Ashley Burnett & Brian Bledsoe
Cover Contest Finalist!
Featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Wedding Day: Brian and I decided to see each other before the wedding. That was such a beautiful moment. I thought I was walking too fast. He said I took forever. There were photographers and videographers around us, but when he turned around there was no one but the two of us. I tried, but failed in my attempt not to cry. Seeing each other on our wedding day was one of the happiest moments of our lives.
Brian and I also asked the Waldorf team to quickly create a ‘same day edit’ video for us to show our guests at the reception. Steve was able to edit footage all the way up to our vows and put this in a 3-minute video. It was truly incredible! Everyone loved the video when we played it at the reception, and it was one of our favorite parts of the day!
Wedding Planning: Brian and I were engaged for 7 months. We really did not experience any problems during the planning process as things just fell into place. It was a lot of hard work, don’t get us wrong. We were busy for the 7 months, but we didn’t need any additional time. We wanted to marry each other, and there was no venue or project that was more important than saying ‘I do’ as soon as we could.
While planning our wedding, we splurged when it came to photography and videography. We decided those were important enough that we wanted the best, so we had Perry, Christy, and Steve from Waldorf Photographic Art lead the team in capturing our wedding day. We had roughly 175 family and friends share in our day. We wanted a beautiful and relaxed wedding where we and our guests would have fun. Rustic suited our personalities and theme. We were married at my home church, and Buck Creek Ranch in Crossville gave us the perfect place to have our beautiful rustic barn reception. We had plenty of room for our guests and all the fun extras we wanted. Our colors were navy with aqua accent…two colors that were not so ‘girly,’ but I managed to throw in pink as much as I could!
An extra item we added to the rustic feel of the night were lights called Fairy Berries. These marble-sized balls individually light up in soft twinkles. They looked like lightning bugs! We used them in the centerpieces and they made the barn feel even more magical. I give Brian the praise for making our wedding memorable to all the children that were there. Brian suggested a bounce house to keep the kids entertained. A bounce house at a wedding! Awesome! That was a huge hit with the kids and adults.
Photographer: Perry Smyre/Waldorf Photographic Art
Caterer: Forte’s on the Square
Cake: BJ’s Cake and Confections & Mary Elizabeth Edmonds
Bridal Shop: Brides by Demetrios
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Attire: BCBG
Ceremony Location: Homesteads Baptist Church
Reception Location: Buck Creek Ranch
Videographer: Waldorf Photographic Art – Waldorf Cinema
Music/Entertainment: Kimz Entertainment
Officiant/Minister: Rev. Drew Shelley