October 15, 2014

Pam and Tim's Sweet Backyard Wedding in Dandridge - Jaclyn Paige Photography

Last weekend, we photographed Pam and Tim's backyard wedding at Pam's parents' home in Dandridge. In spite of the rain, it was a beautiful day!  Pam chose an incredible champagne dress for the occasion from David's Bridal:

Even her dog, Muffin, thought she looked beautiful in it!

Being such an intimate event, Pam and Tim did not have a wedding party, but did include Tim's niece as the flower girl.  She was excited to be one of two princesses that day.  Here they are, just a few nervous moments before heading to the ceremony.

The ceremony and reception were both held in the tent situated in the back yard.  

Pam couldn't stop looking at Tim...

And Tim couldn't keep his eyes off Pam, either!  She was absolutely stunning.

During the ceremony, they decided to add their own personal twist to the sand ceremony.  I had never seen anything like this before, but it's a great way to include all family in the symbolism.  Each guest received a small vial of sand when they entered the tent in one of two colors: cream for the bride's side and light brown for the groom's.  At a specific point during the ceremony, the minister instructed the family members to pass along two small vases (one for each side of the family), and everyone dumped their sand into it as it was passed to the front of the tent.

Then, Pam and Tim poured the sand that the family members had contributed to their sand ceremony. They also added sand from their own vases.  Pam said this was Tim's idea- what a great way to incorporate the whole crowd of witnesses into their wedding!

After being together for seven years to the day, can you tell these two were excited to make it official?

Some of my favorite shots... They are so cute together.  I was really excited that the rain held off for plenty of time so we could get a nice variety of portraits without rushing due to weather.

I also wanted to highlight just a few beautiful and thoughtful details:

(Wish I had thought of this one for my wedding! I love this display!)

Pam's late father's ring attached to her bouquet ribbon.

Catering was provided by Buddy's Barbecue, and the guests also enjoyed appetizers and a well-stocked s'mores bar before the reception had officially begun. Pam and Tim entered their reception to "Welcome to the Jungle"!  So much fun.

When they fed each other their wedding cake from Magpies, they were very good to each other- no smashing cake tonight!  Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Headrick!  --Jaclyn

October 3, 2014

Bootleg Betty - Consignment Wedding Dresses - Jaclyn Paige Photography

Meet Margaret!  She owns and runs Bootleg Betty, a new wedding dress consignment shop on Gay Street in Knoxville.  I think the shop is fantastic, and Margaret is wonderful, and I'm going to tell you all about it! Here's everything you should know.  

First of all, wondering where the name comes from?  So was I.  When I asked, Margaret answered, " 'Bootleg' seems to fit with consignment, especially in Tennessee.  To me it really conjures up two images: one of a moonshine still behind a rustic mountain cabin, and another of CD's or DVD's that have, quote-unquote, 'fallen off the truck' that are being sold at crazy discounted prices, which both seemed to fit.  And then 'Betty' is slang for an all-around, super-cool girl who is smart, athletic, pretty, low-key, low-maintenance, and an all around awesome female."  So, if you're a 'Betty,' or if you want to find a wedding dress at a crazy discount, or both, then you totally have to check this place out!  Here's the outside at 122 South Gay Street:

And the super-trendy inside:

And here are some of the roughly 65 wedding dresses currently available to peruse through, fawn over, try on, and get married in:

Here's Margaret again, taking excellent care of the dresses she's selling for consignors.  Some of these were worn and provided by former brides, and are sold at 50% off retail (if you bought your dress within the last three years and want to get back some of the money you spent, give her a call at (865) 309-5818 or fill out the form online to find out if it'll work for you!) Many of the dresses are unworn, though, and brand new with tags still on them. These are sold at 30% off retail.  Basically, you save hundreds of dollars either way.

So go to the expensive stores, see what they have, do the math, and then GO to Bootleg Betty before you spend WAY more than you may need to!  These are the same dresses offered at those stores, all current styles (three years old or newer), and available at great discounts.

You can walk-in or make an appointment.  Hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-8, Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 12-5.  Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Making an appointment ensures a boutique bridal experience with Margaret's personal attention and a dressing room reserved just for you, and reserves this great space for your entourage to ooh and aah over you (it's bigger than it looks, and comfy):

Have you seen how expensive crinoline petticoats are?  Bootleg Betty has them too.  And corset bras. At consignment prices. Not to mention gorgeous veils!  And if you're already married but not ready to sell or consign your dress, these might be good items for you to consign, because brides need these, too!

While you're shopping for you, your mom and ladies can check out the partywear racks, where they'll find cocktail and formal dresses that range in price from $40-$60 and $40-$99.  These make great options for mother-of-the-bride dresses, rehearsal dinner dresses, or even mix-and-match bridesmaids dresses.  There are long options:

And short options:

In addition to dresses, you can also find AMAZING cowboy boots from Suzani Styles. There are a variety of boots made from, of all things, Turkish tapestry (for which you can also find coordinating purses at Bootleg Betty!)... 

...as well as awesome leather boots with great embroidery patterns.

Go Vols!

Even Corky's statement rain boots!

And if that weren't enough, you'll also find unique gifts and wedding favors by Custom Love Gifts, which are country-chic and super-cute.  Your bridesmaids will probably want to check them out for your bridal shower, too.  (You should tell them so.)

AND you can also find custom wood decor made by Knock on Wood, which includes picture frames, clocks, and my favorite, a cut-out of the great state of Tennessee!  These make really unique gifts for your parents and wedding party!

Faith Road Designs are also available at Bootleg Betty if you want unique, pretty, and even sometimes clever jewelry (and who doesn't, really?):

If I were planning my wedding again, I'd be all over this place.  So be a Betty: go check it out, meet Margaret (she's so cool), have fun with your girls, and save some money!   --Jaclyn