Katie & Jordan: Fall Wedding at Dara's Garden, Knoxville TN

Wedding colors: 
Gray, Forrest Green, Navy, and Cranberry

Describe your Wedding in 3 words. 
Natural, Woodsy, Chic

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose it? 
Our wedding venue was Dara's Garden, located in South Knoxville. We chose it because it had everything we wanted from a woodsy garden feel to a family owned and cozy atmosphere. My husband grew up in South Knoxville, so it was special to make our covenant to each other at a place right down the road from the house he grew up in. 

What was your favorite wedding detail? 
I loved my bridesmaid dress color scheme. It was so beautiful to have everyone in their own shade and style for their personal style. I seriously let the girls just pick what they felt most confident in. It radiated throughout on the actual wedding day and was gorgeous with the natural background. 

What was your favorite wedding day memory:
The way we did our first look. I can't explain that moment, but the pictures tell it all. I have never felt something so special. I was actually against first looks, but looking back I am SO glad we did one. It was my favorite part of the wedding day. It totally calmed my nerves. 

Describe some personal touches:
I wore the ring on my right hand that my mother gave to me on my 21st birthday. I plan to pass it down to my own daughter someday. My step dad and I did a choreographed father daughter dance that got everyone laughing. It was a blast. Lastly, I could not make up my mind whether to wear my hair up or down.... so I did both. I loved that aspect of changing looks before the reception. Jordan went from his hair being down to putting it up for the reception- so we kind of switched. That was fun haha! It honestly overall was a day I wish I could relive over and over. I was truly in the moment and so full of peace. 10.22.2016 will forever make my heart smile. It's the day I became Katie Cormack and the day of a new chapter with my favorite person in the universe. 

Describe your experience with Abigail Malone as your wedding photographer. 
Three words come to mind with describing Abigail Malone: Timeless, Talented, and Tremendous. I feel beyond blessed to have had the privilege to her as my wedding photographer. My husband, Jordan, and I used Abby for our engagement session, my bridal portraits, our actual wedding day from start to finish, and more. She went above and beyond with amazing timeliness to her work, unique detailing, and professional equipment. There is something to be said for a photographer who makes you feel like she isn’t even there, leaving the intimate moments organic yet instructing you to get the best shots. She is truly one of the easiest people to connect with and has one of the most kind spirits I have ever met. I consider her a dear friend now, and can’t wait for the many more seasons of our life she will photograph.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Abigail Malone

Wedding Dress/Bridesmaid Dresses: While Lace & Promises

Jewlery: Kendra Scott

Hair & Makeup: Hannah Denton

Flowers: Elder Floral Design

Rentals: Sisters Vintage Rentals

Food: Rothchilds

Venue: Dara's Garden

Film Scans: Photovision

Lydia & Jonathan: Knoxville Wedding Photography

Wedding colors:
Blush and Navy

Describe your Wedding in 3 words:
Romantic, Traditional, Couple-Focused

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose it:
We chose Englewood First Baptist Church, because we wanted to have a wedding where we could focus on the fact that we were making a covenant before God and our friends and family, so a church was a perfect location, and since my dad is the pastor of Englewood First Baptist and I've gone there for the past 10 years, it seemed like the perfect spot!

What was your favorite wedding detail:
It's probably the flower petals by flower girl dropped. The petals themselves were dried petals from flowers my husband had purchased for me throughout the time we were dating. Each time he brought me flowers, I would save a bunch of petals. Even before we were engaged, I just knew I was going to marry him, so I saved all the petals just for the wedding. 

What was your favorite wedding day memory:
Basically the whole day is a favorite memory, but if I had to choose... I would be torn between our first look and a moment Jonathan and I had together right before the reception. The first look was absolutely unforgettable and one of my all-time favorite moments. It was special and beautiful, and I wouldn't change it for anything. My other favorite moment was after the ceremony. We had just finished taking pictures after the ceremony, and my contact was messed up, so I went to go fix it, and Jonathan came, too. We had a couple of quiet moments together to just be happy and excited and say "We're finally married!" It was a perfect little time for just the two of us to kind of absorb the fact that we really had just gotten married.

Describe some personal touches:
We tried to keep all of the wedding details focused on us and things we loved. I already mentioned one: the flower petals the flower girl tossed. Jonathan's ring is engraved with the Bible verse he used to propose to me (1 John 3:18). Because his last name is Ruth, I also had a calligrapher design a verse from Ruth that could be on our gift table. We had our wedding favors and our napkins personalized with our names, the date, and our wedding colors. We did the napkins in navy, because I thought it added a nice splash of color to the tables and balanced out all of the pink and ivory. Our "guest book" was actually a giant letter "R" that we had everyone sign, instead of a traditional book, so that we could display it somewhere. We actually have it hanging up in our bedroom now! My dad surprised me with a tie that was pictures of me wearing my mom's wedding veil when I was a little girl. 

Describe your experience with Abigail Malone as your wedding photographer:
Abby was absolutely phenomenal. She is incredibly professional, and she knows exactly what she is doing. I wish she could photograph my whole life! The pictures are absolutely stunning from all of the times I worked with her (engagement, bridal, wedding). I can't wait to find a reason to hire her again. She's great to work with, and she has a deep knowledge of photography. I love her style, and I absolutely loved how she so perfectly captured all of the joy and emotions at the wedding. All of the pictures are so full of light and life. She kept us on schedule while still managing to capture all of the special moments in detail.

Vendor Credits:

Wedding Dress/Bridesmaid Dresses: While Lace & Promises

Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse

Hair: Claudia Nicole Hair

Makeup: Stunning by Rachel

Photography: Abigail Malone

Flowers: Lisa Foster Floral Design

Food: Goodness to Go

Groom's Cake: Ham 'N Goodys

Wedding Cake: Barbara Tenney (family friend)

Pipe & Drape: Anderson Rental

Venue: Englewood First Baptist Church

Film Scans: Photovision