Cassidy Lindsay & Travis Carroll
Cover Contest 1st Runner Up!
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
The love story…
Travis and I met many, many years ago via mutual friends. I was very young at the time but still had a huge crush on him since the day I met him. He texted me one night while I was at work several years later and began to tell me that he had been wanting to ask me out for a long time. He then started to give me clues as to who he was. He gave me two clues, and I knew and started to hyperventilate because it was only a dream to ever go on a date with this guy. Our first date was only a few days later, and he picked me up in his little red sports car, and we went to Conner’s Restaurant for dinner and then to see the movie Tristan and Isolde. That was almost eight years ago. One year ago in May, Travis and our family attended my nurse’s pinning ceremony, and we all had lunch afterward. When I had finished unwrapping all my gifts from the family, we started to take some pictures, and Travis said he wanted one of just the two of us. The others walked away, and he told me to turn around and then back around a few seconds later. He was on one knee with a box in his hand with a beautiful ring. He asked me to marry him on May 5, 2012, at the Aubrey’s on Papermill. No one but my dad knew, including his family and friends. We started planning not long after that day, and we were engaged for about one year before the big day, so we had plenty of time to plan.
We were married in the church that Travis’s father was the pastor of years ago, and my mother also grew up at the same church with her family. So, we really knew each other long before we ever actually knew each other.
The wedding day…
Well, the day started out very stressful, but it was all worth it once the time finally came. Because we did most all the set-up on our own, we were a bit crunched for time to get it all done, but it all worked out and turned out perfect. We had some great family and friends there to make sure everything went smoothly so Travis and I could just focus on each other and have a great time, which we did. Travis and his guys played golf the day of while us girls set up and did hair/make-up and all the final touches. Seeing my dad waiting for me at the door to the church and walking down the aisle with him really got me, as did seeing Travis at the front of the church. Our wedding colors were an array of grey, black, white and a touch of pale, pale yellow.
How did your groom help?
Travis helped pick out several things. I told him as long as the colors worked, he could do whatever he wanted with the tuxedos, and he basically picked out the food as well and did a great job.
How were your wedding vendors?
We had fantastic wedding professionals. Our best experience was by far working with our photographer. There were no hiccups along the way, and she made everything so easy. She absolutely did all the work and made the planning and the wedding day that much more smooth. We were so grateful for that experience.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing. If I start thinking that way, it ruins the whole day that I believe turned out beautiful. We are really trying not to compare because everyone’s taste is different, and each wedding is special to that couple no matter what was missing. Regardless of who had the best food, best dress, and so on – that’s not what it’s about in the end.
What advice do you have for future brides?
I would say if people offer to help you, take advantage of that because you cannot do it all on your own, no matter how OCD you try to be. And, while people always say it’s the bride’s day, it really is about the couple as a whole and the families. It’s a celebration of two families becoming one and two lives becoming one, and that should take center stage when planning and on the special day.
Photographer: Leah Bullard Photography
Caterer & Cupcakes: Bradford Catered Events, formerly Abner’s Attic
Invitations & Calligraphy: Vistaprint
Bridal Shop: White Lace & Promises
Formalwear: Meridian Formal Wear
Bridal Party Attire: Wedding Wonderland
Ceremony Location: St. Mark United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Cherokee Mills
Music/Entertainment: DJ Jason Paul
Rentals and Décor: Campbell Tent and Party Rentals
Hair: Maci Mcbride
Officiant/Minister: Reverend David Greybeat