Thistle Hill Mansion Wedding from Ivy Weddings
May 10, 2013
I'm bad at surprises. Love them! But I can't keep a secret for the life of me, out of pure excitement. So, I love seeing others pull it off, like this sweet Groom did for his proposal to his Bride, immediately followed by a pre-planned engagement party with family and friends (bonus points!). Melts your heart, right? And it all led to the prettiest wedding day captured by Ivy Weddings, so well, that you wouldn't even know a drop of rain fell from the sky. Visit the gallery for even more.
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 From the Bride... Jordan and I met through his sister, who I had recently met and become friends with at church. Jordan lived out of town and had flown in to spend the holidays with his family. Our paths crossed when he tagged along with Katie to church one night. We spent that evening talking and getting to know each other. The next week we had our first date at the shooting range, and I knew this guy would be different!

After a year and a half of dating long distance, I flew to visit Jordan in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had planned a beautiful, and totally unexpected, proposal on a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River. I was even more surprised when he took me back into town and there waiting for us was an engagement party filled with our family and friends. All of them were in on the surprise and had flown in from all over the world just to celebrate with us! It was a perfect day I will never forget.

We planned an outdoor wedding and after a week of perfect weather, a torrential downpour started just a few minutes before our ceremony. Jordan and I were both set on keeping our ceremony outdoors, so we waited until the rain slowed down a little and had the ceremony in the rain. By the end of the ceremony, the sun came back out and the rest of the day was perfect. I think the rainy ceremony made our wedding all the more beautiful and memorable. It was the perfect start to the rest of our lives.

[dotted] Photographer: Ivy Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Thistle Hill Mansion | Reception Venue: Reata Restaurant | Officiant: Michael Santiago  | Wedding Day Coordinator: Bethany Roszhart | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Wedding Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Catering: Reata | Invitations: DIY Design with Kimberly Kadlubar of Swoozie’s | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via Mockingbird Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: J. Renee | Hair Comb: Charming Charlie | Veil: Borrowed | Hair + Makeup: Shanna Gobin | Jewelry: Family Jewels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor  | Bridesmaids'  Clutches: KellysKeepsakes | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Charming Charlie | Men's Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Ceremony Keyboard: Laura Cummings | MC: DoubleTake Productions