Hiwassee River Weddings Delano TN Spring Wedding | Dana + Brandon

The day was stunning in spite of the intermittent early morning rain. Everyone happily sighed when the skies cleared up for a gorgeous sunny wedding ceremony on the banks of the Hiwassee river at Hiwassee River Weddings and Events.
The tall pines danced in the breeze outside the window of the bridal suite and the bridesmaids buzzed around the room in aqua dresses. They laughed while sharing memories and jokes. Dana’s sister, nieces, and friends ooh’d and ahh’d when they saw her dress.

This was the day everyone had been waiting for in more ways than one. When their long-time friend Richard pronounced Brandon and Dana husband and wife, he proclaimed, “and it’s about time!” Up on the patio Bill Collins and his family clapped and cheered along with all of the guests. This was the whole goal in building this wedding venue; it was here, it happened; and what a perfect wedding it was!

Dana and Brandon, thank you for the honor of documenting your love. Your friends and families made me feel lucky to get to know you. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. I wish you safe travels and the most incredible honeymoon! You deserve it!!! Thank you for allowing me the honor of being a part of your wedding day. I wish you the best as you begin life together. Much Love, Nelya

They had the first look at the point, a perfect secluded area at the edge of the river.

It was only fitting that DJ Z play YMCA as that’s where Dana and Brandon first met.

There were a few moments to sneak off to just enjoy a few additional bride and groom portraits by the river.

This gorgeous day ended with a glow stick send off with all their friends and family cheering them on to this next chapter of their lives!


Many thanks to the following creative team for ensuring the day was perfect for this deserving couple.

Venue: Hiwassee River Weddings

Wedding dress: Justin Alexander from The Gilded Gown in Knoxville

Groomsmen attire Town Squire in Cleveland, TN

DJ: DJ Z with Merchant Productions

Wedding Photographer: Nelya

Catering: Bakery on Main in Benton

Cake: Bakery on Main in Benton

Florist: Tammy Cady

Coordinators: Tonya and Kim


  1. Linda & Lee Slack says:

    What a beautiful documentation of Dana and Brandons wedding. We are such proud parents, it was very special to see our entire Family be a part of this wonderful day. Dana was such a beautiful bride, and Nelya, you captured that for us with your artistic talent. We are so thankful for our new Son-in-law. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this day special for Dana and Brandon.

  2. Richard Richter says:

    It was an honor to be part of this precious day. I never really get to enjoy how a wedding “feels.” Your photos and blog are a wonderful depiction of the day!

  3. Jennifer Sheely says:

    There are no words for how perfect these photos are!!! You captured so well the perfection of the day! I’m in awe!

  4. Larry & Melinda Briant says:

    What an absolutely perfect day for my son’s wedding! Neyla words can’t express how much I love these pictures of their perfect day and thanks to you we shall have the memories forever. We are blessed with a precious new daughter and grateful for what she brings to our family!! Thank you again for helping make their day so amazing!!! We are truly blessed!????

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