katrina + jake || chattanooga wedding photographer

 

i met katrina + jake a few months before their april wedding over appetizers + drinks. after sharing a huge pile of french fries and laughing over stories from throughout their relationship, i knew we were going to have a blast at the wedding. 

we travelled down to chattanooga and up to lookout mountain to get to their venue, the grandview. a quaint storybook villa nestled on the side of a mountain. we spent time with both katrina and jake before their ceremony, documenting the moments that led up to these two seeing each other for the first time at their ceremony. as guests looked on, they exchanged tear-filled vows and i quietly wept behind my camera because if you cry, i cry. and i cry at every wedding!

after the ceremony, we snuck away for a toast and a few portraits. as we were finishing up family formals, we began to hear thunder in the distance, steadily creeping towards us. and by the start of the reception, the monsoon of the year had struck the grandview. everyone grabbed tables, chairs, and musical equipment and squeezed in the middle of the dance floor until the storm passed. 

afterwards, the party ensued with katrina + jake sharing their first dance to tennesssee whiskey and jake singing the verses to katrina. after a delicious meal, everyone hit the dance floor and the band played on, ending with a tennessee crowd favorite, rocky top. 

this is katrina + jake on their wedding day.