Melinda and Dewayne’s Fall Family Wedding

Melinda and Dewayne November 3, 2019

Melinda and Dewayne’s wedding was all about family. She brought her daughter, son-in-law, and their adorable children for our first ceremony on November 3rd. Love is always a blessing, but these two seemed to be even more excited than most of our couples! Melinda and Dewayne are both super sweet, and we hope they enjoyed that amazing sounding gluten-free cake!!

From the Bride:
I thought he looked familiar when he came into the restaurant where I work. As we began talking we realized we knew each other more than 20 years ago when we worked for the same company. At the time, I was going through a very hard time and I wasn’t ready to be in a relationship, but he was persistent and kept coming by to see me at work. After a while, I finally agreed to go to dinner with him and the rest is history. Our relationship blossomed quickly and has been a whirlwind but we both know we want to spend the rest of our lives together and we’re so excited to start this new chapter.

Our first date was so sweet. He took me out to dinner and then we walked around some local shops. Next, he took me to see the water at the dam where we sat and talked for a very long time. Afterward we had pie and coffee to finish out the perfect night.

He and my daughter “conspired” to come up with the most beautiful proposal. My daughter had been planning family photos for weeks. She knew he wanted to propose so she came up with the idea of having a surprise proposal during the photos, that way I would be “dressed up” and wouldn’t suspect anything. My daughter and I are huge fans of the show Gilmore Girls. There’s one episode where the main character mentions needing 1000 yellow daisies at a proposal. They couldn’t get 1000, but they did get almost 300 yellow daisies along with some sunflowers (my favorite), hay bells and a vintage truck to create the most beautiful backdrop for him to “pop the question.”

I was just tossing around the idea of getting married in the mountains when I came across a picture of the Chapel in the Hollow and I was immediately sold! I wanted a fall wedding but I don’t love October so I chose the beginning of November to (hopefully) still get that incredible fall feeling with all the leaves and foliage around.

He has several hummingbird feeders and one of our favorite things to do is sit on the porch, drink coffee, and watch the hummingbirds. We also love trying new restaurants, shopping together and just going for a drive.


Coordination: Maid of Honor Maranda
Florist: Bride and Maid of Honor
Photography: @StarNoirStudio
Wedding Dress: JJ’s House
Menswear: Belk
Rings: Etsy
Cake: Benefit Your Life Gluten Free Bakery & Cafe
Hair and Makeup: Bride and Maid of Honor
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Angel and Dallas Fall Wedding Loveliness

Angel and Dallas November 2, 2019

Angel and Dallas joined us this chilly November day with lots of friends and family to say their vows. Angel’s dad walked her down the aisle, and Dallas’s sister had a big surprise for him afterward. Dallas was a little nervous before the ceremony, but he was all smiles afterward when he got to start showing his new bride some love! He snuck a selfie on my camera while I was adjusting a dress—had to include it in the post!! Congratulations Dallas and Angel!

From the Bride:
We were high school sweethearts. Dallas proposed! We went down to fountain square in Cincinnati for my birthday and he popped the question in front of the big fountain. It was just the two of us so very intimate and sweet. We chose Tennessee because we wanted a simple sweet wedding. We most look forward to sharing the rest of our lives together from there on out as one! Our wedding date is our 6 year anniversary. 


Florist: Cupid’s Petals Florist
Chair Rentals: Anderson Party Rental
Videography: New Horizons Films
Photography: @StarNoirStudio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Megan and Ryan’s East Tennessee Elopement

Megan and Ryan November 1, 2019

Our second wedding on November 1st was Megan and Ryan’s elopement. This was our second time meeting them, and we enjoyed them just as much this go round! Megan is luminescent and Ryan just basked in her glow. I think you’re going to be as blown away by these as I am!!

From the Bride:
We met through a mutual friend at the restaurant that Ryan manages. I was there for a girls night and my friend, Madison, introduced Ryan to me. I secretly hoped he would ask Madison for my number and… he did! A few days later he texted me asking me on our first date.

Our first date was to Dollywood to see the Great Pumpkin Luminights. We rode every roller coaster in the park, had dinner together, and then spent the night surrounded by beautifully carved and lit pumpkins. It was a very special and memorable first date.

