Congratulations to Tutt and Clarissa! You must take a moment to read through their love story, as told by Clarissa below. There are so many Franklin connections that it makes our hearts flutter! The last little bit of the story (read to the end!), means so much to us, and is one of the many reasons why we love what we do and the people we meet along the way.
"Tutt and I were formally introduced at the 1st annual Pilgrimage Festival through mutual friends during the very last concert on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. (Willie Nelson). Needless to say we were both were hooked at first sight!
Tutt and I both grew up in Franklin, TN, attended Battle Ground Academy and, after many separate paths and travels had moved back to the area.
After realizing this was the man of my dreams, I was struck one day by a Walton post of my now wedding ring. I snuck into Walton's on a whim after seeing the ring that I could not get out of my head. This ring reminded me of my mother's full wedding set, yet had its own very unique and everlasting twist. I have never been a girl who knew what type of ring I wanted when I was married, but upon first sight of this ring, just like first meeting Tutt, I just knew it was meant to be forever. I visited Walton's twice on my own (first time would not even touch the ring......but it lured me back and I knew it was the one). My best friend hinted to Tutt about my secret adventure (without my knowledge) and Tutt went to Walton's twice as well, the first time on his own to look, the second, accompanied by his wonderful mother, to purchase the special ring.
Tutt proposed on the Friday of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National on April 8, 2016 on the 4th hole ("Flowering Crabapple"), which is my absolute favorite hole in golf and one of my favorite places in the world. He patiently waited until all golfers had played the hole for the day and we were the only ones left in that area. He got down on one knee and I am pretty sure I said Yes before he could finish his perfect speech.
Tutt and I were married on April 1, 2017 in Pawley's Island, South Carolina at the Heritage Club in a gorgeous outdoor setting on the creekside of the island. We spent a week celebrating with close friends and family. The wedding was absolute perfection and will be a day we reminisce about for years to come. Our wedding date was exactly one year to the day that Tutt purchased the ring!
We were lucky enough to return to the Masters gold tournament the week after our wedding and returned to Hole 4, the place of our engagement, this time as husband and wife.
Although photos are not allowed to be taken on the Augusta National golf course, we did get one photo at their visiting site. Here are a few photos of our wedding ceremony and of course, the exquisite and most special piece of jewelry in my life.....the Walton's ring.
I cannot express how much I adore and love my ring and how truly perfect it is as the symbol of our love and life together. Tutt and I cannot thank all of the staff at Walton's enough for their help, love and support. We will definitely be seeing you again in the future!! :)
As a very special side note, another piece of jewelry I wore at my wedding was my "borrowed" item from one of my cousins. My cousin was given this piece of jewelry (an antique gold clasp bracelet lined with gorgeous emerald shaped amethyst) by my late grandfather, in honor of my grandmother, at her own wedding. This bracelet was one of my late Grandmother's absolute favorite pieces of jewelry, which she had purchased years ago on a trip to visit us in Franklin......she purchased this precious piece at no other then Walton's. I cannot begin to describe the emotional feeling of having this bracelet on during my special day.....she was truly right beside me through this piece."