Jen and Kenny’s Romantic Elopement at Chapel in the Hollow

Jen brought so many wonderful details that made for a very unique elopement. Jen and Kenny were adorable together. They wrote their own vows, and they were amazing–sweet, emotional, and funny. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed quite so much at a wedding. 🙂 They met in the military but didn’t end up dating until years later when, as a police officer, she pulled him over. He asked her out, she called him some names, and yet they still ended up together. Sometimes, things are just meant to be.

“Today, I have loved you for one thousand, four hundred ninety-two days. If I were asked what my heart looks like, I’d simply point to you and smile. You are a part of my soul. You flow through my veins, and I don’t think you’ll ever know just how much of me is made up of you.”

Photography: Star Noir Photography
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Amanda and Michael’s Nature Inspired Intimate Wedding

We were so pleased to have Amanda and Michael join us for their wedding ceremony! Amanda was originally from Tennessee although she now lives in Pennsylvania. She worked in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for four years and said, “those mountains are where my heart lives” in an email to me. As a native of the area, I can completely understand. 🙂

From the Bride:
You captured our day so beautifully. It was such a blur that having these photos brought back many special moments that I hadn’t fully processed on that day. I didn’t even notice you during the ceremony but you captured it so intimately and so perfectly. After a super stressful lead up to our wedding (for a number of reasons), it was so wonderful to show up at your place and have you and Ian take charge and help us coordinate making the day beautiful and exactly what we’d hoped it would be. We were also glad to find a business that suited our style and seemed to align with our values. Although several venues around Sevier County exist, we were glad to find a venue whose portfolio was diverse and inclusive.

Hair and Makeup by Fringe Hair and Nail Salon
Dress from Anthropologie
Photography by Star Noir Studio
Venue Chapel in the Hollow

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Karen and Jonathan’s Intimate Smoky Mountain Wedding

Karen and Jonathan were such a joy to have on our property! Their friends were animated and a lot of fun, and it was obvious how excited the two of them were. They added some beautiful personal touches to the chapel area to make it uniquely their own. We LOVED their style–different, a little edgy, beautifully them. We love couples who let their personalities shine through in their wedding day!!

From the Bride:

We met at work. We both worked at a hotel, always worked the same shift, and found natural friends in each other. We had no intention of dating at the beginning, always joking about being “bros,” so much so that he nicknamed me Fred so I’d have a boy name, and it has stuck to this day. We spent more and more time together, sacrificing sleep for another conversation or another movie. We were undeniably drawn to each other. There was no real proposal.. we had talked about getting married and figured we would at some point. We had already planned to take the same week for some kind of vacation, and one day around Christmas he looked at me and said, “hey, let’s pick a day to get married.” So I found us a little place in the mountains like we had talked about, and here we are!

We wanted our wedding day to be like our relationship.. low-key, intimate and comfortable. We let nature be our theme and enjoyed what the location already had to offer. Tradition has not played much part in our relationship, and our wedding reflected that. It was all about doing our own thing.

We did very little decorating, again letting nature do the heavy lifting. We added a few props made by friends and given as wedding gifts, and used these for our reception as well. Our reception consisted of 8 of our closest friends at the cabin we honeymooned in for the rest of the week, a few more DIY projects friends helped with, and the beautiful Smoky Mountains just outside.
The flowers were a very happy accident. I didn’t want a big traditional bouquet, and wanted to stay relatively inexpensive but floral arrangements are not a particular strength of mine. My best friend and I happened on a bunch of flowers at a wholesale florist the day before the wedding, decided they looked like wildflowers and could probably be turned into a bouquet. We found some burlap wrap and made the most of it. They ended up being perfect for the venue! We had some extra for a centerpiece, pinned some to his jacket, and that’s all we used.
We had pretty unique music and personalized props friends had made for us, but we kept everything pretty simple. I loved keeping it small and simple so we could really focus on each other and the meaning of what we were doing.
We have both always loved everything we can get in gray. It’s how we decorate, how we dress, and we thought it would be unique and personal to have that be the color we both wore for our wedding. I had a hard time finding a gray dress but stumbled upon the perfect one on an online-only store. We mixed and matched different pieces for Jonathan until it looked perfect, all in gray.
It’s about the marriage, not the wedding.  Keep it about you and your spouse, and remember you have a whole life together to look forward to after the wedding. It doesn’t matter if it’s uncomfortably hot, the music gets messed up, you’re a few minutes late, not everyone you want to be there makes it, or your best friend doesn’t know you gave her the ring to hold during the ceremony (all things that happened at ours). Remember why you’re there, and nothing else matters.

