Says Sarah, “We wanted a traditional wedding ceremony and chose First Baptist Church Kingston because it is the church we grew up in and where we met in middle school. It just made sense to get married where it all began! Club Grande in the community of Grande Vista Bay in Rockwood, Tenn., is where we had the reception. It was a great venue with both indoor and outdoor gathering areas surrounded by the beautiful natural scenery of east Tennessee.
My garter was made by my mother out of lace from her wedding gown. Lace from her gown was also used to wrap around my bouquet. For my ‘something blue,’ I used a beautiful blue brooch that belonged to my great grandmother. It was mixed in with my bouquet.
I found my dress first thing in the wedding planning process and I wasn’t even planning on it happening. My parents had taken me to go look at a potential venue and on the way home my dad just spontaneously pulled into David’s Bridal. We were simply just glancing around, getting ideas just for fun. Of course, I ended up trying some on and I ended up falling in love with the second one I put on! I continued trying others on, but I just kept thinking about that second one. When I put it back on and the veil and accessories were added, I got this overwhelming feeling of ‘wow I’m actually getting married!’ My mother and I both started crying and that’s how I knew it was the dress!
One of my favorite moments was before the ceremony, Robert and I stood on either side of a door, and held hands around the corner without seeing each other. Then both of our parents gathered around us as our pastor prayed over us. It was such a tender moment that I’ll always cherish.
Sarah & Robert’s Love Story | We originally met at church when we were in middle school. Even though we probably saw each other every Sunday, there wasn’t much conversation or interest going on at that age. It wasn’t until we were 16 that Robert took an interest in me. Out of no where, he invited me to go to the movies with him and some friends later that week. Leading up to the day, the friends’ plans just so happened to change, and it ended up being just the two of us going on our first date. The next day, he asked me to be his girlfriend. We were high school sweethearts who didn’t go to the same school so we still only saw each other on weekends because we were so busy during the week. Summer times out on the lake were great times spent falling in love! Then college came around and we ended up having a long distance relationship for the next four years, only seeing each other maybe once a month. By the time we both graduated, we were tired of not being together, so it was time to get married and live in the same city!
Sarah’s advice: Keep a wedding journal. It’s something that you can quickly jot ideas down in, or make to-do lists and guest lists. It’s nice to have one central location where all wedding things are located. I kept it in my purse during the 6 month wedding planning process so it was always on hand! I even put pictures in there to document things like his proposal. It’s a nice keepsake that you can look back on as well!