Intimate Wedding at Chapel in the Hollow

Jodi and Barry brought their families to Chapel in the Hollow to celebrate their wedding. She put together the florals with individual flowers purchased from amazon.com. She brought a super cute bird’s nest to hold the rings for the ceremony. Her cake was purchased from Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop, and it smelled super tasty. They used river rocks instead of a guestbook and had their guests hold them through the ceremony then sign them and put them in a glass to keep in their home. They chose a more casual look than the traditional formalwear which looked lovely in the rustic atmosphere. And, they brought their jeep so they could get some fun jeep pictures! We were so glad to have them here!

Outfits: Amazon
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Florals: By the Bride with pieces from Amazon
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Photography: Star Noir Photography
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Elopement at Smoky Mountain Wedding Chapel

Michelle and Ralph came all the way from California to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to get married at Chapel in the Hollow. Ralph is a sweet, soft spoken man that looks at Michelle like she is his entire world, and Michelle couldn’t stop staring at her handsome man. This woman had some crazy thought that she wasn’t photogenic–I know they say that the client is always right, but I’m going to have to disagree on this one. 😉 The colors from the bouquet by Melissa Timm Designs pop so beautifully against the natural backdrop.

 

Hair and Makeup by Southern Sirens
Florals by Melissa Timm Designs
Photography by Star Noir Photography
Venue Chapel in the Hollow

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Local Guide – The Walnut Kitchen

For the next installment in our local guide, I want to highlight another delicious restaurant…. The Walnut Kitchen in Maryville, Tennessee. Ian and I recently stopped in for the first time, and we were both REALLY impressed. The decor has a rustic-urban feel, and the food is an elegant version of some favorite country fare. You can see how excited Ian got when they brought out the mini pan of cornbread. We tried the fried okra at the server’s suggestion, and it was amazing–hands down the best fried okra I’ve ever had.

From Walnut Kitchen:
We are a neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Maryville, Tennessee. Our menus are a reflection of the seasons and of the farms that provide us with ingredients. Hospitality is shown with courtesy and creates experiences that are sure to become lasting memories.

**The first two photos are ours, but the rest were borrowed from The Walnut Kitchen website.

This local guide is based purely on our opinions. These are the businesses in the area that we love and frequent. We receive no reimbursement from them–we just want to help you find some of the local hidden gems.

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Jennifer and Mason’s Smoky Mountain Elopement

Jennifer and Mason joined us at Chapel in the Hollow in the heart of the Smoky Mountains for their sweet elopement accompanied by her parents. They were beautifully sweet and adorably cute together. We loved that Jennifer made her bouquet and the boutonnieres. Mason’s one request was getting to wear a green suit, and we think he did a great job picking it out! They chose one of our forest paths as a ceremony site instead of the chapel, and it was gorgeous with the backdrop of nature.

From the bride:

We met when we were fourteen and sixteen years old. We played on the same soccer team. We soon became extremely good friends both loving to read and write and playing sports. We kept in touch through all the years as one another’s best friends. We always knew that we cared about each other as more than just friends but timing never really worked out. I was always in sports and working and in my adult life moved around a lot. Mason was traveling on tour or in different places making records. We finally both hit a point where we were ready to settle down and take life a little more seriously. We both wanted to go back to school so we made the crazy plan for me to move with him and start taking our lives seriously together. Three years later we’re married. Our proposal was more calculating than romantic. We were driving to target talking about where life was going and we decided that getting married was the next step. Mason is going into the air force and I’m still trudging along on school so instead of living our lives separate from one another yet again, we chose to make the rest of our lives OUR lives together.
Getting married in the Smoky Mountains was very important to us. Prior to moving in together and finally living in the same state as one another, we took a two week long hike along the Appalachian trail through the Smoky Mountains. It was a fantastic trip and really strengthened our relationship. When getting married in the woods, I don’t think there’s a need for decorations. The woods are gorgeous enough on their own and lend their own color palette to the big day. Our bouquet and boutonnieres were just simple baby’s breath that I made. We really thought the simplicity of them would pop in the bright green woods. They looked gorgeous.
Our inspiration for our wedding was just focusing on being in the great outdoors and enjoying our favorite place together. We didn’t focus too much on specific styles or colors but wore what we felt fantastic in. I wore a tea length lace dress studded with pearls. It toed the line of elegance and simplicity. With the wedding being outside, I wanted something that I could move around in and not get dirty. I also have a Smoky Mountains tattoo on my leg that I wanted to show off. My shoes were a deep purple velvet. They matched the look of the dress and were a lovely pop of color with the ivory dress. My husband wore a deep green suit with an ivory shirt and tie. The vest was a brown herringbone that complimented the suit and woods nicely.
I think that we were just excited to be in the woods again. Being among the trees, especially The Smokies, is our happy place. We were so excited to express our love for one another in our favorite place.
When we were planning our wedding, we had all these people that we felt we needed to invite. As the guest list grew, so did the expenses. Not wanting to spend an insane amount of money, we looked again at the list and cut back on the number of people and cut the people that didn’t need to be there. Having a small number of people there made the event that much more special for us because we weren’t worrying about everyone else. We made our day all about us and what we wanted. Your wedding day should be exactly what you want. Don’t spend money you don’t have or don’t want to trying to plan an event for others. Your day is about you and your partner telling one another you want to spend the rest of your lives together: nothing else and no one else.

Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: D&K Menswear
Suit Vest: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: The Bride
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Located near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the less populate Seymour, Tennessee, Chapel in the Hollow is a mini chapel that caters to elopements and intimate weddings for couples who want to say their vows surrounded by the beauty of nature.

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Vow Renewal in the Smoky Mountains

Joy and Daniel brought their family to Chapel in the Hollow to join us for a vow renewal. They were so cute together!! They have such fun personalities. 🙂 Her son walked her down the aisle, and we got to see a super adorable brand new baby.

 

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