06 Sep Hushh Magazine – Fall 2018
by Beth Patton
Charity Honeycutt, born and raised fifteen minutes from Mount Mitchell in western North Carolina, came to Knoxville in 2008 for an academic meeting at UT. The interviewer commented that she looked athletic and her mom, Rebecca, proceeded to gush the many accolades of Charity’s track and basketball achievements. After the meeting, he promptly sent Charity to Coach J.J. Clark. He asked for Charity’s 400-meter time and said he could tell she could run by the way she walked. Charity walked out 45 minutes later as a Lady Vol.
Charity received her undergraduate degree in retail and her masters in sports management before she decided the corporate life was not for her. Her eye for high-end design on a low-end budget, her love for everything to do with weddings, and a little push from her mom gave her the confidence to jump in and start her own event planning business.
In 2016 she planned Jordan Smith’s (winner of The Voice) wedding which was featured in People Magazine. She has since added designing sets for local production companies, HGTV, Travel Channel, and Discovery Network to her portfolio.
Charity pulled off 30 weddings last year, she was the stylist and set designer for a John H. Daniels marketing campaign that featured Chris Blue, and she has worked with Patricia Nash, Laticia Rolle, Erin and Ben Napier, and The Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott to name a few.
She is currently working on a private 600 guests event celebrating Philip Fulmer and the UT Athletic Department and the 20-year reunion of the 1998 National Championship. The theme of this party is classy tailgate and high-end man cave. She is recreating the 1998 locker room, setting up 5 art installs, 7 lounge areas, 5 food trucks, and coordinating a lot of other moving parts and logistics.
The number one criteria for working with Honeybee Events is you must love her beloved dog, Knox, who is almost always at her job sites. He is, after all, the boss.