Skip to content

Nikki and Nathan Stachey



Photography by Texture Photo

Technology may be considered by some a necessity. Others may consider it something fun and useful. But can technology be considered romantic? In Jessica Nicole (Nikki) and Nathan’s case, the answer is yes. Technology is what first brought the couple together.

“We met through an online dating site,” Nikki explained. “Some would say that’s a modern-day romance. Technology at its finest.” After meeting online, their first date was a month later at Calhoun’s on the River, and things rapidly progressed from there. Engaged on July 3 at a gender reveal celebration, their soon-to-follow wedding plans became another exercise in technology.

Having heard about a contest called “Tailgate Tennessee Wedding,” Nikki and Nathan decided to give it a try. Tailgate Tennessee, in conjunction with All Occasions Party Rentals and the Erik Ainge Show on WNML-AM/FM, gave away a tailgate wedding for a winning couple and 100 guests. The winning couple would be married at Tailgate Tennessee in Circle Park before the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game for a wedding giveaway package value exceeding $30,000. Three couples were chosen as finalists and attended a live remote of the Erik Ainge Show at All Occasions at which time the winner was selected. To enter, couples recorded a video explaining why they should win, then uploaded that video to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube using the hashtag #TailgateTNWedding. So once again, technology came through and Nikki and Nathan were chosen as the winners.

With a fall theme and burnt orange, gold, white and maroon color scheme, both the wedding and reception were romantic, rustic and fun. The bride’s classic romantic dress mirrored the theme, as did the rustic two-tier wedding cake with a wooden coaster. When asked what will stick out in their minds most, Nikki recalled that during her vows, “Rocky Top” started playing for the Vol Walk.

“That is certainly not something everyone can say happens during their wedding,” she said. “But it was certainly a memorable event!”

November 10, 2018

WEDDING PLANNER: AMANDA AINGE
CATERER: CALHOUNS
FLORAL DESIGN: SAMUEL FRANKLIN FLORAL & HOME
INVITATIONS/STATIONERY: IMAGE MATTERS
BRIDE'S GOWN: GILDED GOWN/ LILLIAN WEST
WEDDING CAKE: B&G CATERING
VENUE FOR CEREMONY: ALL OCCASIONS
PARTY RENTALS & TAILGATE TENNESSEE
VENUE FOR RECEPTION: ALL OCCASIONS
PARTY RENTALS & TAILGATE TENNESSEE
HAIR STYLIST: PATRICIA SAFADI/WOLF+LAMB HAIR LOUNGE
MAKEUP ARTIST: PATRICIA SAFADI/WOLF+LAMB HAIR LOUNGE
RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: OGLE ENTERTAINMENT
TUXEDO RENTAL: PRESTIGE TUXEDOS

More Stories

  • Editor's Letter

    If it were a normal April, I’d wish everyone a happy spring and rhapsodize over the forsythia, dogwoods, redbuds, jonquils and tulips that never fail to lift my spirits. But this is not a normal April. We’re dealing with things that seemed unimaginable just a month or so ago. And it’s hard to predict what next week or next month may bring. Read More
  • Downtown Knoxville Alliance Helps Prospective Residents Explore Options

    Developers have started construction on a combined 420 new residential units in Downtown Knoxville, signaling continued housing demand within the central business district, which is a 0.67-square-mile area in the city’s core. The new rental and purchase options will push the district’s housing units to more than 2,000, in addition to units in surrounding downtown neighborhoods. Read More
  • The Christman Company Acquires Medco Construction

    The Christman Company, a national construction management and real estate development firm based in Lansing, Michigan, and with an office in Knoxville, Tennessee, has acquired MEDCO Construction in Texas. The acquisition allows Christman, which also has an office in Grapevine, Texas, to expand its construction services and sets the stage for growth in Texas and surrounding areas. Read More
  • Johnson Architecture Project Chesapeake's West Earns Keep Knoxville Beautiful Award

    Chesapeake’s West, designed by Johnson Architecture, has earned a 2020 Keep Knoxville Beautiful Orchids Award for the transformation of a tire center into a modern, nautical dining experience. To accomplish their vision, the owners, Copper Cellar Family of Restaurants, collaborated with longtime partner Johnson Architecture to artfully remake the cinder block building into a 17,600-square-foot restaurant and event space. Read More