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Real Bride Stories2020-12-04T15:49:14+00:00

Real Bride Story- Emily and Dalton

How did he propose? We rent a farm together and went one evening to check on our calls after a fake "distress call" from a neighbor. He proposed amongst our herd of cattle with my best friend hiding in the trees to capture it all.   Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: Covey Creek Farm. We fell in love with the ceremony space (tunnel of trees) when we visited and knew it was the place for us. Dalton actually chose the venue before I could say how much I liked it. [...]

Real Bride Story- Noah and Daley

  How did he propose? For our first date, we saw “Big Fish” the musical. So, 3 years later (to the day) he brought me to where they filmed a part of Big Fish (the movie) close to Montgomery, AL and popped the question! It was amazing. Tell us about your venue and why you chose it Because of quarantine and the pandemic, we had to move our wedding to my parent’s backyard, but it couldn’t have been more perfect if we had planned it. We were able to get married underneath a tree with [...]

Real Bride Story- Emmye and Seth

How did he propose? It was his turn to plan a date night so when I got off work, he had the car packed up and ready to go. I had no idea where we were going or what we were doing. He took me to one of our favorite spots to watch the sunset and have a picnic at Brow Park. Seth made my favorite dish, spaghetti, and even brought the fur baby. He said, "Have you ever played Geocaching?" I had played like back in middle school when it was a cool and [...]

Real Bride Story – Ashley & Mitch

How did he propose? We had a week long trip to Colorado planned for early May to attend a wedding. We flew into Denver and then we drove to Breckenridge where we were going to spend a couple nights in a cute chalet with a gorgeous mountain view. The second day we were going to go hiking. We got our stuff all packed and headed out. When we got to the trail it was closed, but there was a trail beside it. Mitch didn’t want to go on that one, so he found another trail, [...]

Real Bride Story- Cortney & Jake

- How did he propose? He proposed a few days after Christmas in downtown Charlotte, NC in a little park that had Christmas lights strung all over every tree. We went ice skating beforehand with my best friend and her husband. Then we went to a rooftop restaurant to celebrate! - Tell us about your venue and why you chose it We got married at Vesuvius Vineyards in N.C. I’ve always wanted to get married at a white plantation with columns. They had everything I wanted and it was only 10 minutes from our house! [...]

Real Bride Story: Kinley & Aaron

-How did he propose? At the top of the Sky Wheel in Pigeon Forge, TN overlooking the city covered in Christmas lights! - Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: We got married at our church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, in Cleveland, TN. Our parish is like family, and the church itself is beautiful...all we did was add some candles to the windowsills! Our reception was at The Old Woolen Mill, also in Cleveland. The industrial look of the building combined with elegant decor in dark, moody colors created the most perfect [...]

Real Bride Story- Brittany & Buddy

In this post, we are featuring a stunning outdoor wedding! "My son walked me that was a really special moment and memory for all of us. His sign read: 'Thank you for loving us Dad!!' My husband and I have been together for 4 wonderful years. We have had a long 2 year engagement to make sure it's what we both really wanted for life with each other. I have waited a very long tine to find a man like him. He's truly my best friend! We both chose to get married on our farm [...]

Real Bride Story- Kelcie & Jake

-How did he propose? He proposed on the land that we have now built our first home on! -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: The Homestead at Cloudland Station. We are both from Chickamauga, GA. I have dreamed about this venue for years! So happy it all worked out. -What was your favorite and least favorite part about the wedding planning process? I actually loved the entire process of wedding planning! My favorite was getting to pick all the little details and watching them come to life. -Any advice for other [...]

Real Bride Story- Michelle & Paul

Paul Grove and I married September 28th, 2019 at my great friend Andrea Crouch's amazing Lookout Mountain, Georgia home. It was a perfect evening with a beautiful and brilliant sunset! Our photographer was John Bamber with Bamber Photography and John did an Excellent job capturing our wedding weekend so beautifully!! Paul proposed to me in March by attaching my engagement ring to the collar of my dog Memphis! Memphis was in our wedding too, along with our best friends and family. I love my wedding gown that I got from Monica's!! Thank you so much for helping [...]

