There is not one thing that we do not absolutely adore about this downtown elopement of Lissa & Bud! From the rich, vibrant colors captured perfectly by Texture Photo to their oh so sweet story that rivals even the best rom-coms, you will be filled with inspiration from first glance! Start scrolling to see all of the wonderful details and behind-the-scenes comments from Lissa!
How did you meet?
“Bud and I met on the club soccer field as young teens in 1984 (!) in Richmond, Virginia. We became instant friends. Ironically, it was the only year when Bud wasn’t playing on his high school varsity team so we pretty much think destiny intervened – we just didn’t realize the significance of that moment, and how all the dots would connect until many moons later.
When I moved to North Carolina during my junior year of high school, we continued to stayed in touch by phone or road trips. Once we entered college, we would visit each other at our respective universities. Nearing graduation, our lives took on new directions….
Bud married, began his career as a mastered architect, and eventually moved to Toronto. I made my way over to the West Coast where I worked in global marketing, and married too. Despite the great distances and decades of time, we never lost touch with one another.
In 2015, we found ourselves both single after our former marriages ended. It was then we decided to give romance a whirl! And, we are so incredibly blessed that we did. In 2018, we eloped in Knoxville, Tennessee with my twelve-year-old son by our side. Never having been to this lovely city, we chose the historic Old Knox County Courthouse as it was the only courthouse we found nearby our home in Charlotte, North Carolina that allows two people to make an appointment to marry by a justice of the peace without witnesses, and without waiting periods. No muss. No fuss.”
What traditions did you incorporate?
“Both sets of our parents eloped in the 1960s. Given we were remarrying, we decided to eschew the traditional and go with what worked for our parents, keeping our elopement very personal, private and secret until we announced it to family and friends.”
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
“Given our longtime friendship, we really wanted our big day to feel modernly nostalgic. My biggest inspiration for planning our elopement came from a tiny heart-shaped music box that played ‘Memmories’ (typo by the manufacturer) that Bud gave me when I moved from Richmond to North Carolina when I was sixteen years old. Incredibly meaningful – and standing the test of time – I never lost sight of it, even though I moved dozens of times around the United States and traveled the world over the next thirty years.
Design-wise, the antique palette of this heart-shaped music box felt like coming home. You can see these soft vintage-inspired tones expressed throughout our attire and décor. Every detail felt very harmonious, and was intentional.
From the Old Knox County Courthouse to the historic Oliver Hotel where we stayed to the Phoenix Drug Store where we stopped for old-fashioned sodas to streets of Market Square for our balloon processional to the Oliver Royale where we dined, our big day was perfectly on-theme, filled with modern day nostalgia, timeless beauty and pure joy.”
What inspired your attire?
“Our attire was definitely thought through and coordinated down to the tiniest details for an integrated color harmony, and a nod to our Southern roots. From my antique gold beaded pale blush dress from Anthropologie to the braided leathers in my heels to the collective hues in my handmade keepsake dried protea flower bouquet to Bud’s handmade feather boutonniere with antique gold arrow pin, Ted Baker London tie and Shinola watch (my wedding gift to him) to Charlie’s superman bow tie and linen garb, our elopement attire was carefully coordinated to reflect our vintage-modern vibe, and personalities.”
What was the most memorable moment?
“Standing on the courthouse steps with Bud and Charlie completed my heart knowing that we are a happy modern family, and finally together for life. Also, releasing some of and handing out the remaining of our balloons to the little children in the park was spontaneous, precious and fun!”
We wish you the happiest life together, Lissa & Bud!
Featured in the Winter/Spring 2019 Tennessee Weddings by The Pink Bride Magazine
Ceremony Location · Old Knox County Courthouse
Reception Location, Cake, & Dinner · Oliver Royale
Photographer · Texture Photo
Wedding Planner · Lissa Lowe
Flowers · Corvidae Curiosity
Feather Boutonniere · Luxe and Luster
Invitations Company · ChickadeeDixie
Bridal Shop · Anthropologie
Shoes · Farylrobin
Attendant’s Attire · Lissa’s son, Charlie, wore Gap linen shirt + shorts with J Crew grosgrain belt + Superman bowtie.
Groom’s Attire · Bud wore J Crew jeans, dress shirt, “Ludlow” shirt vest; Ted Baker London tie; vintage-inspired wingtip boots; Shinola watch.
Day of Mani-Pedi · Salon Barnes & Barnes
Accommodations · The Oliver Hotel
Balloon Processional · Volunteer Balloons & Lola’s Confetti Shop
Rings · Stacked wedding rings were designed by Anne Sportun in Toronto, Ontario. The band and solitaire were made from heirloom stones. Bud’s titanium ring came from Walmart