Tish and Matt met both turned to online dating many years ago due to their limited availability for free time. They officially met on a dating site in October 2014. It was not love at first sight, but eventually they became inseparable. Three years later and this happy couple tied the knot in Atlanta, Georgia with a small and intimate ceremony that was also kid-friendly! Check out their unique wedding day, captured by Zahra Omer of ZOA Photo.
Bride: Tish Davis, 44, Chief Fun Officer of Elegant Event Sitters Inc.
Groom: Matt Porter, 51, Server, Restaurant Industry
Place of residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Wedding date: July 9, 2017
Wedding location: Endive Publik House, Atlanta, Georgia
Wedding theme: Soft and romantic
Honeymoon Destination: Granada and San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
This was not the typical romantic proposal but a more practical approach. Being an older couple and having kids, we decided to just have a conversation about where our relationship was going. The next thing I knew, I was engaged and we were working on how to tell our kids.
What makes your love special?
I was a single mom and total workaholic while building my business. Matt brings much needed balance that I did not know I needed. I know that it sounds cliché but we are honestly best friends. We have so much fun together and we continue to make each other better all of the time. Blending families has been an adjustment, but we are learning as we go.
From the bride:
It's no secret that I am a bit of a control freak, so planning the wedding was not unexpected. I was also trying to juggle my clients' events, which involved me traveling three weeks in a row before my own wedding. The week of the wedding became insanely stressful with putting together ridiculously detailed set-up instructions, a refined timeline, as well as some unexpected personal issues. As a first time bride I was unprepared for the emotional roller coaster planning a wedding can bring. But I can honestly say that the actual wedding day made me immediately forget about all of it. Once I saw Matt during our first look, the stress instantly disappeared and I felt elated. From that moment on, I had the best time and truly enjoyed myself. The wedding was everything that I hoped for, which was to have a ton of fun with family and friends.
From the Groom:
My wedding day was unlike any other day. When I saw my bride for the first time, I immediately knew everything was going to be perfect. She was and is so beautiful! The day flowed seamlessly and everyone had a blast!
Your most memorable moment:
Having our kids as our only attendants was the highlight for us. They mean so much to us, so having them by our side was very special. I was tearing up coming down the aisle to my newly expanded family.
"Latch" (acoustic version) by Disclosure and Sam Smith. Due to a having a three hour reception, we decided to forgo a first dance. Neither one of us are really dancers so it seemed reasonable to let this go. However the band could not let us get out of it and we were called up to have the dance near the end of the reception. It was such a great moment. We're lucky we picked out this song just in case we changed our minds. I love this song so much, and I just feel like it really tells our story.
Favorite wedding detail:
The band was our favorite splurge. They were ah-mazing. Literally everyone raved about them. My friends all came through for me in ways that still make me smile. I had the best time and so much fun working with vendors that really know me.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Enjoying this next chapter of our lives. We have both grown so much as people since we met and feel that this growth will continue as the years go on.
Advice for a bride groom on their wedding day:
Keep it simple and do you. As a wedding vendor, I see so many gorgeous large weddings. I began to doubt our decision to have an intimate wedding even though that is what we initially wanted. I was totally stressing out about our wedding not being "enough." Thankfully our officiant reminded me that we are ultra picky because we are vendors and are exposed to so much. After much discussion, Matt and I knew that what was most important to us were our families and closest friends, and spending as much time with them as possible. A large guest list would not allow for this.
Please feel free to include any other interesting anecdotes from your big day:
Having personal relationships with all but two of the vendors made the planning so easy! The best and most difficult aspect was being forced to be a bride and relinquishing control to the professionals. This was hard, especially on the wedding day. Thankfully our day-of coordinator made sure that I got to fully experience the wedding from this side of the table and it was truly the best!
Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you many more years of wedded bliss.