Bridechilla Graduate, Jessica & Will share their sunny, casual sunflower wedding day in Chatanooga, TN full of sweet, personal details and the ultimate Chilla vibes!
Tell us a little about you and your partner!
Jessica: Our first date was at the park - Will brought his dog Benson! Benson fell asleep in my arms and I knew I at least wanted to spend more time with the dog - little did I know I'd get a husband out of the deal.
Tell us all about your event!
We wanted the day to be really personal and special. We couldn't bring our pets, but we had photos of them on the tables. Sunflowers are my favorite flower, and were the first flower Will ever got me, so I wanted to include them (plus they're just really cheerful and fun!) Our ceremony included a reading from Mister Rogers! I was focused more on the vibe of the day than anything else - I couldn't stop saying how happy and excited I was.
What was totally worth it?
Having a wedding in the first place - sometimes during the planning process we wondered why we were doing it but we had so much fun. Seeing all our favorite people there to support us in one room was the best. I get the happy goosebumps just thinking about how awesome that day was.
What was not worth it?
Some of the pinterest-y signage. I accidentally threw away a sign and I got nervous that people wouldn't know what to do with our poster guestbook - I had some of our wedding party sign it and everyone else caught on. Also, a hashtag! I didn't put too much emphasis on it to begin with but not a lot of people used it.
What did you throw in the Fuck-It Bucket?
Favors - we donated to our local animal shelter in lieu of favors!
What wedding planning advice do you have for other couples?
Your day is going to be awesome just by it being your wedding day, so try not to sweat the small stuff. It's an amazing day, but it doesn't have to be The Best Day Ever. It's a big party to celebrate you and your love - enjoy it!
The Bridechilla Podcast and community helped to reinforce that our choices are our own, and they are valid! Plus, it was just nice to share with people going through the same thing.
Jessica & Will's Rockstar Vendors
Photographer - Sara Kristen Photography
Coordinator - Maggie Walker Weddings
Caterer - Apron Strings Catering
Wedding Gown - Monica's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses - Azazie
Groom's Suit - Yacoubian Tailors
Lighting/Draping - Décor 1601
Makeup - EmMe Makeup Artistry
Bouquets - The Roark Co.
Pergola - Receptions by Design
Stage Flowers - Chattanooga Wreath Company
Cake - Kimmee's Cakes
Hair - Kimberly Satin
Officiant - Ted Gocke
DJ - Andy Duke