Micro Weddings – Cait and Josh

Cait and Josh March 14, 2020

Micro Weddings

Micro weddings are becoming the in thing at the moment–a great way to have the wedding of your dreams but in miniature. Our second wedding on March 14, 2020 was Cait and Josh, and they rocked an amazing micro wedding. They joined us from Florida to enjoy some of our early spring weather and brought lots of gorgeous details to photograph. Cait looked fab in this lacy extravaganza of a gown, and her besties rocked some dark green dresses (with pockets!!). They brought a cow hide to decorate with because their first date was on his cattle farm. She and her family put their own spin on the chapel with some lovely handmade rustic signs and magnolia blossoms from Hobby Lobby. She rocked some Chucks that a tattoo artist friend personalized for her — soooo adorable!

The editing you are going to see for Cait and Josh is a little different than what you normally see for our micro weddings. She requested moodier with cinematic tones so this was a fun foray into a different style.

Congrats Cait and Josh!! Hope you got to enjoy some delicious biscuits from Tupelo Honey!!

From the Bride:

My best friend (and bridesmaid) Carrie Ann and her hubby are our very own Cupids! I was home sick in bed with the stomach flu when my phone started to ring. Being sick, I declined the call but then worried when Carrie continued to call back to back, and then FaceTimed me. Reluctantly I answered-no makeup looking like death warmed over- and staring back at me we’re my best friend and now fiancé sitting in our local brewery. She proudly announced that she had someone she thought I needed to meet and he waved from the background with a giant smile on his face. I faked a smile, told her I was sick and had to go and hung up fairly mortified. The next day she and I had lunch where she explained that the moment she started talking to Joshua she knew he’d be perfect for me. When she ran it by her husband (who is VERY protective over me!) he agreed immediately. At lunch, I agreed to meet him and we texted back and forth the rest of the day. Turns out he only lived 12 houses away from me so we met up the next day and have basically been inseparable since.

Best. Date. EVER!! We’d been hanging out for a week or two before we made it to our “official” first date…he’d a deputy and I was a single mom so free time is truly a luxury. I got to choose dinner at my favorite local hidden gem, but was told I had a surprise after and to make sure I brought my chucks. I introduced him to a seedy sushi joint with no sign, sticky floors, and a disco ball… the kind of place That you’d never know was there unless someone told you, but it’s the BEST sushi you’ll ever have in your life. We laughed, ate, and enjoyed a few hours there and then it was time for My surprise. By this time it had gotten dark and we drove Out onto the outskirts of town. We turned onto a very dark road and then onto a dirt road and pulled up to a big farmhouse….I knew immediately what we were doing. He’d told me his family had a cow farm and I kept telling him I wanted to go feed the cows! So we pull up and he drives into the pasture. I throw on my chucks and hop out of the truck where I can’t see my hand in front of my face. He reaches in the backseat and grabs several loaves of bread and starts yelling “come girls!” over and over until I heard the rumble of several cows running towards us like thunder. All of a sudden I was surrounded by these gentle giants, covered in cow spit, feeding them bread under the stars, and happier than I’d ever been. I don’t think he will ever be able to top that date.

He proposed, but both of us knew almost immediately we were going to get married. After only a month in we started talking about it and he’d asked me to send him some ideas of rings that I liked. I found one that was perfect and sent it to him with the caption “this is it! The perfect ring for the perfect man.” Unbeknownst time me, he purchased it mere minutes after that statement.
We had a trip planned to TN to see a Tyler Childers concert in Knoxville and planned to stop in Savannah on the way back. I was certain that’s when he was going to propose (and turns out I was right!) but he was impatient- though he’ll argue it to his deathbed that it was me who was impatient….
We were laying in bed on May 3 and he said something about “the perfect ring” and eluded to the fact he’d purchased it. I remember saying “shut up you don’t have that ring” then watching him as he got out of bed in nothing more than his red plaid boxers, opening the safe, and turning around with the biggest smile on his face and dropping to one knee with his shaky hands holding out THE perfect ring I didn’t believe he had!

Well, this is a fun one. After we got engaged we quickly started looking at options for the wedding. Joshua has a HUGE (and I mean huge huge!) family and all of the local venues we found were astronomically expensive to host a wedding large enough to accommodate everyone. We sat on our front porch swing drinking Jack Daniels talking about what we should do. After several too many drinks and frustrated we couldn’t come to a conclusion without basically taking out a second mortgage on our home, I said “let’s just run away!” He looked at my kind of puzzles and said “well my parents and grandparents would be really upset, we can’t just run away” to which I responded “fine! Let’s take them with us. Let’s throw darts at a map and runaway to wherever they land!”
A few short moments later he returned with a map and here we are hosting one of Chapel in the Hollow’s micro weddings!

