Whitney & Brandon ~ Chateau Selah Wedding ~ Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Whitney Jennings & Brandon Hill married at Chateau Selah, Blountville, TN. © Bledsoe Photography Knoxville Wedding Photographer

“Is that your natural hair color?”

Typically that question would be met with a sour face from a female, but it actually brought these two together forever.  After a proposal at Folly Beach, SC, Whitney and Brandon started planning their crafty wedding at Chateau Selah in Blountville, TN.  It was a sweltering day with temperatures around 100 degrees, but the view and the home is breathtaking–worth every drop of sweat!

Whitney’s addiction to all things Pinterest was evident in the decor.  Burlap, fabric flowers, firefly jars, glowsticks…even a lemonade stand custom built by her dad to keep guests cool as they arrived.

LeaAnn Belter wedding dress, embroidered wedding date in blue, wedding dress hanger. Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography Knoxville

The Dress:  Designer, Lea Ann Belter from Wedding Wonderland in Knoxville, TN.Badgley Mischka wedding shoes at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvillePink and white rose bouquet, burlap wrap at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFlorist:  Misty’s Florist & Greenhouse, Bristol, TN

“We worked with Jannie. She did a great job and she was so easy to work with.”  

Tease perfume, bridal panties at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleSong of Solomon with wedding bands at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride dressing for wedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleHair:  Rene Huffaker with Styles Etc., Knoxville, TN

Makeup:  Ashley Arnold, Hunter Leedy (sisters of the bride) and Leigh Edmonds

Bride laughing, ready for wedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBridal portrait at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleSleeping flower girl and dress hanging from chandelier at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFlower girl’s dresses:  Janie & JackCoral short bridesmaid dresses by Jenny Yoo at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBridesmaid dresses:  Jenny YooGroomsmen dressing at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleTux/Suits:  JC Penney, Nautica, Macys
Groom's Batman cufflinks at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFirst sight for bride and groom on staircase at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFirst sight for bride and groom on staircase at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleEmbroidered handkerchief for father of the bride at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFather reading handkerchief from bride at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFather and daughter hugging at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleVenue:  Chateau Selah

“The view from the venue was breathtaking! The venue itself was gorgeous and to top it off…the bride and groom get to spend their first night as a married couple in the house!”

Jenga pieces, thumbprint tree for wedding guests, lemonade stand and burlap ring bearer pillow at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride coming down the aisle at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBridesmaids pink, white and aqua bouquets at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFather kissing bride at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding ceremony at the arbor at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding portrait on staircase at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride and groom portrait at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride and groom on bed at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding portrait at sunset at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBridesmaids in Jenny Yoo with LeaAnn Belter bride at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride and bridesmaids at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography Knoxvillepink rose boutinneire and rose bridesmaid bouquet at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleGroomsmen with pocket watch gifts at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleGroom's monogrammed pocket watch at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleReception tent at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleReception table overlooking the mountains at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography Knoxvillepinterest wedding decorations, burlap, lollipops, glowsticks, wedding favors at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleFirefly jars, wedding coloring books at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleReception tent at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleWedding cake by The Cake Gallery and first dance at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleCake:  Hannah Meade, The Cake Gallery.

“Our cake was perfect for our theme. Hannah is the owner and a friend of ours. She is an amazing artist and she couldn’t have designed a better cake.”

Father-daughter dance at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride and guests on the dance floor at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride dancing at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleBride tossing bouquet at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography KnoxvilleSparklers for wedding exit at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography Knoxville

Sparkler wedding exit at Chateau Selah © Bledsoe Photography Knoxville

Other Vendors:

Pre-ceremony music:  Miss Tess 

DJ for reception:  Marques Puckett

Coordinator/Planner:  Suzanne Bawgus 

Caterer:  Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College

Your favorite and least favorite part of planning?

“Well what I originally thought was going to be my favorite thing, actually turned into the worst in all this wedding planning madness! PINTEREST! Let’s just say I was addicted at first and wanted to try and make every single pin on my wedding board come true. Needless to say, creating all of the details continued for several months leading up to the night before the wedding!”

“My favorite part of planning the wedding was getting to spend the extra time with my mom, sisters, and friends. They played a huge part in helping me create a beautiful wedding and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Brandon: “Dancing all night long!  We had a blast with everyone on the dance floor and it is definitely where we spent the majority of the night!” 
Whitney:  “Watching Brandon’s face as I walked down the aisle while knowing that I was about to become his wife.”

What you would change, if anything?

“I wouldn’t change a thing! Our ceremony and reception took place outdoors and I know it was extremely hot but God is good and He was in control. With the month of July breaking a record for the most rain in TN ever, I will take 100 degree weather any day!”

Where was your budget was best spent?

“My DRESS and the venue!”

Any advice for future brides?

“If I could offer any advice at all it would be to take in every single moment that you can on your wedding day. It is your fairytale and it will go by in the blink of an eye. So on your big day, the one you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl playing Cinderella… stop, breathe, and be the princess. Don’t worry about centerpieces or linens or the color of the flowers. If something doesn’t go as planned, IT’S OK and at the end of the day you will still become Mr. & Mrs. And in the end, that’s all that matters.”

Whitney would like to add:  

“Our wonderful family and friends played a huge role in making my wedding day come together and I wish that I could name them all but there are honestly too many to mention. They gave blood, sweat, and tears that day in not to mention the 100 degree weather to make my wedding day beautiful and I could never repay them for all their hard work. So…to all of our family and friends who helped make our wedding day more than we ever imagined, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly blessed!”

Thanks, Whitney & Brandon!!

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

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