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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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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