A Tennessee Church Wedding

A beautiful and timeless wedding day for Catherine and Sean in their family hometown church. Keeping it classic and memorable with family connections was important to them, and they brought their day together with a focus on what matters the most – loving each other and communication!

from the planner: “After being delayed several times from COVID, the ceremony was held at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. The reception was held after at Johnson City Country Club. Catherine, the bride, wanted a very classic and traditional look for her wedding. Having her heart set on a calla lily and lily the valley bouquet her dreams slowly started falling into place. From the crisp gold and white wedding invitations to her satin strapless wedding gown everything turned out timeless.”

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

I started a new job out of college in the heating and air industry. Definitely didn’t see myself in a male dominated world! He owns his own mechanical company and we met through work one day! The first day we met he told one of my co-workers “that girl is going to be my wife one day” and it happened! He jumped around month to month trying to get my number and would visit everyday just to see me!

Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!

I always told my husband that I wanted a boxwood champagne wall for our wedding and he was determined that I would not be able to find one better than the one he could build himself. He worked for months building me my dream champagne wall and it ended up being more perfect than I could’ve imagined! It was that much more special that he took the time to do that for me for our special day.

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.

We got engaged May 2019 and wanted a long engagement. But that long engagement turned into covid 19 long and some other family emergencies that had to be resolved to make our day perfect! Though it was hectic changing things a few times, all of our vendors were wonderful and made it easy changing dates. Everyone had to form to a new normal during covid and change was one of them!

Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?

We got married in my hometown of Johnson City, TN where all my family still lives. Married in my family home church and the reception was at a country club that my dad was the golf professional at for 25 years.

A few special items I wore were given to me from my mother. I wore her veil and her aquamarine ring. Both pieces made my whole bridal look com together! My husband wore handmade Irish cufflinks from his dad that represented his families Irish roots.

Another special moment I will always remember is having my dad and step dad both walk me down the aisle. It was unique and special that will always be special to me.

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?

Having all of our family in friends in 1 setting is something we will probably never have again. It was truly magical having everyone there we love and who love us. The day was filled with joy, love and happiness!

Sean and I also didn’t do a first look, so our first time seeing each other that day will always be an important moment in my memory. Everything in that moment took my breath away!

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?

Sean encourages me to grow and change. I am always one that is hesitant about growth but he reassures me that everything will be alright and I trust in him!

Sean says the best thing he has learned from me is patience. Before me he was always in a hurry and wanted things done quick but has had to learn patience with me by his side!

What is your favorite thing about each other?

We both love that we can communicate so well together. Communication comes easy with us. We are truly best friends who enjoy doing everything together.

Another thing we both love about each other is how close we are with our families. Family is the greatest gift in the world.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?

My fondest memory was wedding dress shopping in Charleston, SC with my mom and sister. We had the best girls day and went to so many beautiful boutique. We ended our day with champagne and went through all the dresses to choose my best! It was the perfect day.

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

Word of advice: marry your best friend!

Wedding advice would be to take your time and do the research. Be specific in what you imagine your day being like and don’t settle for anything less than what you have your mind set on!

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?

You aren’t fully living until you’ve fallen in love. You become a better version of yourself when you given love to another. It is life changing and the greatest feeling that can be felt!

Photographer: Tara Hodges
Venue: Johnson City Country Club
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Stacia Powers Events
Floral Designer: Rainbow’s End Floral
Dress Boutique: Magnolia Bride of Charleston
Dress Designer: Magnolia Bride of Charleston – Part of her collection called “Kate”
Cake Designer: Embree House Wedding Cakes
Makeup Artist: Shamail Mckenzie
Hair Stylist: Shamail Mckenzie
Mens Formalwear: Jcrew
Rentals: Celebrate Wedding Rentals
Stationery: Cardinal & Straw Fine Paper
Accessories / Decor: Shoes & Clutch: Loeffler Randall
Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints
Additional Hair & Makeup for Bridesmaids: Grace Owens
Band: The Queens Court Party Band  

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