When I first met Megan and Tyler at their engagement session, we immediately hit it off. They are the sweetest, most fun-loving, silly, and sentimental humans, and I knew right then that their wedding was going to be special. Hosted at the historic Common House wedding venue in downtown Chattanooga, their day was elegant, sophisticated, and simple in a way that made you feel as if you were transported inside a vintage romance novel.

The Venue & Getting Ready

The Common House is a newly renovated, modern social club that was originally used as a YMCA back in the mid-1900s. Full of history, charm, and Tuscan-inspired design, it made the perfect space for Megan and Tyler’s big day. They each had their own getting-ready room where they prepped with excitement and laughter, surrounded by friends and loved ones.

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Styled flat lay photo featuring black and white wedding stationery and vow books.
Three little girls in matching pajamas jumping on the bed at the Common House in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Bride sitting on a stool getting her hair and makeup done before her wedding in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Groom wedding detail flat lay featuring his brown dress shoes, rolled up socks, blue tie, cuff links and watch on a block of wood.

Bridal Party Portraits & First Touch

After everyone was wedding day ready, we did a sweet father-daughter first look and took a few portraits with the bridal party. Instead of a bride and groom first look, Megan and Tyler opted for a first touch and intimate vow reading before the ceremony. It was very intentional, heartfelt and such a privilege to witness. As many weddings as I photograph, it truly never gets old hearing the kind, loving words and promises that two people make to each other.

Bride looking back at groom holding a simple green bridal bouquet outside of the Common House in Chattanooga, TN.
Bride and bridesmaids sitting on a blue velvet couch at the Common House in Chattanooga, TN.
Bride and groom first touch and private vow reading.
She kept a Q-tip with her in case she needed to dab away a few tears — wedding day hack!!

Elegant Outdoor Ceremony

The elegant ceremony took place in the courtyard with string lights, greenery and simple decor. Because they read their vows in private, it was short and sweet which was much appreciated considering the heat and humidity of a Tennessee July! We captured portraits with family, the bridal party and the couple before transitioning inside for the rest of the night.

Outdoor summer wedding ceremony with brown chairs at the Common House courtyard in Chattanooga, TN.
Outdoor summer wedding ceremony at the Common House in Chattanooga, TN featuring a round arch with flowers and hanging string lights.
Bride and groom outdoor wedding ceremony recessional.
Bride and groom portraits at the Common House in Chattanooga, TN.
Bride and groom portraits at the Common House in Chattanooga, TN.

Dinner & Reception

The reception space had a very vintage-meets-modern vibe with intentionally minimal decor. My favorite feature was the twinkle lights that lined the ceiling and created a romantic ambiance. Dinner was served family style on long tables with candles and greenery and everyone was just happy to be there. Megan’s dad gave a creative and heartfelt rhyming speech that really set the tone for the night.

Elegant wedding reception at the Common House with long tables, candles, greenery and black accents.
Two bartenders mixing drinks at this Tennessee wedding reception.
Elevated group wedding photo with everyone holding their hands up.

Dancing & Grand Exit

After dinner and the cutting of the cake, the couple and their guests made their way to the dance floor where the real party started. Even mom and grandma made their way into the circle to bust a few moves. They ended their night with a private last dance to the song, “”I Wanna Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler and sung every word to each other, completely present in the moment. Finally, they made their grand exit with glitter streamers that tangled all around them as they walked through. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Bride and groom first dance under twinkly lights at the Common House in Chattanooga.
Bride and groom glitter streamer exit.

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Creative Vendor Team

Planner – Maggie Walker Weddings

Florals – Lang Floral Design

Venue – Common House Chattanooga

DJ/Band – Kyle Goodloe, Golden Gate Entertainment

Hair – Bobby Pinning by Brittney

MUA – Jessica Hyde

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