Vintage chic wedding at The Lily Barn, photographed by Bob Franklin | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com Vintage chic wedding at The Lily Barn, photographed by Bob Franklin | The Pink Bride www.thepinkbride.com

Maggie Goodwin & Matthew Fillmore

05.26.12

Featured in the Winter 2013 Issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine

 

Love story: Matthew and I started dating when we were sophomores in high school. He went to Vanderbilt, and I went to the University of Tennessee for college, so we began dating long distance. We dated on and off throughout college, but I always knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my live with Matthew. After he graduated, he was commissioned as an Officer in the Navy and immediately went on deployment. He came home that year right after Christmas, and we started talking about our long-term plans together. We went home to his sister and friend’s wedding at the end of September, 2011. The day after, I was sitting in my parent’s yard on a swing when he pulled up and sat beside me. He told me how much he loved me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.

 

The Big Day: Our wedding day seemed to be the hottest day of the year. It was close to 100 degrees outside! The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Our wedding theme was a vintage/military wedding since Matthew serves in the Navy. I trusted my mother and her friends to decorate and do all the finishing touches. My mother just let me enjoy the day! When my dad walked me down the aisle, I was overcome with tears of joy. It was just beautiful. Luckily, the yellow lilies had just started blooming, and the walkway was lined with them. The gazebo was covered with ivy, baby’s breath, and a chandelier. My bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets were of pink and cream roses, yellow spray roses, and white and pink peonies. The yellow lilies on the walkway made the yellow in the bouquets just pop out! The wedding was followed with cocktails at the cantilever barn, the tables were decorated with hydrangeas, and our guests were able to stroll through the beautiful gardens at The Lily Barn. We had a vintage chest set up with our families’ wedding pictures, pictures of us dating in high school and college, and my bridesmaids and me growing up together. It was such a nice touch! We also had an area set up for our guests to give us marriage advice, and we used a vintage trunk for our gift table, which was adorned with my grandfather’s World War II Navy hat and my mother’s wedding veil. To top off the display, we had our engagement pictures strung on the trunk lid.

 

The reception was under thousands of lights in the pavilion! It started with our entrance. The groomsmen lined up in two columns with raised swords to form an arch. Every time we came forward, they lowered the swords and exclaimed, “The price for passage is a kiss!” We were able to get through, and Matthew’s best man tapped me on the behind with his sword and exclaimed, “Welcome to the Navy!” The tables were decorated by my mother and friends and family. They used vintage lanterns, birdcages, pearls, antique doilies, and each table was covered in lace. A lot of the vintage pieces belong to our families.

 

Ceremony & Reception Venue & Florist: The Lily Barn

Photographer: Bob Franklin Films

Catering: Miss Lily’s Cafe and Catering

Bride’s Dress and Head Piece: David’s Bridal

Groom’s attire: US Navy Dinner Dress Blues

Invitations and Programs: Image Matters

Decorations: Vintage Inspirations “a vintage rental company”

Ceremony Music: Blake Wrinn and Premier DJ Services DJ. Joey G

Officiant Reverend Brad Stapleton