Mary Cate & Colton

Photography by Erin McCall Photography, LLC

Mary Catherine Ownby, daughter of Cathy and Chris Ownby of Murfreesboro, married Colton James LeBoeuf, son of Kate and Rob LeBoeuf of Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at First United Methodist Church. A lovely backyard reception followed at the bride’s home.  Mary Cate wore a silk organza Martina Liana gown and carried a bouquet of coral and white peonies, white hydrangeas, blush Juliet garden roses, hypericum and eucalyptus, provided by the floral design talents of Lori Sain Smith of Daffodilly Design. Her twelve bridesmaids wore J. Crew dresses in pale green, and the groom and groomsmen wore navy suits and grey chambray ties from Jos. A Bank.

The wedding party was made up of close family and friends, including Mollye Ownby, sister of the bride and Maid of Honor, Montana LeBoeuf, sister of the groom, Miles Ownby, brother of the bride, and the groom’s four brothers, Brandon, Jake, Dakota and Luke. The groom’s two nieces served as flower girls. Four of the couple’s close friends provided the music of violin, guitar and vocals, which included a time of congregational praise and worship. Chris walked Mary Cate down the aisle to “Ever Be” by Bethel Music. The photography and videography were provided by Erin McCall Photography of Knoxville.

Lori Sain Smith also beautifully designed the reception under a white tent on the back lawn with a black and white dance floor and a mixture of champagne draped silk tables provided by Stewart’s and farm tables and seating provided by Southern Celebrations. The farm tables were adorned with silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus running down the center with small mercury glass vases of hydrangeas, roses and flickering candles.  

The guests were served from the courtyard and dined on herbed pork tenderloin, gourmet mac and cheese, smoky green beans and a spinach and pear salad catered by Laura Gossett of Tasty Table Fine Event Catering.  The stunning array of wedding cakes, including a traditional almond, two lemon (Mary Cate’s favorite) and two carrot (Colton’s favorite) were provided by Anne Clark and were served from the dining room table.  

Mary Cate chose a lovely oversized William Arthur invitation with an embossed Ownby Family crest from The Write Impression. In keeping with tradition, Mary Cate wore a ring that belonged to Colton’s late grandmother as her something old. She carried a linen handkerchief monogrammed with her new initials in pale blue (a wedding day gift from her parents) wrapped around the stem of her bouquet that doubled as her something new and something blue.   Her cathedral length veil was borrowed from an Alpha Delta Pi sorority sister.

Mary Cate and Colton met at their church in Knoxville and became close friends on a mission trip to Capetown, South Africa. After a first date when Colton surprised her by remembering and bringing her favorite blue hydrangeas along, a love story unfolded. After a year of courting and asking her father, Chris, for permission for her hand in marriage, Colton arranged a surprise engagement on top of Max Patch Mountain in North Carolina. Mary Cate had just moved him to Texas for an upcoming year of Discipleship Training School and was on her way home from a girl’s trip in Charleston when her group of friends (accomplices to the surprise) told her they were going to stop at Max Patch and take some sunset photos. When they arrived, they told Mary Cate that she was to walk the journey up the mountain by herself. Colton had placed handwritten letters every few yards all the way up the path, culminating with her arrival at the top to find him on his knee with a diamond ring to ask his love to be his wife! Colton had also planned a surprise party back in Knoxville with family and friends delightfully waiting at their favorite restaurant, The Plaid Apron, to celebrate with them.

Hosting a reception at home was one of the sweetest things we have ever done. In fact, the Ownbys had intentionally not planted any trees in the back yard in the hope that one of their three children would want to have a wedding reception at home! Although the morning brought an absolute deluge of rain, the afternoon cleared and Mary Cate and Colton were able to have a first look on the beautiful lawn of Event Coordinator and friend Lori Sain Smith. After a worshipful ceremony and a wonderful reception, the evening culminated in Mary Cate tossing her bouquet from the upper porch of her home and then running down the staircase with Colton as their guests lined the front walkway celebrating with sparklers. The LeBoeufs now reside in Knoxville, where Colton is a Pastoral Intern with Antioch Community Church and Mary Cate is teaching English and Creative Writing at Bearden High School.