Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson kicked off their wedding weekend with a lavish dinner with family and friends — including their two sons — on Thursday evening.
The couple, who have been engaged for nearly a decade, are getting married at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 23.
The bride-to-be has been documenting the lead-up to their big day on Instagram Stories, from their flight to Knoxville on a private jet to their first night at the breathtaking resort.
Paulina, 33, referred to the evening as ‘family night’ on her Instagram Stories, though their closest friends were also in attendance.
Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson (pictured with their seven-year-old son Tatum) kicked off their wedding weekend with a lavish dinner at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee on Thursday night
The bride-to-be shared photos from the evening, including a sweet snapshot of herself cuddling her four-year-old son, River
She shared a black and white photo of herself posing with her sister-in-law Sara Gretzky and her close friends Kristina Melnichenko and Jeremy Cohen.
The couple are getting married at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 23
The snapshot was framed in white and had ‘Paulina & Dustin 04.23.2022’ written at the bottom in black.
Another image from the night that shows her cuddling her son River was posted with the caption: ‘My heart.’
Paulina looked incredible in a nude mini-dress featuring ruffles and crystal embellishments that twinkled in the light. She wore her long blonde hair in loose waves around her shoulders.
Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, the founder of Makeup by Mario, was on hand to help her get ready that night. Before dinner, she posted a photo of herself wearing nothing but a nude tank while he did her makeup.
Dustin, 37, wore a navy suit and white button-down shirt sans tie, topping off his dinner look with a pair of white sneakers. The couple’s sons Tatum, seven, and River, four, matched their dad in light blue button-down shirts, navy pants, and white sneakers.
Paulina and her sons posed for photos with their family and friends at the dinner
Paulina shared one snapshot of herself with her sister-in-law Sara Gretzky (far left) and her close friends Kristina Melnichenko (second from right) and Jeremy Cohen (right)
Paulina tagged the event planning company YSD Events when she shared a video of the stunning tablescape that was designed for the night’s festivities.
There were narrow vases filled with white tulips and dozens of candle votives on the table while unique light fixtures hung from the trees above them.
Guests were treated to a three-course meal starting with mushroom risotto parmesan and aged balsamic.
They had a choice of two entrees, either miso sea bass with spinach and jasmine rise or wood-grilled beef ribeye cap au poivre with potato puree and garden greens.
Dessert was carrot cake with cream cheese and candied pecans.
The event planning company YSD Events designed the stunning tablescape for the night’s festivities, which Paulina referred to as ‘family night’ on her Instagram Stories
There were narrow vases filled with white tulips and dozens of candle votives on the table while unique light fixtures hung from the trees above them
Guests were treated to a three-course meal starting with mushroom risotto followed by an entree of their choosing and carrot cake for dessert
Paulina continued to share photos from the night on Friday morning, including family photos of herself with Dustin and their sons. The boys had fun in the photo booth and posed for a number of playful shots, both together and by themselves.
The next morning, the bride-to-be was dressed in white sweats when she took Tatum and River to see the ‘truffle pups’ on the property that are a part of Blackberry Farm’s breeding program.
She sat next to their boys as they happily pet the Lagotto Romagnolo puppies. The dog breed from Northern Italy has been used to hunt truffles for centuries.
Paulina and Dustin flew to Knoxville with their family and friends on a private jet on Thursday afternoon.
She started her Instagram Stories posts from the day with a snapshot of herself looking outside the window of the jet with the caption: ‘She’s ready.’
Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, the founder of Makeup by Mario, helped Paulina get ready before the dinner
The next morning, Paulina shared snapshots from the dinner that were framed in white and had ‘Paulina & Dustin 04.23.2022’ written at the bottom in black
The couple’s sons had fun in the photo booth and posed for a number of playful shots, both together and by themselves
On Friday, Paulina took Tatum and River to see the ‘truffle pups’ on the property that are a part of Blackberry Farm’s breeding program
The mom sat next to their boys in white sweats as she happily pet the Lagotto Romagnolo puppies. The dog breed from Northern Italy has been used to hunt truffles for centuries
The mother of two was dressed to impress in a cropped white halter top and denim shorts, but it was her accessories that stood out. She wore glittery cowboy boots with a matching crossbody bag, perfect for her arrival in Knoxville.
Paulina’s blonde hair was pulled back in a simple bun, which drew attention to the large diamond earrings that sparkled in her ears.
Sitting next to her on the floor was a white Hermès Birkin bag — the starting cost of which is an eye-watering $10,000. She also had a white mug with the words ‘Mrs. Johnson Est. 2022’ splashed across the front in silver in her cupholder.
In case it wasn’t clear she was getting married, she posted a Boomerang that shows her and Dustin clinking champagne glasses with their guests on the jet. She added a GIF that said: ‘It’s finally happening.’
Another picture of Paulina posing with sister-in-law Sara and her pal Kristina was captioned: ‘Going To The Chapel.’
Paulina and Dustin flew to their wedding destination with her family on friends on a private jet on Thursday afternoon
The bride-to-be was dressed to impress in a cropped white halter top, denim shorts, glittery cowboy boots, and a matching crossbody bag
Paulina posted a Boomerang that shows her and Dustin clinking champagne glasses with their guests on the jet, adding a GIF that said: ‘It’s finally happening’
Paulina also shared footage of herself stepping off the plane after they landed, which was set to the song ‘Going To The Chapel’
A black SUV from Blackberry Farm was seen waiting for them on the tarmac
After they landed, she added footage of herself stepping off the plane that was set to the classic wedding song ‘Going To The Chapel.’ A black SUV from Blackberry Farm was seen waiting for them on the tarmac.
