The Gray Dove | vendor spotlight

We have been photographing weddings in this area for over thirteen years, and have had the pleasure to meet so many great people who work alongside of us in the industry. Sometimes, it might just be a “hello” in passing on a wedding day, or seeing someone briefly around town. We realized that we might know the work of a wedding planner, florist, or the distinctive flavor of a caterer, without really knowing the people behind the scenes. So we started reaching out to some of our amazing local vendors, and have begun photographing and interviewing them. We’d like to give potential brides a great behind-the-scenes look at the wedding professionals in the area, and the personalities behind their work. Last year, we did a fun inspiration shoot at a fantastic new rustic venue, but only recently did I have a chance to get to know Josh + Melissa Cain of The Gray Dove!

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a very creative think-outside-the-box kind of person when it comes to ideas related to giving out thing new life.  I am persistent at times when I have ideas and plans in mind, I like to see them through. And lastly, I’m witty especially as a default when things don’t go as planned. As a result, our venue always has fun, exciting and interesting additions!

Could you characterize your style in three words?

Eclectic in some ways. My style is basically a reflection of my life. I live on a farm and am a mother. Farm and kid-friendly is a must!

 What sets you apart from your competition?

Our location, the proximity to the interstate and surrounding areas and our love of the history of our property and buildings on it.

What do you love the most about Chattanooga?

Both myself and my husband were born and raised in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas. Growing up here, you take for granted what an amazing city it is and all it has to offer, especially the history. We are major history buffs when it comes to architecture and the old ways of life. We feel that Chattanooga has something for everyone.

What inspires you?

History. New and modern has its place; however, there is something wonderful about being able to bring a 100 year old barn back to life and surround it with antique pieces from the same era. 

What is your favorite aspect of a wedding?

We enjoy seeing families love and enjoy our property and barn as much as we do. Knowing that couples choose our venue to begin their life together is something very special. 

Do you have any advice you’d like to give engaged couples?

Marriage is hard work, but like anything else: the more work you put into it, the more you will get out of it.


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