Over Memorial Day weekend I spent time with my Dad’s side of the family for my cousin Victoria’s wedding. Victoria and I are only a year apart. So, growing up we were always very close. Victoria is such a beautiful person inside and out, and found her perfect match in Alex, her husband. It was so nice to see everyone for Victoria’s wedding since my Dad’s side of the family is fairly small but are all spread out.
My Dad and Stepmom live in Virginia near my Mom and sister Caylen. Aunt Linda (Victoria’s Mom), her boyfriend and my Grandmother live in Bradenton, Florida. Then, my Dad’s brother, my Uncle John, his wife Aunt Marcelle and my two cousins Melissa and Leah live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m the oldest of all girl cousins. So, we always joked it was going to take a very special guy to be able to join our all female clan. Luckily Alex, Jeremy and Steven (my sister Caylen’s boyfriend make the cut).
On Friday my sister Alissa flew from Hudson, New York to Atlanta, Georgia and then we drove to Knoxville, Tennessee. Jeremy was in Richmond, Virginia for work during the week so he flew and met us in Knoxville. My mom, Caylen and Steven drove from Arlington, Virginia to Knoxville. After we all got in town Friday night, Jeremy, my Mom, Alissa, Caylen and Steven met up and had dinner at Emilia, an Italian restaurant in downtown Knoxville. After dinner we grabbed drinks at Pour Taproom. Melissa and Leah met up with us and we played “90’s Trivial Pursuit” and “What Do You Meme” board games and stayed out fairly late.
Saturday morning Jeremy and I slept in at the Oliver, our hotel and then had a late brunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. Jeremy and I walked around downtown Knoxville for the afternoon and then got ready for Victoria and Alex’s wedding!
The Historic Southern Railway
Victoria and Alex had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Knoxville Historic Southern Railway. The wedding itself was fairly small and intimate with family and only very close friends. During the wedding ceremony Victoria’s father played the bagpipe as she walked down the aisle, a tribute to her Scottish heritage. Victoria and Alex wrote and exchanged their own vows. The ceremony was simple and elegant, and represented Alex and Victoria as a couple.
After the wedding ceremony we all enjoyed cocktail hour and explored the old railway station. The weather ended up storming. But, we were covered as we ate dinner outside and the rain added a romantic element to the wedding. The caterer did an amazing job. The food was delicious and it was so nice catching up with my immediate family, grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. After the wedding ceremony and reception ended we grabbed a nightcap at Peter Kern, a speakeasy bar in the Oliver hotel.
Sunday we all said farewell. Hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day filled with loved ones!