Lynsee Qualls & Charles Manning
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Charles and I met while playing rugby in high school. It seems to be an unlikely place, but we hit it off from the start. We had a long engagement. After dating for two and a half years, he proposed at Disney World, in front of the castle. I felt like a rugby princess and still do. We were engaged for two and a half years before tying the knot as a request from our parents.
The wedding day was a whirlwind. After preparing for years, it was a rush. I frosted my own wedding cake before getting ready, so the entire day I smelled like butter cream. My niece, Caris, was our flower girl. She was amazing. As we were getting ready, we danced in the mirror, which is one of my favorite memories. That and seeing him for the first time. The aisle was so long, and I felt like I was never going to get to him, but my parents and I did reach him, and the butterflies went away. I wore a necklace that my grandmother had made for me and presented it to me before I put on my dress. The photos are atrocious because I was wearing flannel, but she had made it from one of her rings. I wear it all the time.
Something unique I did for our wedding was that I made the cake. It was a mess, and I wouldn’t recommend it. We also played corn hole and other yard games and ate popcorn and watermelon before dinner. There is a wonderful shot of a groomsman and me squaring off against each other. If we could have added something to our wedding, we would have gotten someone to video the ceremony.
My advice to all future brides would be don’t stress; what’s important is that you’re married at the end of the day.
Photographer: Sheila Hannus Photography
Wedding Planner: Brittney Sloan
Ceremony & Reception Location: Black Fox Farms
Rentals and Decor: Bradley Rentals
Officiant/ Minister: Mike Puckett