Ryan proposed to me on Market Square on October 30, 2019. It was a complete surprise. We were going out for the night to the Dustin Lynch and Thomas Rhett concert and our family friends were in town to go with us. We decided to get dinner at Babalus before the show and Ryan wanted to walk the square on the way to dinner. We happened to walk up to an artist who was drawing caricatures and the couple we were with said “awwww, y’all should get her to draw you!” So Ryan asked if she could draw us and the artist obliged. We sat on the bench in front of her and while I thought she was drawing both of us, she was actually drawing something I was not at all expecting. She asked if we were ready to see it and we both said “yes”. When she turned the drawing around for us to see, it was a caricature of Ryan down on one knee and the words “Will You Marry Me?” I looked beside me and Ryan was actually down on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen and said “Will you marry me, Megan?” A thousand times YES!!!

We live in Knoxville, met in Knoxville. Our first date was in the Smokey Mountains and there’s just no place we’d rather be 🙂

Being there just the two of us. Without the business and stress of the rest of the world. Just a time for us to be together and make a lasting promise of the love we’ve always had for each other.

Ryan and I are both foodies! We like to cook or go out to dinner and try new things. We enjoy seasonal craft beers and both appreciate art and music and college football! More than anything though, we love spending time with our family and friends.


Dress: Ivory & Grace Bridal Consignment Boutique
Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Hair: Teresa Salon Visage Knoxville
Makeup: Autumn at Bat N Rouge Beauty
Cake: Publix
Menswear: Belk
Photography and Video: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

 

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Heather and Michael’s Intimate Fall Wedding

Heather and Michael November 1, 2019

Our first wedding on November 1st was Heather and Michael. They joined their two families together merging a lovely group of girls–daughters for days!! I think you’re going to love their sweet style!

From the Bride:
We met through our kids! We each had a daughter in the same class who knew each other. Around spring of that year both girls decided to play softball. Well, Michael just so happened to be coaching that year and chose my daughter to play on his team. A few weeks into the season I I received a text asking to go bowling. We didn’t bowl but started a chat that lasted and it led to our first date.

Our first date had been talked about loosely for a little while with different ideas being thrown out and debated. The night we planned to go somewhere I found myself getting a little nervous and having cold feet. I procrastinated long enough that he finally said he was gonna grab some steaks and grill them at his house if I wanted to come on over. I finally got the courage up to drive out and find his place(it’s a little out there!) He grilled up some steaks and veggies and we sat and had a meal together. We ended up sitting out on his front porch talking for hours.

Our proposal was a little unorthodox and a surprise as well. The day Michael proposed we had just closed on the home we decided to buy together. We went by the house to look around and have a toast. I was so excited about our new place looking around and talking about ideas for our new home. He pulls out a ring and surprises me there in our new kitchen. Cue the ugly tears!

We didn’t start out wanting to have a conventional wedding. Once we decided to invite friends and family we started to look at our options. I decided to look at TN because it’s known for being a beautiful wedding location. Once I found Chapel in the Hollow I knew it was the one.

Michael says he is most looking forward to seeing me. I say I am most looking forward to the honeymoon where I am no longer the center of attention. Haha

We got engaged November 2, 2018 and wanted to shoot for that date but couldn’t! So November 1st it was. We both love fall and it is our favorite season. Since we also bought our home at this time last year, it is a special time of year for us.

We are very simple people and the things we find ourselves doing the most are going out for a nice meal. We love to eat! Every good time we ever have involves good food! Whether it’s home cooked and we are talking about our day, to the lunch dates we try to squeeze in. We like to take the kids out and do things all together as a family. We haven’t given up sitting outside on the porch talking to each other watching what goes by.


Florist: The Petal Cart
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Rings: Diamonds Direct
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Kerstin and Colton’s Fall Smoky Mountain Elopement

Kerstin and Colton October 29, 2019

Kerstin and Colton drove 8 hours from Pennsylvania to elope with us on the 29th. You can see some of his military bearing even though he is no longer an active marine — military men are so good at taking direction for photos!! He was a champ with all of the kissing we made him do today. Kerstin has been a bundle of nerves in the weeks leading up to the wedding, but hopefully she’s having a chance to relax and just enjoy being with her man now that the hard part is over. Her sweetness shines through in these photos, and you’re going to have difficulty believing these two weren’t models in a former life!