Aside from the obviousness of getting to marry my best friend, I’m really excited for our closest friends and family to get some away time to celebrate with us! I can’t wait to spend the day with my girls getting dolled up, I can’t wait to see the look in his eyes when I’m walking down the aisle and when my daughter gives me away to him, and I Can’t wait to start our life together and hopefully start a family!

We chose March 14th because it’s our one year anniversary!

I’m a foodie so most of our dates are centered around food! We work a lot and are on opposite schedules so we really only get a handful of days together. We like to spend time at our local brewery where “it all started” enjoying craft beer and food trucks, or we try to explore new restaurants. But at the end of the day we’re really both homebodies, so we spend a lot of time at home on our porch swing, or lounging around with our dogs.

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Hair and Makeup: Southern Belle Beauty LLC
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bouquets: Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Proper Cloth
Invitations: Zazzle
Shoes: Chuck Taylor All Star for ladies Ariat for gentlemen
Cake: Sugar Buzz
Hairpiece and Earrings: Etsy
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Micro weddings are gaining popularity as people try to leave a smaller footprint on the world. Couples are focusing on the people and moments they feel are most important and trying to make the most of all of the little details. At Chapel in the Hollow, we focus on micro weddings, and we’d love to help you get started on your planning today! Check out our calendar to see our available dates and our pricing page to see what extras you might want to include to make your day perfect.

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Coronavirus Safe Wedding – Brianna and Matt

Brianna and Matt March 14, 2020

Coronavirus Safe Wedding

The possibility of contracting Corvid-19 or passing it along to a loved one is making things extra scary for this year’s brides. For a coronavirus safe wedding, we recommend an elopement. It keeps you away from other people while still allowing you to say your, “I do.”

Brianna and Matthew were our first couple of the day on March 14th. After four years together, they decided to tie the knot today. She found this super cute lace dress online for $200, and I’m loving it!! She was one of the most chill, laid back brides that we’ve met, and we thought this simple but super sweet wedding was adorable. Congratulations Brianna and Matthew!!

From the Bride:

Matthew and I met at our home church in Friendship, TN on new year’s day 2014. Our first date was so romantic. He took me out to Olive Garden, then we saw Me Before You in theaters, and after that he took me to a beautiful spot where we watched the stars.

Matthew proposed. He took me back to Clarksville, TN where I attended Austin Peay. There are so many memories for us in that town, and so much heartbreak considering he only got to visit every once in a while, and I hated to see him leave. He took me to get coffee from our favorite coffee shop, and he brought me to the marina where we had a beautiful view of the sunset and the water. Then he told me that he would never leave me again and that he wanted me to be his wife.

We have always loved East Tennessee and the Smokies! Besides that, we loved the idea of eloping & keeping our wedding private. I found Chapel in the Hollow, and every dream fell into place. I am looking forward to finally exchanging vows with the man of my dreams, and I can’t wait to have our first set of professional pictures done after dating almost 4 years. There isn’t a significance to the date we chose, but we have agreed that Spring & the month of March are our favorites.

We love to go to concerts, read books, watch movies, go thrift shopping, have coffee dates (both at new shops and at home), and we love trying tons of new things.

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Dress: ASOS
Bouquet: Walmart
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Lucky Brand and Stacy Adams
Rings: Walmart
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Photography: Chapel in the Hollow
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you ready to begin planning your coronavirus safe wedding by being alone in the forest? We are here to help!! Check out our calendar for available dates. We’ve made it easy to find some amazing local wedding pros by gathering them all together in one place.  😉 Contact us today!
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Tennessee Elopement – Rachel and Bo

Rachel and Bo March 13, 2020

Tennessee Elopement

With all the crazy going on right now, a Tennessee elopement is definitely the way to go! Rachel and Bo joined us on March 13th for a beautiful spring wedding!! This super cute bouquet only cost Rachel $25!! She purchased two premade bouquets from Hobby Lobby (during their buy one get one half off sale) and put them together to create this masterpiece. Perfect solution for the thrifty bride if you like DIY! We had the perfect overcast day giving us some lovely lighting, and Rachel had her own personal shine. These two had amazing personalities–it was such a pleasure to spend time with them! Congratulations Rachel and Bo!! May you have many happy years together.

From the Bride:

We met on Match.com. On our first date, we were both nervous, but as the night went on we laughed and talked so much we closed the restaurant down.

He proposed. After we had exchanged gifts on Christmas evening, Bo asked if I would ever marry him. I said “of course”! He pulled out the ring and asked if I would marry him now.

