This classic Washington, D.C. wedding was an unforgettable and memorable night for the bride and groom. Both the ceremony and the reception took place at Carnegie Institution for Science which gave the wedding a traditional and timeless touch. The inspiration behind the wedding day was: “A classic contemporary black, white, and gold wedding with playful twists, whimsical details, and personal touches to reflect our story.” The couple also had a custom champagne bubbly bar, one of their favorite moments of the evening.
“Our first look was memorable in ways we could never have imagined. The emotion of that time was such that we couldn’t have been happier to have it in private, just the two of us” shared the bride. The groom’s face as he turned around to see his beautiful bride would give anyone chills and tears of happiness.
The bride shared more of their special moments throughout the day: “My something borrowed was a stunning cathedral length Italian tulle veil from my best friend Sarah, my something old was a vintage diamond pin my Grandmother wore on her wedding day, my something new was a stunning Mark Patterson diamond pendant from Timothy, and something blue were custom made shoes from Milk+Honey. Timothy surprised me with something I had always wanted at my wedding – a photo-booth with every imaginable prop, even though it had been “cut” early in the process.”
We have no doubt this wedding will forever be memorable and special to the bride, groom, their friends, and family.
Monica always wanted a timeless wedding that illustrated a classic aesthetic and romantic details. The couple, who met in art school, shared a love for art, music, and beauty. They wanted all of these elements to be reflected on their special day starting by their venue selection: the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The bride shared with us: “The museum itself is absolutely beautiful. There is a classic and timeless elegance in the grand marbled staircases and crystal chandeliers.” Blush, white, and metallic silver and gold tones embellished the day and were present in everything from the bride’s bouquet to the bridesmaids dresses.
Personalized and delicate details were present throughout the special day. Almost all of the paper materials were designed by the bride herself on a letterpress machine from 1899 and her “something old” was her grandmother’s lace fabric which was used to decorate the cake table.
The bride shared with us: “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle to my future husband. My father was holding my arm on my left side and beaming with pride and my beloved was standing in front of me with love in his eyes. Truly one of the most blessed and happiest moments of my life.”
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.
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!
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.”