Paulina headed straight to the resort, and twenty minutes later she shared a Boomerang of herself holding hands with Dustin as they walked on the grounds.
The couple was greeted with a golf cart with their initials ‘P’ and ‘D’ that was decorated with white flowers and greenery in celebration of their big day.
Paulina couldn’t resist taking a video of the luxurious resort, including the incredible view.
Nightly rates for rooms at Blackberry Farm start at $1,045, and a three-night minimum is required for all stays, according to the website.
The couple had ordered custom cookies featuring their faces, her engagement ring, a golf cart, and a bottle of champagne with their initials on it for the weekend.
Paulina and Dustin were captured holding hands after they arrived at the resort
The couple was greeted with a golf cart with their initials ‘P’ and ‘D’ that was decorated with white flowers and greenery in celebration of their big day
Paulina couldn’t resist taking a video of the breathtaking resort in the Great Smoky Mountains
Nightly rates for rooms at Blackberry Farm start at $1,045, and a three-night minimum is required for all stays
The couple had ordered custom cookies featuring their faces, her engagement ring, a golf cart, and a bottle of champagne with their initials on it
Guests received the cookies in wooden boxes with a note that said: ‘Welcome! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! xx P+D’
Guests received the cookies in wooden boxes with a note that said: ‘Welcome! Can’t wait to celebrate with you! xx P+D.’
Paulina and Dustin started dating in 2012 and got engaged a year later. She spoke about their nearly decade-long engagement on her sister-in-law Sara’s podcast, The Netchicks, last year.
‘I don’t know if people know if me and Dustin are really married or not. We’re not,’ she reminded listeners. ‘We’re so in love.’
Last April, she lived every bride’s dream when she shopped for the perfect wedding dress with Vera Wang in New York City.
Paulina enjoyed a celebratory dinner with the renowned fashion designer before trying on a number of gowns at her bridal boutique.
Dustin was at the RBC Heritage on the PGA Tour last week when he dodged a question about their wedding menu. The golfer is known for his love of pigs in the blanket, which he had served at his Masters champions dinner last year.
Paulina was joined by her mother, Jane Gretzky, and her pal Kristina Melnichenko when she flew to Knoxville last month to do some wedding planning
Paulina appeared to be touring the grounds with her mother and friend in her snapshots
In February, Paulina was joined by eight of her closest pals when she took a private jet to St. Barts for her bachelorette party
The bride-to-be donned a white strapless mini dress and sneakers while her friends wore shades of pink
When asked if they would be serving the appetizer at their nuptials, he admitted that he didn’t do too much of the planning.
‘Honestly, I don’t know, it’s a possibility,’ he told Golf Digest with a laugh. ‘I haven’t looked over the menu yet. I’ll let mom pick that stuff.’
Dustin did not appear to be with Paulina when she traveled to Tennessee with her mother, Janet Gretzy, and her pal Kristina last month for some wedding planning.
She chronicled the trip on her Instagram Stories, starting with a photo of her plane touching down in Knoxville, which is about a half-hour drive from Blackberry Farm.
The future Mrs. Johnson was dressed in a white sports bra and matching leggings, topping off her look with a camel coat and white sneakers.
The group posed for a photo in what appeared to be The Barn, a James Beard Award-winning restaurant at Blackberry Farm.
Paulina and her pals dressed to the nines every time they went out on the island
Paulina modeled a pink bikini while striking a pose with her pal Jeremy on a boat excursion
Paulina had a great time with her friends, she wasn’t without her fiancé. She shared a photo of herself with Dustin, who was also on the island for his bachelor party
Another snapshot showed Paulina and Kristina holding glasses of red wine in the backseat of a vehicle. It seemed as though they were enjoying a wine tasting while touring the grounds.
The wedding planning came on the heels of the bride-to-be’s lavish bachelorette getaway that was held on St. Barts in late February.
Paulina was joined by eight of her closest pals — including her sister-in-law Sara — when she flew to the French-speaking Caribbean island on a private jet filled with swag for her and her party guests.
She documented her entire bachelorette weekend on her Instagram Stories and later shared a throwback photo of them boarding their private jet.
Paulina posed on the stairs by herself while her friends huddled together on the tarmac together. She captioned the picture ‘P’s Last D,’ which was also the getaway’s official hashtag.
The influencer, who has one million Instagram followers, tagged her friends Janet, Jeremy, her future sister-in-law Samantha Johnson, Kristina, Sara, Alex Brown, Brooke Hurt, and Ava Deylami.
Paulina lived every bride’s dream last April when she shopped for the perfect wedding dress with renowned fashion designer Vera Wang in New York City
Paulina did not confirm whether she said yes to a dress, but she gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at some of the gowns she tried on
The bride-to-be also posted a photo of herself modeling a mermaid-style gown with a lace veil
They stayed at what appeared to be a private villa that was already decorated in Paulina’s honor and featured a pool overlooking the Caribbean.
Guests enjoyed a custom bar menu with drinks named in Paulina’s honor, including ‘Naked & Famous’ and ‘No Regretzkys.’ They were also given more gifts inside the villa.
They were gifted ‘Team Bride’ cards featuring a drawing of all of them from behind with Paulina ‘The Queen’ in the center. Others swag included mesh trucker hats and flowers, but the nicest gifts by far were bags from Prada.
Snapshots and videos from the week-long getaway show the group dancing, singing, and taking down plenty of drinks. But every morning they woke up to fresh-cut fruit, squeezed juices, chia seed pudding, and plates of pastries.
And while Paulina had a great time with her friends, she wasn’t without her fiancé.
She shared a photo of herself with Dustin, who was also on the island for his bachelor party, though it’s unclear how much time they spent together.