Sometimes there are no words to describe a moment,
…a weekend, a place, and true friendships. We followed Mary & Chris to Chattanooga to celebrate and document their love under the same trees where they were raised. In the days before the wedding we were welcomed by family and made new friends as we all came together to celebrate the joining of two lives.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There isn’t much better than photographing two friends in love. You get to celebrate them as they celebrate each other. I got to witness their joy and I’m honored to tell their story through photographs and words.
It really wasn’t glamorous…
…where they met, working their teenage jobs at Dairy Queen. Him from Ringgold and her from Chattanooga, opposite sides of a vicious border war on the TN/GA state line. He stole glances at her through the kitchen window, while she mixed up blizzards and shakes. It wasn’t long after, sitting in the grass behind a church parking lot, when he leaned over and kissed her for the first time. The light of lightning bugs glowing in their eyes.
They grew out of Dairy Queen, and soon after, they both grew out of Chattanooga going their separate ways for school. But… they never grew out of each other. In fact, as time passed their bond only grew stronger. She followed him, and he followed her. Both making life decisions, where to go to school, where to work, where to live, based strongly on their own career goals… with the soft pull of the heart telling them to stay together.
It wasn’t until they moved west, WAY west, 1,700 miles west, that they realized it was time to take the next step. The mountains called and under lofty, snow covered peaks, Chris asked Mary to be his wife.
Their wedding was full of joy, love, and laughter. All the best things in life and I’m happy to share that story through the photographs below.
M&C – Never stop following each other! You made our first Chattanooga experience amazing. Both your families are rare gems and they shine with love and delight. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and loved. We are so lucky to have you as friends and fellow transplants to Wild-oming and I cant wait for our ‘friend-iversary’! 😉 Love and appreciation~M
Here is the amazing team that brought Mary & Chris’ vision to life:
- Venue & Catering: Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club
- Florist: Chattanooga Flower Market
- Cake: Happy Cakes
- Dress: Monica’s
- Makeup Artist: Latosha Thornton – The Blowout
- Hairstylist: Mindy Burns – The Blowout
- Wedding Planners/Sound System: Mountain Oaks Wedding Chapel Karen & Richard Petty, Sharron McCarthy
- Her Rings: Kennedy Jewelry
- His Ring & Etching: Darvier Jewelry
- Second Shooter: Sam @ Bang Bang Photography
All my love, ~M