Real Bride Story- Haley & Kevin

-How did he propose? Kevin proposed on our second day while on a family Alaskan Cruise in Juneau. We had a very quick stop to view a beautiful glacier before whale watching and I was so focused on getting through the hike and not missing the bus, I did not notice everyone strategizing to distract me while Kevin got the ring ready. Even though we were in a group, it was such a special one on one moment for us and the photo backdrop was not half bad either! I am so excited to take [...]

Real Bride Story- Taylor & Makoa

-How did he propose? He came back from a deployment in Africa and while we were visiting family in Chattanooga he proposed in the middle of the Chattanooga Walking Bridge. Very romantic! Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: Our wedding reception was held in the top floor library of the university in my town. The main thing from a venue that we wanted was lots of space for plenty of family and friends to come and have lots of room dance and party. This venue let us do that! -What was [...]

Real Bride Story- Callie & Sean

-How did he propose? After having a crush on him since the 1st grade, he took me to my families land in Dayton and proposed in such an intimate, private setting! It was so us, it was perfect. -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: It was at the Read House, we love classic beauty, architecture and feeling. We wanted something super different and formal. It was absolutely breathtaking. What was your favorite and least favorite part about the wedding planning process? My favorite was the entire process! I absolutely loved all [...]

Real Bride Story- Ada & Joseph

-How did he propose? Long story short, I was confident that I knew the specific day that Joseph was going to propose because of random "pieces" I kept putting together... but my closest girlfriends eventually convinced me I was wrong & it's hard not to believe what your best friends tell you! So, on the day I originally thought was the proposal day, I took a nap & overslept before going to dinner with some friends. Therefore, my hair was a mess! When I left the house, my mom even asked me "are you sure [...]

Real Bride Story- Ellie & Josh

This Real Bride Story is oh so special! Originally from Chattanooga, Ellie knew she wanted her dress from Monica's right away! Ellie and Josh got married at the beautiful Bellewood Plantation in Vero Beach, Florida! The proposal and wedding was obviously gorgeous...but the way this couple met was even sweeter!   " I was out on another date at a bar and josh bought some roses ripped off the rose petals and left a trail of them leading from my bar stool to his and it was fate ever since!" We love a man who [...]

Real Bride Story- Hannah & Myles

- How did he propose? Knowing I have a Disney obsession and that Ariel was my favorite princess, he planned a weekend getaway to Walt Disney World in February of 2019. Our second day there, he had planned for us to get out pictures made with Ariel. Having absolutely no idea, we waiting in line for over an hour to see her. (He was soooo quiet the whole time) When it came our turn, I was talking and making small talk with Ariel then he came and sat down with us and the Disney photographer [...]

Real Bride Story- Kait & Dan

-How did he propose? Dan proposed at the beach in Indian Rocks Florida! -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: Our venue was The Belle Hollow in Clarksville, TN where I grew up. We chose this place because it was a beautiful location and allowed us to have the ceremony and reception at the same place. -What was your favorite part about the wedding planning process? My favorite part was planning the food/cake and picking my dress. My least favorite was all the detail planning and stress that came with it. Dan's [...]

Real Bride Story- Marly & Josh

-How did he propose? He proposed to me after he took me to see A Christmas Carol last year. That was the first play I had ever gotten him to see (as plays and musicals are super important to me) and we were with our best friends. -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: The venue was Deep South Farm in Ellijay, GA. The venue is owned by my mother and her sisters and it was very special to me to have them decorate it for me. It is a rustic, open [...]

Real Bride Story- Chasity and Donte

-How did he propose? He planned a date night to celebrate our anniversary. We pulled in to Ruth Chris and the Host walked us to the back. Once the doors opened, a saxophonist was playing my favorite song by Anthony Hamilton, "Point of it All," while my entire family was seated at the table. There were roses on the floor and pictures of us on the table. One of the best days of my life. -Tell us about your venue and why you chose it: My Venue was Stratton Hall. I loved the dark wooden [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]