When 2 alumni of UT’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band get married, you’re just gonna hear Rocky Top more than once at their reception!
Shelbi, a majorette, & Dominic, a trumpet player, met at band camp during Shelbi’s freshman year and have been inseparable ever since. Their wedding day was filled with perfect weather, laughter, and a more than a few tears (mostly by me when I got bit by her dog first thing that morning. A tetanus shot and a week of antibiotics later, I’m good to go).
The ceremony was held at St. John’s Lutheran and it is an absolutely gorgeous church. Big shout out to Clarke, church man extraordinaire for being awesome! Shelbi & Dominic chose The Southern Depot for their reception venue–also fabulous. It was my first time shooting there and I was so excited about getting photos with the train cars, but unfortunately by the time we arrived there were cars parked in front of all of them (BOO!) so we settled for the back end of the little red caboose!
There were so many highlights at this wedding, but one great moment was when Dominic and a group of his fellow trumpeters played Rocky Top for their reception guests as everyone sang along. Another, Shelbi had her grandparent’s song played so they could have their very own first dance all to themselves.
This will be a long blog with lots of images since it was not only a fantastic wedding, but this family is near and dear to my heart. Here we go!
Programs & Invitations: Graphic Touch
Wedding dress: Essence of Australia from White Lace & Promises
Shelbi and Dominic did not have a first look, so Shelbi had one with her bridesmaids instead. Love their faces!
Hairstylist: Krissie Barnes, Salon Barnes & Barnes.
Florist: Lisa Foster Floral Design
The navy tux is my new fave.
The guys all wore superhero socks! Tuxedoes: Regal Tuxedo
This antique pocket watch was a gift to Shelbi from her dad.
My 2nd shooter, Shayna Mitchell grabbed this shot of them leaving the sanctuary–I love the joy on their faces!
Rentals: Anderson’s Rentals
Love this guest favor idea of an Alzheimer’s Disease awareness bracelet in honor of Shelbi & Dominic’s grandmothers.
I honestly did not know this cigar box was a groom’s cake! Cake Artist: Magpies
DJ Ryan Ray of Special Notes Entertainment kept the dance floor pumping all night.
Shelbi’s special first dance for her grandparents. Awwww!
Everybody sing it now! “Good ole Rocky Top, WOO!”
Vintage Bentley : Regal Carriages
Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Ruffino! Thanks for letting me capture this day for you.
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