The Remembrance Stone | Elopement at Sunset Rock Chattanooga, TN | Katie & Cameron

Katie and Cameron found us on INSTAGRAM— a major validation for me because it seems like I put a lot of effort into those tiny squares and sometimes it’s a love hate relationship. This time, of course, was pure love.

These two traveled all the way from hot hot Florida to elope on top of Lookout Mountain (which also happened to be super hot at the time 🔥—sorry guys). It was such a simple plan but filled with so much intention. Katie and Cam have tons of siblings, but they wanted this ceremony to be as intimate and personal as possible. They chose their parents to witness and a pastor and friend who has guided them throughout their entire relationship. Katie wore the most ethereal gown, and Sarah from Southerly Flower Farm crafted the most sublime bouquet. In front of just their parents, Katie and Cameron said their vows as the sun fell just below the mountains.

After reading personal letters to one another, they quietly said their vows in private on a little mountain path. As the sun set during their ceremony, they spent the last few leaks of light washing each others feet as a symbol of their sacrifice and commitment. With their parents praying over them, you could feel the change— all the moments that led to that point in time had brought them to a place as solid and secure as the stone they stood on.

It was the most adventurous, meaningful, and precious elopement for the raddest, boldest and most boho of them all!

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Summer in the City | Chattanooga Urban Wedding at St. John's Restaurant | Emma + Alex

This wedding kicked off our summer season with a huge explosion. We met Emma and her bridesmaids just as they were parading out into the lobby of the Chattanoogan and whisked away with them to Patton Chapel. A bride ahead of schedule? Yes please. When Alex arrived at the chapel with their two amazing dogs in tow, we knew the day would be special—and boy were we were right.

Even though Alex was the most joyful groom we’ve ever been with, he got so emotional at the First look. Through tears he admired Emma’s mermaid Dupuoni silk strapless gown and never stopped smiling. They shared the most exuberant exchange and we were left feeling like we knew both of them so well. Laughter, tears, and cuddles made us feel at home in the middle of a profound lifelong relationship full of constant care and selflessness.

The rest of the day was a whirlwind. There was a beautiful ceremony full of sweet vows and lots of loving friends onlooking as they said ‘I do’ then the crew hopped into the Chattanooga Trolley and rolled over to The Meeting Place for hors d’oeuvres. We managed to pull Alex and Emma away for about 10 minutes to walk around downtown and they couldn’t stop smiling. Their joy was absolutely palpable.

And to say the rest of the night was wild would be the biggest understatement of the season. We danced, drank some amazing signature cocktails, then danced some more while the walls of the flatiron building pulsed with the beat. It was LIT. 

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The Time of My Life | Derby Day Wedding at RT Lodge |

Cinco De Mayo, Maracas, and a Soul Train exit? Yes Please.

Josh and Allison’s Wedding beautiful outdoor wedding was both intimate and larger than life. The ceremony was filled with the closest of friends, family, beautiful blooms, and unique details. Cocktail hour was filled with s’mores and Kentucky Derby viewing, complete with proper wide-brim-hat attire. After the race, dinner was served under a tent topped with maypole ribbons, flowers, and lounge seating, inviting guests to relax and settle into the evening. 

Every couple has a unique style, but our favorite thing about Allison and Josh is how they seemed to light up on the dance floor, surrounding themselves with family and friends and a contagious energy. Allison and her dad did a choreographed dance and Josh and his mom held each other through tears—there may have been a few of those from us as well.

The reception was the definition of a party, with nonstop dancing, maracas and a live band. At the end of the night, everyone lined up and spent the next 20 minutes dancing in groups Soul-Train-style. Once the last dancer got ready to leave the tent, the ominous clouds finally broke and Josh and Allison officially exited under a large umbrella while getting pelted with raindrops. I think the weather wanted in on the fun. It was one crazy fun night!

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The Year of Grace

Joel and Kathryn took us on a yearlong adventure.

It all began the day we met Joel and he let us in on his plan to surprise Kathryn by proposing on her birthday in front of both their families. We went over the plan together, determined how we would shoot it, how we would communicate with him beforehand, and how he would mic himself (luckily for us, Joel put James Bond to shame with his ability to hide a wire). Joel told Kathryn they were going to dinner with family, but after parking he meandered them toward the Hunter Museum instead. Joel popped the question overlooking the Tennessee River on a gorgeous midsummer evening, and despite her hunger, Kathryn agreed emphatically

Fast forward a couple months—Joel and Kathryn had moved states for work (as well as their wedding venue) but came back to Chattanooga to meet up. Just as the leaves were beginning to fill out the trees, we all went for a much-needed (winter can be rough for us) hike along the trails of Lookout Mountain. Kathryn and Joel are the silliest couple we’ve ever filmed. They are the most themselves when they are doing impressions, fake falling, twerking, or cross-eyed. But in the midst of all those giggle-worthy candids (if you follow our Insta stories you know we can’t stop posting the outtakes) we were able to get something we don’t often have the opportunity to get: a glimpse into everyday life. From the nicknames to the goofy selfie shots, Joel and Kathryn let us in on who they are and how they interact: with love, silliness and explosions of joy all around them.

So then life happened, and some things fell through. They ended up planning a last-minute wedding on a public overlook in the Ocoee wilderness. It was the definition of intimate (there were less than 30 people in attendance) and in our opinion it could not have been more perfect.  On top of a mountain overlooking more than three states, Kathryn and Joel married in an intimate and faith-filled ceremony. There was no reception, no speeches, just close family and friends— a perfect parallel to the love and authenticity we had witnessed over the year. And that small gathering of people welcomed the beginning of Joel and Kathryn's future with explosions of joy all around them. 

"In our good and bad moments I vow to remember that God gave grace and companionship in the midst of my loneliness."

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The Corridors of Time

I remember my call with Ashley pretty much word for word. She told me that she was a fellow artist and that she had family on Signal Mountain, and was wanting to do a “Destination Holiday” wedding. What Holiday, you ask? My absolute favorite holiday? Our absolute favorite holiday? Christmas? Like, "You're putting up Christmas decorations and ivy, and you are wearing a fur stole and having a grande Christmas hall feast? Where do I sign up? And can I be in the wedding too?"

It pretty much went like that.

So we were jazzed, for sure, but when when we woke up on the Monday before Christmas to a cloudy and foggy winter morning that looked like an image straight out of Narnia, I was bugging out even more than I thought possible. 

During the entire day, the anticipation was as palpable as the fog in the air. From the first look to the exit, Ashley and Mark literally could not stop smiling. Bill and I were lucky enough to watch their creative hearts melt together in a flurry of giggles, twirls, and thoughtful embraces. The whole day was seriously perfect; filled with twinkling lights, men in uniform, and the most tender family ties to one another. These two joined together and created one family that perfectly embodied the definition of the holiday.

I'm so glad Bill and I were able to film this gorgeous Holiday wedding, and, more importantly, to witness such a beautiful love. Ashley and Mark's passion for one another inspired us, and left us completely awestruck. 

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