One last wedding before we sign off for the Thanksgiving holiday – this one is a sweet military elopement in Chattanooga. Because all you really need to say “I do” is the two of you!
“We knew that we wanted to get married, but hadn’t been in too much of a rush. Our plans were to get engaged this year, but when the Navy announced Art would be deployed to the Middle East next month, we knew there was no better time than to run off and get married. So with our parents and my dearest friend and photographer, Lesley Kerr, we got married on Lover’s Leap on Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our home base is now Atlanta, and it was so special to have a little destination elopement. It was intimate and beautiful and simple. With just under two months of planning, this little wedding was everything I hoped for.”
Your ceremony in three words. Spontaneous, Breathtaking, Powerful.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? Having a dreamy, mountain view in my wedding was a dream. I had visited Lookout Mountain once before and I knew that view would be magical.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Besides the breathtaking view of Chattanooga, I loved how intimate it was. Just me, my favorite person in this world, and the people that love us the most. The amount of joy we felt in those moments was outrageous. So much love, and so much happiness. We had all these onlookers that came up and congratulated us and they kept saying how perfect and happy we looked. And we were so happy.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? It went by so fast! Before we knew it, we were married, and that was the happiest moment of all.
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Even though the ceremony was scripted and quick, we had a nice little Jewish touch at the end. I grew up culturally Jewish, and my parents provided the glass at the end for Art to crush. My mom tried to place it on the ground, and it broke when she did, which made everyone laugh. It’s funny to remember in times like those how much a wedding is a family affair.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? All the flowers were put together by Lesley, the photographer, and me. We used several things from her personal garden, like rosemary and sage, and it smelled incredible!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Relax and keep your focus on what matters: you and your future husband. Don’t let yourself get lost in the planning, or the opinions of others. My mother told me this, and it was something I reminded myself daily. Running off and getting married can bring on a lot of negative comments. It’s easy to get lost in stress and negativity. Stay focused on your love and the reasons you’re getting married.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Take a deep breath, and do what makes sense for you. If doing a tiny, intimate wedding is the most meaningful to you, then do that.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? It was the most perfect day. Beautiful in every aspect and more lovely than I ever imagined. We never played any music, but with that mountain view, we didn’t even notice.