Real Bride Story- Lauren & Madison

-How did he propose? Madison and I began discussing marriage in October 2018, but I was completely surprised when he proposed on November 9th, 2018 on a Friday after school in his mom’s classroom. Of course I was so happy and the one thing I remember Madison saying during the proposal was that he promised to show how much he loved me in action and in truth, not just words and deeds. (1 John 3:18) I’ll never forget that. Madison is the most patient and kind person I know and I’m so proud to call him my husband. -Tell us [...]


Real Bride Story- Ashley and Clayton

-How did he propose? He took me to a look off on lookout mountain and proposed to me! The funny thing was I was a little salty at first because when he proposed, I didn’t see any of my family there and he knew it was a big deal to have them their! But after, my family, friends, and fur babies came running out of the woods! Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: I chose Howe farms because it had the rustic farm/barn look I wanted, but was also so elegant at the same time. It [...]


Real Bride Story- Emily and Zach

-How did he propose? We backpacked to the top of Laurel Snow Falls in Dayton, TN. We reached the top right as the sun was setting. As I'm standing on the cliff watching the beautiful sunset, I turned around to see Zach on one knee asking me to marry him! -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: We got married at The Gray Dove in Ooltewah. We chose this venue because was wanted a place that had it's own natural beauty and gave us the opportunity to have an outdoor wedding. -What was your favorite and least [...]


How to Plan your Wedding Fast and on a Budget

If you’re reading this, it’s possible that you are newly engaged with a fast wedding date approaching and hoping to just be married without breaking the bank. We are here for you! Here is our best advice for planning a wedding fast and inexpensively!  The first thing we advise is to keep your guest list small. This will then allow for less food, less space, etc. This will help you stay within your budget instantly! Of course include family and close friends, but make the cuts where they are needed and make sure that everyone on your guest list is [...]


Real Bride Story- Debora & Scott

-How did he propose? He caught me by surprise on his front porch at sunset! -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: It is originally an amphitheater for Southern Adventist University. It has a beautiful back drop and we just wanted a simple outdoor wedding. It fit perfectly! -What was your favorite and least favorite part about the wedding planning process? My favorite part was picking out decorations and flowers! My least favorite was choosing an officiant for the ceremony. -Any advice for other brides planning their big day? Don’t get too focused on how things should [...]


Real Bride Story- Irene & Brian

Photography by: Rich Smith Photography -How did he propose? He totally surprised me by proposing at our annual Friendsgiving during a big group picture. He parted the seas and dropped to his knee in front of all our friends! Eekkk, a holiday we will always remember. -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: We originally chose The Church on Main because of it’s fantastic location and beautiful exposed brick, but due to Covid- 19, we had a last minute switch up and decided to exchange vows on top of lookout mountain. You cannot beat this view! Even [...]


Real Bride Story- Hannah & Zach

Photography: @meganfaithphoto -How did he propose? He convinced me we were going on a picnic in Chattanooga to celebrate my belated birthday, but ended up proposing in Coolidge Park. Then, he had a surprise engagement party afterwards with friends and family from across many states! -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: We chose Lanes' Bend in Cookeville, TN. This venue is tucked away in the hills of Tennessee. It's a perfect little white chapel, with beautiful scenery all around. It fit us perfectly! -What was your favorite and least favorite part about the wedding planning process? [...]


Your Perfect Outdoor Wedding: How to Manage Planning an Outdoor Wedding

You have made the brave, bold, and beautiful choice having your wedding outdoors! Outdoor weddings are one of the current biggest trends in the wedding world, and we are here for it! Nevertheless, they have their own set of overwhelming details that I am sure you have encountered if you are reading this! We are here to provide some wisdom on planning your dream outdoor wedding!  With everything currently going on with COVID-19, we know some of you are rescheduling your weddings for the summer or fall season and choosing an outdoor location for safety and logistical purposes! We hope [...]


Real Bride Story- Ruth Ann & Chase

-How did he propose? I was in Charleston, SC visiting my two best friends and he surprised me on the beach.  -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it:  We chose Cloudland Station. I hate the Pinterest barn weddings, but this venue was more than a beautiful barn. You hardly need any decorations because the place in itself is gorgeous! What was your favorite and least favorite part about the wedding planning process? My favorite part was picking my dress! My least favorite part was making really small decisions...like the color of the napkins or plates! -Any advice for [...]


Real Bride Story- Jena & Cody

-How did he propose? Cody had planned for us to go to dinner at Canyon Grille on Lookout Mountain. This is one of our all-time favorite date nights, so it did not take much convincing! We "invited" my best friend and her husband to "dinner" too, so I was really looking forward to it. We rarely all get away for a night out together! On the way to the restaurant, we always stop at the Hang Gliding park if time allows for it. The view is absolutely breathtaking! I was under the impression that Ali & Chris would be meeting [...]