Knoxville Botanical Garden Wedding

The couple: Elinor & Shaddi met during high school in Knoxville, TN and have been together since. They love birdwatching and climbing and have made San Francisco, California their home. They wanted to get married in Knoxville and chose a Fall wedding at the Botanical Garden. I loved hanging out with them for their engagement session in San Francisco earlier in the year. Definitely take a look at those photos out on the blog, such an incredible day. I always appreciate the opportunity to spend time with my couples before their wedding and hope those experiences make photography on the wedding day effortless.

The details: The floral design by Colby West Design made a huge impression on me. I absolutely fell in love with Elinor’s bouquet which featured radishes and okra. The reception tables were lined with gourds, fruits, feathers and vegetables and the chuppah with persimmons was incredibly special. The couple worked with Marvyl from Team Wedding to bring their cool wedding vision to life. The reception tables were identified with significant numbers like 865 for the Knoxville area code. The favors for guests were lavender sachets from their CSA farm box provider Eatwell Farm. Guests signed in by pinning their home and suggested travel destinations on a map. A friend created a home brew in honor of the wedding day featuring the Knoxville Sunsphere on the label. A home grown 20lb squash on the gift table, a favorite poem displayed at the reception, Elinor’s camp counselors wearing camp head scarves for the celebration- so many cool details throughout the day!

The ceremony: Elinor & Shaddi signed a nikah and ketubah in the gardens before their ceremony and have a unique marriage license as they were born in Israel and Palestine. Guests from all over the world witnessed the ceremony uniting two different lives, families, and faith backgrounds. The ceremony took place outdoors in the garden with a view of the Smoky Mountains before a huge party with dinner, dancing and cookie cake! A huge thank you and congratulations to Shaddi & Elinor. I loved being a part of this wedding day! 

The wedding pros: Team Wedding, Ogle Entertainment/Special Notes Entertainment, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rosa’s Catering, All Occasions Party Rentals, Colby West Design, Southern Sirens , Two Arrow Cinema


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