Daniella and Chad celebrated their love and the start of their new family right in the heart of D.C. Surrounded by loved ones, they said their I do’s at the gorgeous National City Christian Church. The ceremony let out at just the right time for that dreamy evening light glow and all the guests were off to celebrate at the Lincoln Restaurant! This sweet ceremony takes it back to the basics and show us what love really is, Daniella and Chad, we wish you the best as newlyweds and new parents!
This Spring, a gorgeous invitation came in the mail inviting us to experience a little hidden gem in Knoxville. It was the most relaxing and magical 4 days. A place where nature, tranquility and quality come to the surface, RT Lodge.
“The Lodge is truly a gem, because it is exclusively yours for the weekend of your celebration, from Friday through Sunday. Imagine one location for guest accommodations, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid’s brunch, a special ceremony, and exquisite reception. Welcoming guests in for a full weekend experience.
60 guest rooms, an array of dining rooms, elegant common areas, outdoor leisure space, a range of ceremony and reception options, including a spectacular custom-built Sperry Tent, is truly a dream location!
Not only was RT Lodge gorgeous, but the culinary experience was unlike any other. Chef said, “every aspect of your meal is important to us.” At RT Lodge they make home-made bread, pickles, mayonnaise, pimento cheese, just to name a few!
Images from our welcome dinner at RT Lodge FAM trip, 2016
Concealed in a forest on an historic college campus, but just minutes from a regional airport, metropolitan Knoxville, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
RT Lodge is an ideal destination for your wedding
The fabulous hosts and wedding specialists!
How it started…
The History of RT Lodge begins in 1932 with the arrival of Susan Wiley Walker to Maryville from her native Pennsylvania. Mrs. Walker relocated to Tennessee to be near her sister, who was married to the Maryville College Chaplain. After seeing her sister’s home located in the woods adjacent to the college, Mrs. Walker decided she wanted her own residence in set amongst the trees as well.
She persuaded the administration to allow her to build on the property, as long as she willed the home to the college upon her death. She named her 26-room home Morningside.
Mrs. Walker found the quiet surrounds of her new home the perfect location for her naturalist lifestyle, and the residence and gardens stand today as a testament to her love for natural beauty and gracious hospitality.
Life at Morningside agreed favorably with Mrs. Walker who lived late into her 98th year. Upon her passing the house was donated to Maryville College and for years served as the residence for the college president. In later years, the property was leased and operated as a restaurant and special event destination named Morningside Inn.
In 1997, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. acquired Morningside and developed the property as a corporate retreat, restoring the grounds and residence to its present grandeur and adding two additional buildings for guest accommodations. Today, RT Lodge is still surrounded by the natural setting where Mrs. Walker made her home. The 100 acres of Maryville College woods offers guests at the lodge a secluded and pastoral experience with walking trails, streams and meadows just steps from the front door.
Millennials always seem to have a shortcut for something, from abbreviations to apps…they never seem to be lacking ideas on how-to make this thing we call life, a little easier. We’ve rounded up the Top 6 Millennial Wedding Trends in 2016 that seem to be taking outdated traditions from prescribed, to alive…
1. Weddings Get TechieFrom wedding hashtags to behind-the-scenes Snap stories, nothing is off limits for the generation that shares their every move on social media. But, the impact of new tech doesn’t stop there. Now couples can create a socially sharable interactive hologram with the bride and groom. #TheFutureIsHere
2 . Registries RevampedWeddings aren’t the only thing that are changing thanks to the wants and needs of millennials. For example, more and more couples are living together before marriage, so registry site, Blueprint Registry, now lets couples shop for gifts based on the layout of their home (why didn’t I think of that?!). Millennials are taking advantage of features like their experience and cash registry as well. After all, millennials tend to be more focused on collecting life experiences, not things (think trips, concerts, etc.). So, say “goodbye” to registering for fine china and “hello” to that trip to China you always wanted to take! Plus, features like “group gifting” make it easier for friends to go in on a bigger ticket item together.
3. A Unique Guest Experience Beats TraditionMillennials are steering away from traditions of generations past and instead, focused on introducing wedding elements that have never been seen (or done) before. Throw out the idea of a bouquet toss and cut out the cutting of the wedding cake, because this year it’s out with the predictable and in with the unique.
4. Share & Share alike. Now, when it comes to bachelor and bachelorette parties, anything goes. From a road trip to an overnight stay on a boat… the more unique, the better. But what’s really changing the way millennials celebrate is the sharing economy. Now, millennials can rent a car from RelayRides, hit the water on a luxury yacht with Boatbound, or stay in a castle on Airbnb.
5. Casual Rehearsal Dinners (Leave the formality at church) Millennials are ditching tablecloth dinners and three course dinners for a more laid-back start to their wedding celebration. Whether that means having a frose bar (yes, that’s short for frozen rose and yes, that’s actually a thing) instead of the usual tableside wine service or ditching long-winded speeches for an open mic night (warning: this can get dangerous after one two many trips to the frose bar) it’s all about keeping things fun and casual. This means the rehearsal dinner isn’t just for restaurants anymore! With food trucks and ice cream carts becoming the new norm, celebrate anywhere from a beach to the pool to a ski slope (and let the food come to you).
6. Honeymooning after (I mean, way after) the wedding More and more millennials are opting for destination weddings and with that, comes the feeling your honeymoon actually starts as soon as your wedding festivities do! So, instead rushing off to vacay in (another) tropical locale… couples are holding on the honeymoon anywhere from six months to a couple of years to relive the romance long after the walk down the aisle is complete. Bonus: they are also booking with experiential travel companies like Natural Retreats, that have local teams on the ground to recommend restaurants, activities and more based on their specific wants and needs. After all millennials know what they want out of life!
The story behind this soft and elegant wedding is the reason we keep falling in love with weddings. The bride and groom, both avid travelers, met in the Netherlands and lived there for the first five years of their relationship. Needless to say, incorporating an international theme throughout the reception gave the wedding a very personal touch. Their passion for traveling is something that connected them since the very beginning. Reception tables were named after cities the couple had visited and the food and cocktails were also inspired by this– Dutch Bitterballen were passed around during cocktail hour as hors d’oeuvres.
“Our wedding was special for so many reasons. Our wedding was the first time we had both of our families and our closest friends from around the world together in one room. After we exchanged our vows, we took a moment to look around the room at all of the people that had traveled near and far to celebrate with us on our day, it was just an unbelievable feeling. If I had to choose just one moment, I’d have to say it was the father-daughter dance. My dad has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and up until that day, we weren’t sure whether he was going to be able to attend, walk me down the aisle, and much less participate in a father-daughter dance. When the moment came, my dad didn’t want to get on the dance floor, the crowd was overwhelming and he wouldn’t budge. After a few moments, I walked down to where he was sitting and we did the dance right there. He slowly swayed back and forth as I sang to him and held his hand. It’s a moment I will remember for the rest of my life”.
When asked to describe the wedding in one word the bride said “love” and we couldn’t agree more!