Ben & Corrie's Wedding and Chattanooga Choo Choo Reception

Remember

this sweet Signal Mountain engagement session

? Well, the BIG day finally arrived! On Saturday, July 18th, Ben & Corrie became Mrs & Mrs Chambers! It was an honor to witness and photograph such an important event.

Chattanooga wedding 2015
Chattanooga wedding 2015

The girls got ready at the

SpringHill Suites

on Riverfront Parkway. Don't you just love the mix-and-match royal blue bridesmaids dresses?! As one bridesmaid mentioned in her toast at the ceremony, Ben should expect their new home together to be thoroughly decorated in blue!

SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding, royal blue bridesmaid dresses
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding, royal blue bridesmaid dresses

Corrie's veil was custom-made by her mother-in-law and grandmother. It is always so special to see the little handmade touches that make wedding details so meaningful.

SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding

Ben had written Corrie a special note for her to read on their wedding. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE the written word? Ben hand-wrote this letter and it was over a page - and he claims to not be much of a writer!

SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding

A lovely and FUN group of women stood by Corrie on her wedding day!

SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding

The

SpringHill Suites Hotel

is right along the river and has a beautiful garden and patio overlooking the river and with gorgeous views of the rolling hills surrounding Chattanooga!

The colorful bouquets (and the rest of the flowers for the ceremony and reception) made it to Chattanooga all the way from South Carolina and were made by one of the father of the bride's friends.

SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
SpringHill Suites Marriott, Chattanooga TN, July 2015 Wedding
Chattanooga Wedding July 2015
Chattanooga Wedding July 2015

A debonair groom and a dapper group of groomsmen in gray tuxedos with royal blue ties.

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church, gray tuxedo with royal blue tie

Ben and Corrie did not want to see each other before Corrie walked down the aisle but they did want to share a private moment together and pray before their wedding ceremony. A marriage with this kind of start will surely last a lifetime.

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church

Remember how Ben custom-designed Corrie's engagement ring? Well it looks just perfect with the matching band!

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church

The ceremony was held at

North Shore Fellowship Church

in North Chattanooga.

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church

Love the blue flower petals in the flower girl's dress!

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church

And finally...here comes the bride!

North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding, North Shore Fellowship Church
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding
North Shore Chattanooga Wedding

The pastor spoke of a deep, covenantal love and Ben and Corrie promised that such would be their love and commitment to each other.

North Shore Fellowship Church Chattanooga TN
North Shore Fellowship Church Chattanooga TN

And sealed it with a kiss!

North Shore Fellowship Church, Chattanooga TN, you may kiss the bride
North Shore Fellowship Church, Chattanooga TN, you may kiss the bride

Mr & Mrs Ben & Corrie Chambers!

North Shore Fellowship Church Chattanooga TN, recessional
North Shore Fellowship Church Chattanooga TN, recessional

The reception was held at the historic

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

.

historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

They could have stepped back in time when they entered the lobby of this old railroad terminal, now grand hotel.

Wedding reception venue - historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Wedding reception venue - historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Behind the lobby are the Victorian gardens and some old trains - the perfect place for portraits!

historic wedding reception venue - the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
historic wedding reception venue - the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Ben & Corrie have a great community of friends and family surrounding them and supporting them as they begin their life together!

Chattanooga wedding reception venue
Chattanooga wedding reception venue
historic wedding reception venue
historic wedding reception venue

The bride and her sister.

royal blue bridesmaid dress and colorful bouquets
royal blue bridesmaid dress and colorful bouquets
historic Chattanooga wedding venue
historic Chattanooga wedding venue
historic Chattanooga wedding venue
historic Chattanooga wedding venue

The reception was held in the Roosevelt Room that opens to the gardens. Handmade signs, colorful flower arrangements and little details like a trail-mix bar and travel postcard guest "book" made this wedding personal and unique.

historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room

Ben & Corrie chose

Forever Like That

 by Ben Rector for their first dance song. 

historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room

For the Father-Daughter dance, Corrie and her dad danced to the waltz from the Disney cartoon

Cinderella

. When Corrie was a little girl and would wake up at night because of a bad dream, this was the song they would dance to in the kitchen to chase away the nightmares. (Yes, it's ok to wipe a tear from you eye now.)

historic wedding venue
historic wedding venue

Another little princess was ready to twirl next!

historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room, simple white wedding cake surrounded by colorful bouquets
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room, simple white wedding cake surrounded by colorful bouquets

One of my favorite parts of the wedding were the toasts. I loved watching the bride and groom's reactions to the stories and advice their friends and siblings shared.

historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room

 The party was over all too soon but the memories will last a lifetime.

historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Roosevelt Room
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
historic wedding venue - Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Here's to a lifetime of love, joy and adventures!

Ceremony: 

North Shore Fellowship Church

Reception Venue and Catering:

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Coordinator: 

Maggie Walker

Second Shooter:

Rachael Venema

Hair/Make-up: Kelli Sanders

Flowers: Grayson Hartgrove

Cake: Kelly Jo Brown