Romance meets elegant garden party meets one big party of a reception –– that’s exactly what this Knoxville wedding was all about. And obsessed is definitely an understatement for how we feel about Leah & Stephon’s big day! With the venue as Castleton Farms and a dream team of some of Knoxville’s best wedding pros, you’re going to flip over it, too! Check it all out below with some insight from Leah! 

Romantic & Elegant Garden Wedding | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

How did you meet?

“Stephon and I met at a mutual friend’s wedding in Cincinnati. The moment I saw my future husband to be, I basically had my eye on him the entire night. Lucky for me, Stephon got a nice little push from his boys to keep his eye on me as well. Contrary to popular belief, I tried to play my crush on Stephon cool, but everyone attending the wedding knew otherwise! After a lot of playing hard to get on Stephon’s end, we were introduced and spent the night talking and dancing. The rest is history!”

Bride & Groom Wrapped in Veil | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

When did you know you were falling in love?

“We both knew pretty quickly that we had met “the one.” We were long distance at the beginning of our relationship, so we had to be very intentional with one another. It was crazy, but after Stephon visited me the first time I knew I would love him.”

Bride & Groom Kiss in Vineyard | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What is your favorite quality in your husband?

“My favorite quality about my husband is his confidence. Stephon is very secure and knows what he wants. Our goals have always aligned because he has been straight up about what he wants from me, from himself and from us.”

Groomsmen in Navy Suits | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Groom in Navy Suit & Brown Dress Shoes | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?

“The theme of our wedding was romantic & elegant garden wedding. I loved so many different qualities from different weddings that it was hard for me to refine the theme. I really wanted the ceremony and dinner portion to be beautifully detailed and the reception to be one big party.”

Elegant Wedding Invitations  | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bridesmaids in Floral Robes | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Mermaid Style Lace Wedding Dress | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
White Louboutin Wedding Heels | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride Wiping Tear Reading Note from Groom | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Long Pink Bridesmaids Dresses | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Mermaid Style Lace Wedding Dress with Long Veil | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride Crying with Father of the Bride | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What traditions did you incorporate? 

“We included a Ketubah in our ceremony. A Ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract that is written on a beautiful piece of artwork. It was the centerpiece of our ceremony and it was so beautiful.”

Wooden chuppah with white drapery & flowers and ornate ketubah | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Pink roses & white hydrates on chuppah | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Father of the bride walking down the aisle | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride's Look at Groom During Ceremony | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
First Kiss as Mr. & Mrs. at Romantic & Elegant Garden Wedding | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Romantic & Elegant Garden Wedding | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Long Pink Bridesmaids Dresses & Navy Suits for Groomsmen | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What was the most memorable moment?

“The most memorable moment of our wedding was dinner. Stephon and I decided to not eat dinner with our guests, and instead pick a sweet spot secluded from everyone to have our first meal as husband and wife. We did not do a first look, so that really was the only alone time we got and it was very romantic. I would suggest every couple do it!”

Private dinner for bride & groom | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Prayer during private dinner for bride & groom | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Chalkboard wedding sign | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Romantic & Elegant Garden Wedding decor | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Romantic & Elegant Garden Wedding Decor | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Greenery Table Runner with Eucalyptus | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Semi-Naked Wedding Cake with Mini Bundt Cakes for Dessert | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Father Daughter Dance with Bruce Pearl | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?

“Our first dance was to ‘Adorn’ by Miguel. Stephon and I bonded over old school R&B when we met because it was our genre by choice. We both knew every word to every song so when picking our first dance, we wanted to stay true to that. We also wanted a song that everyone could groove to that would get the party started.” 

First Dance to R&B | photo by Leah Bullard Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

We wish you the best, Leah & Stephon!


Featured in the Summer/Fall 2019 Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride Magazine

Credits:

Location, Rehearsal Dinner, & Planning · Castleton Farms

Photographer · Leah Bullard Photography

Cake · Cakery Bakery

Catering · All Occasion Catering

Florist · Samuel Franklin’s Floral & Home

Bridal Shop · Bridals by Lori

Wedding Gown Designer · Rivini

Tuxedos/Suits · Prestige Tuxedo

Videographer · Milestone Pictures

DJ · DJ Q-Tip

Rentals & Decor · All Occasions Party Rental

Hair & Makeup · Bangs and Blush