Alexanderia Honeycutt & John Saltsman Jr.
Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Chip and Alexanderia Saltsman’s story begins with a mutual friend who tried to connect them while she was in town. Even though the friend was unable to connect with Alexanderia that day, as fate would have it, the future husband and wife couple ran into each other that very night. Fast-forward to over a year later, and Chip proposed on Halloween of 2012 – Alexanderia’s favorite holiday. He invited all members of both families for the big event. A few days before, he and his nieces carved “Will You Marry Me?” into a pumpkin. When Alexanderia walked onto the porch, he was there with all of her family in the front yard. She was shocked, and when she turned around, he was on one knee. And yes, she was in full Halloween mode – wearing a witch’s outfit from head to toe. They dated for over a year, so the couple was engaged for only four months.
Since the wedding was small, and all about them, they were both very involved with the wedding planning. The flowers? Chip didn’t care about those at all. The altar area? He had a vision of many different candles in all different sizes. Since that was something that was important to him, he took the lead, which also helped clear Alexanderia’s plate. He was also very helpful in picking out the couple’s song list, as well as his song to walk out to. Most grooms don’t have “their” song, but he had his.
For the couple, the best part of the day was their “family only” ceremony – although they both missed some of their closest friends, it truly had the “just for us” feeling they were hoping for.
Laughter was a big part of their day, but once they hit the dance floor for their first song, set to “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Jefferson Starship, they really couldn’t contain the laughter. One of the most memorable moments for Mr. and Mrs. Saltsman was their “motorcade” to downtown to take pictures. Downtown Nashville can be jammed packed with tourists at times, and their big day was one of those times. They had lots of onlookers and amateur paparazzi snapping pictures with phones, wondering just who the heck they were to stop traffic on Broadway to pose for a few pictures.
The couple’s advice for others? “Make it all about you and your spouse. It is easy to get caught up in the perfect Vogue wedding. In our opinion, there is no right or wrong way to do your wedding, just ‘your’ way. Spend time discussing the things that you both want in a wedding. Ask each other that one cool question, ‘If you could have anything at your wedding what would it be?’ It might be a helicopter to take you off instead of a car, or having your dog walk down the aisle, or wear boots. Whatever it might be, try to incorporate yourself into every aspect of your wedding.”
Photographer: Bledsoe Photography
Wedding Planner: Peter Henley-Gould
Florist: Emma’s Florist
Cake: Whole Foods
Invitation: Paper Source
Calligraphy: Nicole Maholic
Bridal Shop: Village Bridal
Formalwear: J. Michales Clothiers
Ceremony Location: Scarritt Bennett Center
Reception Location: Hutton Hotel
Transportation: Matchless Limo
Videographer: Audio Video Art
Music/Entertainment: Wedding Musicians Company
Officiant/ Minister: Father Joe McMahon