Amy and Nick August 2, 2019

You are going to be blown away by this gorgeous champagne Maggie Sottero Designs dress that Amy wore to marry Nick. *Sigh* So romantic and dreamy!! These two were super sweet, and we enjoyed getting to spend time with them at their elopement! The face he made when he saw her for the first time in her dress was priceless. Congratulations Amy and Nick!!

From the bride:
We met threw mutual friends 8 years ago. Our first weekend together was camping in PA. We hung in our hammocks all weekend by the river and drank lots of beer. Nick proposed on our weekend getaway to Vermont. We rented a tiny house in the woods and he proposed in front of the bon fire. We chose TN for our wedding because I have always loved the smoky mountains and the trees. We most looked forward to marrying each other of course! But we couldn’t wait to see how the pictures came out! In our free time, we spend lots of time home with the pups and spending time with family. We love sitting on our front porch and enjoying each other’s company. Also, going to breweries and wineries.

 

Dress: Maggie Sottero
Dress Store: Three Graces Bridal
Rings: The Jewelry Studio
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Cupid’s Petals Florist
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Mountain Backdrop: Nearby Field

 

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Amber and Stephen’s Rustic Elegant Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Amber and Stephen – July 20, 2019

Amber, Stephen, and their family traveled from Georgia to join us on July 20th. She booked a three hour package and brought a whole entourage to help get everything set up perfectly. Her helpers did an amazing job, and we had extra time to get some awesome mountain photos nearby!!! I LOVE the florals they used on the chapel, and I think you will, too! Congratulations Amber and Stephen!

From the bride:
We both knew each other from working at Kirkland’s Flooring, but were just coworkers until one day I texted him apologizing about a nasty house he had to install floors in. I told him I owed him and his workers lunch. It was then when he texted me “What about dinner?” Then, we went on our first date.

I was extremely nervous all day. He had his son for the week so it was almost a week from the time he had asked me. About an hour before dinner, he texted me letting me know that his truck broke down. I was pretty bummed that he was just bailing on me, but at least my nerves were gone. He actually went through the trouble of renting a car and texted me that he would still be there. It was then when the nerves hit again. We met at a local casual seafood restaurant, and I talked WAY too much due to my nerves and to make up for his shyness and lack of talking. Surprisingly, he went out with me again. ha

The proposal… We went camping in the mountains and were hiking the waterfalls. We took some pictures in front of one and hung out for a few minutes. Then, we were about ready to hike back when he asked me “Are you ready?”  I had my back to him, but I said, “sure” as I started to head to the trail never looking back at him. He asked again “No, are you ready?” I turned around and saw him down on one knee. BEST DAY EVER even though the winds were really bad that night and it sounded like a tree was going to fall over on us in our tent and crush us!!!

We decided on Tennessee when we looked up outdoor chapels and saw this beautiful chapel and knew we had to get married there!! We looked forward most to being surrounded by family. Also having my Dad see me for the first time and seeing his reaction. After all he is the one who has made all of this possibly with the help of my mom.

For fun, we love to fish, mainly saltwater in the bays! Any day on the water is a day well spent!

Florals: Richard’s flowers and gifts
Wedding Dress: Anne Barge from The House of the Bride
Menswear: Simon’s Formal Wear Augusta
Favors: Fans made by Bride
Hair and Makeup: Smoky Mountain Salon & Spa
Shoes: Corral Boots from Buckle
Rings: Bride- Windsor Fine Jewelers Groom – Wallis Reid Jewelry
Chairs: AAs PartyRentals
Petal Toss: Mother of the Bride
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Photography: Star Noir Studio

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Heather and Bobby – July 13, 2019

Amidst the thunderstorms, Heather and Bobby stopped in for an elopement. Heather is a seasoned Amazon shopper so she found almost everything she needed from there including that amazing dress!! They were super sweet, and we really enjoyed getting to spend some time with them. Congratulations Heather and Bobby!

From the bride:
Our proposal was very intimate and unexpected. It was Christmas Eve, and we had just finished wrapping presents, cleaning house and getting our showers before bed…it was nearly 10pm. So here I am ready for bed, PJ’S AND NO MAKEUP, and he says, “well we both should open up one gift.” Um ok, sure. Next thing I’m doing is reading this card that he poured his heart into, and under it was this huge box. I open the box and it had a smaller red box inside. When I opened the small red box, it was the most beautiful diamond ring I had ever seen. So my response was, “WHAT IS THIS? TELL ME RIGHT NOW WHAT THIS IS?” I’m oblivious I know lol. He then said what do you think it is, and got down on one knee right in front of me on the couch and asked me to be his wife. In turn I said YES and cried like a baby.

If you didn’t know Bobby you’d assume he was born and raised in Tennessee. I swear 95% of his attire is Vols wear. He’s loved Tennessee since he was younger even though we are both born and raised in Florida. Besides his obsession with Tennessee, it was our very first vacation as a couple. Since we have been dating, we have taken several vacations there and just enjoy the mountains, mother nature and the peacefulness it offers. One day this will be where we call home.

Our wedding date actually believe it or not has no special meaning. Our work schedules can be complicated so we narrowed it down to July and then once we booked the cabin we wanted we narrowed down a date. But now, July 13th, 2019 will be etched in our hearts forever. 🙂

For fun, we live in Florida so of course we are Disney pass holders. We enjoy spending time at the parks when they aren’t overly crowded. Our newest hobby is camping, or glamping you could say (with this Florida heat you need A/C). We have a travel trailer that we take to several state parks with our 3 dogs and 13yr old(soon to be step son). We cant wait to see what our future holds as the New Mr. & Mrs. Kirkpatrick.