We decided on a Tennessee elopement because we wanted to get away for our wedding and honeymoon but not too far away from home in Birmingham. We most look forward to being with each other and celebrating our love.


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Hair and Makeup: Fringe Salon and Spa
Dress: David’s Bridal
Menswear: Ralph Lauren from Belk
Shoes: Shyanne
Rings: Zales
Jewelry and Veil: Amazon.com
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you ready to get started planning your Tennessee elopement! We are here to help! Take a look at our calendar and pricing to get started. If you think you will need a little help with the planning or day of, Custom Love is offering a great coordination package.

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Smoky Mountain Elopements – Carol and Ben

Carol and Ben March 7, 2020

Smoky Mountain Elopements

We are so lucky to be able to offer Smoky Mountain Elopements at our little slice of heaven because we get to meet the best people! Carol and Ben joined us for our first wedding on March 7th. It started out a little chilly, but the sun was out bringing a little warmth with it. These two are SO CUTE together!! The lighting we had just couldn’t be beat, and it made Carol shine. You’ll see what I mean.  This local couple is super busy, but we’re so glad they carved out some time to come say their vows with us!! Congratulations Carol and Ben!

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Are you looking for something a little different than the traditional elopement? We are lucky to be able to offer Smoky Mountain elopements at our tiny venue, and we love getting to work with all of the amazing couples! We look forward to helping make your elopement dreams come true! You can find tons of great information on our site to help with your planning. To see if we fit within your budget as well as the services we offer, check out our pricing page. If you think you need a little more help with your planning, decorating, or to make sure your day goes smoothly, check out everything that Custom Love offers in their coordination package. If you’re curious about the photo ops and ceremony location possibilities, you can find them all here. You can also read through the entire wedding ceremony to see if you’d like to make any adjustments. If you have questions, we are happy to answer them, just send us an email to info@chapelinthehollow.com.

Wedding Dress: Lulus
Hair: Salon Azure and Spa Tytina Carr
Makeup: Bride
Jewelry: TheGypsy&TheBard
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Wedding Chapels in Tennessee – Halyn and Ethan

Halyn and Ethan February 28, 2020

Wedding Chapels in Tennessee

Of all the wedding chapels in Tennessee, Halyn and Ethan chose us for their wedding on February 28th. They came all the way from Alabama for our last wedding of the month. It was SO cold — little bits of iciness fell from the sky to give us an extra wintry feel — but Halyn and Ethan kept us all warm with the feel-goods from seeing them exchange their vows! This has to be one of the sweetest couples we’ve had on property, and they look so cute together — a big viking of a man with a tiny little woman.  Her mother came in as a force of nature and decorated everything beautifully. The long dress was lovely against the backdrop of the forest, and her hair and makeup by Southern Sirens was 🔥!! Congratulations Halyn and Ethan!! We hope to see you for your one year anniversary. 😉

From the Bride:

We always saw each other around school, but we officially met and starting dating in our 8th grade math class. We were 13 and 14 years old, so we had to have our parents drive us around everywhere. We went on our first date to the movies one evening, and after the movie we ate at Olive Garden. It was a fun evening spent together.

For the proposal, I had been wanting to get our pictures taken together for Christmas, so my mom offered to take our pictures at Jackson Lake Island, and it just so happened to be Ethan’s birthday that day also. He agreed and he was excited the whole time (even though my mom was taking sooo many pictures) as daylight started to slowly go away, as we were fixing to finish up taking pictures Ethan grabbed at my hand and I turned around to surprisingly see that he was on one knee and asked me to marry him. Little did i know Ethan & my mom had this planned. The best surprise ever! I was just bawling, and Ethan even started to tear up also. It was the biggest surprise of my life especially since it was his birthday. But it will be a moment i won’t ever forget. It was so special to me!

We chose East Tennessee because we wanted to have a small, intimate wedding that was special to us and be able to have our closest family there. As we were looking up places to get married at, Chapel In the Hollow was recommended, and once we looked into it more, it was no going back! The most beautiful place at the prettiest location!

What we look forward to the most is being able to officially become one. We have been dating for 9 years starting at 13 and 14 years old, so being married finally is such a blessing to us.

We love being able to spend time together with our 2 dogs in our new home we just bought. And making new memories!

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Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Menswear: CALVIN KLEIN from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Zales and Kay’s Fine Jewelry
Dress: Bella’s Bridal
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Mother of the Bride
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow


Have you been looking at wedding chapels in Tennessee?? This one is a little different — Chapel in the Hollow offers outdoor only ceremonies with the option to add on photography, an officiant, coordination, and/or video. Let us help you get started with your wedding planning today!

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