Amanda and Rob’s Mountain Elopement at Chapel in the Hollow

From the bride:

We met on tinder. We swiped right and matched both times. First time we talked a bit but didn’t exchange numbers. Rob got a new phone and was gone for a while, then we found each other and exchanged numbers. Our first date was really laid back–we just met up to get to know each other. 

Rob waited until after midnight on October 21st which was the sweetest day so that he could propose on October 22nd, 2017. It was my mom’s birthday, and he knew that the number 22 was ver significant in my life.

Rob brought me to Tennessee a couple of months after we first started dating, and I absolutely fell in love with the mountains. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. We looked into a bunch of other destinations for our wedding, but there is just something about the area that feels so warm and comforting. Hopefully, some day we can call it home.

I was excited for everything on our wedding day!! Waking up that morning, going to get my hair and makeup done, the drive to the ceremony, putting on my dress and walking out to see him, holding hands, saying our vows, ring exchange, sharing our first kiss as husband and wife, and pictures to be able to share and have for keepsakes forever!

We had a few dates that we were looking at for our wedding date, but decided on our date because it was best for work. We picked the first Saturday of our vacation. After looking at the date, we noticed that it just ift. 3-9-19. If you put it backwards, 9-1=8 which is the size of our family, and 9-3=6 which is how many kids we have together. 

With six children in sports, etc., we don’t get the opportunity to do very many date nights, but we are perfectly okay with just lounging around watching movies all day, making yummy meals, and sitting around with our fur baby who enjoys it as much as we do. We have fun in just about anything we do whether it’s making food, singing songs in the car, and in-home dance parties where the kids either look at us and roll their eyes or tell us we are cringey. They will all understand one day–there is nothing better than hanging out with your best friend. 

 

Hair and Makeup: Smoky Mountain Salon and Spa
Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
Dress Designer: Galina
Floral Designer: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Bride
Shoes: Converse
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Photography: Star Noir Photography

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Raegan and Tristan’s Smoky Mountain Wedding near Gatlinburg Tennessee

From the bride:

We met our senior year of high school. A mutual friend was trying to set us up for homecoming…Tristan got my number but sat on it for a week, but by the time he texted me I was already talking to someone else and ignored him…haha oops! 3 months later we met that friends birthday party. I texted him the day after and we’ve talked everyday since. Went on our first date 2 months later and the rest is history!

On our first date, we went to the movies to see Star Wars- I talked the whole way there and he barely said a word! He didn’t try to make any moves…we didn’t even hold hands, but he had me interested anyways! The dates after were much better.

Tristan proposed to me June 19, 2018. It was just the two of us, and he took me to a spot that we went to when we first started dating. We sat in that spot, we talked, and we really got to know each other. He parked in the parking lot, said he wanted to talk and we went to sit in the trunk of his Jeep. When he opened the door to his trunk he had string lights and all the pictures of us from our whole dating relationship, and then he got down on one knee and asked the easiest question I’ve ever answered!

We chose Tennessee for our wedding because I’ve always loved Tennessee and the Gatlinburg area and thought it would be pretty and romantic.

The thing I am most excited about on our wedding day is being married!!! He said he’s most looking forward to seeing me in my dress!

We chose our date because we started dating in February 3 years ago so we decided to keep the month the same!

We’re very low key, ordering food in and watching Netflix is our fave. We like antiquing and old things, love playing board games together, anything fun and together we are most likely down for.

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

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Local Guide – Dancing Bearfoot

We get asked often about places to stay in the area. This adorable little cabin was recently brought to our attention, and I think you’re going to love it! Check out that copper tub! It’s the perfect spot for a honeymoon… Click on any of the photos to go to their website and get more info.

From the Owners:
Slip off your shoes and enjoy the music of the mountains while you’re Dancing Bearfoot in this lovely 2 bedroom 2 bath real log cabin! A main level queen bedroom boasts an in-room copper soaking tub and an attached bath with an incredible rock sink, custom vanity along with a tub/shower. Upstairs a second, lofted King bedroom is adorned with custom log railing and a hand crafted bear sculpture. An attached bath with lie edge counter top copper/glass bowl adjoins the bedroom and includes a tub / shower so each bedroom has its own bath. The full length back porch is perfect for enjoying nature’s music. Soak in the private hot tub, or enjoy the singing birds and whispering leaves from the porch swing or rocking chairs. Inside a vaulted living room includes cabin themed decor, and a real stone / gas fireplace to enjoy on those cool mountain evenings. Conveniently located in the Sky Harbor resort between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, this cabin enjoys a relatively easy drive up the mountain and a level entry for easy access. Plus, it is just a short drive back to all the action in town. 

This local guide is based purely on our opinions. These are the businesses in the area that we love and frequent. We receive no reimbursement from them–we just want to help you find some of the local hidden gems.

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Lorie and Michael’s Intimate Smoky Mountain Wedding

Lorie and Michael joined us on a beautiful day in February for a sweet intimate wedding. It was unseasonably warm which meant it felt comfortable outside, and Lorie made the day even more beautiful with her glowing smile.

From the bride:

Went to high school together and after our spouses passed away God led us to each other. Our first date was dinner, and we talked for hours. Mike proposed at home with just the two of us there. We chose our date because we both wanted to get married on an odd numbered day, and 11 is my favorite. 

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

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