As you will soon see, Bethany and Alex are perfect together. They fit comfortably in each other’s arms and are such a joy to be around. Their love for each other is so inspiring and easy to photograph! I had to give little to no direction while photographing them because they simply fell perfectly into place when they were close. Here is their story.
“In October of 2013, both of us had just moved to Chattanooga (Alex from Atlanta and Bethany from Memphis) without knowing anyone else in the city, so both of us decided to try online dating. After only 1 day of communicating with Alex, I knew that I wanted to meet him in person. We met each other at a local pub (we both really love craft beer) and have spent almost every day together since.”
We decided to take their engagement pictures on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga, TN because it was one of the first places they went when they first started dating. I encourage my clients to pick a place that means something to their relationship during this time so that they can look back on their engagement photos and reminisce on where their love story started. We explored the walking bridge and a portion of the paths around the area.
We had so much fun. I really cherish this time because it’s usually the only chance that I get to bond with the bride and groom without the stress and hustle and bustle the wedding day brings. I would say that 95% of men don’t like having their photo taken and dread the idea of the engagement session. I find that their comfort level with me being around drastically changes on their wedding day when I’ve had a chance to break the ice ahead of time.
Bethany and Alex really planned their wedding day perfectly! With the help of Bethany’s Mom’s eye of design, it really had a romantic and classic feel. From the white hydrangeas to the pearl necklace that Bethany wore, their personalities definitely shined through with every detail.
There was a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the air as they both prepared for their big day. The Read House was an excellent starting point as there were so many nooks and crannies to explore during their portraits. The dark rich woods and chandeliers made for an excellent backdrop!
The choice of having a first look for these two was an excellent one. Pure happiness and emotion was so easily expressed in the silence and privacy of a quiet room. From the secretive smile that I snap before he turns around to the see his bride, to the first kiss, it’s all so personal and intimate when shared just between the two of them. Love it.
The ceremony and reception space at 901 Lindsay was filled with white, blush, and navy tones lit by the soft glow of floating candles. I loved seeing their engagement photos framed and scattered around the space! It makes me so happy when my clients treasure their photos as much as I do!
The ceremony was nothing short of intimate and sweet. Their vows touched every soul in the room and the cheers of congratulations could have been heard three streets away as they walked as husband and wife for the first time. The emotion in the room was filled so full of happiness that the two couldn’t wait to exchange an emotional tear filled kiss and embrace alone on the front step of the venue. I so appreciate a man that can express his feelings so openly, it was truly a moment that I will never forget. (You can ask the tears that were dripping down the back of my camera!)
A short cocktail hour on the terrace was the perfect transition time for the guests to have a delicious snack prepared by A Sliverware Affair while listening to some tunes by Zack with Scenic City Occasions.
The party moved inside and you can see that the rest of the evening was one to remember! From the first dance to the final sparkler sendoff, these two were surrounded by so many loving faces!
Wedding Photographer- Krista Hargrove Photography
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