Liza & Drew – a Love Story from Tennessee
We chatted on an online dating site for a while and then met for a combination chocolate tasting and forensic anthropology lecture. Intellectual love at first sight. As cliche as it might seem, one of our favorite things to do together is watch movies. We were both big movie buffs and collectors before we met but soon found ourselves liking each other's collections as well! We also like reading comics, eating chinese food, playing video games, and watching The Walking Dead. Our wedding day was our two-year anniversary!
PERFECTION! We hate using the term 'theme,' but if there had to be one, it was 'Til Death-' from the anatomical decor to the black and grey color scheme to the first dance. The flowers were all artificial succulents due to my allergies. We came into the reception to the Imperial March and lightsaber fight, had a Lego cake, and sang '5000 Candles' from Parks and Recreation to exit. It was perfectly us in every way. Plus, having most of our closest friends and family there was a surreal feeling being surrounded by so much love!
"Upon meeting Drew, I was immediately drawn to him because of his intelligence and quick wit. After getting to know him better, I fell in love with his selflessness and ridiculous amount of patience. It also doesn't hurt that he has the same goofy, irreverent sense of humor that I do and is incredibly handsome" – Liza
"I like that Liza is accepting of others and compassionate towards everyone she meets. She is the kind of person that will return a shopping cart in the middle of a parking lot even when it is not hers. She accepts my weirdness and participates herself, even laughing at my silly jokes." – Drew
In August 2014, I had just finished working out my two weeks notice with my second job, and we discovered that we had four days off TOGETHER in which neither of us had to work or go to class. Drew suggested it would be a nice break from 80 hour work/school weeks for both of us to go to Pawley's Island in South Carolina to visit my grandparents. We left right after I got off work on a Monday morning and drove in. I was so excited, I didn't sleep a bit. That night, we went to the beach and walked along the water – Drew was being weird, pointing out buildings in an attempt to distract me. It worked. I looked at what he pointed out just long enough for him to quickly drop onto one knee. I somehow mumbled 'yes' between happy sobs and after nearly five minutes of blubbering, finally asked to see the ring. It was dark, private, beautiful, and at one of our favorite places in the world.
I think for both of us, the important part of our dream wedding was making sure that we were true to ourselves. There are so many expectations for weddings – Pinterest, wedding shows, friend's weddings – we wanted this to feel like us. And the most important part about the wedding for us was getting to see and honoring our loved ones. We both have wonderful parents and grandparents, siblings, and friends that support us, so having them there with us on that day was the most important thing.
ROCK STAR VENDORS:
Catering: Bradford Catered Events of Knoxville, TN Special thanks to Diane Hayes www.bradfordevents.com/
Cake: Publix on Northshore – Knoxville, TN www.publix.com/products-services/bakery
DJ: Jeff Brown, DJ
Ceremony Music: Hana Jenkins – violin, Nathanael Fosaaen – Guitar
Venue/Alcohol: The Schuhs at Relix Variety Theatre www.relixvariety.com/
Photography: Rocker in Love