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Alicia Sullivan & Patrick Aldred

06.08.13

Featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine

 

Patrick and I got engaged June 8th and decided to get married June 8th (Mainly because it would be very easy to remember), so I had a whole year of wedding planning. I started off by buying probably 1,000 wedding magazines and reading through them page by page. The first decision I made was the bridal party and then the colors of the wedding. Wedding planning became a bit difficult because I realized I was the one who had to make all the decisions. My mother passed away a couple years ago, and it was difficult without her here to help. This kind of stuff was right up her alley. I decided I would just have to stay organized and really commit myself to every detail (something I am usually not good at). I planned everything from the florist, caterer, getaway car, limo, hotel, and other vendors, and I realized one thing looking back: I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. It really was the perfect day that I planned.

I just want to relive our wedding day all over again. We had the best time! It’s not every day you get all your closest family and friends in one room. I, of course, cried at the vows. Right when I had to talk, the tears just started falling. I did manage to pull myself together. That is, until the speeches that were given by my sisters. They were so sweet and heartfelt, and it was nice to hear!

Something unique that we did at our wedding was that we had thank you cards at each place setting just telling our guests how much we appreciated them coming, and that, in lieu of favors, a donation had been made to the Susan G. Komen foundation. My mother passed away from breast cancer a couple years ago, so this was really special to me. Also, I had a little pendant with her picture in it hanging from my bouquet, so it was like she was also walking me down the aisle.

My advice to other brides is to truly live in every moment. Even the moments that are stressful, you’ll appreciate later. On your wedding day, know that it will fly by, and you won’t want it to end. Talk and say hello to everyone, but at the end of the day, just make sure you have fun with your new husband.

 

Ceremony & Reception Location: The Reserve at Bluebird Hill

Photographer: Alex Bee Photography

Event Planner: Alicia Paige McKinnon

Florist: Flowers by Tammy

Caterer & Cake: Abner’s Attic

Bridal Shop: Low’s Bridal

Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Transportation: Timeless Transportation

Music/Entertainment: Ogle Entertainment

Rentals and Decor: Luma Designs

Hair: Dana Lobetti (The Color Bar)

Officiant/Minister: Rebekah Fetzer

Rentals: Restoration Rentals

Makeup: Southern Sirens