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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Andrea and Mark’s Elopement at Chapel in the Hollow

Andrea and Mark arrived in a limo with two of their dearest friends. One of them, Dave, officiated the wedding for them. They had a gorgeous day for a wedding–beautiful and warm at our little wedding chapel nestled in the Smoky Mountains.

Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Paula’s Garden
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Dress: Dillard’s
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Marcella and Jimmy’s Edgy Elopement at Chapel in the Hollow

From the bride:

We met in 2016 and were friends for a year or so before we started dating, we met through mutual friends. We started  our actual relationship in June 2017 and quickly grew very close, I think we “jokingly” started taking about marriage just a few months later haha. Then on March 10th while we were just hanging out at our house he looked at me and said, “I don’t think I can go another day without you being my wife”.  Of course I said YES. He didn’t have a ring yet so we found the closest thing, a water bottle cap (which we still have), and twisted it to fit my finger.
 
Our song is Feathered Indians by Tyler Childers so I think the desire to get married in the mountains started from listening to his music. Neither one of us had ever been to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge and I wanted it to be a new adventure for both of us. Neither one of us are “religious” so we didn’t really want a church-like setting.  I looked for months to find a wedding package that provided the ceremony, setting and photography I was looking for (even attempted to organize everything myself from out-of-state, oy). I found Chapel in the Hollow the weekend before we left for TN and knew they were perfect for us! Jimmy was actually the reason for our color scheme! We got engaged in March and I had settled on another dress (and another one before that) which was white with a mermaid skirt. He bought his shirt with navy stripes and the vest the weekend before we left for Tennessee and we did a dress-up test-run to see how we looked. I felt like my white dress just didn’t go with his shirt and vest,  especially trying to envision us in TN scenery.  I ordered my navy dress on Amazon and got it two days before we left Florida! We had our jackets because it was cold-ish for us Floridians, and I had tights and boots because I’m an ultra-Floridian that’s rarely been outside of Florida and I anticipated all of TN being intensely cold outside of our cabin.
 

The only decor item we brought was an engraved wooden heart ornament our rings were tied to. Jimmy’s mother gave us a wedding card with the ornament tied to it two days before we left.  I mentioned to Jimmy that I would love to include the ornament in our pictures so his family felt like a part of our wedding and Jimmy suggested tying our rings to it for our ceremony.  I of course LOVED that and so we did it 🙂 All florals were included by Chapel in the Hollow /Melissa Timm Designs.  I was hoping to find a boutonniere and bouquet for Jimmy and I, but we arrived in Gatlinburg at ~5p on Saturday and all Florists were closed until Monday morning ~9am. Our wedding was at 12p so we decided just to skip it rather than stress! 

 
I loved, loved our intimate just-us ceremony (no offense to friends and family!). But it’s such an impactful  moment. I am so happy it was just us sharing the vows, holding hands, laughing while we took pictures. The most special moment for me was listening to the vows during the ceremony, particularly the vows presented by Ian- So very touching, beautiful and inspiring for a couple starting their marriage. I anticipated crying all over everything during the ceremony (my now husband was forewarned many times so he was also anticipating this), but managed to make it with just a few tears and barely ruined makeup.
If you feel like doing a just us/elopement wedding, even if you’re getting married a year from now, DO IT! Don’t let anything or anyone persuade you to do anything different. It is such a beautiful and (I’m going to use impactful again) impactful moment. I am so glad we decided to do something with just him and I where we could focus on each other, laugh together and have our wedding be about just us! 

lope

 

Chapel florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Hair and Makeup: The Bride
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Emily and Evan’s Smoky Mountain Wedding

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate then when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
– Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Hair and Makeup by the Bride
Bouquet by the Bride
Chapel Florals by Melissa Timm Designs
Dress from The RoseTree Boutique
Photography Star Noir Studio
Venue Chapel in the Hollow

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