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3,653 Days | Bohemian Watauga River Wedding | Elizabethton, TN

Katelyn had dreamed of her wedding since she was a little girl. And Charlton had been planning to marry Katelyn since he was a little boy.

From the Bride:

“We went to elementary, middle, and high school together. Charlton actually told his friends in 6th grade that he was going to marry me one day! (True story). We started dating when he was a freshman and I was a junior. After 8 years, he planned the most amazing surprise engagement. We were going to “stay at his dad’s friends house on Beech Mountain for the weekend with our best friends, Kenzie (who just so happens to be a photographer 😉) and Drew” and go snowboarding the whole weekend. It was December 9th 2016, and due to some bad weather, the slopes closed! So we went to the cabin and it ended up being a beautiful snowy night. Charlton told me he wanted to go around to the back of the house to see where we were on the slope. So we walked around and he had our mom’s decorate the back deck and trees with my favorite lights. As I’m looking around trying to see the landscape through the snow, he pulled me close. I could hear his voice tremble and he just said “I love you” then got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him! All the while my best friend is capturing the moment and taking pictures!! As I was ugly crying and nodding “Yes!” in pure shock, the windows on the cabin opened and both of our families started yelling out the window. It was the most special night! 💕

He also spent about 5 months designing my ring from scratch. I literally had no idea and he was traveling home from Knoxville during the week while I was at work, all the while meeting with the guy to make my ring unique and special.”

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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First Impressions

Getting to know Kyle and Victoria has been awesome. Since the first time we met at a little sandwich shop in Cartersville, we knew we liked them. For me, it was the fact that Victoria is a fellow onion-hater. For my wife, I believe it had something to do with Kyle taking her suggestion about ordering a chicken salad sandwich. Food is probably too important to us.

The more we got to know them, the more we liked them. As individuals, Kyle and Victoria are remarkable; confident, intelligent, and effortlessly good looking. Together, they are a force of nature. Victoria is in school to become a doctor, and Kyle is an engineer, so they weren’t intimidating at all. Besides, my wife and I are relatively accomplished at keeping a small child alive, so we had to tone it down a little.

In all seriousness, Victoria and Kyle are super down to earth and playful, as we learned during their wedding day. I have a pretty lengthy blooper reel of Victoria’s spontaneous dance moves and elaborate hand gestures. At one point, during sunset, she pulled a grape off the vine, threw it towards me and landed a direct hit on my camera lens, which was the most impressive thing I had seen in a while.

It became clear to us that Kyle and Victoria are the whole package, and their wedding was southern elegance at its finest. Nestled in the mountains of North Georgia, complete with a creek, a waterfall, and impeccable landscaping (that may or may not have compelled me to pull out a rake when I got home), it was nothing short of beautiful.

Congratulations to Kyle and Victoria! We wish you many many years of happiness!

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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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Taylor & Paul

Laid back, elegant, and ready to party. If I could describe Taylor and Paul's wedding in one sentence, that would be it. With settings ranging from a tucked away vineyard to the heart of Chattanooga's Art District, their weekend was the perfect atmosphere for an adventurous couple. 

From the exchanging of leis, to the potting of a young Japanese Maple during their ceremony, Taylor and Paul's wedding was full of memorable and unique displays of unity. At the reception, Taylor’s friend and coworker serenaded the guests with her ukulele, while family and friends dined on Southern, Italian, and Hawaiian fare, followed by a plethora of delectable desserts. 

Taylor and Paul even orchestrated a very special dance at their reception; each married couple ranging from one day of marriage to 45 years was asked to leave the dance floor until Paul’s grandparents were the last couple dancing. This detail really hit home with me. It was great to see legacy and longevity honored in such a special way.

I know that legacy is blossoming anew in the steady companionship Taylor and Paul so effortlessly personify. In the words of Paul's dad, "a la nostra famiglia!"

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