Shelbi + Dominic ~ Pride of the Southland Alumni Wedding at Southern Depot – St. John’s Lutheran

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!

Wedding invitation and programs with wedding rings. Shelbi and Dominic

Programs & Invitations: Graphic Touch

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Essence of Australia wedding dress hangning in stained glass window at St. John's Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN

Wedding dress: Essence of Australia from White Lace & Promises

mother of the bride zipping wedding dress, knoxville photographer

bride, faith, hope, love, joy sign

bride's first look with bridesmaids

Shelbi and Dominic did not have a first look, so Shelbi had one with her bridesmaids instead. Love their faces!

Cute bridesmaid photo and gift to bride

Mother of the bride putting on veil, hugging bride. knoxville wedding photography

Beautiful bride in courtyard at St. John's Lutheran Church, Knoxville, TN.

Bridal portrait in front of red door, st. john's lutheran church, knoxville

Hairstylist: Krissie Barnes, Salon Barnes & Barnes.

Bride with bridesmaids in front of st. john's lutheran church, knoxville, red door

gray bridesmaid dresses, peach and pink bouquets by lisa foster floral design

Florist: Lisa Foster Floral Design

sweet photo of bridesmaids looking at bride.

Bride and bridesmaids in front of red door, st. john's lutheran church, knoxville

pink, peach, peonies bridal bouquet by lisa foster floral design, knoxville

groom portrait, tying tie, navy tuxedo, knoxville wedding

The navy tux is my new fave.

groom with groomsmen, navy tuxedo, superhero socks, knoxville wedding

The guys all wore superhero socks! Tuxedoes: Regal Tuxedo

Groomsmen walking down street in Knoxville at St. John's Lutheran. Navy tuxedo

groom portrait, navy tuxedo, st. john's lutheran church, knoxville wedding

antique pocket watch gift to bride from father

This antique pocket watch was a gift to Shelbi from her dad.

Custom wedding ring box, sanctuary inside St. John's Lutheran church

Peach altar bouquet, stained glass sanctuary inside St. John's Lutheran church

Father walking daughter bride down the aisle at st. john's lutheran church knoxville

Groom's first look at bride

Father kissing bride, giving bride away, knoxville

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happy bride and groom after wedding

My 2nd shooter, Shayna Mitchell grabbed this shot of them leaving the sanctuary–I love the joy on their faces!

bride and groom photos at altar st john's lutheran knoxville

formal bride and groom photos stained glass window st john's lutheran knoxville

bride and groom in front of red door at st john's lutheran church in knoxville

bride and groom veil over face. st. john's lutheran church knoxville

bride and groom in front of tree at st john's lutheran church in knoxville wedding ring close up

bride and groom in front of st john's lutheran church in knoxville wedding ring close up

bride and groom in front of st john's lutheran church in knoxville wedding

bride and groom pinky swear promise ring close up knoxville wedding

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Rentals: Anderson’s Rentals

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Love this guest favor idea of an Alzheimer’s Disease awareness bracelet in honor of Shelbi & Dominic’s grandmothers.selfie photo booth table at wedding reception at the southern depot in knoxville tn

Selfie station!peach ivory table linens and flowers decorations at wedding reception the southern depot knoxville

bride groom enter reception at southern depot

first dance wedding reception at the southern depot knoxville

first dance wedding reception at the southern depot knoxville

father daughter dance at the southern depot wedding reception

wedding reception at The Southern Depot in Knoxville, shanell bledsoe photography

cigar box oliva grooms cake chocolate by magpies in knoxville tn

I honestly did not know this cigar box was a groom’s cake!     Cake Artist: Magpies
classic white wedding cake with monogram by Magpies in Knoxville TN

Ryan Ray Special Notes Entertainment DJ wedding reception southern depot

DJ Ryan Ray of Special Notes Entertainment kept the dance floor pumping all night.
guests dancing at wedding reception at The Southern Depot in Knoxville TN

guests dancing at wedding reception at The Southern Depot in Knoxville TN

Grandparents dancing at wedding reception at The Southern Depot in Knoxville TN

Shelbi’s special first dance for her grandparents. Awwww!Pride of the Southland Band trumpet players Rocky Top at wedding reception

Everybody sing it now! “Good ole Rocky Top, WOO!”epic bouquet toss at wedding reception at the southern depot knoxville

Bride and groom in front of red train car at The Southern Depot in Knoxville, TN

Bride and groom at sunset, sun flare, The Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, TN

Reception exit orange glow sticks and Rocky Top, vintage Bentley from Regal Carriages

Vintage Bentley : Regal CarriagesSilhouette of bride and groom in back seat of vintage Bentley, Regal Carriages, Knoxville TN

Congrats, Mr. & Mrs. Ruffino! Thanks for letting me capture this day for you.

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

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