A Christmas Wedding at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee

According to Courtney Elledge (a development coordinator) and Ben Kliman (a mechanical engineer), their wedding at the renovated old equestrian center, Hunter Valley Farm, looked like something you would picture on a canvas in a Tennessee mansion. “We wanted our guests to get a feel of why we love living in the heart of the beautiful, breathtaking Smoky Mountains along the Tennessee River,” the bride says. The venue was perfect for the classic, romantic feel of their Christmas wedding, which incorporated a modern color palette of white and silver with accents of holiday colors. Even though she didn’t know what type of wedding dress she wanted at first, Courtney looked classic and timeless in her silk ball gown with beading. “As soon as I saw my dad’s reaction and I felt the comfortable pockets, I knew it was perfect for me,” she says. Their wedding day incorporated wintery, holiday treats, including a specialty cocktail of champagne and cranberries, a hot-chocolate bar and a DIY s’mores bar over a fire pit. “Our simple touches like the hot chocolate and s’mores bar by the fire pit truly made it memorable,” Courtney says. The bride offers tips for the taking for future couples: “At the end of the day, the ceremony, your vows and your marriage are what matter most. Don’t plan a party, plan your future relationship. Don’t try to please anyone but yourselves. It’s your day.”