Corinne & Chase decided on an intimate elopement – just the two of them and their close friend (and officiant) Adya – at one of the most scenic areas I have ever been to: Cades Cove. When asked how they would describe their elopement day, they said: “Two young lovers running off to the hills of Tennessee” and that they just wanted “to celebrate love like our ancestors did.”
Corinne wore a lovely and delicate 1974 Gunne Sax dress. Chase picked up his attire at Stages West.
There was a short game of rock/paper/scissors to decide who would say their vows first.
They did a hand-binding tradition during their ceremony.
And they did a jumping-the-broom tradition as well.
A play on the well-known “American Gothic” portrait.
How did he propose? Well, you should know that he carried the ring around in his pocket everywhere they went for nearly 8 months! They were sitting at their kitchen table, where they spend hours every night talking and laughing and listening to music and dreaming about their future. They were talking about places at which they’d love to get married. Corinne was using The Knot website and needed to make a login. The website asked for her finance’s name and, as they weren’t engaged yet, Corinne made a comment about that to Chase.
A few minutes later Chase got up and when he came back, he said “Maybe this will make the venue decision a little easier..” Corinne said she turned around and he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring she had ever seen. They hugged and laughed and she said yes after repeating “Are you serious?!” over and over again. And he was nervous because she didn’t actually say “yes” for about 35 minutes.
What Chase loves about Corinne: “That she can’t help who she is instinctively. She’s so maternal without realizing it. She’s simultaneously the bravest and most self conscious person I have ever met. She is both careful and meticulous while also being carefree (to the point of careless), painstakingly beautiful while being often adorably unsure about her appearance; the unique balance between being bold and unwavering and still coming to sit on my lap for reassurance or being anxious about how she looks or the dinner she made. I have said since I was a teenager that the day I met a woman who could genuinely make me laugh, and who could sing I would marry her. She is hilarious. Many mornings or nights when she sings in the shower or plays violin, I pretend not to notice but record all of it and play it to myself for hours in my headphones at work.”
What Corinne loves about Chase: “He is the most caring, sweet, hilarious, protective, handsome person I’ve ever met. When I first met him I literally thought he looked like a Greek statue. I still tell him that to this day, and to me he is still of another caliper than any person I’ve ever encountered. One notion that has always stuck with me is that I can’t believe someone like him even exists, much less likes me back and wants to marry me. He’s everything I never realized was possible in another person. The way he understands and supports me, and encourages and comforts me, makes me realize what I never had before, and what was possible in another person. He is truly my best friend. We literally read each other’s minds, and I’ve told him things I could never imagine telling another person. We connect on a level that is wholly effortless. He knows what I need usually before I even do. I feel his love and affection for me in everything he does. His adventurous spirit and motivation for seeking the most out of life inspires me every single day.”
“We are undoubtedly, wholeheartedly best friends. Every single day feels like the first week we met. There’s such an abundant sense of adventure. We can look at each other when in a group of people and that look says more than any conversation could.”