Bethany Pelts & Matthew Smisson
Featured in the Summer 2013 Chattanooga Pink Bride Magazine
Love Story: After about a year of dating, Matthew popped the question at Point Park on Lookout Mountain, where we had our first kiss. I thought we were going on a picnic with some friends. However, he had a whole other scheme planned. He gave me a present when we arrived. It was a Bible that was engraved on the outside reading ‘Bethany Pelts Smisson,’ and inside he had written, “To my Bride, on the day of our engagement, from your utmost admirer.” I looked up at him and said “What?!” Matthew was standing there holding the ring. I quickly told him he better get down on one knee if he was to ask me. He did while trying not to fall down the embankment and then popped the question. Of course I said YES! Not only were there tourists who had stopped to watch, but Matthew had a photographer hiding behind the trees taking pictures the entire time!
Wedding Details: I wanted a very classy and elegant theme since our wedding was at 7:00 in the evening. I chose black, blush, and champagne for my colors. My dad is a wedding photographer in West Virginia, so he was very adamant that we hire the best photographer in the area. Being his only girl, he did not want to be worrying about having to take pictures; rather, he wanted to enjoy the day. We met with John and Lindsey Bamber, and after the meeting, my dad said he was ready to write them a check. He was sold! I was shocked! I figured finding a photographer that would meet his standards would take a while. It’s a good thing I scheduled our first meeting with the Bambers!
Wedding Advice: Because planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, we had to keep reminding ourselves that no matter what happened, it would all be perfect at the end of the day, and it was! We created a schedule for all members of the bridal party for the day of the wedding. That way, the bridal party knew where they needed to be and what time they needed to be there. On that schedule, we included a phone directory with everyone’s phone number that was involved with the day, the bride and groom, parents, wedding coordinators, delivery folks, and bridal party members. This made everything go smooth and according to plan. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Just make sure you work to plan all the little details out in advance because those are the things that can make or break a wedding. Most importantly for the bride and groom, sit back and enjoy the day. It is the only time the two of you will be able to have that experience with each other!
Photographer: Bamber Photography
Florist: Making Arrangements
Cake: Sweet Angel Cakes
Caterer: Julie Hurley
Invitations & Calligraphy: Webbco Graphics
Bridal Shop: Monica’s
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Party Attire: Weddington Way
Ceremony Location: Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
Reception Location: Stratton Hall
Videographer: Ben McElmurray
Music/Entertainment: Merchant Productions