Groom dips his bride in the aisle between wood church pews inside a stone church with large windows all around

Jason and Skylar’s Patten Chapel wedding was a dream! I’m so into this couple, their big day, and the different locations I got to shoot. I hope you enjoy looking through this gallery as much I enjoyed pulling it together.

Getting Ready for a Downtown Chattanooga Wedding and Reception

Jason and Skylar’s wedding day started at some of the special places that had played a part in their relationship. Skylar got ready at their home, and Jason and his guys hung out at The Bitter Alibi downtown. Jason actually co-owns The Bitter Alibi as well as The Daily Ration, another local favorite and cool party venue in Chattanooga. After their classic Patten Chapel wedding, the couple hosted their reception at The Daily Ration that night! I was super excited to capture these two in some of the places that are so special to them.

Watercolor wedding invitation and RSVP cards painted with greens and leaves

Bride's diamond earrings, wedding band, champagne colored heels surrounded by bouquets.

Bride and bridesmaids wearing light blue pajamas and sitting on red floral bedspread

Friends tie waist ribbon bride's wedding dress

Friends tie waist ribbon bride's wedding dress

Brick facade and large, stained glass window over the front door of Patten Chapel on UTC's downtown Chattanooga campus

Groom's and groomsmen's simple boutonnieres

Bride pins a boutonniere on her father's lapel and a corsage on her grandmother's dress.

Bride pins a boutonniere on her grandfather's lapel

The two-story front porch of The Bitter Alibi in downtown Chattanooga, TN

Groom and groomsmen wearing gray suits and dark blue ties line up at wooden bar of The Bitter Alibi

Groom stands in front of window and tall indoor plants. Red sparkle lights line a white wall with contrasting black artwork

Groomsman pulls up pant leg to show bright blue socks with buffalos on them inside his brown leather ankle boots.

Groomsmen exit gray brick building


A Patten Chapel Wedding: Classic in Every Sense

Once all the heels were strapped and the ties were tied, everyone headed to the ceremony. Skylar and Jason opted for an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends at Patten Chapel on the UTC campus. Patten Chapel is on the more traditional side of wedding locations. Check out that beautiful wooden architecture, warm brick and wood throughout, and gorgeous light streaming through the stained glass windows. These features created a perfect backdrop for the couple’s wedding ceremony. During their day, Jason and Skylar gave me tons of creative space to play. My favorite photos from their bride and groom portraits session are with the huge windows just outside the chapel.

Groom wearing gray suit and yellow boutonniere sits and writes a note

White wedding program lists wedding party and song lyrics

Wedding party gathers outside the front doors of Patten Chapel. Deep shadowy interior contrasts with bright sky outside.

Groomsman and bridesmaid walk brick aisle. Guests sit in wood pews inside high arched ceiling with large windows all around.

Young ring bearers wearing suspenders and bowties hold hands and walk down the aisle

Bride and father walk brick aisle. Guests stand in wood pews inside high arched ceiling with large windows all around.

Groom smiles widely and groomsmen look on

Groom bows his head with emotion and groomsmen look on

Bride hugs her father while groom and two priests watch

Brick arched sanctuary of Patten Chapel with large pipe organ at the front. Guests sit in wooden pews at wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen stand at front of Patten Chapel

Bride shares vows during wedding ceremony

Bride and groom share a private communion, their heads touching as she smiles.

Bride and groom stand on stone steps at the altar, kissing. Two priests and church organ behind them.

Bride and bridesmaids stand on stone steps of church altar in front of large organ pipes

Bride and bridesmaids stand between wooden pews, a large window behind them. She holds a pink, peach, and yellow bouquet.

Groom and groomsmen stand between wooden pews in front of large organ pipes in the arched brick sanctuary of Patten Chapel.

Bridal party stands in front of Patten Chapel's wooden front door, brick exterior, and tall stained glass windows

Bridal party stands cheering in front of Patten Chapel's wooden front door, brick exterior, and tall stained glass windows

Bride holds large bouquet with yellow, peach, and pink flowers in front of black framed window

Bride stands in a covered, brick arched walkway holding her bouquet at her side

Bride and groom stand between wooden pews, a large window behind them. She holds a colorful pink, peach, and yellow bouquet.

Bride and groom sit smiling at each other in a wooden pew in an arched brick sanctuary, large windows all around the room.

Groom twirls bride between wooden pews in front of large organ pipes in the arched brick sanctuary of Patten Chapel.

