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-The Corner District
Bride and groom’s names:
Abby (Erickson) & Tate Smith
How did you meet your husband?
Tate and I met at a small gym in Athens, GA. I was a trainer and he was a gym member. Tate introduced himself to me in March of 2014 and we would make small talk whenever he came in. In July of 2014, Tate came in to cancel his membership as he took a job with Chick-Fil-A corporate that requires 51 weeks/year of travel. And as he cancelled his membership, he asked me on a date! I guess he thought, “If she says no, I never have to see her again, what have I got to lose?!” I eagerly agreed and we had the best first date.
Tate says he knew on the first date that he would one day marry me. I knew on the second date that he would one day be my husband. Knowing he only had 3 weeks left in Athens before he hit the road with Chick-Fil-A, we went on 12 dates in those 3 weeks and had the time of our lives. After that, we relied on Skype dates to get us through. We only saw each other 4 other times in person before he popped the question.
Tell us the story of how he popped the question:
Tate flew home for the weekend in February of 2015. He wouldn’t tell me a single detail of his plans other than when to pick him up and drop him off at the airport. I knew what he was up to, but I had no idea when, where, or how he would ask. Friday night, I picked him up and we drove back to Athens and spent the evening reliving our first 3 dates. Saturday morning, we had brunch at our favorite little brunch gem in Athens and then got ready for his big evening plans.
All that he told me was to plan on dressy/causal attire and that we needed to leave Athens to head towards Atlanta by 3 p.m. When we got in the car, he told me that he needed to stop by his dad’s house on the way to pick something up really quick. I didn’t think twice about it! When we pulled into his dad’s neighborhood, his street was lined with cars, and when we parked in his driveway, I knew what was happening… I saw all of my loved ones standing in windows watching and waiting for us. Tate walked me into the front yard and explained the importance of the ring he had custom made for me using his mothers diamond, expressed his love for me and his excitement about our future. Then right there, in front of over 50 of our closet friends and family, he got down on one knee and proposed!
What was your wedding date and why did you choose it?
August 22, 2015. We choose that date because we wanted a short engagement and knew after visiting The Corner District one time that that was where we wanted our wedding to be, so we took the only available August date.
What was your overall vision for your wedding?
Simple elegance. We wanted our guests to cherish it just as much as we did. And we wanted to have a great wedding on an affordable budget!
What do you feel was the most special component of your wedding?
My cousin and bridesmaid, Heidi Hunt, designed and made my dress by hand using the skirt from my sisters wedding dress. It was also very special for us to have Dean Ropp, long time friend of the Smiths and Pastor, perform our ceremony.
How involved was your groom in the wedding planning process?
He did just as much as I did to plan! Tate handled booking everything and coordinating with the vendors while I handled the details. He did so much! I am one lucky girl!
Did you have a wedding theme or color pallet, and if so how or why did you choose it?
We chose navy, blush and gold. These colors work so well together and made for a timeless, elegant look.
How important are the typical wedding traditions? Did you plan on doing something outside of the norm to make your wedding more of your own?
It was very important for us to wait to see each other until I walked down the aisle. We wanted that moment to be a lasting memory for us and we are both so thankful we did that.
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
We chose The Corner District because we wanted a more intimate wedding. We had only 120 guests and we fit comfortably in that space. Plus, I love simple charm and antiques that speak for themselves. The Corner District had everything I wanted. The old, original hardwood floors, the plaster walls, the exposed brick, massive windows and gorgeous chandeliers. The venue speaks for itself, you don’t need excessive decorations to make it beautiful.
We also chose The Corner District because of owner, Debbie Ley. The moment I met with her, I felt at ease. She was the most helpful venue owner I had come by. She wanted to make my vision come to life and respected that we wanted to do much of it ourselves. She gave us recommendations along the way and helped in so many ways, but really let us craft the wedding that we wanted. She gave us the option make it as turn key as we wanted or to let us create it for ourselves. She truly made the whole process seamless.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Another important thing to note was the significance of my father being well enough to walk me down the aisle and dance with me at the reception. He was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer the Thanksgiving before and we were not sure if he would still be here to give me away. He fought so hard to make sure that he was and I will forever cherish that memory.
Also, my mom made the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. She made our dinner napkins, her dress, the ring bearers pants, and the groom and groomsmen’s ties. The day would not have been what it was without all that she did to help.
Finally, our cake was made by Tate’s cousin, Kayla Cummings, a wedding cake baker from Richmond, VA.