Rachel and Tim August 11, 2019

Rachel and Tim brought their families to the chapel on August 11th for a beautiful (if warm) ceremony.  Rachel looked amazing in her dress that she found on Etsy in the Tati_Magic shop with her hair and makeup by Southern Sirens, and Tim looked very dapper in his grey vest with an oversized boutonniere. Congratulations Rachel and Tim!!

From the Bride:
Tim and I met bowling with mutual friends. My friend had invited me out bowling. I was under the impression that our other co-workers were going to be there as well, and it was an after work thing. Tim was told by my friends husband that it was a bunch of guys from their friend group getting together. When we showed up, it was only really the other couple and us! We still aren’t sure if it was a setup or if everyone else but us decided not to show up. He spent the night teaching me to bowl the “right way” haha. He took me for a ride on his motorcycle the next day. We had a great time, but he didn’t ask for my number so I decided to be bold and offer it. He messaged immediately (later telling me he didn’t think I was really into him, boy was he wrong!). That was almost 3 years ago now, and he has been my best friend every day since.

Our first real alone date was my second ride on his motorcycle. He took me down the Florida coast, and we had dinner and drinks at a little beach bar. When he was dropping me off at the end of the night he went in for a long kiss that turned into several long kisses each of taking turns saying good night in between.

Tim proposed one morning over breakfast. He loves to cook. Sometimes, he makes faces out of the breakfast food on my plate before serving it to me. That morning was no different. Except as I was about to bite into the pancake smiley face staring up at me, he said that I had forgotten something and when I looked up at him there he was holding out a little black box and the biggest smile. I swear even the pancake man was jealous.

We wanted to get married close enough for both of our families to attend but still remain authentic to us and our interests. We both love the outdoors. Hiking and camping with our dogs and spending as much time on our kayaks exploring or fishing is how we spend most of our off time, so when I came across Chapel in the Hollow I knew this was the place that made sense for our relationship.

I couldn’t wait to walk down that isle and towards the future with the man I am so lucky to call my lover and my best friend.

We chose the 11th of August because it is the time of year we are our in our element with outdoor activities and also because we wanted to ensure that we could have as many of the most important people in our lives in attendance as possible.

In our downtime, you can find us usually out side, fishing, hiking, camping or kayaking for as long as the weather will allow! The winter months are reserved for our Netflix catch up and snuggles. 


Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Southern Blooms Creations
Dress: Tati Magic
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

 

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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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