This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing the union of two of the sweetest, most genuine people I know. I met Jessi right before our senior year of high school when she and I participated in the Junior Miss pageant together. I can still remember her talking about her boyfriend at the time, Ethan. Spoiler alert: she married him. Yep, Jessi and Ethan have been together for almost TEN years! Not many people can say they married their high school sweetheart, but these two beat all odds and tied the knot on Saturday in Mentone.
The festivities were held at Cragsmere Manor, with a stunning view off the bluff of Lookout Mountain. Jessi talked about how important it was for her and Ethan to get married in their hometown, surrounded by the people they loved and the environment they fell in love in. To add to that, most of their wedding vendors just happened to be super talented friends of the couple! I was lucky enough to be their photographer, even after that time I totaled my car with Jessi in the passenger’s seat (I’m still really sorry about that!)
I absolutely love the images we captured, but I can’t wait to see The Film Poets’ video from the day– you just have to hear their wedding vows to understand. Jessi and Ethan’s ceremony featured scripture, Friends quotes and Star Wars references and basically, it couldn’t have been more perfect for them. Congratulations to Jessi and Ethan– I know you two are having an amazing time in Italy right now!