IMG-134This sweet wedding took us all the way to Chattanooga, TN and allowed us to meet Karen and John, one of the sweetest couples ever who share such a sweet love for one another.  Their wedding day was full of “southern “elegance and I believe you will see that in their beautiful images.

We began the day with wedding party at the Bluff View Inn Martin House where the bride and groom had their first glance. This was a small intimate wedding full of love the bride and groom shared for each other and a celebration of that love with family and friends! The ceremony was held a short distance away at First Church of Christ, then we traveled back to Bluff View Art District for a beautiful cocktail hour on the Bocce Court Terrace overlooking the Tennessee River. After enjoying the beautiful sunset and the classic trio, the guests were escorted to the reception across the street at the Renaissance Commons.IMG-30 IMG-43 (1) karen3Karen described their wedding as intimate, classic and sweet…and it certainly possessed all of those qualities.   IMG-13 IMG-250For the brides considering a first glance, you have to hear Karen’s response to the fondest memory of their wedding day – “We both we feel like the entire day was one, long spectacular memory. The feeling of the entire day was that of happiness, joy, and a certain feeling of peace. However, the fondest memory of the day had to be when we first saw each other. We were both so filled with so much love and awe that we were finally getting married! It felt like we were the only two people on the planet in that moment. So many feelings were communicated when we saw each other for the first time without saying one word. It felt like a sacred and joyous beginning to our lives as husband and wife. Also, it was really special having the reception at the Bluff View Art District because that is where we had our first date.”karen4And when asked if they were glad they did a “first glance”, she had even more to share – “We are so happy we decided to do the “first glance.” Having a private moment together to share in the absolute joy we felt when seeing each other for the first time was amazing and is now a memory we will cherish for the rest of our lives. There is so much anticipation leading up to that moment, it was really nice to be able to hug, kiss, and talk to each other. It also left a lot more time for pictures and time at the reception. It was really important to us to spend time with our friends and family and to enjoy the reception together.”IMG-5 IMG-120 IMG-139 IMG-133 IMG-173 IMG-257 IMG-231 (1) IMG-252 (1) IMG-179 IMG-108 IMG-115 IMG-112 IMG-236 karen5Karen describes John as… “Gorgeous! I never had to wonder if John was excited to be marrying me. He was genuinely invested in the entire day with me and we shared it together completely. He was handsome, as always, and so happy. When I walked down the aisle he looked at me with such a deep love, tenderness, and confidence in what we were doing. I knew I was marrying the sweetest man in the world.”karen6John describes Karen as….”Radiant. Karen was absolutely beautiful, self-confident, and full of joy. I never once saw a moment of concern on her face, it was nothing but pure happiness emanating from her.”IMG-178 (1) IMG-198 IMG-203 (1) IMG-209 karen2 IMG-353When I think of a true Southern wedding, a bluegrass band certainly come to mind.  This was one of Karen and John’s favorite details of their wedding day…”Listening to the Blue Grass, The Lone Mountain Band, during the cocktail hour while visiting with our beloved friends and family. The view looking over the Tennessee River and the gloriousness of Spring made our wedding very special.”

karen1 IMG-350 IMG-278 IMG-266 (1) IMG-284 IMG-319The reception began at sunset with a cocktail hour on the Bocce Ball court overlooking the Tennessee River, then the guests were escorted to a dinner into the elegant Renaissance Commons of Bluff View Art District.  The setting for this wedding celebration was so perfect!IMG-328 IMG-331 IMG-333 IMG-416 IMG-377 (1) IMG-374Karen and John are looking forward to their future life together as “one”…they hope it to be “one that is filled with love, peace, support, adventure, and joy.”

Karen and John, you guys were a joy to meet and I am so thankful God allowed our paths to cross!  Your wedding was such a sweet, intimate celebration with family and friends, one I will never forget.  Thank you for trusting me with your precious memories!

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VENDORS: Ceremony Venue: Bluff View Art District, Chattanooga, TN | Brides Gown: Allure Bridal | Brides’ Shoes: Menbur | Makeup Stylist: Alese Maples | Hair Stylist: Ariel Finley | Groom’s Attire: Jos A. Bank | Wedding Party Attire: Their choice!! | Florist: Humphrey’s Flowers | Wedding Cake: Rembrandt’s | Caterer: Bluff View Art District | BAND/Trio playing during the cocktail hour: The Lone Mountain Band

SPECIAL DETAILS: Guest gift bags – The Wedding Chicks | Cute personalized hand towel in the gift bag – The Wedding Chicks | Striped party straws – Shop Sweet Lulu | Macaroons – The Splendid Sweet Shop (Etsy) | Guest Signage Print – Mexcalline (Etsy) Sabina is the name of the artist | Lollipop Favors- Sweet Caroline Confections (Etsy) | Invitations – Minted