Wedding Planner – Kate Nintcheu
Caterer – Rosa’s Catering
Florist – Hunter Valley Farm
Cake – Publix
Bridal Shop (gown) – White Lace and Promises
Formalwear – Savvi Formalwear Knoxville
Ceremony location – First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, TN
Ceremony Music – Sandi Henry, Andrew Duncan, and Justin Haynes
Officiate/Minister – Dr. Rev. Stella Roberts and Dr. Rev. Sam Roberts
Transportation – Elite Limos
Videographer – Sam Kemp
Reception location – The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm
Reception Music – Dueling Pianos International
How did you and your husband meet?
We met through the First United Methodist Church Plagues softball team in 2009 when a mutual friend recommended me as another member of the team. But it took Troy attempting volleyball in 2012 to win me over.
How did he propose?
Early in the spring of 2013, we purchased Blake Shelton tickets for late September. I never imagined this would be such a monumental event in my life! Just prior to the concert, Troy picked me up at my home, gave me flowers, got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him and I, of course, said “Yes!”.
What was the most anticipated moment of your wedding day?
When the sanctuary doors opened and we saw each other for the first time.
What traditions did you follow?
We celebrated our wedding with a traditional worship service with Holy Communion and we refrained from seeing each other prior to the ceremony.
What was the most important thing to you about your wedding?
Celebrating the love that God placed in our hearts and coming together as husband and wife.
Tell us about “the” dress. Who was with you when you found it?
My Mother, Godmother, Sister, and one of my bridesmaids all came from out of town to be with me to pick out the dress. I thought it was going to take forever to find a dress so I made appointments at several places. However, I ended up loving the third dress I tried on. It was the perfect dress for my day and my personality.
Did you have input on your engagement ring or was it a total surprise?
I gave Troy some suggestions but he did an amazing job finding the perfect ring all on his own.
How did you choose the rings?
We went together and picked out rings that we would be honored to wear the rest of our lives.
What was your something blue?
I wore a garter that I had custom made with the colors of our alma maters: Duke Blue Devils for Troy and the Florida Gators for me. I kept this a secret from Troy and he was totally surprised when he saw it at the reception.
What was your favorite wedding moment?
I can’t possibly choose one moment from a day that was exactly what I hoped for. However, I really enjoyed the special song we played at the beginning of the ceremony called Real Good Hands. This was a song that Troy and I fell in love with and wanted it be part of the day somehow. I also enjoyed the dueling pianos we had as our reception entertainment. I danced all night long with all of our friends and family. I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun!
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
The blessing of all our family and friends that helped make our wedding possible.
What were you thinking as you walked down the aisle?
My Dad and I were an absolute mess and focusing on Troy made it even worse so I found myself trying to identify our family and friends. I remember thinking how blessed Troy and I were that so many people came to share this special occasion with us.
Have you been planning your wedding since you were a little girl?
Actually, no. I always hoped I would find that special guy to share my life with but I wanted the planning to be something we experienced together.
Why did you choose the facility you chose for your wedding and/or reception?
Troy serves as one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church and it just felt like home to us. The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm was beautiful inside and out. I’m originally from Florida and having the Pavilion overlook the water with a little beach section made it feel like I didn’t have to sacrifice any of my wishes. Both places were just perfect to celebrate with our family and friends.
What was the flavor of your cake?
We had a tiered cake from Publix with a different flavor for each tier including a vanilla cake with guava filling that honored my family’s Caribbean heritage. This was definitely special to my mother since all of her family that still lives in Tortola, British Virgin Islands were not able to make it.
Did you have a groom’s cake?
Neither of us are huge cake fans but we love chocolate chip cookies so we decided to have two cookie cakes from the Great American Cookie Company. Troy chose to have one cookie decorated white and blue in honor of the Duke Blue Devils and the other one orange and blue for the Florida Gators.
What was your first dance song?
The Day Before You by Matthew West.
Did you do any DIY projects?
Troy and I enjoy sharing a bottle of wine together with dinner and I kept all the bottles from our special occasions. I ended up using those bottles to have guests share their marriage advice for our 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th wedding anniversaries.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We took a cruise with Royal Caribbean to the western Caribbean. We waited a week after our wedding to go because of other events we had going on but in hindsight it was the best decision we ever made. Waiting a week allowed us to get everything settled at home and enabled us to really enjoy each other.
What are you most looking forward to about being Mr. & Mrs.?
Sharing all that life will bring with my best friend!