Leana and Josh September 14, 2019

Our first bride on September 14th, Leana, was a vision in her dress next to her handsome hubby, Josh. Somehow, she managed to look effervescent in the crazy heat we were having, and I think you’re going to swoon over these pictures!! Congratulations Leana and Josh!!

From the Bride:
Josh and I met through his sister, Amber. She knew we were both single and looking for someone who was going to love us as we were, existing children and all.

We both had two children from our past relationships so we thought it was best if we met at a place where we could let the kids play and we would be able to talk and hangout with all the kids. We met at Rotary Park in Johnson City. It was love at first sight! We took turns playing with each other’s kids, and then of course all together while getting to know little bits and pieces about one another’s life. Then, we gave each other a hug, and parted ways for the day.

Josh proposed to me. He had my best friend help me get myself ready thinking we were going on a date. He asked my sister coming over so she could record it. He had all 4 of our boys hold a sign that spelled out “Will you marry me?” Each boy held one sign up. He covered my eyes and walked me through the back door where they were all standing. It was perfect.

What I looked forward to most on my wedding day was getting to marry my best friend! Us joining our two families together and making one, officially. I wanted to get married in the fall, but wasn’t wanting to wait until October or November so we just decided to get married in September when the weather is usually perfect.

For fun, we like to watch our favorite tv shows and eat, lol. If we get time to ourselves, which is rare, we like to go to the movies and out to our favorite restaurant. Our days usually revolve around our children and playing with them and keeping them happy.


Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet/Boutonniere: Etsy and Friend
Rings: Kohls and Etsy
Cake: Sam’s Club
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Amber and Alex September 6, 2019

Amber and Alex joined last week for an intimate wedding at our little chapel. For the first time in forever, the heat didn’t feel like it would melt your skin, and Amber looked fresh and gorgeous in her lace dress. Congratulations Amber and Alex!!

From the bride:
We met on a dating website. Our first date was very sweet and calming. He showed me around his hometown. He proposed. He invited several of my friends to Chicago as a surprise for my birthday.Proposed at Millennium park at the Bean. We chose Tennessee for our wedding because it’s beautiful! We chose our wedding date because it was exactly one year from our engagement date. For fun, we like to hike, go to breweries, try out new restaurants, attend live events, and we LOVE to travel!!

Florist: Groom’s Mother – Sharyl Gray
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Invitations: Minted
Officiant: Timothy Curry
Hair and Makeup: Style Makers Salon and Spa
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Anise and Bradley September 1, 2019

After this wedding, I have reason to believe that there is hope for society. Anise and Bradley joined us for their elopement on a beautiful day in September. If these two so very different people can join together and become one, then there can be no excuses for the rest of us… That’s right, a DC fan and a Marvel fan have tied the knot and live in relative peace.  If you’re not quite nerdy enough to know what that means, those are two warring comic book factions. I so enjoyed getting to know Anise and Bradley a little better–hearing about her newfound interest in camping, their dogs (named Gambit and Rocket), and their upcoming honeymoon plans. And ooooooh the light–this beautiful evening light just made Anise glow—ermagerd! Congratulations to the two of you!! 

From the bride:
We met through a dating app. Bradley was reluctant to signup as he is more traditional, yet his brother talked him into giving it a try. We initially began conversing through the app, this led to exchanging numbers and the rest will become the narrative of our lives.

The first date was a date that almost didn’t happen. We were set to meet for lunch, however due to a scheduling mishap at work Bradley had to push the time of the date back 3 hours. We went to a little Mexican restaurant near Anise’s office. We sat there for quite a while and engaged in great conversation as we got to know one another better. After finishing the late lunch, Anise said, “I’m enjoying myself, would you like to continue the date.” Me, knowing I had hit the lottery, tried to play it cool and said, sure. We then drove around downtown Nashville trying to find something else to do in the early evening. We stumbled upon a little Blues bar and the group that took the stage later became our favorite blues band. By the end of the evening, I knew that I could one day love this woman!!!

Bradley proposed in Pigeon Forge as we were leaving from a weekend getaway. He originally planned to propose while we were hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but the right time never presented itself. He carried the ring around in his pocket all weekend waiting to ask. The spot he chose overlooked the Little Pigeon River with the sun setting in the background over the mountains. It was such a perfect ending to the weekend!

