Downtown knoxville Wedding Venue, Erin Morrison Photography
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Friday, March 2, 2018

Classic Wedding at The Southern Railway by Erin Morrison Photography

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As Caroline entered her freshman year at Milligan College, she already had one guy on her mind. During the previous summer, her friend had spoken to her about a guy named Logan that would be perfect for her. After arriving that August, Caroline knew she would one day marry him. She soon made the first move and the rest was history!

                  When Logan proposed to Caroline, he incorporated their history at Milligan College into the proposal. When they returned to Caroline’s dorm after dinner, she could see it was decorated with beautiful lights in the shape of a heart. Logan dropped down on one knee and asked the question of a lifetime. After Caroline said yes, Logan revealed that all of the couple’s family was there to celebrate with them.

                  Caroline knew that she wanted the wedding to be very classic and traditional with a modern twist. They chose deep, rich colors which elegantly complemented the intricate stained glass and dark wood of their church, and looked beautiful in their wedding photographs. In addition, Caroline’s maid of honor handmade wooden signs to decorate the wedding sites.

One of the most special aspects of the wedding was Caroline’s bouquet. As she walked down the aisle, she carried a greenery-filled bouquet with hints of white flowers. The arrangement added a touch of simplicity to her gorgeous, beaded gown. Wrapped around the bouquet was a piece of her mother’s wedding gown. Caroline also chose to have her rosary draped over her hands and bouquet while walking down the aisle, so she could feel closer to God and her family during the process.

                  The reception took place at the Southern Railway in downtown Knoxville. Keeping with the classic and elegant feel of the wedding, the Southern Railway is a unique site that also has some modern elements and features outdoor space as well. The couple wanted to create an atmosphere that was fun and energetic for their guests. One of their favorite things about the reception was their wedding cake. Magpies Bakery knocked the cake out of the park and served a simple, delicious treat.

Caroline shared that her advice to couples planning their own weddings is to not sweat the small stuff—guests only remember the time that they had, so make sure to enjoy it! It is apparent that Caroline and Logan’s guests will long remember the amazing experience they had at their wedding.


How did you meet?

Logan and I met at Milligan College. He was a Junior and I was an incoming freshman. The summer before my freshman year, a friend of mine said that there was this guy named Logan who was so my type. I told her I didn't want a boyfriend because I had just gotten out of a relationship. Until...I stalked him on Facebook and decided I was going to marry that fella (he just didn't know it yet). So, I arrived at Milligan that August with a HUGE crush on him. He was super shy and I knew he was not going to make the first move. One day, while at a volleyball tournament with mutual friends, he got up to go to the bathroom and left his keys. I slipped his room key off the keychain and put it in my pocket so he would have to contact me to get it back. The rest is history!



What is your proposal story?

Logan and I met at Milligan College. It was sort of our "safe haven" and happy place. Our lives collided there at the perfect time, and it was such a special college experience. I always told Logan two things about our engagement. I DO NOT want to be engaged before I graduate and I DO NOT want people around during the proposal (cameras, family, friends, etc.) What did Logan do? Both of those things! We got engaged on my birthday and our family and friends were all there... and it turned out to be the BEST THING. He picked me up for my birthday dinner at my dorm. I had just gotten out of softball practice, there was snow on the ground, and I was NOT in the mood to dress up and look nice. My roommate curled my hair and I threw on a dress, a sweater, and OPEN TOED heels, and out we went. As he drove me back to my dorm, we parked far away and I was freezing due to my poor outfit choice. As I approached my dorm, I see these lights come on in the grass area in the shape of a heart. I turned around and Logan kind of nodded his head like, 'This is for you.' We stood out in the freezing snow (because I couldn't stop crying happy tears) until finally Logan told me to turn around and see all of our family waiting for us! It was magical and so special to have them all there at the place that meant so much to us.



Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

I knew that I wanted it to be very classic and traditional with a little twist of modern. The colors I chose were very deep and rich, and I knew they would look just as good in photos as they did in person, which was really important to me. I see so many beautiful colors in weddings and then see the photos, and they don't do them justice because they are too light or too pastel, so I wanted something bold that would match the vibe of my church. My church is very dark-wooded, strong, and intricate, so I really tried to keep that in mind as I picked my colors. I had originally wanted the reception to be outside, but we kept being drawn to downtown. Logan and I were pretty much instantly sold on the Southern Railway as soon as we walked in! It gave us the classic and elegant feel we wanted while having unique characteristics like the train and the patio outside!



What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

The most important things to Logan and I were definitely photography (the wonderful Erin Morrison!) and people having a blast! We decided to skip out on Save the Dates because people always trash them, and that's what an invitation is for anyway! We also decided to skip out on party favors because they always end up in a drawer or the trash! Logan and I splurged on alcohol because it gives people (like me) more confidence to dance and keeps the party going!



What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)

One of my favorite parts of the day was after the bridal party arrived at the reception venue. We had finished up our photos outside while the guests were mingling inside waiting for the bridal party to be introduced. We had about 30 minutes of free time and all hung out in this little room eating cheese, drinking, listening to music, and having a blast. It was so memorable and authentic. It gave us time to sit back and enjoy the whirlwind of the day and really soak it in. And what's better than a small room filled with 15 of your favorite people on the planet and cheese?  My other favorite part of the day was getting ready with my girlfriends. We stayed in an AirBnB in downtown Knoxville close to the church and reception venue. We woke up to the most beautiful crisp day and had coffee and ate breakfast and laughed and relaxed before the day began.



Tell us about your wedding flowers.

I chose a lot of greenery for our wedding flowers. The colors of the wedding were so deep and strong that I wanted to bring freshness and earthiness to the look. I had gone back and forth between wanting a lot of color in my bouquet or keeping it white and green and I am so happy with my choice to keep it simple without color. My dress was very busy, so keeping it simple kept all eyes on the dress while adding a touch of green elegance to the look.



Tell us about your wedding cake.

We chose Magpies Bakery for our cake. They are a super awesome local bakery that was close to the church and reception venue, and I knew they would knock it out of the park. We chose to keep it simple with lots of greenery as well. The cake was only enough to feed the wedding party and our families. We served Magpies sheet cakes for the rest of the guests that were cut and ready to serve in the kitchen. Our cake was simple and elegant and delicious!!



Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.

My Super Woman of a Maid of Honor made several of the wooden signs for our wedding. She is so talented and it was so much more special than buying them. I loved having her personal artistic touch in some of our decor.



Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

I really wanted to incorporate a piece of my mom's wedding dress into mine, but due to the tulle and material of the dress, it would have been a risk. So, we decided to wrap my bouquet with a piece of her dress instead. I also had my rosary draped over my hands and bouquet as I walked down the aisle. This was really special to me because it represented God and my family as I walked down the aisle to make the biggest decision of my life.



Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

My advice to other couples would be to really sit down and think about what will matter in the grand scheme of things 20 years down the road. No one is going to remember that you didn't send a Save the Date or have a party favor, but they will remember the time that they had and the atmosphere you created for the night! Don't sweat the small stuff--the day will be perfect no matter what because you are surrounded by the ones you love the most! 


Photography: Erin Morrison Photography

Makeup: Southern Sirens

Groom's Attire: Prestige Tuxedo

Ceremony Venue: Holy Ghost Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Historic Southern Railway Station

Floral: Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio

Stationery: Paper Paraphernalia

Wedding Cake: Magpies Bakery

DJ: Fin Productions

Lighting: PBJ Light & Sound

Hair: Southern Sirens

Day-of Coordination: Dianna Cutting

Catering: All Ways Catering

Wedding Dress: White Lace and Promises

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