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! 

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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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Smoky Mountain Vow Renewal – Bride on a Budget

This shoot is 15 years in the making. Ian and I met in 2003 and married in 2005. We haven’t had photos taken of us since our wedding day–I’m much more comfortable behind the camera instead of in front of it, lol. After each losing over 60lbs this year, we decided to create a photo shoot built around the idea of the vow renewal we would love to do. I brought in one of my friends that often assists me with weddings and coached her through taking the photos (it’s hard to give up control, :D). We created Chapel in the Hollow a little over a year ago. It’s been a labor of love, and it seemed the perfect place for such a special occasion because of our connection to it.

I’ve always considered myself something of a free spirit which is probably why I convinced my hubby to move into the woods with our menagerie. With the help of Jennifer Dukes from Knox Occasions, we put together a boho-vintage inspired shoot with lots of details because that mix seemed to suit our relationship so perfectly.  The bohemian aesthetic perfectly captures our unconventional artistic personalities while the dash of vintage touches on a sense of history that we both feel is important (not to mention lovely). I chose the cow skulls because they represent fertility and renewal both important aspects since we are ready to start a family.  (The one on the wall is fake, btw, no cows were harmed in the making of this shoot.) We used marsala and navy accents not only to revel in the beautiful fall colors but also because they represent passion, love, stability, and unity — all significant attributes of a continuing marriage.

The dress came from this plus-sized girl’s favorite clothing store, Torrid. I loved the ivory color and lace. It creates a soft, feminine look that made me feel fabulous. Ian’s outfit was from Target – a less formal version of the traditional suit that gave him a casual sophistication.  My necklace was a DIY from Hobby Lobby using a blue agate slice for spiritual cleansing and protection. The only other jewelry were  the wedding rings we exchanged so many years ago and a custom ring made by Close by Me using my mothers cremains–a special way we could include her since she has been such an important presence in our lives. Southern Sirens did my hair and makeup keeping it soft with a vintage flair. I had some eyelash extensions done a few days before at Whiplash Studio and a hair touchup at Southern Stylin to give myself a little extra boost.

We got an amazing bouquet from Melissa Timm Designs that included some fun feathers to tie into our bohemian theme. Then, we tied my grandparents’ wedding rings to it in the hopes that some of the wisdom and love from their 50 years of marriage would blend into ours. You can see some close ups of them with our wedding rings.

We used invitations, vow booklets, and the coordinating seed packets from Millstone Crafted. Vintage Inspiration Rentals provided some lovely decor as well as the beautiful table for the cake by Mandie Bakes, and we used moss found on our property to supplement the decor.

Cake: Mandie Bakes
Menswear: Target  $19.99 Pants, $19.99 Shirt, $42.99 Blazer
Heirlooms and Extras: Vintage Inspirations  $30 Buffet, $15 Table, $5 Chair, $40 White Sofa, $5-$10 Lanterns, $1 per Candlestick, $10 Cake Stand, $40 Delivery and Pickup
Planner: Knox Occasions  $800 Event Day Package
Lashes: Whiplash Studio $99 Classic Set
Invitations: Millstone Crafted $17.50-$55
Favors: Millstone Crafted  $15-$40
Vow Booklets: Millstone Crafted $8
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens   $130 per person if 4 or more people on location or for bride only if in studio, $250 for bride only on location
Dress: Torrid  $15
Rings: Helzburg Diamonds
Cremains Ring: Close by Me
Shoes: Skechers (Already Owned)
Florals: Melissa Timm Designs   $350 Bouquet
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow $450 1 Hour of Venue Rental plus Officiant
Photography: Star Noir Studio $300 1 Hour of Photography
Wedding Total with 25 Guests: $2462

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Jessica and Dustin’s Sunflower Filled Ceremony at Chapel in the Hollow

Jessica and Dustin said their vows on a misty October day. It only rained a little bit. 😉 They were troopers. We don’t often get to do double duty with our brides and grooms, so it was great to get to spend the engagement session with them earlier this year to get to know them a little better before their wedding day. They are both super sweet, and you can see how in love they are. Dustin started tearing up walking his mother down the aisle before he even had the chance to see his beautiful bride, and the rose ceremony they added into their wedding to honor their mothers was just lovely.

Congratulations Jessica and Dustin!

Hair and Makeup Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Florals Melissa Timm Designs
Dress David’s Bridal
Rings Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry
Suit Men’s Wearhouse
Chair Rentals Harvest Party Rentals
Video Green Mountain Photo & Video
Photography Star Noir Studio
Venue Chapel in the Hollow

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Unique Smoky Mountain Weddings – Bride on a Budget

Star Noir Studio collaborated with the amazing Jennifer Dukes from Knox Occasions to show how a plus size bride on a budget can still put together a gorgeous wedding.

From Jennifer… In this shoot we used gold plastic silverware and you can’t even tell a difference. We used plates from the Hearth and Home collection from target to show that you can use items the newlyweds would be able to reuse in their home post wedding. For the greenery we used moss from the woods surrounding us, saving us hundreds on floral cost although we did splurge for a gorgeous bouquet from Melissa Timm Designs. We purchased pottery barn tablecloths to be able to be reused by the newly weds. The main focus on budget savvy is to be able to repurpose the items following the event when possible. You can save tons of money using rentals, but you can also save tons of money by buying the items you intend to use for the wedding and reception to reuse after the wedding. We used inexpensive but adorable coffee wedding favors from Millstone Crafted along with their coordinating invitations. The amazing gown came from the Gilded Gown and is a fun twist on the traditional wedding dress that would make any plus size woman look extra fabulous. The groom’s outfit came from Target making our male model look super sexy for very little output. Southern Sirens provided hair and makeup (an excellent splurge for any bride) that gave our model that little extra oomph. She had her lashes done a few days before by Whiplash Studio–a gift every bride should give themselves that will last long after the ceremony. The venue, Chapel in the Hollow, offers the wall with florals included with the regular rental fee, and you could can get an hour for approximately 25 people including your photography and officiant for only $750–it’s a perfect place for nature lovers to have their intimate wedding or elopement. Mandie Bakes created the luxurious wedding cake, and we brought in two spectacular rental pieces from Vintage Inspirations to give it a wow factor. 

Full budget breakdown below…

Cake: Mandie Bakes
Menswear: Target  $24.99 Pants, $19.99 Shirt, $42.99 Blazer
Heirlooms and Extras: Vintage Inspirations  $30 Buffet, $15 Table, $5 Chair, $40 White Sofa, $5-$10 Lanterns, $1 per Candlestick, $10 Cake Stand, $40 Delivery and Pickup
Planner: Knox Occasions  $800 Event Day Package
Lashes: Whiplash Studio $99 Classic Set
Invitations: Millstone Crafted $17.50-$55
Favors: Millstone Crafted  $15-$40
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens   $130 per person if 4 or more people on location or for bride only if in studio, $250 for bride only on location
Dress: The Gilded Gown   $500 Dress
Florals: Melissa Timm Designs   $350 Bouquet
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow $450 1 Hour of Venue Rental plus Officiant
Photography: Star Noir Studio $300 1 Hour of Photography
Wedding Total with 25 Guests: $2944

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