It’s football time in Tennessee! Being based out of Knoxville, we see an abundance of orange and white this time of year. Who are we kidding? All year. And we also have a lot of Vol lovers out there who are our brides and grooms like this GBO themed wedding and these two UT cheerleaders who showed their skills on the dance floor.

But today, we’re celebrating Nikki and Nate’s completely unique UT tailgate wedding! Carrie Jo from Texture Photo who shot this wedding said, “Shoo Mercy! This wedding was unlike any other. Drew at AOPR & Erik Ainge both had an idea to give away a free wedding…so they did. And Nikki & Nate won! It was quite a feat for so many to help make happen, but it all came together quite beautifully! They laughed their way through all kinds of unexpected things, including the band playing Rocky Top during their vows!!! So many folks in Circle Park watched as they vowed to grow old together. And then they partied, right there in the middle of Circle Park with their friends!”

To see this wedding in all of its glory keep scrolling for stunning photos and more details from the bride! 

Fall Themed Orange Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

How did you meet?

“Online, modern day romance.”

Bride & Groom Forehead at Fall Themed Orange Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What is your favorite quality in your husband/wife?

“Loyalty.”

Who said “I love you” first?

“Nathan.”

When did you know you were falling in love?

“When he started cooking for me, spoiled yes I know!”

Groom in Blue Suit with Orange Tie at Fall Themed Orange Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Favorite aspect of your wedding?

“The selfless work every person involved put in to make our day perfect, every aspect from beginning to end! The best part by far was marrying my best friend!”

Engagement Ring with Fall Flowers | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Black & White Wedding Invitation | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride Getting Ready for Wedding Fall | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Bride in Lace Fitted Wedding Dress | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
White Minimalistic Wedding Heels | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Wedding Pearls | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Did you do a first look? 

“We chose not to do the first look. He didn’t want to see me in my dress…However pictures take quite some time so if you don’t mind, I would certainly go for the first look!”

Did you have any specific design inspiration for your big day?

“Romantic/classic with rich fall colors.”

Fall Themed Orange Wedding Bouquet at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding Table at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Was there a part of your wedding that held a personal significance to you or your spouse?

“Family and friends surrounding us, and Rocky Top playing by the band during our vows..” 

Ring Bearers with Suitcases & Sunglasses | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What was the hardest part of wedding planning?

“Not knowing the time of ceremony! We didn’t know our time until a week prior to wedding! Parking was a bit difficult for our guests being at Circle Park. In the end, none of that mattered!” 

Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Kids Playing Cornhole at Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Did you have a signature cocktail? What was it?

“Sweet red and white wine & a keg for the gentlemen.” 

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

“‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls. It’s such a beautiful song that we both love.”

First Dance under Tent with Orange Cocktails at Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Tell us about your grand exit! 

“Our friends and family held sparklers for our grand exit.”  

Sparkler Wedding Exit | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What do you look forward to most as newlyweds?

“Getting to know one another better, growing together & hopefully making positive role models for our children!” 

Couple Laughing at Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?

“Everyone has always said… things change when you get married… Things always change, its part of evolving.. The love has to grow & it’s hard work!”

Groom Lifting Bride at Fall Themed Wedding at UT Tailgate | photo by Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

Congratulations again Nikki & Nate!! 

Credits:

Location: Circle Park

Photographer: Texture Photo

Wedding Planner: Amanda Ainge

Rentals & Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals

Cake: B & G All Occasion Catering

Catering: Calhoun’s & Copper Cellar Catering

Flowers: Samuel Franklin Floral & Home

Invitations: Image Matters

Bridal Shop: The Gilded Gown

Wedding Gown Designer: Lillian West

Attendants’ Attire: David’s Bridal

Tuxedos/Suits: Prestige Tuxedo

DJ: Ogle Entertainment

Hair & Makeup: WOLF + LAMB Hair Lounge

Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown and Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff 

Wedding Bands: Kimball’s Jewelers

Bride’s Pearls: Rick Terry Jewelers 

Special Parking Spot: Terry Turner (at AOPR) for giving up his parking spot for the couple!