Jamie Mitchell & TJ Giles
Featured in the Winter 2013 Issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Love story: We have been acquaintances for years and had mutual friends, but we never really knew each other. We were both living in Nashville, and we started talking, but not dating. We kept in contact for months and finally met for a lunch that ended up lasting 4 hours! We have been together since. We dated for about 10 months before he proposed. He says that he had a sweet and romantic plan….but he proposed on a Thursday after work in the living room instead. I thought he was joking. I don’t know if I believe anything about this plan. It was right before Halloween, which is my favorite holiday! We have a great relationship because we do not take ourselves too seriously, and we have the same ideas for our life.
Wedding Planning: We were engaged for 11 months. It took two or three months to settle on a date for the wedding. We are incredibly indecisive. We did not hire a planner, but I did purchase a wedding planning book that guided the timeline and listed everything that is necessary. Hiring a great photographer was the most important thing for me. I wanted to have all the moments captured so we could have them forever. His most important part of the wedding was making sure we were both on time for the wedding events and all of the guests had a great time. I always had an image of my wedding in my mind, and this was not it. I changed everything about what I wanted. We picked the date and just started listing ideas. It just fell together. We tried to be very laid back about the whole process, and it worked.
I left most things up to the experts, and it could not have turned out any better. We wanted a rustic/preppy theme. We decided on navy, green, and burlap to incorporate both of our personalities. I enlisted help from a couple of my aunts to decorate the rehearsal dinner. We did most of the rehearsal dinner decorations with burlap and mason jars. I would have to say a special thank you to Sam Franklin and Sherry for all of their help. I had no clue what I wanted for decorations or flowers, and they assisted me with every decision. I loved everything about the decorations.
Advice: The best advice we can give another couple planning a wedding is to just relax. We did not stress about any aspects…other than being on time, and it was so fun. We opened the bar 30-45 minutes prior to the ceremony and immediately after. People seemed to enjoy the drinks before the ceremony, and we had a large crowd stay for the majority of the reception.
Florist: Samuel Franklin
Photographer: Jennie Andrews Photography
Caterer: Gibson Girls Southern Goodies
Cake: Magpies Bakery
Invitations & Calligraphy: Dandy Lions
Jewelry: TK Wheeler Jewelers
Bridal Shop: Alfred Angelo
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Attire: Ann Taylor
Ceremony & Reception Location: Brownworth Manor
Music/Entertainment: Sound Force Entertainment
Rentals and Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Officiant/Minister: Joseph Key
Bartender: Monica Austin Carroll