Jessica and Clayton were married on a Tuesday in November
at The Tivoli Theatre
in Chattanooga, TN
Jessica and Clayton are both performers at Dollywood.
So the whole theatrical atmosphere suited them perfectly.
This wedding was SO unique and SO much fun to photograph!
As most of you know, I have a background in theatre. And this was my first time photographing a wedding inside a real theatre. It was SO perfect for me! I love all the "dramatic" details ... from the stage lights to those red velvet seats. Ahh! It was so exciting!
Before the wedding Jessica had written a "chorus" that include the words "My life, my love, my only". She used that on the invitations and had it engraved in the rings. It became a kind of theme for the wedding day. Little did Clayton there would be more to it ... keep reading ...
Jessica's dress was unlike anything I've ever seen before! She basically sketched an idea of what she wanted and gave the ideas to her friend who is a seamstress at Dollywood. So this is a one-of-a-kind dress completely customized just for Jessica and it was amazing.
Being the showman that he is ... this was Clayton's hilarious entrance into the ceremony:
Ahh ... The extravagant proscenium:
So back to the "theme" I mentioned earlier. Clayton and Jessica had agreed to write their own vows - which I always appreciate and love to hear. Little did Clayton know that Jessica had quite a surprise up her sleeve. She had taken the chorus "my life, my love, my only" and turned it into a full song with several verses and a bridge. And so ... bringing a tear to almost every eye in the room ... Jessica promised her life to Clayton through song. And it was beautiful.
Some dramatic portraits before the reception:
These girls were gorgeous and so much fun to pose!
handsome, handsome, handsome!
And so the reception began ... in the lobby of the theatre ...
Jessica and her dad danced to an old child hood recording of the two of them talking and singing. It was the most intimate and nostalgic father daughter moment I've ever witnessed.
Then we got a few super fun shots outside in front of the big Tivoli sign. So cute!
Then the fun began!
The reception was complete with a karaoke portion of the show. This wasn't just any kind of karaoke though! Jessica and all her friends are professional performers so I felt like I got to watch a real show.
And Jessica, girl ... GET OUT! You are SO SO SO TALENTED!!!!
Seriously, blog readers, you have never seen a show until you've watched Jessica sing "Lady Marmalade". This girl can wail!!!!