Highland Chapel Wedding
Howe Farms| Chattanooga, Tennessee
As soon as we pulled up to this Highland Chapel wedding and saw the dark clouds looming in the distance we knew we didn’t have long! Thankfully Madi LOVES this type of weather. We scurried around shooting details and some getting ready shots. Right about the time Madi and Chapin were ready for their first look the sky DROPPED out. We watched the rain move over the lakes and our visibility completely disappeared. Thunder rumbled all around. The storm passed over fairly quickly but did leave a tree down over the road to get to the venue. It didn’t take l0ng for the road to be cleared and the day carried on like planned!
Madi and Chapin’s first look was filled with joyful tears. They exchanged private vows to each other that each of them had written. Hugged and kissed… a LOT. ha! Their first look was one of the most emotional and precious first looks I’ve been honored to capture.
The tears didn’t stop. Madi and her dad walked down the Chapel aisle while a 12 member orchestra played. Chapin was waiting at the end of the aisle for his long-awaited bride. Dry eyes were nowhere to be found. In front of their closest family and friends, in a beautiful chapel overlooking a lake and mountain view, Madi and Chapin said “I do”.
Originally, they were supposed to get married in April, but COVID postponed their first date. After the ceremony, it was time to PARTY! The tears continued during the first dances. Chapin and Madi’s first dance song was A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young Chapin explained, “the song I chose for our first dance means a lot because all throughout my life I have always been kind of reckless. One of my favorite things to do is ride my motorcycle too fast. Madi makes me want to be a little less reckless and a little more careful because I want to be around to spend more time with her. If I had the artistic ability to write a song for her I think it would come out a lot like this song.”
And then everyone dug into dinner. It was absolutely delicious. SlingEm’s catered the best taco bar. Trust me on this, it was the best. After dinner, the weather had completely cleared and we had a bit of sun poking out- perfectly timed for sunset pictures.
I made Madi promise that even though her wedding was over now that we would still be friends. Ha! I told her she was stuck with me now. I don’t think she minded. 😜 Over the past several months I have LOVED spending time with them and getting to know them. Our friendship has only just begun and I can’t wait to watch their love story, life adventures, and dreams unfold.
Madi + Chapin, I wish you days filled with happy tears, long +slow kisses, zero visibility downpours, and loud rumbly thunder, slow dances, and at least one annual “jelloing”. 😉 I hope these photos will immediately transport you back to the moment you promised each other it all. ❤️
This Highland Chapel wedding was STUNNING.
Ceremony & Reception Venue | The Highland Chapel at Howe Farms
Dress Store & Designer | Ever After Bridal
Planner | Bethany Silverman
Orchestra | Tamara Hobbs
Videographer | Sarah Larae
Florist | Blooms and Stitches
Hair | Brittney Sheaffer
Makeup| Candace Hernandez
DJ | MillionDollaMan
Cake | Piece of Cake Bakery
Bridesmaids Dresses | AZAZIE
Groomsmen Attire | JoS A. Bank
View their Engagement Session: Ocoee River Engagement Session