We can’t get enough of this traditional wedding in Chattanooga, featuring classic colors of navy and white with romantic details.
From the bride’s lovely white gown and veil to her lush bridal bouquet, she’s truly a vision to behold! We love the groom’s classic style alongside his groomsmen, and the bridesmaids’ breezy navy dresses have us swooning. This celebration also features some of the sweetest details you could imagine! From flawless jewelry to divine wedding stationery and fun wedding signs, we’re hooked.
Take a cue from this lovely Chattanooga wedding by sticking with a simple color palette, subtle details, and a timeless theme.
You’ll end up with a celebration that can truly stand the test of time!
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Brenda Lee Anderson + Seth Mitchell Wadley
September 4, 2015
Wedding Day Soundtrack
“Marry Me” – Train
“A Thousand Years” – Christina Perry
“All of Me” – John Legend (Bridal Entrance)
Bridal party entrance at reception: “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
First Dance: “You and I” – John Legend
Father/Daughter: “My Girl”- The Temptations
Mother/Son: “Mom” – Garth Brooks
Tell us about your love story!
Seth and I met while working during the holiday season at JCPenney. I worked as a sales associate, and Seth’s mother was my supervisor. After leaving the job for the season, I returned that summer where I saw Seth working the cash register. I checked out in Seth’s line, and he asked me to hang out. The rest is history! I believe what makes us a perfect match is our willingness to serve others.
The question was popped on Easter evening in downtown Chattanooga. After walking on the Walnut Street Bridge, Seth and I went down to Coolidge Park and laid out on a blanket overlooking the Tennessee River. Seth surprisingly told me that he had gotten me a gift for Easter and as I was propping myself up to see what it was – BAM, there he was on one knee asking me to marry him!
Describe your wedding planning process.
We were engaged for 17 months, which was fine because I had just started a Masters program at UGA, and we wanted to be able to get through my first year there without too much wedding-planning stress.
As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to volunteer at The Pink Bridal Shows, so I knew when I got engaged that I wanted to find time to check one out as a bride. Well, a few months after we got engaged, my bridesmaids took me to a show in Chattanooga, and it was FANTASTIC. Attending the show put into perspective what I could and could not afford, and gave me a working knowledge of things to include on our big day.
I think THE best decision for our big day was our decision to stay within our means financially while planning the wedding. Being engaged for 17 months gave us time to save as well as stretch our money, since we weren’t in a rush during the planning process. Lastly, after our wedding, we weren’t bogged down financially and could enjoy being married without the added debt from financing a wedding.
Recap your big day for us.
During our first look, I got stung by a bee while walking up to tap Seth on the shoulder!! But our photographers ran over and were able to get the bee out from under my dress, and it all turned out ok.
We were very emotional during the ceremony, especially during the reading of our vows. We started off our ceremony with my childhood pastor leading our guests in prayer, which was very emotional.
Getting married was the best day of our lives. We especially loved leading everyone in “The Whip/Nae Nae” to get everyone on the dance floor during the reception, and the bouquet toss – I threw the bouquet so high that it got stuck in the rafters of the reception venue!
What about the details?
Our vision was to have a wedding that was rustic/shabby/chic, and NAVY! We both went to undergrad at UT Chattanooga and wanted to focus on including aspects of the university in our wedding. We got married in Patten Chapel, which is very dear to both of our hearts. (I was in Chi Omega Fraternity at UTC and received my bid to the sorority in Patten Chapel.) During our time at UTC, we came to know Patten Chapel as a place where we felt such a sense of pride for the campus and the Chattanooga community. Our favors were cups with the state of Tennessee with a heart over Chattanooga in our school’s colors! Go Mocs!!!
What was your wedding day budget (and for how many guests)?
Our budget was $5000 for 250 guests. We couldn’t have done this without self control, but we decided early on that we didn’t want to go into debt for a wedding. Also, we really focused on the connections that we had within the community and among our family and friends. We SAVED BIG on our DJ by going with a friend from undergrad, who was just starting up his business. We made all of our decorations for the reception and ceremony (centerpieces, unity candle, signage, invitations, ceremony programs, ring bearer and flower girl baskets, etc), and a family friend made the bridal cake (along with all of the cupcakes, cake pops, and cake push pops). We went with a local florist (who made the flower arrangements for centerpieces, bridesmaids bouquets, flower girl crowns), and the catering was done by a local catering company. I don’t think we really splurged on anything.
Going into the wedding, we decided that there were a few areas that were non-negotiable, meaning we were willing to go above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied in every way possible. We decided on spending most of our budget on photography, which was the best decision because our photographers were a huge part of the day and felt like family by the end of the process. Choosing our photographers, happened through a random Instagram search of #chattanoogaweddingphotographers, and instantly we fell in love with their work and knew that we wanted them to be a part of our big day. Our photographers were personable, kind, selfless, and by the end of the night even our guests were raving about how GREAT they were.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Our advice is to have fun during the process. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed, so find ways to continue to date each other. Just because you’re engaged, does not mean that you can take a break showing the other person how much you care about them. Find time to enjoy the small moments and take care of yourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
We are looking forward to growing together as one as followers of Christ, traveling the world, continuing to be dedicated to lifelong learning, being engaged citizens within our community, and starting our own traditions as a family together.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
How fun #adulting can be with the person you love!
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Bridal Shop (Gown): Monica’s Bridal
Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal
Reception Location: Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Photographer: Lindsay Campbell Photography
Caterer: G’Daddy’s BBQ Catering
Cake: Bride’s cake by Kesha Sharpe- Family Friend; Groom’s cake by Kimmee’s Cakes
Jewelry, Formalwear: JCPenney
Ceremony Location: Patten Chapel
Music/Entertainment: DJ MCLOVIN- Micheal Loving
Officiate/ Minister: Dwight Martin
Make-up: Brittany Sigler inside Sephora @ JCPenney inside Hamilton Place Mall – Chattanooga, TN
Hair: Ashley Arwine @ Mahogany Styles