Danielle & Lee Farmer
Danielle was introduced to her future husband in the middle of a big move. “Lee came with a friend of mine to help move my washer and dryer upstairs in the new house,” Danielle recalls. “He then offered to run to Lowe’s to get parts I was missing, and the next day he asked me to dinner!” Impressed by his chivalry, she knew soon after that he was “the one.”
For their wedding day, the couple’s number one priority was to keep it simple but elegant and stress-free. “I wanted the focus to be on us committing to a life together and becoming a family with my seven-year-old daughter, Madison,” Danielle says. Their venue, the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall, allowed for just that. With its central, eye-catching chandelier, a beautiful built-in bar, and natural woods, the space emanated elegance, requiring little décor. And due to the unique circular layout, the evening was able to transition effortlessly from ceremony to reception – all in the same room.
The festivities began with a cocktail hour featuring Rat Pack music, passed hors d’oeuvres, and of course, Chattanooga Whiskey. Danielle and Lee joined guests in time for their heartfelt ceremony, where the bride stunned in a black, off-the-shoulder evening dress. The ceremony was immediately followed by the couple’s first dance, the mood set by more than 200 lighted candles strategically placed around the room. Guests looked on from circular tables adorned with flowing magnolia and rose floral arrangements.
After a seated dinner of seasonal indulgences – complete with a macaroni and cheese bar, per Lee’s request – Madison and her friends led the dancing that lasted all night long. Danielle reflects, “Watching the kids dance really brought such life to the party. Our guests of all ages had so much fun celebrating and were in awe of the unique venue. It was truly perfect watching our vision come to life.”
How He Proposed
“A few months into dating, Lee called me two days before New Year’s Eve and asked if I wanted to go to New York for the holiday. We went on a spur of the moment adventure, and afterward decided to keep the tradition of visiting a new city every New Year’s. That next year, we visited Amelia Island, and he proposed on the beach.”
Photos by Emily Lester Photography