{Real Wedding: Mark + Marti} || The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com || Images courtesy of Waldorf Photographic Art. || #knoxville #tennessee #wedding #realwedding {Real Wedding: Mark + Marti} || The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com || Images courtesy of Waldorf Photographic Art. || #knoxville #tennessee #wedding #realwedding


Marti Rose & Mark Merrell


Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine


For our wedding, we knew we wanted the reception to be on our farm in Dandridge. While I was busy planning, Mark was busy working on remodeling our old farmhouse for our wedding day. Despite all of his hard work, we were in need of a lot of help the week before our wedding. I still get emotional remembering how our families and very dear friends all came to our rescue – it was truly an amazing event.

Our wedding ceremony was a celebration of our faith, family, and happiness. We were married by my cousin, Pastor Mark McGill, in a beautifully written ceremony at the historic Hebron Presbyterian Church with Mark’s two sons by our sides. All of our immediate family played a role in our wedding, and we were surrounded by extended family and close friends. We even had a canine wedding crasher at the ceremony that our photographer caught hiding in the pews!

Since the reception was at our home, we wanted our guests to feel “at home,” and our wedding vendors did an amazing job to create a beautiful yet relaxing atmosphere filled with hospitality for our 150 guests. Lisa Foster Floral Design took my color palette of champagne, mahogany, and warm caramel with splashes of antique pink, and created the springtime in the fall that I wanted.

Copper Cellar Catering (which was appropriate because our first date was at Copper Cellar) prepared and served a delicious country-style buffet. We wore aprons monogrammed “Mr.” and “Mrs.” as we personally served our mouth-watering cake with lemon buttercream icing and raspberry filling prepared by Sweet Beginnings on my own collection of vintage china plates. Our tables were named in honor of our parents and grandparents, using old family pictures, and were decorated with burlap squares, mason jars filled with Queen Anne’s Lace and Alstroemeria. The pictures turned into a great conversation piece for our guests and were a way to have our grandparents, who are no longer with us, be a part of our day.

A unique touch to our wedding would be the story behind my father driving me to the church in his 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible that he bought when I was a little girl. Our family considers the Lincoln to be good luck for the bride it carries on her wedding day since every bride who has ridden in it for over a quarter of a century is still married. So, on my wedding day, I was finally the lucky bride in the Lincoln!

Our wedding day turned out to be even more beautiful than I imagined it to be, thanks to all of our wedding professionals. All of our treasured moments were captured by Waldorf Photographic Art in vivid images illustrating a storybook formatted album. Our artistically crafted album personally tells our love story. Cover to cover, it is full of all the people we love and the details of our magical day. Now that our day is over, I have my album to reminisce about the day I never want to forget.


Photographer: Waldorf Photographic Art

Florist: Lisa Foster Floral Design

Caterer: Copper Cellar Catering

Cake: Sweet Beginnings by Elaine

Jewelry: Lamon Jewelers

Bridal Shop: Alfred Angelo

Ceremony Location: Hebron Presbyterian Church

Reception Location: The Merrell Farm

Music/Entertainment:  Greg Lundy

Rentals and Decor: Campbell Tent & Party Rentals

Hair & Make-up: Salon Bling

Pastor: Pastor Mark A. McGill

Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Belle La Vie Events