Sunrise Elopement in Chattanooga : Allie + Parker

2020 is the year for postponed weddings and couples embracing the idea of eloping instead! That was just the case with Allie and Parker.

Their original April 2020 wedding had to be postponed, but on whim they decided to go ahead and get married in the most beautiful sunrise ceremony at Lookout Mountain in  Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m not an early morning person, but this is worth getting up for! The sparkle of the city lights is magic! It reminds me of the scene in La La Land.

Check out the gorgeous photos and some Q&A with the couple below.

Photography: Nelya

Location : Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN

Flowers: La Fleur Diva Floral and Event Styling

Other Photo location: Cravens House Loop Trail

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Me and Parker were set up in college by a mutual friend. We dated for three years, got a dog and both graduated college! Parker proposed to me on a trip in Iceland at our favorite waterfall.

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? 

A: Well originally we planned a big wedding April 4, but because of covid we had to reschedule.  Even though we rescheduled our wedding we still wanted to get married. So we called our pastor and our photographer and decided to elope on lookout mountain! We decided to do this a few days before so didn’t have much time to plan. It was just a small ceremony on top of lookout mountain! We woke up at sunrise and read  love notes we had written to each other. It was such a special and intimate wedding!

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor and/or anything you did to personalize the day.

A: We did not decorate, we just showed up to lookout mountain  at sunrise, and let God decorate!
 One of the only things we paid for was our flowers. I called the florist a couple days before the elopement and she put together a beautiful bouquet and boutonnière of white and green flowers.
The most personal thing we did for our elopement was write was co other love notes that we read right before the wedding!

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? 

A: Because We postponed our wedding I decided not to wear my wedding dress. I wore a more simple dress that I borrowed from a friend! However, Parker wore his wedding suit that he will wear again in July!

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: The whole wedding was so special to both of us because of how intamate it was. I was heartbroken when I had to postpone our big wedding because of covid. However, I could not have asked for a better wedding day. It was special because it was just us and we could be totally ourselves with no audience. I will always love that day.

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Expect the unexpected! For us that was covid 19. No matter what crazy thing happens on your wedding day, the most important thing is that you are marrying your person! Nothing can ruin that.