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Brian and Tiffany had a beautiful, elegant wedding in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While their ceremony was pretty traditional, they incorporated several unique elements into their day. And they had one heck of a reception at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall!

bride and groom kissing in vintage wooden elevator

First-Centenary United Methodist Church wedding

Tiffany and Brian held their ceremony at First-Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Chattanooga. One of the unique things I noticed right away was the bridal party. While Brian had 2 groomsmen, Tiffany had her whole girl gang who she referred to as her Golden Girls. This group of women were so fun and supportive.

Your bridal party doesn’t have to be even numbers, a certain size, or look a certain way. Heck, you don’t even have to call it a bridal party at all. When you throw aspects of tradition out the window, you can really make your wedding day your own.

Make your wedding day your own

Tiffany wore a dress she’d found from BHLDN. BHLDN is a line of gorgeous, vintage-inspired dresses from Anthropologie, and they have some of the most amazing dresses and accessories. Tiffany’s dress was already amazing with a deep V, lace appliqué, and a low back, but she made a few alterations including adding a long train. She transformed the gown into a stunning piece.

Brides: if you’re on the fence about having a long train on your wedding dress… DO IT! If you’re not really convinced, take another look at Tiffany flowing like a goddess in her portraits. If that doesn’t sell you on a train, I don’t know what will!

After their ceremony, we took Brian and Tiffany’s bride and groom portraits inside The Read House, a historic downtown hotel. The interior architecture of The Read House provided a classic setting for the pair. I love the carved wood details on the walls and the wide marble tiles on the floor.

Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall wedding reception

Following the ceremony and portraits downtown, everyone headed to Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall for the reception. This is one of the best venues in Chattanooga for a reception. It’s a versatile hall, and I’ve seen it transformed into so many different looks for the weddings I’ve shot there. Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall has both indoor and outdoor spaces for weddings and receptions, and it always ends up being an awesome party! It always looks amazing, and the main reception room is round with floor-to-ceiling windows to make for a beautiful, bright space.

For their reception Tiffany and Brian created a custom drink made with Chattanooga Whiskey, which was a super cool detail. They also gifted homemade muscadine jelly as a favor for their guests. So cute! The reception was a blast, with everyone dancing to the live band, singing, and enjoying the custom drinks.

The entire day was beautiful and so much fun, but I think my favorite part was the sparkler send off at the end of the night. Tiffany and Brian look elated–flushed and happy, twirling and laughing their way through the tunnel of sparklers to their classic “getaway car.” It made me SO happy when Tiffany got behind the wheel to drive away! Another little tradition flipped on its head. 

The pure joy on their faces as they peeled away into the night was magnetic, and I’m so glad I was the one there to capture it. Tiffany and Brian, congratulations on an amazing wedding day and a beautiful marriage!


A HUGE thanks to the amazing vendors I was lucky to work with for this Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall wedding!

Bridal Gown: BHLDN (with alterations and added train)
Hair: Epiphany Salon and Day Spa
Ceremony venue: First-Centenary United Methodist Church
Bride + Groom Portraits: The Read House
Reception venue: Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall
Catering: Food Works Chattanooga

Are you planning on hosting your own Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall wedding?! It’s one of my favorite Chattanooga wedding venues, so contact me and I can help you out!

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