Local Venues: Southern Charm

Catie & Tyler Stout

Southern Charm


Boy meets girl, girl sees boy’s closet, girl falls in love? Catie laughs, “Tyler and I joke that I first knew I was in love with him when I saw his color-coded closet.” Their love story culminated in a traditional fall wedding set in Cleveland, Tennessee. The bride, with a determination to get married barefoot, naturally chose Southern Charm, “Home of the Barefoot Weddings,” for the nuptials.

“I absolutely loved the beautiful ceremony site and the fact that the aisle was grass. It was just the aesthetic that I had hoped for,” Catie says. Clustered flowers and greenery draped the wooden pavilion, where Tyler stood waiting for his future wife; it was the first time he had seen her all day. Dressed in a delicate fitted gown with subtle embellishments, Catie was radiant. “We were very traditional, so we didn’t see or speak to each other until the ceremony,” Catie reveals. “The anticipation of seeing him at the end of the aisle was so special.”

After Catie and Tyler exchanged their personal vows, the wedding party transitioned to the indoor venue, where modern, chic chandeliers mixed with rustic barn doors – the contrast added romance and intrigue to the setting. Golden trees topped with twinkle lights adorned the tables, further adding to the dreamy ambiance. On the menu was roasted pig, which Catie’s dad and uncle had cooked on-site overnight. A three-tier red velvet wedding cake sporting a fireman cake topper – a nod to Tyler’s career – was served as dessert.

A magical sparkler exit followed dinner and dancing, and Tyler swept Catie off her feet for a final kiss. Remembering the moment, Catie shares, “We were surrounded by family and friends under the night sky. I just felt overwhelmed with love, like I was the luckiest girl in the world.”

How He Proposed 

“I’m a wedding planner and was helping with some design work for a venue on the river. I was called out for what I thought was a meeting, but it turned out to be Tyler, who had gathered all of our family and close friends together. He proposed to me by the water.”

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Photos by Hayley Ownbey Photography

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