Bettina Wabby & David Hamblin
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Every moment of our wedding day was absolute perfection! It was full of love, friendships, and family. Being in the wedding business myself (I own a catering business, bakery, and vintage rental company), most people that know me thought I would have tons of ideas for my own wedding. Believe it or not, I really had no clue! I knew I wanted a winter/holiday themed wedding. There is just something that is in the air around the end of the year that makes people so happy. David and I have spent the past eight years together, and the thought of starting a brand new chapter of our lives and beginning a brand new year as a married couple felt very romantic. Once we set the date and selected The Knoxville Museum of Art, things just started to come together.
Our first decision was to hire Tara of DixiePixel. I have always admired her work. She seems to have such a beautiful ability to capture the spirit of the couples she shoots. I knew that our photos would be our own and not just another posed bride and groom. She did so many special things for us to ensure that we had all the pictures we had wanted, including a freezing-cold shoot late night to capture that snowy, sweet kiss!
For us, the ceremony was a moment in time where we were able to honor our love for one another and celebrate our relationship with all the people who have loved and supported us throughout our lives. It was important for us to create an atmosphere in which our guests felt welcomed and special. For the ceremony, we decided we wanted our guests to sit all around us, so we stood in the center of the room.
We filled the room with touches of wood, using branches from trees we collected from our neighborhood and blue uplighting to create a wintery space. In the reception hall, I stuck with white… White tablecloths, white flowers, white table numbers, menus, etc. We accented everything with pops of metals… Gold, silver, and sparkles to create a festive spirit.
I only have one regret in the wedding planning process… Not having a videographer. It was something I did not think I needed or even wanted. As a bride, there is a whole portion of the ceremony that you are not a part of… you are the LAST to enter! I wish I could see David, his guys… the ring bearer as they entered the room… Hear the band playing those carefully chosen songs again… We have amazing pictures, but I would go back in time and hire someone to video the ceremony if I could.
My father gifted us with an incredible honeymoon to Napa, CA. It was the perfect place to go! We stayed at an amazing bed and breakfast and spa, took wine tours, ate amazing foods, and just relaxed. It is a special place that we hope to return to throughout our lives.
Photographer: Dixie Pixel
Wedding Planner: Alexa Stephenson, Events with Alexa
Florist: Whimsical Gatherings
Caterer: Northshore Brasserie
Cake: The Perfect Ending
Invitations & Calligraphy: Fourth Year
Jewelry: Camilla Gough
Bridal Shop: Wedding Wonderland
Formalwear: American Clothing
Bridal Party Attire: ASOS
Ceremony & Reception Location: Knoxville Museum of Art
Rentals and Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Hair: Chop Shop
Lighting Designer: Illumiknox
Hair Piece: White Orchid Bridal