Hair and Makeup: About You Salon & Spa
Dress: Amazon.com
Jewelry: Mariell from Amazon
Shoes: Amazon
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Amazon

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Leslie and Colby – June 29, 2019

Leslie and Colby joined us on June 29th to say their “I do”s.  Most of our couples seem to come from the surrounding states, but these two and their families are from around the Sevier County area–a couple of them even own property just a few minutes away from us! Leslie chose a gorgeous non-traditional dress that looked amazing amidst the greenery, and Colby went for a simple look with a white dress shirt and jeans. Leslie’s friend made her adorable bouquet, and her sister-in-law made the lovely naked cake you see sitting on Sarah’s table which is getting another workout.  Congratulations to Leslie and Colby!! 

From the bride:
We actually knew each other while I was in high school. however, we didn’t ever talk or anything. We had mutual friends and come to find out he had asked them about me multiple times. I moved in with that mutual friend, and shortly after, we had a conversation about Colby. That, of course, led to me asking if he was still in his long term relationship. He just so happened to have ended that relationship the August before which was coincidently around the same time as my divorce. We hit it off in the first week. He told me he was not interested in a relationship, but I knew by his words and actions that he wasn’t serious about that. We had our first date of many, and we haven’t stopped living this amazing life since.

Our first date was actually him driving me around to the dragon and around Townsend. We both worked a lot, and it was 11 o clock at night. He had just drove to Seymour and washed his car, and we were texting. He said he was about to take a drive, and, of course, I was super jealous which I told him. Well, about 5 minutes later, he was like “I’ll be at your house in 5 minutes if you wanna go along.” So I hurried and got ready, and he was waiting in the driveway. That night was only the forefront, I guess, of how hilarious our relationship would be. About 5 minutes from the house, we got pulled over and the cop asked where we were heading. Of course, Colby being as sarcastic as he was, he said, “Well, the Dragon, of course.” The cop then preceded to ask why and the same tone he responded with, “ to search for Bigfoot, duh.” Thankfully that cop had a sense of humor also, and told him to slow down and be careful. This was the best experience to tell.

He proposed. I had always told him I wanted to get a Maine Coon cat. I said I need one of those before we get married. I had been at work that day, and he was “working” and said he would be having a really late day. Well, I, of course, just assumed they had some big job. I came home from work and went over to my mother-in-law’s to visit with her and my brother and sister-in-law. I was just wasting time until our date that night after he got home from work. Well, he finally got home from work, and we went on our date . It was the perfect meal, and on the way home, we stopped at a gas station then went on home. We walked inside, and there was my Maine Coon. He was sitting in a cage just waiting on me to come home. While at the gas station, Colby had texted my sister-in-law to bring the cat over to the house and have him waiting. (So sweet, I know). He had driven all the way to North Carolina to adopt him. His name tag read “Marry me, Leslie.”

We chose the location because Tennessee is home and Seymour is how we came to know each other. My first wedding was big and full of family and friends, but on our wedding day, I was looking forward to having a small intimate wedding that was all about us.

For fun, we drive. This is what brought us together. We drove all over Townsend, Seymour, Knoxville and Maryville. Just sightseeing. And talking. It gave him distraction to drive, of course, and it sparked conversations easier. We love going to the dragon and we live on the lake so we love going out on the lake and fishing.

Hair and Makeup: Bride
Florals: Bride’s Friend
Cake: Sister-In-Law
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Brianna and Thomas – June 17, 2019

Brianna was as sweet as her southern accent, and Thomas was extra excited to get married today. Brianna’s mother created florals, and her sister styled her hair and makeup. They made it in before the crazy storms although they did have to deal with a little muggy weather. Congratulations Brianna and Thomas!!

From the Bride:
Thomas actually sent me a message on Instagram and said that we had some mutual friends and that he could tell I really loved the Lord and he really wanted to get to know me. Our first official date was at Starbucks. We sat there for almost three hours just chatting about life. Towards the end, he went to Petco with me to pick up some dog food. Him being willing to go do errands with me on our first date showed his sweet, gentle character. 

Thomas proposed one night after I got off work. He knows I hold a special place in my heart for desserts, and he always is bringing me goodies to come home to. Well, he had dinner set up along with some sweets from our local bakery. After dinner, he brought the box of sweets in and said “you deserve something good after your day.” He let me open the box, and inside were some macaroons, brownies, cookies, and a pink ring box! The rest is history! My ring is actually his grandmothers ring. They have been married for 64 years!

We chose Tennessee because we wanted a very small, intimate wedding with just our families. Neither one of us are very big into being the center of attention, but we didn’t want to just run to the court house. We both love the mountains so when we found Chapel in the Hollow it was a perfect fit! What I looked forward to most on our wedding day was getting to be together with both our families and getting to commit to one another through Christ. We chose our wedding day because we started dating on October 17th last year. His grandparents also were married on the 17th day of March. Endless to say the 17th is a good day. 

Our typical date night is going to Outback for dinner and just getting to spend quality time talking. We have two dogs Gracie and Rose that we spend a lot of time with. We also like to have game nights at home!

Hair and Makeup: Haleigh and Becky Lewis
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Florals: Becky Lewis
Invitations: Shutterfly
Rings: Jewelry Wholesale
Dress: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Grandparents
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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