Knoxville String Trio: Robyn James Ensembles

Robyn James Ensembles play live music for weddings and events in the Chattanooga, Crossville, Knoxville, Maryville, Smoky Mountains, and Oak Ridge areas. They absolutely love to perform at weddings and offer a quality live music experience that isn’t found in most ceremonies today.

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Photo: Photography by Erick

“I still remember when we got started,” she says, “While studying music in graduate school, a classmate said "You know what, Robyn? We should get a group together and play weddings." The rest is history, 15 years of history in fact! This year marks the 15th consecutive year Robyn and her group have performed extraordinary music for a variety of events. Her string group stands out because they will play almost anything that couples ask them to. They've played music from Star Trek, Star Wars, the Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Jurassic Park, as well as tunes by the Beatles, Coldplay, and even Fetty Wap! Robyn Ensembles can...

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Knoxville Wedding Photographer: Jamie Weiss Photography

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Jamie Weiss Photography is a well-established, Tennessee wedding photographer who's been operating since 2003! She offers wedding photography in Chattanooga, Crossville, Knoxville, Maryville, Nashville, Smoky Mountains, and the Tri-City areas. At Jamie Weiss Photography, the goal is to go above and beyond for any couple that chooses to work with her, even if that means doing things that are not photography related!  Helping couples document their wedding day was the inspiration to start her business and she strives to make the day as near-perfect as possible!

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She achieves this in several ways, most importantly by asking a lot of questions about the wedding details which helps her plan the scheduling for any wedding day. She believes preparation prior to the wedding is highly important to make the actual day go smoothly. She also advises talking to friends and family who are already married, to find out what worked for them and...

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6 Best Tips for Appetizers

Serving appetizers can be an essential part of keeping your guests happy. It can be easy for budget-conscious couples to try to skip the cocktail hour so that you can eat with your guests after photos. But there is nothing worse than keeping your guests hungry and waiting for you to arrive! Guests will actually leave early in search of eating something hearty instead of waiting for you to do your first dance. We’ve provided some tips to help you keep your guests happy instead of hungry!

 

How much food should you plan for?

If your Cocktail Hour, or your “Appy Hour” if you have a non-alcoholic reception, count on 2-4 bites per person per hour. So 2-4 bites per person for 1 hour, 5-6 bites per person for 1 ½-2 hours, 8-10 for anything longer than 2 hours. If you plan to replace a meal with heavy hor derves, then you’ll need 12-15 bites per person.

 

Length of Time

The health department recommends having food out for 2 hours or less. The...

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Blue Winter Wedding Color Ideas

Elegant Winter Wedding Inspiration

My winter wedding color series continues today with this chilly color board titled “Winter Elegance!” A variety of powder blue shades with a contrasting ocean blue, combine to create an icy, wintery feel while still offering elegance and class. Cream accents bring the whole board together for a lovely winter wedding color palette!

Bride: Photo by Anastasiya Belik via Burnett’s Boards | Groom: Photo by  Erich McVey via Oncewed | Bouquet: Photo by  Shalynne Imaging Photography via Wedding Chicks | Shoes and Stationary: Photo by Kibogo Photography via Magnolia Rouge | Tablescape: Photo by Melanie Gabrielle via Weddings Unveiled | Place setting: Photo by Live View Studio via Grey Likes Weddings

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How to Write Wedding Thank You Cards

It’s hard to believe that after all the work of planning a wedding, there is still more to do once the wedding is over! You still need to write your Thank You cards! After all, your family and friends were the ones who traveled all that way to see you two tie the knot and took time and money to find you the perfect gift. There are so many different rules to follow for Thank You Cards that it can get overwhelming. We have provided you with some tips to keep your wedding etiquette prim and proper.

 

Timely

Proper etiquette states that Thank You cards needs to be sent within 3 Months of the event. If you have a large guest count, make sure to spread out writing thank you cards over several days' time. Otherwise, it will become a daunting task. Also, writing out thank you cards can go by so much faster if you both complete the task rather than one person having to tackle such a massive project!

 

 Be Specific

Thank your guests for coming as well as the gift...

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How Much Alcohol Should I Buy?

