Smoky Mountain Morning Wedding
Sherri and Joey – September 3, 2023
Sherri and Joey brought the sunshine to our Smoky Mountain morning wedding, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! The lighting was simply gorgeous, mirroring the radiance of their love. With a joyful spirit, they dressed the chapel in cream and grey fabric, beautifully complemented by our succulent florals and the charming succulent wreaths adorning the pews. Their attention to detail set the stage for a truly special day.
Sherri, the epitome of elegance, wore an off-the-shoulder short dress with flowy sleeves, while Joey looked dashing in his black suit. Their adultish children, dressed in grey and mauve, added a touch of sophistication to the celebration. As a meaningful part of their ceremony, they all participated in a sand ceremony, symbolizing the blending of their families. It was a heartfelt moment, signifying the unity they were creating on this special day. Sherri honored a cherished family tradition by pinning her grandmother’s rings into her dress. This gesture beautifully intertwined her past with her present, a reminder that love transcends generations.
Their joyous celebration continued with a gorgeous cake from Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop, adding a sweet touch to their day. Photos in the forest and by our old jeep truck, adorned with white pumpkins for fall, captured the essence of the season and their love.
Sherri and Joey’s morning wedding was a reflection of their happiness and excitement as they blended their families together. With each moment and tradition, they wove a beautiful tapestry of love that will be treasured for generations to come.
From the Bride:
We were both on Plenty of Fish dating app and getting ready to delete our accounts when I messaged him with “Beckley WV?” to which he replied “is there any other?” and 4 hours later we stopped texting for the night. For our first date, we met at the mall and talked for a couple hours then went to dinner, where he drank my sweet tea ..we talked at dinner and didn’t want the evening to end.. we’ve been together since. We actually met in person for the first time the day before our first date, he texted me after and asked “when can I see you again!” and I answered “is tomorrow too soon?” The proposal was mutual ~~when my ring arrived he officially asked and put the ring on my finger. We were together over 5 years before we decided.
We love this area, so we decided to get married in East Tennessee. I am looking forward to finally becoming Mr and Mrs Lilly and beginning our lives together and blending our families. Being able to have our 4 children with us and blessing our marriage.. our children acting as our bridesmaids and groomsmen, and having my son walk me down the aisle! My Dad started a tradition of having his mother’s wedding rings pinned inside each cousin’s dress or suit. His mother passed when he was 15 and he had 5 younger siblings still at home, and being able to have her rings with me in my dress keeps her with me. Each cousin who has married has had our grandmother’s rings with them. My father passed away in July so having the rings with me this time has an even greater meaning.
For fun we laugh a lot and just enjoy spending time with each other and our families. We have a bbq company— Barbq Riot— that we spend our weekends working together as a family. We have a strong faith and believe that God is the center of our marriage. We have been blessed to find love again and have a true friendship with each other.
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Coordination: Beverly with Custom Love Gifts & Events
Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow – Succulent Blooms
Cake: Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Dress: R&M Richards from Amazon
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s bridal
Menswear: Mage Male from Amazon
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Jewelry: Olive and Piper
Venue Associate: Elizabeth DeCoursey