Chattanooga bride and groom embrace in the Chattanooga Marriott Hotel, featured on The Pink Bride {Real Wedding: Michael + Melissa} Chattanooga wedding at the Chattanooga Marriott Hotel, featured on The Pink Bride {Real Wedding: Michael + Melissa}


Melissa Bergevin & Michael Miesner


Featured in the Summer 2013 Chattanooga Pink Bride Magazine


Love Story: Michael and I were both pursuing post-graduate degrees at the same university. We actually met online in May but had been in the same building on campus for a year straight, crossing paths and on opposite floors of the building. On our very first date, we just knew that we had met our future spouse. It only took 15 minutes into our dinner to realize that we were totally going to hit it off and that this was “the real deal.” Our relationship grew quickly through our love of hiking in East Tennessee that following summer!

Later that same summer, Michael proposed to me while hiking in North Carolina. It was perfect! We actually weren’t able to finish the hike that day because I was so ready to share our news with friends and family. But it was so special. We had come around a corner of the trail where I stopped to take a picture. I had just gotten done saying that this was one of the most beautiful spots I had ever seen. As I turned to give the camera to Michael, he was already down on one knee. After bouncing for a while, I was able to say “yes!” And the rest was history…


Wedding Details: We were engaged for eight months. However, with both of us in graduate school (on the other side of the state!), every last detail was planned long-distance. We planned the wedding in weekend visits, but the details (although spectacular) were really not a big deal to us. We would tell our vendors our budget, and then ask them to “wow” us. It was a win-win for everyone! Our vendors were able to bring their A-game in every possible way…and it was gorgeous!

The vision for our wedding was “simple elegance.” We tied navy and cream into the room and decor. The guest tables included personalized “date night cards” for them to fill out together (which we keep in a really cool box at our entry way). We also put together little bags of navy and pearl M&M’s from Melissa & Michael.


Wedding Day: It was a whirlwind weekend…quite literally. The night before our wedding was eventful, to say the least! We had tornadoes rip through Chattanooga, sending all of our guests to the basement of the hotel (on two occasions). But oh, the actual day of our wedding was gorgeous! So since then, our wedding has lovingly been termed, “the tornado wedding” by our close friends and family.

The day-of was filled with so much laughter and joy with our friends and family. I loved everything about our day…but the best memory I take from the whole thing was the feeling both Michael and I shared as we walked down that aisle together. It felt as though God was saying, “This is good” – and it was.


Reception Location & Caterer: Chattanooga Marriott Hotel

Photography: Soli Photography

Wedding Planner: Tina Murray

Florist: Humphrey’s Flowers of Chattanooga

Cake: Publix

Jewelry: Blue Nile

Bridal Shop, Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal

Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Ceremony Location: UTC Patten Chapel

Music/Entertainment: Sound Force Entertainment

Rentals and Decor: The White Table