Bride and groom stand in front of Patten Chapel's wooden front door, brick exterior, and tall stained glass windows


Wedding Reception at The Daily Ration, one of the Coolest Party Venues in Chattanooga

After the ceremony, Jason and Skylar celebrated with a crazy fun reception! The minute Jason and his brothers started performing “Born to Be Wild” (a family tradition at every wedding), I knew that was definitely going to be the theme for the evening! This crew knew how to get down on the dance floor, and it’s safe to say, everyone was sad when the party started winding down.

The covered patio of The Daily Ration lit with strings of patio lights

Guests through the large windows of The Daily Ration which have "restaurant" and "bar" painted on them

Greenery and Black Eyed Susans in a short vase on a metal platter

Bride and groom walk through fence door, green ferns sit on benches along the fence.

Bride holds groom's hand and looks back at him, laughing.

Bride and groom dance under patio cover at The Daily Ration while wedding guests watch

Bride and groom dance, foreheads bowed together. She has yellow flowers in her hair, and he wears a yellow flower boutonniere

Bride dances with her father, dressed in a dark blue suit and light blue tie.

Groom hugs his mother and kisses her cheek under patio cover at The Daily Ration as guests watch.

Groom smiles as he watches his bride dance with her grandfather

Bridesmaid in knee-length navy dress holds microphone to toast the couple

Bride and groom stand with wedding guests under patio cover, laughing

Man wearing light blue shirt and dark blue tie holds microphone and reads his toast from a leather book

Groom, bride, and wedding guests laugh

Groom wipes tear from eye while he, bride, and wedding guests laugh

Wedding cake with swirled white frosting topped with a few sprigs of greenery, a few raspberries and slices of candied orange

Bride and groom hold forks to each other's mouths to feed each other cake

Bride points finger gun at groom while he claps

Four men wearing light blue shirts and dark blue ties stand around a microphone. One man plays guitar, and they all sing.

Man swings young boy above his head on the dance floor under the patio cover at The Daily Ration

Man dips woman as they dance under outdoor patio cover at The Daily Ration

Women dance together, one woman kneels and sings

Bride dances with friends as others watch

DJ wears a black suit and headphones and looks up a song on his laptop

Party-goers dance under outdoor patio cover at The Daily Ration

Bride and groom dance and sing to each other, his hand caresses her cheek

Bride crouches in the middle of a circle of women who hold hands and sing above her

Party-goers dance and laugh

Bride lays across laps of friends under white tent with string patio lights

Groomsmen and friends laugh and dance under outdoor patio cover at The Daily Ration

Bride and groom dance with party-goers at their reception

Bride sits on wooden bar while groom kisses her. Bar staff and wine bottles and large mirror are behind them.

Bride and groom thank wedding guests at their reception on The Daily Ration patio

Groom and bride walk through crowd under sparkler tunnel, smiling at each other while guests cheer.

Groom dips bride low under sparkler tunnel. They look at each other while guests cheer.

Groom holds bride under sparkler tunnel. They look at each other, cheering.

Groom stands behind bride, hugging around her waist and kissing her cheek under sparkler tunnel

Bride and groom exit in convertible with the roof down, bride's hands raised in the sky

Jason and Skylar, thank you for letting me document your fun-loving, adventurous selves!

A huge shout-out to the following venues and vendors for creating a really beautiful day for Jason and Skylar!

Getting ready venue: The Bitter Alibi
Wedding venue: Patten Chapel on UTC campus
Reception party venue: The Daily Ration
Florals: Southerly Flower Farm


Traditional Weddings like Patten Chapel in Downtown Chattanooga

While churches, and chapels are traditional places for a wedding, I love finding new ways to showcase couples in these settings. I strive to view each couple and each wedding in a fresh way, and these traditional settings push my creative boundaries and challenge me!

Whether you’re scheming up a truly out-of-bounds wedding, or you’re booking a wedding in a traditional church setting, I’d be thrill to be your Chattanooga wedding photographer! CONTACT ME today to start planning.

If you loved Jason and Skylar’s traditional Patten Chapel wedding, check out Brian and Tiffany’s wedding at the First-Centenary United Methodist Church (followed by a killer reception at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall). Or Leticia and Israel’s traditional Catholic church wedding in Dalton, Georgia (and their gorgeous reception at DeBarge Winery and Vineyard).

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  1. I love love a good church wedding and you nailed this one! the look he gives her when she’s walking down the aisle UGH it’s so precious. great job!

  2. Ahh this Patten Chapel wedding is so fun! They look like they had SUCH a blast dancing! That church is gorgeous too! Beautiful work!

  3. Oooooh love those moody getting ready photos of the groom. And the father-daughter perspective photo! Beautiful work capturing this gorgeous wedding