We chose 9-1-19 because it is the same forward as it is backwards. To us, it is symbolic of the circle of life as it starts, ends and begins anew. We enjoy the outdoors, camping, kayaking and mountain biking. We love trying new restaurants in the cities we travel and prefer to find “off the beaten path” locations.


Makeup: Ulta Beauty (Kayla)
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Groom
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

 

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Taylor and Tristan August 31, 2019

Recently, Taylor and Tristan joined us with Taylor’s daughter, Lacey, and a friend. Even though it was just the four of them, Taylor brought lots of details to make everything uniquely them. We had gorgeous weather and some local wildlife even stopped by to pay their respects. Congratulations Taylor and Tristan!!

From the Bride:
We went to high school together, but never really knew each other existed besides watching each other play sports. We officially met at the beach through our mutual friends. He was there with a group of his friends, and I was there with a group of mine. After meeting, we both ditched our friends to hang out together, and we had so much fun during those 2 days. We rented scooters, rode the slingshot, and went to a Dierks Bentley concert. We weren’t really sure how it would be when we got back home, but we kept talking after the beach and started hanging out when we got home. Even though we both knew we liked each other, neither one of us would say anything to each other for a while. A few months later, we were officially dating. Now 3 years later, we can’t wait to get married and spend forever together.

Our first date would have been when we first met at the beach. We went to an amusement park and rode the slingshot and a few more rides. The slingshot was so much fun that we had to buy the video of us riding and the t shirts. After that, we went walking on the beach and stayed out talking until daylight the next day. We ended our date by watching the dolphins jumping and swimming in the ocean.

We didn’t really have a proposal. We have always talked about getting married and knew we wanted to, but wanted to wait until I graduated college. One day, we decided to go look at engagement rings so he would have an idea of what kind I liked. We ended up finding the perfect ring that we both loved so he got it that day, but still wasn’t ready to propose yet. About 8 months after we picked out the engagement ring, we decided together that we wanted to elope and have a small intimate wedding.

We decided on Tennessee for our wedding because we wanted a small, intimate wedding, and Gatlinburg has always been a beautiful place to go on vacation. After googling chapels in that area, Chapel in the Hollow seemed like the perfect fit for us. I most looked forward to saying I do and getting to start our life together as a family. As far as the events of our wedding day, I couldn’t wait until our first look. We chose our wedding date because we would be dating 3 years on August 29th so we wanted to get as close to that day as possible. 

As busy as we both are, it’s hard to have many hobbies or date nights. Our typical date night is usually renting a movie and going home to eat popcorn.

Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet, Boutonniere, and Aisle Decor: Chrissy Nix
Cake: Samantha Montgomery
Videographer: Right Brain Photography
Wedding Dress Store: Diane’s Formal Affair
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Ashlee and Alvin Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Elopement Pigeon Forge

Ashlee and Alvin August 17, 2019

We were really excited to welcome Ashlee and Alvin this morning for a wedding at the chapel. The morning light was gorgeous–it highlighted Ashlee’s gorgeous blonde hair and made her look angelic. I loved that the groom got a little teary when reciting his vows, and I enjoyed their excited smiles!

From the bride:
We had known each other since 2012 or so. We both worked out at the YMCA, and we were both married at the time. Years later in 2018, I was working as a Pretrial Officer for our county, and he was the Chief Deputy for our Sheriffs Department. I walked into the courthouse for work one morning, and he just happened to be there talking to court security. He sat up from his chair and made eye contact with me and got the biggest smile. I waved and walked to my office. A few days later, he sent me a friend request on Facebook. We were both now divorced and single. He commented on a funny picture I had posted, and we started messaging each other. I gave him my phone number and eventually asked if he would like to meet for drinks.

Our first “date” started at 1:00 in the afternoon on Oct 6th. We were both off work and met up at a local Mexican restaurant. We talked, drank, and LAUGHED for hours! By far the BEST and EASIEST first date we had ever been on. We have basically been together and inseparable since that very day. Alvin proposed on May 25th. He and I were canoeing down Elkhorn Creek in KY. It was totally unexpected. We were just in the middle of a conversation, and I looked back to comment back when he asked. We have an awesome time with everything we do. We like four-wheeling, fishing, and hanging with our incredible children.


Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Bride
Wedding Dress Brand: Southern Fried Chics Boutique
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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