Hair and Makeup by a Bridesmaid
Photography by Star Noir Studio
Chapel Florals by Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet by the Bride
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Amber and Justin’s Smoky Mountain Elopement

Amber and Justin’s wedding day dawned warm and lovely with a chance of thunderstorms later in the day. They showed up followed by some sprinkles which turned into something a little heavier, but it let us get some great rainy day photos!! Amber made a gorgeous bride, and Southern Belle Beauty did a fabulous job on her makeup! The florals by Melissa Timm Designs complemented her easy elegance.

Hair and Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty
Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Photography: Star Noir Photography
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Cassie and Andrew’s Smoky Mountain Wedding

From the Bride:
We met through my neighbor when we lived in South Carolina. She had been trying to get us to meet for a few months, and he was always so busy with work. Finally one evening while sitting on her porch, she gave me his number and said “just text him!” The text led to a phone call a few minutes later, which led to him coming over to hang out with us all a few hours later. He stuck by my side through the thickest of thick and the thinnest of thin. He accepted my 3 older children as his own. He has done everything for us and is an absolutely incredible man. On Easter Sunday of 2017 he had to go out to his car to get something. I didn’t think anything of it as the kids were all going crazy over their Easter basket goodies. He came in and was kneeling next to me sitting on the couch and gave our daughter her first piece of jewelry and then turned to me and said, “…and here’s Mommy’s last, will you marry me?”. I was overwhelmed with emotions all I could do at first was cry. I said “yes” and wrapped my arms around him tighter than I think I ever have.
 
I wanted our day to be simple and classic. Nothing over the top or too dramatic. We were interested in getting married out of state in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, so when I started researching and came across Chapel in the Hollow, I knew that was where we would get married. Looking at their social media page, I got a vision of what color palette would look stunning at the venue location in May. I went with blush, lavender and ivory and was so thrilled with how it turned out. We stuck with our vision of a small, intimate ceremony with our children as our wedding party and just a few close family members and friends as our guests. Our day turned out perfectly!
 
Thanks to Chastidyi and her wonderful imagery and stunning location, we really didn’t really need a whole lot of decor. The setting of the chapel in the woods of the mountains was beautiful in and of itself. The chapel florals and swag matched our colors almost perfectly.
 
During my Pinterest scrolling and Etsy window shopping, I decided that I wanted to go with non-traditional florals and do sola wood florals. I found a wonderful Etsy shop (SylCadle) who took a Pinterest image and worked her magic. Syliva was absolutely wonderful to work with. The flowers will last forever and I’m so thrilled with how they turned out.
 
We reserved an awesome cabin in the mountains for us and all of our guests to enjoy the weekend together. It was so nice to be able to spend quality time with everyone. We had Sweetheart Limo’s come pick up all our guests to take them to the wedding venue and back to the cabin. Everyone really enjoyed not having to worry about transportation to and from since everyone was from out of town.
 
My wedding dress was a complete surprise to myself! I had a vision of what I wanted and I was practically set on that and only that. My bridal consultant brought the dress out and I was not a fan. She said, “at least, just try it on”, so I did.I couldn’t believe that everything I had dreamed of and envisioned myself wearing on my wedding day had gone out the window just like that. The tiered dress was like nothing i had ever seen. The incredible lace and beaded detail were to die for.
 
I think the most special moment of our wedding day was just the pure intimacy of it all. We had everyone we wanted there…no more, no less. Don’t get me wrong, I love big weddings just the same, but the closeness we felt with our guests not just for the wedding ceremony, but for the entire weekend was simply wonderful!
 
I would say the key to wedding planning is to try and not stress it. Easier said than done, I know.  Take time to breathe and enjoy it. Include your significant other as much as possible and don’t forget it’s their day too.
Venue Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: SylCadle (Etsy)
Photography: Star Noir Photography
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
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