our best to put God in the center of our marriage. We believe that through Him, and His love, ours will not fail.
We had been dating for 1 year and 8 months before he asked me to marry him. On February 28th, 2015 we decided on forever. Charleston, SC, is our favorite city to visit, and we go there often to stay at his grandparent’s condo. One of the first places we visited in the beginning of our relationship was the lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston. We love to go there and walk the beach. It is here too, where his grandfather proposed to his grandmother many years ago. So, on that Saturday morning, we woke up early to go to a “family shrimp boil”. Little did I know, there was no party at all, just a big special day for me. Tim took a detour on the way to the so called “shrimp boil” and turned down to the lighthouse. It was then, while he was on one knee, I noticed someone was taking our picture. After five minutes of hugging and crying, I realized that the photographer was my best friend. We took a little photo-shoot on the beach, and then he told me we had lunch reservations for the two of us. However, I was in shock when I walked in and saw 20 of our family members from Virginia and Ohio to celebrate with us for the weekend. He spent two months planning with everyone and kept the whole thing a secret. It was the perfect day.
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for 5 ½ months. I knew I didn’t want a long engagement, because I would change my mind too many times. I wanted to marry this man as soon as I could. I had been using Pinterest for some time before this, and had the wedding of my dreams all planned out. My mother and sister helped a lot, and I didn’t want to hire a planner. I was trying to save as much money as I could. The Pink Bride definitely came in handy when choosing and comparing vendors. I had no idea where to start, and with a short time frame I wanted to know all of my options. The best decision I made for my wedding was including my fiancé in the process and making it our OWN vision. So many people wanted to give us their input and opinions, but we had another outlook and plan. I’m so thankful that he wanted to be included, and it definitely came out for the wedding.
Recap your big day for us.
I didn’t sleep at ALL the night before. I kept thinking something was going to go horribly wrong. Then, my morning started out very emotional with a special moment with my dad. He gave me a book that he had written a sweet note in for my wedding day. At this point I had nothing but tears and a puffy red face. So now on to hair and makeup, which took a bit longer than I had planned for. However, it was just as I had imagined myself to look on my special day. The bridesmaids and I were supposed to be at the UT Gardens for pictures, and the groomsmen were going downtown. However, the weather decided to take another turn for us. We had to go with a rush plan for indoor pictures, and I’m so thankful that my photographers took charge here. I was an emotional wreck about the weather, but with one little call to my soon-to-be husband and a talk with my mother, I calmed down. I remember he said, “All that matters is we’re going to be married at 5:30.” The ceremony was beautiful at the church, and we were so happy to be husband and wife.
As luck would have it, in the process of decorating our car, the groomsmen took our keys with them to the reception. So, the bride and groom had no ride to their own reception. It’s funny looking back on this now, but at the time I was extremely stressed. We had to catch a ride with our photographers to World’s Fair Park. After this little bump, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the night. I had a great time getting my dad out on the floor for a silly father/daughter dance, and Tim really enjoyed the special moment he shared with his mother for their dance. He said it was like no one was in the room with them. Those are the special moments we will always remember, and of course celebrating the night with our family and friends.
What about the details?
I wanted a very classic wedding. I didn’t want it in a country setting or themed pattern. I wanted neutral elegant colors, rose petals, water, and candle light. Tim wanted a celebration to party with our friends and family in honor of our marriage. So, we merged both visions together to form our special day. The Pink Bride, Hobby lobby, Pinterest, and Ebay were my main “go-to’s” to bring this celebration to life. The more work Tim and I could put in, the more money we could save for the Honeymoon. So we painted, sanded, cut, tied ribbons, and much more to decorate for the wedding. However, we couldn’t have done any of this without the help of our family and friends.
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
We wanted to spend around $15,000 for a little over 200 guests. One of our major savers was buying our own table cloths and selling them back. I have my mother to thank for this. Renting them just didn’t make sense when we could buy them for a dollar more. We also saved by borrowing lanterns from our family and friends for the reception decors. My talented and creative mother made all of the boutonnieres as well. We splurged on the food, but I knew with so many guests it would be expensive. My dress was a little more than what I had planned for as well. I had envisioned creating a dress from pieces of my mom’s and sister’s wedding dresses, but that didn’t work out as planned. So, instead I wore my mother’s dress to the rehearsal thanks to a redesign from Tricia’s by Design.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Be sure to make it your own! Don’t listen to the opinions of others if it’s not what you want to hear. It’s your day, so make it something that you will look back and remember as wonderful! Try not to stress in the planning! The most important thing is the marriage, not the wedding.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
We are looking forward to the house hunting process, which has already began. We are excited to find something that we can call home in Knoxville. Traveling is also a big part of our lives, so we have a few trips and adventures we want to check off the list in the near future as well. Children are down the line a few years, but we are looking forward to being a family someday as well.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
Nothing has changed much for the two of us, and we hope to keep it that way. We loved the relationship we had before, and we want our marriage to only improve for the better. Our bank accounts have merged, and financial matters will be a “new challenge” for us to decide on together. Other than that, we are happy just being together and experiencing this new chapter in our life.
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Florist: Flowers by Tammy
Music/Entertainment: PatrickMichael Weddings
Photographer: Maganda Moments – Brittany and Conrad Casem
Caterer, Cake: B&G Catering
Invitations & Calligraphy: Vistaprint
Jewelry, Bridal Shop (Gown): Tricia’s by Design
Ceremony Location; Director: Cokesbury United Methodist Church; Ashley Jones
Reception Location: World’s Fair Park Amphitheater
Rentals and Decor: Rothchild Event Rentals
Officiate/ Minister: Mark Beebe
Pianist/Organist: Gail Brown