Local Venues: Grandview

Tori & Philip Kincer  |  Grandview

 

Tori and Philip’s love has been over a decade in the making. The couple first met in Sunday school at First Centenary United Methodist Church, and after attending different universities following high school, Tori and Philip both relocated back to the Scenic City.

They immediately reconnected, and when it came time for the duo to make a lifelong commitment to one another, they decided to go back to where it all began. Tori and Philip wed at their childhood church, which was easily one of Tori’s most fond moments from the day.

“My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Philip,” recalls Tori. “The ceremony was the first time we saw each other, and I was so eager to say our vows and become his wife.”

Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Grandview for dinner, drinks, and dancing. With the goal of having a traditional, intimate wedding, Tori selected Grandview for its natural beauty.

“We chose Grandview for its elegant and traditional ambiance,” says Tori. “There was minimal décor at the reception because I wanted our guests to focus on the food and enjoying the view that Grandview has to offer.”

Colors of navy and wine perfectly encapsulated the winter season, and string lights and space heaters were placed throughout the space to make the reception magical and comfortable at the same time. Greenery and floating candles dotted the tables, which were cloaked in cream tablecloths and set with burgundy napkins.

Upon arriving at Grandview, guests were invited to participate in a cocktail hour that featured Southern staples like pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. For dinner, attendees could peruse a taco bar, and the Kincers were front and center for a cake cutting and several formal dances.

“Shortly after dinner, the DJ switched the playlist, and everyone was on the dance floor,” says Tori. “Our playlist was filled with a mixture of oldies and goodies, and the entire night was filled with dancing and laughter. Our wedding day was full of so much joy and excitement.”

 

How He Proposed 

“Philip and I were kayaking at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, and he insisted that we go check out this trail he had found. As we were walking along the trail, I noticed a picnic table that had a tablecloth and a vase of flowers on it. As we approached, Philip got down on one knee and proposed with his great-grandmother’s ring.”

 

Photos by Molly Smith Photography

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