When Dave and I were searching for our wedding venue, one of the first places we looked was The Sutherland. At the time, they pointed out the space where their new pavilion was going to be built, and it is so fun to now see this complete (and totally beautiful) space at Elizabeth and Matt’s wedding! It was the perfect place for these high school sweethearts to celebrate their marriage, surrounded by their loving family and friends. Our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Twenty-One Films, did a wonderful job capturing this sweet, Southern, summer day!
Matt and I met in high school physics class when he was a junior and I was a senior. We were assigned to be lab partners on the first day of class, and although he was much quieter than me at the time, he caught my attention when on the second day of class, he asked me, “How was ballet?” I had mentioned going to class only once the day before, but it was that little statement that showed me how well he listened and cared. We started dating soon after. The next year, I went to Appalachian while he finished up senior year, and I was so thrilled when he joined me at school for the next three years. Right before I graduated, he took me on an adventure date to the Biltmore. It was the perfect place to get engaged after 4 1/2 years together. We were married a year and a half later on July 12, 2014.
When I think of Southern traditions, I first think of hospitality. I wanted our guests to not only be able to celebrate with us, but also to experience meaningful fellowship with everyone else. Sutherland was the perfect backdrop and atmosphere for this, with their beautiful grounds, timeless charm, and impeccable staff. Since we both went to Appalachian, including some rustic elements was important to us. And of course, no Southern wedding is without lace, bow ties, monograms, and sweet tea, which we had plenty of.
Photography: Lauren Mann Photography / Videography: Twenty-One Films / Ceremony Venue: Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: The Sutherland / Bridal Salon: Lana Addison Bridal / Invitations: Opus-1 Invitations / Rentals: CE Rental / Cake: Ashley Cakes / Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings / Catering: Rocky Top Hospitality / DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company / Flowers: Brides and Bouquets / Makeup Artist: Perfection by Patricia
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