Katelyn and Michael’s Smoky Mountain Elopement

From the bride:

We met on a dating app. We know it sounds crazy, but it has been the best thing to have ever happened to us. Our first date was a dinner that the most luxurious diner in Brandon, Florida. There was no way that we could pass up the two for $20 at Chili’s, lol, (she picked). After that we sat in his truck and listened to some Randy Travis. He sang “I’m gonna love you forever and ever…” It was a little off-key, but he nailed it. After that, we talked about what our future would be like. I know it sounds odd, but with us something just felt right. We wouldn’t change a thing about it. Now, we enjoy cooking together and having friends over. We also like going out and visiting new restaurants and places we’ve never been before. We love the outdoors and beautiful scenery, and we are always up for new adventure.

For the proposal, he had his family and my mother with us. We went to look at Christmas lights in Plant City like we have always done. When we were finished looking at the lights, he just kinda stood there next to my favorite tree. It was suspicious because he wouldn’t let me leave that spot. As I thought we were going to leave, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I couldn’t find the words to say–I was in shock. He slid the ring on my finger and wrapped me up in his arms. He held me like I have never been held before. It was such a magical moment having our family with us. We will cherish that moment forever.

We decided on Tennessee because we both think it is a beautiful place. We have both traveled there, and we really wanted an intimate wedding. We both liked Chapel in the Hollow–it was perfect.

I think what we are looking forward to most is spending the rest of our lives together… and the pretty pictures to help us share this cherished memory with our family and friends.

Hair and Makeup: Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Bouquet and Boutonniere Florist: Lori Blocker 
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo Bridal Floriana’s
Suit: Men’s WearhouseJoseph Abboud
Shoes: Jay Murphy
Rings: Zales and Embry
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Hollie and Dustin’s Winter Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Hollie and Dustin joined us at Chapel in the Hollow on a beautiful winter afternoon in December. She brought a gorgeous faux fur shrug that set off her dress perfectly. One of her bridesmaids made the adorable bouquet and boutonniere. Her lovely hair and makeup were courtesy of Southern Strandz. Congratulations Hollie and Dustin!

Hair and Makeup: Southern Strandz
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Bridesmaid
Photography: Star Noir Photography
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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2018 in Review

2018 was our first year at Chapel in the Hollow. We’ve been blessed to have so many brides and grooms choose us to celebrate such a special day!! We thank you all as well as the wonderful wedding professionals we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with for helping us make this first year a success. Hopefully 2019 will be just as amazing!

Chapel in the Hollow — a mini chapel located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Townsend where you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor wedding surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature.

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Shanon and Derek’s Intimate Wedding at Chapel in the Hollow

For our final wedding of November, Shanon and Derek joined us along with their daughter and pup as well as her mother and niece. Throughout the ceremony, every time they were asked a question about making a commitment for their marriage their adorable little girl would chirp up with a big, “Yes!” Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate with us! We enjoyed having you all. Congratulations!!!

From the bride:
Derek and I met at Guitar Center, where he had been working for years and I had just started. He says he tried to impress me the whole day we first met but I can’t even remember talking to him at all that day! They often say love at first sight, but falling in love is just as wonderful! Our first date was actually cancelled because Derek was sick. I showed up at his apartment with wine (for myself) and food and we listened to music and talked about everything and anything the whole night. I could tell he was super nervous and I tried to act cool and calm but I was just as nervous! We both started talking about getting married, and because we are both adventurers, eloping was the most fun idea. We both have a love for country music and Tennessee so when we talked about eloping, & naturally we decided there would be no better place. We love renovating our home, listening and playing music and enjoying time with our daughter.

 

Officiant: Heidi Swan (Shanon’s Mom)
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Rings: Andrews Jewelers
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Lox Salon
Makeup: Grace Bail (Shanon’s Niece)
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Callie and Tyler’s Intimate Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

From the Bride:

Tyler and I met online in 2014. We lived an hour away from each other, and we took turns driving to see each other until I graduated college in 2017. He proposed in April of 2018; the week that we were moving in together. I drove to help him pack his things, and he decided on an impromptu date to the botanical gardens. We had a great afternoon exploring the grounds, and before I knew it he tapped me on the shoulder and got on one knee.  He’s always been the romantic one! 

Tyler and I decided to use a midnight blue, black, and silver color palette. I imagined that our theme was a classic starry night, and even had my matron of honor in star earrings! We decided to let the flowers do most of the talking at our wedding ceremony! However, I did buy some decorations second hand and ordered a few things from craft stores to use at the reception. We mostly kept it simple with candles and flowers though! We had flowers along the mini pews, hanging from the chapel, and petals leading to the chapel! My favorite flowers are peonies and anemones so I wanted a lot of green with those flowers. Melissa Timm did a wonderful job, and made sure we had exactly what I wanted. I’ve known for years that I wanted a lace wedding dress with sleeves, buttons down the back, and an a-line skirt. My wedding dress was the second one I tried on, and it was exactly what I had in mind. I wanted a bohemian look for my hair so I asked for two side braids to go with my flower crown, and decided to go for a darker makeup style. Tyler wanted a classic suit so he decided on the black jacket and pants. He picked his attire, and boy was he handsome!

 
My favorite part of the entire day was seeing my husband for the first time! Chastidyi did a wonderful job of keeping us apart until the first look, and made sure our moment was private.I was so excited to see Tyler. We stayed at different cabins the night before, and I missed him so much. As soon as I saw him all the wedding jitters went away. One of the most special parts of our day was having my brother, Cole, officiate for us. Tyler and I are both a bit shy so we wanted someone close to us to marry us, and cole was the perfect choice. He went over every word with me the night before, and made sure it was exactly right. Another special part of the day was relaying our vows to each other. We decided that since our ceremony was so intimate that we would write our own vows, and I hung on Tyler’s every word! I tried so hard not to cry! It all came together so perfectly.The venue was perfect for our intimate wedding, and every one is still talking about how beautiful it all was. We had the reception at a cabin in Gatlinburg, where Panera bread catered! Tyler and I created our own playlist, and we were both surprised when our families started dancing in the living room. 

 

Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Invitations, Wedding Dress, and Bridesmaid Dress: The Something Blue Shoppe
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Makeup: Bride
Officiant: Cole Thornton
Video: Haven Media
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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