A Christmas season wedding ceremony united Hongjuan Zhu of Knoxville and Joseph Scott Blazer of Morristown.
The couple pledged vows on December 30, 2012, in a one o’clock afternoon ceremony at the Mountain Valley Wedding Chapel in Pigeon Forge with the Rev. Jerry Lucas of Pigeon Forge officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Zhengming Hu and Sanwen Zhu of Hubei, China, and the granddaughter of Guiying Zhang and Demin Zhu and Zhiye Zhang and the late Xuetang Hu of China.
The groom’s parents are Mickey and Susan Blazer of Morristown and his grandparents are Ida Belle Renner and the late UL Renner and Betty Ann Blazer and the late Ivas Blazer all of Parrottsville, Tennessee.
For the occasion, the chapel’s sanctuary was decorated in a red and white theme, with a fifteen-branch candelabrum flanked by two nine-branch candelabra holding white tapers and surrounded by greenery, red berries and baby’s breath. Lighted trees of the season were placed in focal points at the front of the chapel. Also at the front of the chapel was an ornate wooden table that held two porcelain cups and a decanter used in the Seven Blessings Ceremony.
Each pew was decorated with a lighted candle in a glass dome and decorated with red berries and baby’s breath.
For her wedding, the bride wore a slim Charmeuse satin gown styled with a scoop neckline, cap sleeves, natural waistline and floor-length sweeping train. Lace appliqués highlighted the bodice and keyhole style back.
She wore a white; elbow-length veil edged with satin and carried a cascading bouquet of red and pink roses accented with baby’s breath.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was Jingbo Louise Liu, a friend from Corpus Christi, Texas.
Bridesmaids were Jiaoli Chen, Conglin Zhang, and Wan Deng, all friends of the bride from Knoxville.
The attendants wore street-length red chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of red roses.
Morgan Blazer was the flower girl and the ring bearer was Ella Rhee Naillon, both cousins of the groom from Parrottsville.
The groom’s father stood as the best man.
Groomsmen were Andrew Blankenship of Lenoir City and Jeremy Fagg of Knoxville, both friends of the groom. The groom’s niece, Annabelle Cox of Morristown was the groom’s maid.
Christian Blazer of Parrottsville, the groom’s cousin, was the usher.
For her son’s wedding, Mrs. Blazer wore a blue street-length dress complemented by a blue faux fur jacket. Her corsage was of red roses.
Prelude music selections included an ensemble of classical pieces by Bach and Vivaldi “Four Seasons.” Music for the ceremony included ‘Remember Me,” “You Raise Me Up” and “Dance with Me to the Songs of All Songs.” The bride entered the chapel to “The Prince of Denmark’s March.” The selection for the recessional was “Royal Fireworks.”
Prior to the ceremony, white roses were placed at the front of the chapel in memory of the bride and groom’s late grandfathers. Red roses were place in honor of the bride’s parents and grandparents who were unable to attend the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple presented red roses to the groom’s mother and grandmothers in attendance. As the couple exited the chapel, Jada Naillon of Parrottsville, the groom’s cousin, distributed bubbles to the guests.
Following the wedding, guests enjoyed a reception at Eagles Ridge Clubhouse in Pigeon Forge.
The tables were covered with white linen and held centerpieces fashioned by the groom’s mother using greenery accented with red, white and silver.
The three-tiered white wedding cake was decorated with white orchids and red ribbons with a red “Double Happiness” topper. The groom’s cake was a single layer yellow cake with chocolate icing and a number of cupcakes in matching design.
The bridal book attendant was the groom’s cousin, Janet Renner, of Parrottsville.
The reception directors were Ida Ruth Naillon and Sheila Pruitt, cousins of the groom, of Parrottsville. The reception photographer was Jessica Hicks of Parrottsville, cousin of the groom.
Out-of-town guests attended from Corpus Christi, Texas; Rome, Georgia; Auburn, Alabama; and Cleveland, Tennessee.
Mr. and Mrs. Blazer reside in Morristown. A wedding trip to China is planned for later this spring.
The bride is a research associate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the groom is employed in the Shipping and Receiving Department of Bewley Properties, Inc. in Greeneville.
Prenuptial parties honoring the couple included a bridal shower hosted in Newport by Shelia Pruitt, Ida Ruth Naillon, Debbie and Janet Renner in Newport, and a his and her shower at the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville hosted by Brenda and Wilbur West.