Ashley and Paul’s Scottish-American wedding at Jackson Avenue Terminal, a historic restored freight train station in downtown Knoxville, featured plenty of understated cultural details, without going full tartan and kilt. The unique, urban venue of raw brick and exposed beams contrasted beautifully with the rosy, vintage color palette and fabulously elegant décor. An eclectic mix of turn-of-the-century industrial architecture, glamorous gold and silver candelabras, and reception tables heaped in dreamy florals. The bride’s vintage-inspired wedding day look featured an ultra glam long-sleeve Jenny Packham wedding gown with a Claire Pettibone cap veil for a timeless, classic feel. Samuel Franklin Florals created the oversized sepia-toned floral décor featuring a few subtle nods to the groom’s heritage – subtle Scottish heather and statement-making purple thistles, an ancient emblem of the nation. We love the stunningly oversized ceremony arch featuring winding, asymmetrical vines and romantic, pastel blooms. Texture Photo captured this sweet couple looking beautiful and breathtaking throughout their big day.
Ashley and Paul
Jackson Avenue Terminal, Knoxville, Tennessee
Paul is from Scotland and Ashley is from Tennessee so we tried to have small nods from each culture. Our dear friend is a calligrapher so she made a special hand drawn stamp of a magnolia flower with a piece of Scottish Heather. Our hors d’ouevres reflected southern culture, and our music at the end of the night reflected Scottish and Irish tradition. We didn’t want to go full on boots and Tartan because that doesn’t reflect our true personalities but we certainly wanted pieces because we both have tremendous pride for where we are from.
Ashley loves the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina so her wedding and style inspiration was Cornelia Vanderbilt. Jenny Packham’s Eden gown felt so glam and eclectic and the Claire Pettibone Juliet cap veil was that perfect old school touch. The groom wore a classic navy Ted Baker suit with Louis Vuitton shoes. He picked out the floral ties andpockets squares from ASOS.
We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable so we, and our guests, could feel like we could have a good time. We wanted to enjoy our families, friends, and eachother.
Processional – “Ave Maria”
Recessional – “This Must Be the Place” by The Talking Heads
First Dance – “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
Don’t be afraid to do what feels like you, even if it feels a little risky. Also, enlist the help of people that truly see your vision. Everyone we worked with saw pieces even beyond what we could see and it made our day totally incredible.
Everything was such a blur but during dinner we were able to sit at the front of the room and look around at everyone. This was probably the only time we would ever have so many of our dearest family and friends in one room together and we wanted to seal that in our hearts and minds.
We had a ton of guests flying in from all over the world and we really wanted them to experience Knoxville’s downtown area. Ashley actually lived next door to the reception venue and across from the ceremony site when she lived downtown.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Texture Photo
Event Planning – Castleton Events
Ceremony Venue – Historic Southern Railway Station
Reception Venue – Jackson Avenue Terminal
Floral Design – Samuel Franklin Florals
Catering and Cake – Luxe Catering
Videography – Shiloh Film Co.
Invitations – Old City Mailroom
Wedding Dress – Jenny Packham
Bridal Accessories – Claire Pettibone
Rentals – All Occasions Party Rentals
Congratulations to Ashley and Paul and special thanks to Texture Photo for sharing this gorgeous wedding with Junebug! For more luxe vintage inspiration, check out this lovely vintage wedding at the Houston Heights Fire Station!
I loved the bride’s dress! What brand were her lovely shoes?
I just love seeing the creativity from Samuel Franklin!! Truly inspiring for anyone considering Jackson Terminal.