A Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, Tennessee

Lauren Lazarus (35 and an artist) and Johnny Miller (41 and a tasting-room manager) brought their "Great Gatsby"-inspired nuptials to life with vintag

Lauren Lazarus (35 and an artist) and Johnny Miller (41 and a tasting-room manager) brought their "Great Gatsby"-inspired nuptials to life with vintage decor, romantic candlelight and fall-colored florals. “Johnny and I prefer something old to something new, and we tend to gravitate toward things drenched in history,” Lauren says. “So it was no surprise that we chose the Southern Railway Station, built in 1903, to have our ceremony and reception. It was like stepping back in time.” The couple created invitations to look like train tickets, a nod to their Knoxville, Tennessee, venue. For the ceremony, they incorporated tree branches, lavish blooms and dozens of pillar candles. During the ceremony, Lauren’s best friend serenaded guests on the piano, playing “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys as Lauren walked down the aisle. Lauren and Johnny wrote their own vows for the ceremony. “We had no idea what the other was going to say until we shared them in front of everybody,” she says. Since Johnny works in the beverage industry, the cocktail hour impressed with an array of local beers, wine, champagne and a signature Bourbon Berry Smash cocktail. During the reception, the Coveralls—the newlyweds’ favorite local band—crooned Ryan Adams'  “When the Stars Go Blue” for the couple’s first dance, plus country classics like “Tennessee Whiskey.” “We danced the whole night,” Lauren says. “At one point, I was barefoot on stage playing the tambourine and singing at the top of my lungs.” —Marissa Hermanson

Autumnal-colored blooms and greenery were incorporated into boutonnieres and tied with a gold ribbon.
During the ceremony, Lauren’s best friend serenaded guests on the piano, playing “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys as Lauren walked down the aisle.
Lauren and Johnny wrote their own vows for the ceremony. “We had no idea what the other was going to say until that exact moment that we shared them in front of everybody,” she says.
“I love candles, and don’t think you can ever have too many, so we had pillar candles spread out all over the place with leaves, giant tree branches, deer antlers and moss mixed in,” Lauren says of the ceremony decor.
F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes, a nod to the couple’s "Great Gatsby" theme, were written on vintage chalkboards and incorporated throughout the Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Working in the craft-beer industry allowed Johnny to get his hands on some fantastic local beers. Blackberry Farm Classic Saison, Pretentious Beer Glass Co. Hoppy Wheat and Blackhorse IPA were a few highlights, as well as a Bourbon Berry Smash cocktail, wine and lots of champagne,” Lauren says.
Romantic candles, lush arrangements and feathers were added to existing decor at the Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, Tennesse.
Flower arrangements incorporated a mix of fall-colored blooms and vintage vases.
Vintage vases filled with fall blooms added a vintage look to Victoria and Johnny's reception space at the Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Lauren and Johnny created a chandelier of greenery and suspended candles.
Lauren and Johnny brought their art deco-themed soiree to life with F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes.
Bourbon bottles were repurposed as vases and filled with feathers and fall blooms.
Lauren surprised Johnny with their first-dance song, “When the Stars Go Blue” by Ryan Adams. “It was the song we danced to on our first date,” she says. On their wedding day, Lauren donned a champagne gown embellished with lace and beading, and she fashioned a vintage-inspired hair clip using a leftover lace applique from her dress. Johnny looked dapper in a blue suit that he jazzed up with an iridescent feather bow tie that Lauren gave him as a wedding present.
Working in the beverage industry, Johnny incorporated craft beer from the celebratory drinks to the couple’s getaway ride: the Knox Brew Tours bus. “A bunch of friends piled in, and we drove to our favorite bar, Suttree's, to continue the party,” Lauren says.