I met NeLea a few years ago when she was a bridesmaid at Danielle + Michael’s Biltmore Estate Wedding so I was super excited to hear from her when Jesse asked her to marry him! I am copying the story of how NeLea and Jesse met directly from an email she sent me because the way she describes it made me laugh: “We met at this really sketch club in Johnson City called Chrome in 2013. It’s been shut down since but it’s worth a google. Guess Ed Sheeran was wrong when he said the club isn’t the best place to find a lover. We were just long distance friends until 2015 when I was invited out with Jesse and his friends for his birthday. First official date was April 1st, 2015, the 1 year anniversary of my dad’s passing. He took me to play mini-golf, dinner, and to Blackbird Bakery to keep my mind off of it.” When Jesse proposed, he took NeLea to the park across the street from the bakery where they had their first date. It was his birthday so he had his family meet them at the bakery for dessert. Jesse asked NeLea to read something off of the statue outside of the bakery and when she turned around he was down on one knee. Another fun fact, that bakery is called Blackbird Bakery and they made NeLea and Jesse’s wedding cake! In addition to the cake form their favorite bakery, NeLea and Jesse’s families whipped up some amazing confections for a huge dessert table that I returned to graze from all night. NeLea’s something blue and something new were her sparkly blue wedding shoes. Her something old and something borrowed was the wedding and anniversary rings that her father gave to her mother. Believe it or not NeLea’s dress was actually a prom dress AND this wedding actually took place in Jesse’s family’s back yard – I wish my back yard was this amazing!
Another fun fact: I still don’t know the correct way to say Lebanon.
Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Dress: Colors Dress purchased at Belmeade Formal Wear in Bristol, Virginia
Hair: Britney Nidiffer from Prestige Aesthetics in Johnson City, Tennessee
Officiant: Shawn Raley, Knoxville, Tennessee
Florist: Bobbi's Dream Florist and Gifts
Wedding Cake: Blackbird Bakery
Catering: Bonanza Steakhouse
Jewelers: Zale’s and Goodman Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Kegley and Company