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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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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The Last Light

Sometimes art and love take you back full circle. When Maddie and Whit told me they were getting married at Perimeter I felt a peace and a little sorrow. Those grounds are sacred and painful for me. My dad is buried there. He was laid to rest with the family he first began ministering with over 30 years ago, now watching over him in that beautiful garden near the chapel. 

It’s not a place I am unfamiliar with, and there are literally thousands of lives that walk through those grounds daily. So in some ways it can feel more impersonal if I focus on how many people don’t know the small impact my father had on such a big movement so many years ago. But the garden, those pine trees shading the stones at the gravesite, that feels close to him. 

I was worried, excited, and beaming with pride to make this film. Maddie and Whit are exceptionally devoted to their faith and full of love for their families and traditions, and I hoped that the legacy and history I have with Perimeter might mirror that. And I felt that my dad was somehow watching. He was always encouraging me to pursue my passions for art, beauty and nature, yet he didn’t get to see our tiny dream bud into this business.

Bill and I felt that we were able to honor my dad's spirit and legacy on that land, and pursue our passion through that new love- just like my dad did, just like he would have wanted us to do, just like he would have encouraged Maddie and Whit to do had he ever met them. Love, nature, beauty and faith are the most important things in life—It was an honor to create this tiny representation of that.

In memory of Halley Wade Williams.

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Wild Hearts

This one was a fun one for us: knowing Lucy and Randall in high school and getting to connect a part of their story together many years later (we won’t say how many) was a very special honor. It also helps that they are some of the most fun loving, beautiful people we know!

Their wedding was phenomenal. Fun. Crazy. Wild. Gorgeous. Their day began at The Little Brown Church on Signal Mountain (which was packed to the brim with friends and family), followed by a family style dinner and reception at McCoy Farms. Bill and I walked the grounds watching the two of them laugh and sink in the day. We ate cake—there were like nine, y’all (must have: nine cakes), and danced until our feet hurt. The breeze brought a mix of fall chill and bonfire smoke that kept us dreaming of their special day for a long time. Congratulations, Lucy and Randall! We love you guys!

 

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