destination wedding

The Cosmic Mystery | Colorado Destination Wedding

Our very first destination wedding. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Taylor and Macy found us through our inspiration and friend from afar, Steelhead Cinema. Lucky for us, we all got to converge in Colorado from both ends of the country for their ridiculously beautiful wedding weekend.

This film put us on a creative journey from the start. When we look back at who we were last year, we know that we are forever different because of these two. We have since begun traveling almost full time to make our films, as it sparked a passion for us to explore a world beyond our little Tennessee hilltop.

It’s reminded us that following our dreams with like-minded people is the most important part of why we do what we do. Their adventures become our adventures, and capturing their legacy channels our vision for how Bill and I want to live our lives together.

It’s given us the art we so crave. To serve our couples is paramount, and we often get swept away in working with those beautiful shots and gorgeous details that we can forget that the our people need to bask in that beauty while we fade into the background. And in Colorado, that art was so all encompassing that it left us speechless.

But mostly this film has given us air. It’s been a steady inhale of a multitude of desires and emotions that have culminated into this exhale. An exhale that finally says everything we were feeling while we were with Taylor and Macy. An exhale of yes’s and oh my gods, of thank you’s and we’re so lucky’s. An exhale of tears, of profound love, and an exhale of emotions that can do nothing but show you what we feel in our hearts for these two. 

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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 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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Kelsey & Martin

These two were some of the most adventurous souls we have ever met. Opting for a destination wedding, Kelsey and Martin wanted everyone to experience the love they have for Chattanooga's architecture and atmosphere. The Church on Main’s historic preservation and The Flying Squirrels mid century vibes did just the trick. Kelsey and Martin even had a chance to steal away and venture to the top of Sunset Rock, back to the spot where Martin first proposed. 

These two were like magnets, embracing each other as the wind and clouds erupted before them into a full blown rain storm. We raced back to the reception and were greeted by friends and family enjoying a slew of delicious tacos and cocktails. 

Everyone kept talking about how Kelsey and Martin were like two puzzle pieces that just fit perfectly together. From their meeting at the Air Force Academy, to rock climbing, to living in a tiny home, their goals and dreams align.

Kelsey told us a little story about how she was drawn to Martin’s carefree and adventurous spirit and we can’t help but understand: 

“Martin and I were in the same Arabic class at the Air Force Academy. He would fall asleep and the teacher would wake him up and try to stump him with a tough question... but he always effortlessly got the questions right! And I studied really hard and still had no idea what was going on. He was always talking to friends about their exciting weekend plans. It seemed like they went skiing every single weekend! We hung out one time with a mutual friend and started talking. He helped me study for my Arabic final, then baked a cake for my birthday (surprisingly difficult... we didn't have access to a kitchen as cadets). I noticed right away that he was adventurous and smart, but feeding me sugar ultimately sealed the deal! “

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Adventure Weddings, For the Wild at Heart

Forgoing floral arrangements, a DJ, or even guests at a wedding might seem extreme, but more and more courageous couples are choosing to elope or take part in adventure weddings each year. These intimate ceremonies come in all varieties, from the forests of Yosemite to the French Riviera. Often taking place in remote locations, adventure weddings and elopements rarely have all the details of a traditional wedding, but they can be a great way to celebrate a couple’s unique bond without sacrificing their style.

So why opt for an untraditional wedding? 

the devil is in the details

Traditional weddings are wonderful, and certainly the right choice for many people, but they can take a year or more (and probably a few headaches) to plan. If you elope, however, there are far fewer moving parts. Choose a location, a dress, an officiant, and a videographer and the rest just kind of falls into place. 

dollar dollar bills, y’all

The average wedding cost in the US is nearly $27,000, and that doesn’t include a honeymoon. If you choose to elope, even in the most exotic of locations, you could save yourself some Benjamins and gain some great, lasting memories to boot. Choosing an adventure wedding will also free up your budget for videography and photography, which is sure to be stunning in the unique location you choose.

no FOMO (fear of missing out)

You can have your wedding cake and eat it too. There is nothing stopping you from planning a huge party when you get back from your adventure wedding— Invite your family and friends and have a grand old time celebrating your marriage. If you had a wedding film made, this would be the perfect time to show it.

bragging rights

You deserve an awesome wedding story. The next time someone asks where you got married, you’ll be able to regale them with tales of your adventure—or better yet, show them your wedding film. Of course, we would never recommend doing something just to impress others, but it’s certainly a fringe benefit. The odds are, however, that you’ll end up impressing yourself. You’ll look back fondly at your intrepid spirit and the wonderful memories surrounding your special day.

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