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Photo by: Erin Morrison Photography

There are so many lists that you have to manage before the Big Day! One of the most common questions that we see is how much alcohol should you provide for your wedding. We’ve provided these tips so that you can have a fun and classy wedding!

 

  • It is a good idea to serve 1 drink per person per hour of the event. In other words, one guests will have up to 5 glasses of wine (1 drink x 5-hour cocktail hour and reception).
  • During the winter months, your might want 60% of wine to be red and 40% to be white because red wine isn’t chilled. During the summer months, your guests might prefer a chilled white wine so be sure to have 60% white wine and 40% red wine.
  • In lieu of a full bar, we suggest you provide a couple of signature drinks. Not only are different liquors more expensive, but you also have to provide all the garnishes such as: orange juice, cherries, club soda, etc. Also keep in mind that the larger variety that you offer,...
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Wedding Planner in Knoxville: Absolute Wedding Perfection Vendor Spotlight

For many couples, planning a wedding will be one of the biggest events that you will ever plan. There are so many intricate details that are involved, not to mention coordinating with your vendors to make sure that everything is perfect. That is why we highly recommend hiring a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator takes care of taking your vision of your wedding and making them a reality! Angie Froemel, with Absolute Wedding Perfection, is an amazing wedding coordinator based out of Knoxville. Angie is originally from West Virginia, but fell in love with everything that Knoxville has to offer! The Bride Link took a moment to talk with Angie about some of her favorite parts of making your day beautiful! 

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Photo by: Tara Kneiser Photography

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business since 2008, so for over a decade now!

What brought you into the wedding industry?

I started as a local news producer, but knew that one day I eventually wanted to be my own...

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Vintage and Modern Inspired Styled Shoot

Growing up in the South, you will find that many have a deep appreciation about history. Though history does have its flaws, most would admit that Southern History has its share of romance, strength, and charm. The Historic Bleak House exudes all of those traits. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, this antebellum Classical Revival was built in 1858 for two newlyweds from prominent families. The Bleak House is the perfect location for this styled shoot by Shutter Sprite Photography! But as much as we love the classics, we equally love to follow trends. With raw crystals, mixed metals, and personalized elements, this styled shoot has something for every taste.

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Photo by: Shutter Sprite Photography
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Photo by: Shutter Sprite Photography

The vision behind this styled shoot was Classic Glamour and History meets Modern, Whimsy, and Trendy, with a dose of DIY.  Shutter Sprite Photography wanted all of the elements to come together in this one styled shoot. The raw crystals...

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Glamorous Outdoor Winter Session

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Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography

Every once in a while we come across a styled shoot that is so breathtaking that we cannot stop looking at the photos. This Glacier Blue inspired styled shoot is one of those times. Located at The Cedars at Carr Farm in Nashville, it has all the current trends in one place. From illusion necklines on wedding gowns and stylish groom’s attire to velvet linens and acrylic chairs, this styled shoot showcases the perfect inspiration for your upcoming wedding.

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Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography
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Photo by: Honey + Bee Photography

The stunning glacier blue cathedral veil was the design inspiration behind the entire shoot. The veil was hand curated by Alice + Mae, a local bridal accessory design. It Takes Two Eventsfelt that the elegant, yet avant-garde, Romona Keveza gown fit the romantic wintery shoot perfectly. We are in love with the textures and layers of this gown tied in with the high, illusion neckline. The planners knew from the...

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How to Use Scripture in Your Ceremony

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Photo by: Emerald + Ivy

It is so easy to get caught up in the details of planning of your wedding, that it is very easy to forget the marriage portion of your wedding. After all, the day is about you and your partner making a lifetime commitment to love one another. The Bible contains scripture that beautifully conveys your love for your partner, hope, and joy for your future together. In years past, a couple would have a trusted family member or friend recite your favorite scripture or the congregation would recite The Lord’s Prayer. But now, the options are endless! We have included some meaningful ways to incorporate scripture into your ceremony.

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Photo by: Erin Lee Allender

Guest Book

In the past decade, guest books have ceased to become a book that collects dust on a shelf, and instead become a major design element in the home. Guest books can be signing their name on canvas or letter, thumbprints on art, or even writing on globes. Recently, bibles have become a...

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