Renee & Ryan ~ Hot Air Balloon Themed Wedding Reception at Hunter Valley Farm ~ Knoxville Wedding Photographer

 Renee & Ryan said, “I do,” on April 12th with a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville after what felt like a looooong engagement.

“We took our time and dated for almost 5 years before we got engaged…we decided to have an 18 month engagement. At the time I thought that seemed like forever but now I am glad we did it that way.”  ~Renee

Ryan popped the question with a romantic hot air balloon ride over Las Vegas.  With that sweet memory in mind, the reception pavilion was decorated in a hot air balloon theme including centerpieces and personalized glasses as guest favors.  Even the cake pops looked like balloons!  The green, yellow and gray color scheme was perfect for their spring wedding.

Renee filled me in on all her wonderful vendors to share with you all!

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Florist:  Nancy at Hunter Valley Farm and Melissa Timm Designs.  “I was very pleased with Nancy. Melissa Timm did my bouquet.”

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Wedding Dress:  “Monica’s in Chattanooga and Sandra G did the alterations.”

Bridesmaid dresses:  “Alfred Angelo.  I had a good experience working with them.”

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Tuxedoes:  “The guys tux were from Savii I liked them too!”

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Hair Stylist / Salon: Kat and Patricia at Pure Luxe Spa. “Kat did mine.”

Makeup Artist:  “Jeanie Weaver and Matthew Keener.  Matthew is a make up artist from New York.”

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Coordinator / Planner:  Nancy at Hunter Valley Farm

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Cake and cookies: Publix.   “The cake pops were done by Party Pops.  Loved working with both and the cake pops were amazing!!!”

Guest favors:  Personalized glasses DiscountMugs.com.  China dessert plates: “Myself, my mom and friends collected them over the past year…the guests got to take home with them.”

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Caterer:  “Luxe Catering.  The food was amazing and working with Bettina was a great experience I will use her again and have already recommended her to my friends! She decorated the buffet table and I think it was perfect.”

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DJ:  George with Sound Ignition.  “He did a great job and everything we asked and was able to make adjustments at the last minute.”

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What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

“The first look and I recommend doing this, it helps with nerves and gives you a special moment. Ryan and I almost kissed but stopped ourselves and did a high five ;)”

What was your favorite and least favorite parts of planning your wedding?

“My favorite was spending time with family. I wish the reception latest longer. Also the Chinese lanterns were a nice surprise. And in my case, I enjoyed looking for the plates we used. I liked looking at all the pretty plates and finding great deals on them. We found them at yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores. Least favorite planning part was the guest list. We have large families and a large group of friends. We had to make every difficult decisions on who we couldn’t invite… We just wanted everyone we know there!”

Where was your budget best spent?

“The caterer and photography.  These were 2 important parts to us and we feel we got high quality at a lower cost and are so very pleased with both. Also my sister created the invitations and we bought quality paper and had the image sent to Image Matters to have them print and cut the paper. We saved a ton of money and they looked great.”

Any advice for future brides?

“Don’t stress. Ryan and I allowed enough time to plan our wedding and I enjoyed doing every bit of it. I took my time and did what I wanted and it turned out just as we planned. I just wished I had more hours in the day for the wedding day!”

Shanell
Shanell
Knoxville, TN based wedding, portrait and boudoir photographer.

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