Miss Taylor Renae Ratcliff became the bride of Mr. Austin Robert Kimbrough on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at half past six in the evening. The ceremony took place at The Plantation Barn of 1810 in Morristown. The double ring ceremony was performed by Rev. Ben Shoun of Arrowhead Church in Morristown. As part of the ceremony, the couple also performed the braiding of the Cord of Three Strands based on the Bible passage Ecclesiastes 4:12.
The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Kimberly Ratcliff of Morristown. She is also the granddaughter of Kenneth and Linda Holt and D.O. and Jonnie Ratcliff. Her great-grandmother is Mattie Holt. The groom is the son of Jason and Kimberly Kimbrough of Morristown. He is the grandson of David and Pam Kitts and Tim and Pam Kimbrough. He is the great-grandson of Bob Morris, Lester Kitts and Buddy and Joy Wampler all of Morristown.
Guests were greeted at the barn doors by McKenna Korody to sign the guest register, a wood custom designed monogram sign, which hung on the wall. The hand held program fans were given to the guests by Reagan and Reese Ratcliff, all cousins of the bride. Walking into the barn, a photo line of engagement photos hung on the wall and outlined the alleyway. An antique sewing cabinet was decorated with a silver candelabra, wrapped in pink satin, alongside a photo canvas of the engagement ring on a Bible. The wedding took place inside the historic barn where white curtains framed the stage and back wall. An hewn Cross, draped in ivory organza and accented with a pink cherry blossom garland, was the focal point of the stage. Fresh ferns were placed on top of hay bales at the base around the Cross. To the right of the Cross was an antique storage barrel that was draped with a vintage lace cloth and held the 'Cord of Three Strands'. Centered above the stage was a crystal chandelier and there were nine additional hanging chandeliers scattered throughout the barn that were accented with burlap, draping pearls and pink cherry blossom. The aisle was outlined with galvanized buckets tied with a burlap bow and overflowing with baby's breath. The stage was flanked by antique wood barrels topped with ferns. Burlap, lace and pearl decorated mason jars, filled with candles, completed the rustic feel of the barn. The piano held a photo memorial and was embellished with greenery and cherry blossom.
Music selections included, “1000 Years,” as the parents and grandparents were escorted to their seats. The wedding processional began as the officiate, groom and best man, Michael Woods, entered the venue to the song, “Marry Me.” The bridesmaids and groomsmen paired as couples and made their way to the stage. Following along was the ring bearer, Hudson Housewright who carried a “Don’t worry ladies, I’m still single” sign and then the flower girl, Charlie McNutt, scattered pink cherry blossoms. The bride entered the ceremony to “Look at Me”. She was escorted to the altar by her father and given in marriage by her parents. The wedding recessional was the groom's favorite song “Rocky Top.”
The bride chose an all lace, white, fitted, mermaid style gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. The organza skirt featured lace appliqués and the scalloped lace hemline circled to form a chapel length train. The back of the gown featured a vintage corset. Her jewelry was a simple strand diamond necklace and matching bracelet, a gift from her parents for her wedding day. Her headpiece was a single tier finger tip veil accented with lace edging. For her something old was a handkerchief given to her by her parents when she was a baby. Something new was the bride’s wedding dress and veil. Something borrowed was a diamond pair of earrings that her mother wore on her wedding day. The bride wore a blue lace garter accented with rhinestones as her something blue. The sixpence was a coin dating back to 1945. The bridal bouquet was fresh floral arrangement of white and pink roses accented with pink cherry blossom, baby's breath and greenery.
The maid-of-honor was Emma Easter. The bridesmaids were: Abi Kimbrough, sister of the groom, Hayley Ratcliff, sister-in-law of the bride, Kaitlyn Rogers, Gabrielle Davis, Tyra Johnson, Sydney Helton, Hannah Robinette, and Brooklyn Zablocki. The ladies wore floor length pink organza dresses with a vee style halter neckline. The maids carried bouquets matching to the bride.
Groomsmen were: Dexter Ratcliff, brother of the bride, Taylor Dollar, Zachary Jamison, Hunter Price, Ben Fleshman, Seth Fleshman, and Wesley Russell. The men were attired in taupe tuxedo pants with matching suspenders, white shirts and a pink bowtie to match the bridesmaids.
The mother of the bride was attired in a floor length champagne gown accented with a lace overlay embellished with sequin appliqués. The groom's mother wore a tan and blush floral dress.
The candlelight dinner reception was held outside in the meadow under a white tent. The guests entered through a set of french doors that were drapped in ivy, wisteria and cherry blossoms. The tables were arranged with alternating centerpieces of a silver candelabra adorned with cherry blossom and a clear cylinder vase filled with cherry blossom and curly willow. Each table featured an engagement photo of the couple along with pink plate charger enhanced with a menu card and a fresh sprig of crepe myrtle greenery. The dance floor was lit up with bistro lights. The new Mr. and Mrs. danced their first dance to, “From the Ground Up”. The bride danced with her father to “I Loved Her First” and the groom danced with his mother to “My Wish.” A custom photo video played during each special dance.
Wedding director was Alice R. Rogers. Caitlin Whitted baked the wedding and groom's cakes. Mildred’s Florist did the bouquets and floral. Kaitlin Tomas did the photos and Dillon Murphy was videographer. The new Mr. and Mrs. honeymooned in Destin, Florida and will reside in Morristown. The bride is pursuing her bachelor’s in nursing at ETSU and the groom is self-employed at Kimbrough’s Lawn Service while earning a bachelor’s degree in business.