Venues

RT Lodge

September 26, 2016

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 

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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!

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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.

Credits

  • Natalie Watson Photography

Elegant Wedding at The Westin Georgetown

September 21, 2016

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!

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Event Planning + Design : A. Dominick Events | Florist: Petal’s Edge Floral Design | Reception + Ceremony Location: The Westin Georgetown D.C. | Rentals: D.C. Rental | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Nikki Branzelle of Rachel Joyce Organic Salon | Invitations + Day-Of Paper: Minted |Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Washington Talent Agency + Spectrum | Florals + Inspiration Behind the Big Day: Soft and elegant; arrangements of blush and white flowers with some succulents sprinkled throughout

Credits

  • Cassidy DuHon
    DuHon Photography

Rehearsal Dinner at the Top of the Hay Adams

September 14, 2016

The groom’s mother threw a spectacular rehearsal dinner at the Top of the Hay Adams for the wedding party, family, and friends. “We had many wedding guests from out of town and wanted to provide them with a quintessential Washington, D.C. experience and we choose the Top of the Hay because of it’s one-of-a-kind view of the White House. We saw the president land in Marine One during cocktail hour. During dinner we watched as the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same sex marriage earlier that day. It was truly surreal.”

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Credits

  • Lisa Blume Photography
    Photographer

Grandeur Wedding at the W Hotel Washington

September 7, 2016

It is not hard to believe that this beauty pageant contestant planned her own grandeur and glamorous wedding at the W Hotel Washington last fall. Both the ceremony and the reception were self-designed by the bride with help from a family friend who is a floral designer. The day was adorned in blush and gold elegance with white and pink roses and hydrangeas. Photographer Carl Elixir shared some of the couple’s favorite moments: “We took the couples out on the street of DC for a few last shots, and the street lights of DC just became the most beautiful backdrop for us. Pedestrians saying congratulations to the couple, cars passing and honking; this all made the couple so happy at the end of the long day.”

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Photobooth: Guest House Events | Drapes: Quest Drape | Lighting: PSAV | Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair & Makeup: Thoa Nguyen of The Golden Hairpin and Tuyet Nhi Le | Invitations + Day-Of Paper: Wedding Paper Divas | Entertainment: DJ KNOM | Videographer: Danyar Studios 

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Credits

  • Carl Elixir Photography
    Photographer

Sweet Caroline + Ryan! – Classic Washington, DC Wedding

July 20, 2016

No better way than to start wedding Wednesday…this gorgeous classic wedding is just perfect and we love hearing about it directly from the bride…

Both of us knew right away that most importantly we wanted all our friends and family dancing all night. To do this we knew we needed to hire an amazing band and jump start the night early with something that would get everyone on their feet. After thinking for a while we decided that we would swap the father/daughter dance with the mother/son dance because Caroline and her Dad were planning on kicking into ‘Sweet Caroline’ half way through their song. Sweet Caroline is something Caroline and her Dad dance to at any family event where there is dancing and it is also the famous 7th inning stretch for the Boston Red Sox which is the home team for Ryan’s entire side of the guest list. That choice got everyone excited and onto the dance floor, where they stayed for the entire night! Success!

Favorite Details: After Ryan found the church, St. Joseph’s on Capitol Hill, we had the idea of mimicking the starry ceiling from St. Joseph’s and projecting a starry night sky onto the ceiling at the Mellon.  We thought a starry night would really capture what that time of year is about! Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Florals and Inspiration Behind the Big Day: Design wise we thought for a long time about what is a signature September look? Since early September still feels very much like summer we knew we wanted the wedding aesthetic to be classic and clean with a lot of creams, whites and crisp greens.

Aimee and Cindy from A. Dominick Events helped us form this ‘crisp and clean’ vision even further into the design for the floral, linens, place settings and more! Throughout the process they really understood what we had in mind and what we were trying to build.

When we stepped into the reception space we were blown away with how everything we wanted was translated perfectly at the Mellon.

Our September Starry Night was everything we wanted and more!

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

Wedding of Caroline Joyce and Ryan George at St. Joseph's and the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC Saturday, September 12, 2015. (© 2015 Michael Connor / Connor Studios)

 

Event Planner: A. Dominick Events | Florist: Edge Floral Event Designers | Reception Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington DC |  Catering: Occasions Caterers | Ceremony Location: St. Joseph’s on Capital Hill Roman Catholic Church | Rentals: DC Rental & Fabrication Events & Perfect Settings | Lighting Company: Frost Lighting | Photographer: Connor Studios Michael Connor  | Cake + Desserts: Fluffy Thoughts Cakes | Hair + Makeup: Hair: Bridal Hair By Remona and Makeup: Kim Reyes | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Cheree Berry Paper | Entertainment Company: Andy Kushner Entertainment Sound Connection Band

Credits

  • Connor Studios
    Michael Connor

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