Jilli + Rob | Wedding in Historic Hiwassee Church

There is so much joy and happiness that comes from family members who support a new marriage and exciting additions to their family.  This was definitely the case for Jilli and Rob whose wedding (and reception) was family-oriented, decorated, catered, coordinated, and planned… right down to the homemade moonshine and intimate ceremony with their closest friends and family. Even the getting ready and reception portions of this couple’s day were held on the bride’s parents’ land.

Jilli and Rob’s ceremony was particularly special. It was held in the Hiwassee Union Church, located in Reliance, TN, which is the family’s historical, primitive church beside Ocoee River. The church never had electricity installed- so no air conditioning! It's open windows, wood floors, vintage furniture, and blue walls beg to tell a story. I wish I knew all the memories that church held, but at the very least, I found an article with more on the history here.

Jilli and Rob's day was filled with special details that I loved documenting! I try to find the most unique parts of locations to take photos, so I did the bridal party and family portraits by a lemon tree at the family church. The bridesmaid gifts were specially purchased knot bracelets ("tying the knot"). The groomsmen gifts were monogrammed flasks filled with moonshine homemade by Jilli's father. And you'll notice a special rope tying tradition during the ceremony where Jill and Rob bound their hands together with rope. Even watching Jilli's father drive their RV like a party bus to and from the church, so the ladies could ride in stylish comfort!

Thank you, Jilli and Rob, for allowing me to photograph your special day that was full of love and legacy!

Second shooter: Giovana Melo.