By Christopher Smith
The purpose of Trevitt Hall is to entertain large groups, said owner Majorie Mitchell, but she never expected to entertain retired University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley, MTV, and — most recently — the TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.”
The reality show — which follows soon-to-be brides as they shop for their wedding dress through Bridals by Lori in Sandy Springs — came to Trevitt Hall Saturday evening to record the wedding reception of Michael Knapp and Jasmine Martin.
The Dalton couple said they sent an online application to TLC when they got engaged six months ago and were selected from thousands of submissions to be the focus of an episode that will air in either January or February, 2013.
“We got accepted two or three weeks ago” Martin said. “It was really exciting. It was great show to be part of. They really did a good job covering the wedding planning process.”
With a television crew following them through their day-to-day activities, Martin was worried show officials would try to cause tension between everyone involved in the wedding planning.
“They need the story line,” she said. “They want to try to make something good for television, to stir something up — it’s just a trend in shows like that. There were some open-answered questions that might have tried to get us to say something the wrong way, but really we had no drama. Our family support has been great. We’re truly blessed to be here.”
The hall itself was a “great venue,” Martin added.
“We’re so excited this day is finally here and we’re in this room” she said. “We waited, we planned, we had a few stressful moments, but we’re here. It’s amazing to be here in this building; with these people.”
The downtown hall was built in 1871 by J.F. Trevitt and was used to host balls, plays, commencements, church services — any kind of large social gathering, Mitchell said.
“I bought it in 1995 to put my design center — I do interior design —’ into the hall,” she said. “After awhile, I decided to turn it back into history and use it for what it was originally intended, which was a venue. We opened it up and now we use it a lot for weddings.”
Mitchell believes the television show’s presence will “give a little exposure for the hall.”
“I don’t think they’ll show a whole lot of the hall when they air the episode,” she added. “But anything is good. It’s a very good space for weddings or receptions, so it’s great for ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ to be here. It’s got a great history. I spent time looking through various newspaper (Daily Citizen) articles about it from the years, even back to 1871.”
When asked if he had anything to say about the television show, Michael Knapp said, “I just love my wife very much and I’m a very happy man.”