This sweet couple has quite the exciting, “boy meets girl” fairy-tale story of how they came into each other’s lives! These two are goofy and adorable, so make sure you don’t miss out on their stories about each other and the pictures that captured their beautiful, exciting day!
– What was your favorite moment(s) of your wedding day?
Scott: Christina’s walk down the aisle—everything from the anticipation, to hearing the wedding bell ring before the doors opened, to seeing her dad escort her to the alter. There were a lot of people in the chapel, but it felt like she was the only one in the room…and I think there’s a chance (*fingers crossed*) that she might say the same thing.
Christina: I would agree with Scott that walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing Scott, holding his hands, and looking into his eyes as we said our “I do’s” were the most surreal moments of the day. After the ceremony, I realized that I didn’t hear any of the music once the doors opened, and I also didn’t notice any people as I walked down the aisle. All of my senses shut down besides my legs walking toward Scott and my eyes seeing him ahead of me!
– How did you meet your husband/wife? What is your dating and/or proposal story?
We both like to think of “our story” as one that proves two people can be destined for one another. In the spring of 2013, Scott had just returned home to Nashville after a short-lived professional basketball career in Germany, and Christina was finishing up a tough first year of her graduate program at Vanderbilt. As chance would have it, Christina’s neighbor, classmate, and close friend Sarah decided on a whim to go to an open casting call for the TV show Nashville; it was there that she started chatting with a girl who had recently graduated from Belmont—who just happened to be an acquaintance of Scott’s. This random encounter eventually led to an invitation to play on an intramural volleyball team. Sarah invited Christina to join the team, and Scott got an invite from his Belmont classmate and soon-to-be roommate Kevin. When Christina and Scott first met at the sand volleyball court in February 2013, neither was on the lookout for their future spouse. Scott was searching for non-basketball jobs in a bigger city and figured it would only be a matter of time before he’d be living miles away in NYC or Chicago. Christina was focused on finishing the semester strong and making friends in Nashville. Summer arrived and none of Scott’s job prospects in the big city had panned out. He sent the volleyball team a post-season e-mail, and Christina was amused by his sense of humor and thought, “I want to get to know him better.” She responded with her phone number because she wanted to be his friend. Scott will tell you this was his plan all along… Over the summer, Christina invited Scott to come to the pool or go out to dinner with a group of friends, and while he played hard to get, she developed a crush. One day, Christina asked Scott to help her move some furniture. This led to an “IOU a beer”, which turned into a first date when Scott FINALLY (‼!) asked her out. Christina would tell you that she practically had to ask him out and that he was dragging his feet… don’t listen to her. It only took a few dates for Christina and Scott to realize that they were both dorks with many common interests who might just be perfect for one another. The two bonded over a love of food, health and fitness, and travel. Specifically, they ate a lot of bacon & chocolate, went to a number of yoga classes where Scott was the only male in the class (although not always the one in class with the hairiest armpits), and generally enjoyed being around one another. She was continually surprised and amazed by his kindness, intelligence, and good looks, and he loved spending hours at a time chatting about everything under the sun and getting to know each other over a cup (or three) of coffee. After three years together, Scott brought Christina flowers and love letters for five days before he asked her to marry him over a romantic picnic in Elmington Park.
– What are some of your favorite characteristics about your spouse // What do you most admire about your loved one?
Scott: Christina has so much going for her. She is extremely bright, kind, beautiful, and a great listener—but one of the qualities I admire most about her is that through all of her talents, she maintains a genuine humility and respect for all people.
Christina: Scott is constantly showing me love with acts of service; he encourages me in all of my endeavors and he challenges me to continually grow into the best version of myself. I love Scott for his kind heart. He is intelligent, funny, handsome, a good reading buddy, a dork (like me), and he is respectful and considerate towards other people. I admire his work ethic, his healthy lifestyle (good diet, exercise, and sleep habits), his desire to never stop learning, and his dedication to playing the guitar! Also, I LOVE when I make him laugh (even if it means he’s laughing at me). His laugh is the best sound.
– Describe your color pallet:
English garden! Mauve, sage, cream
– What are your favorite things about being married so far?
Scott: This will sound cheesy (and Christina will likely make fun of me for it later), but one of my favorite parts of married life so far is being able to share the simple things that would otherwise be mundane. Life is better when shared, and it’s great to be able to share the most fun parts with someone, but I am really enjoying going through all the parts in between with my best friend—quiet weeknights, trips to the grocery, or lazy Saturdays without much to do.
Christina: So far my favorite thing about being married is knowing I get to see my best friend at the end of every day. I love that regardless of how my day goes, I get to hug him when he walks through the door, and then we get to have dinner together and tell each other about our days. I am also very thankful that he is willing to take my (now our) dog Lily out for walks. She is a 9 pound maltipoo who looks cute and fluffy but can fetch and catch better than any boy dog 😉 Scott actually became known by residents of our apartment building as “that big guy with the little dog.”
Planner/Designer/coordinatior: Kesha Gooding from Mint Springs Farm
Getting Ready Location: Mint Springs Farm
Ceremony Location: Mint Springs Farms
Reception Location: Mint Springs Farm
Officiant: Wes Howard (from Crosspoint Church)
Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas
Caterer: The Chef and I
Floral Designer: Mint Springs Farm
Cake and/or other desserts: Dulce Desserts
Dress Designer: Augusta Jones
Bridal Shop: The Bride Room
Groom’s suit: Vera Wang Tuxedo
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy After Six Bridesmaids
Groomsmen’s suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s shoes: Nina
Groom’s shoes: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Matt G. Video
Live music: John and Derek Pell
Makeup Artist: Mandy Burnett
Hairstylist: Nina Christina
Dance Instructors for First Dance: Steven at Studio Live 2 Dance
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