From the Bride:
Even though we both lived only about 10 minutes apart our whole lives we did not officially meet until I was 18 and Colton was 20. I had heard Colton’s name mentioned before by an old friend of mine who was dating one of his friends at the time. Even though I had heard his name I never knew who he was. One day Colton reached out to me asking if I would like to go on a date with him. At first I was unsure since I did not really know him. My friend who knew him told me that he was a really great guy and to give it a chance. So we talked for a couple of months and when he come home on Christmas leave from the military we went on our first date together. During our couple months of talking we discovered that his aunt and uncle were actually my next door neighbors (where I had been a number of different times). From there we discovered that a lot of his family already knew mine. We could not believe that we were that close to each other but somehow never met. I know everyone’s always saying “the best love happens when you aren’t looking.” I know that can seem so cliché, unrealistic or hard to do…but it couldn’t be truer. We gained not only a relationship but a true friendship. Being together has shown both of us that love is not something you go out and look for. Love finds you, and when it does, ready or not, it’ll be the best thing to happen to you. We have been through so much together already. I couldn’t imagine having anyone else by my side through this thing called life.

Our first date is a day that neither of us will ever forget. Our first date was actually our first time meeting in person. Colton was stationed in California and I was living in Pennsylvania (where he is also from) so we weren’t able to go on a first date until he came home on military leave for Christmas. We were both SO nervous to meet each other in person for the first time. We were both asking ourselves questions like “What will I say, will it be weird and should I hug them?”. When the time finally came we decided to keep it simple so we went to a local pizza place in town and then we went to the movies. When it came time for the date we both decided to meet at the restaurant. I (the bride) was running late (as usual) and Colton was there before me (even a little early – as usual). Colton had told me that he would be in a green Ford Ranger. When I pulled into the parking lot I could feel my heart beating out of my chest the moment I laid eyes on his truck knowing that this was it and it was all finally happening. I had never been so nervous in my life (I later found out that Colton was just as nervous as I was). I pulled up beside him and we waved to each other. When I got out of my car he hugged me and walked me into the restaurant. We were having a great time just talking to each other before our food came. We decided just to split a pizza together but as we were about to eat the BEST part of our date happened. Colton at the time had dentures from knocking out his two front teeth out (which I was not aware of even though he swears he told me). Right as we were getting ready to eat he said to me “I am really sorry but I have to take my teeth out for this” then he proceeded to take his dentures out and wrapped them in a napkin. Following that he smiled at me and all I could see were his two front teeth that were now missing. Now looking back we both laugh when we tell the story (he has since then gotten implants). Sometimes we even miss the days before the implants because we always had fun taking pictures/videos together when he was toothless. Following our dinner and movie date he took me back to his house to meet his family. When I was leaving his house that night he walked me to my car. We were saying goodbye when he leaned in and kissed me. During our first kiss it started snowing out of nowhere. It was such a special moment that neither of us will ever forget. The next day we decided to go on our second date which happened to be Colton’s 21st birthday. His family and friends like to joke around with me saying I saw him at his worst that night and still decided to stick around so I must be a keeper. From then on we have been two bestfriends who whole heartedly love each other. 

Our proposal story is actually a funny one. Colton was the one who proposed. He proposed to me while being home on military leave on Friday August 5th of 2016. When he arrived home on military leave he went with his friend to pick out my engagement ring. He had been talking to my cousin prior to this because she was planning on doing a couples photoshoot of the two of us. He had it all planned out to propose to me during our couples photoshoot which was going to be on Sunday August 7th. On Friday August 5th (the day he ended up proposing) we had plans to go out to dinner and to a movie. Before going on the date I noticed that Colton was acting very strange…I could tell that he was hiding something. I started questioning him asking him what was wrong and what was on his mind but he kept saying nothing was wrong. I knew that he was lying to me so I refused to go on the date until he told me the truth (I honestly thought he was going to break up with me I was not expecting him to propose in the least). He ended up going upstairs to grab the ring and to tell his mom he had to do it right then and there because I was onto him. He finally talked me into going on the date and when we were leaving the house to walk outside to our car I turned around to shut the door on the front porch and when I turned around he was down on a knee. He gave a long sweet speech and I teared up. His mom was running through the yard taking pictures of the whole thing. We ended up still getting the couples photos that Sunday anyway just for fun.

We have been engaged for a little over three years now. We had talked about many different destinations and ideas throughout that time. We both come from complicated family backgrounds so we knew we wanted to have our wedding day with just the two of us (even though we wish our families could be there). One day we stumbled upon the Chapel in the Hollow online from one of our previous coworkers who had gotten married there. After looking through the pictures we knew right away that this is where we wanted to get married. We both are mountain lovers and figured it would be the perfect place for not only a wedding but also a romantic cabin honeymoon!

We are both looking forward to seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. We decided not to do a first look because we know that will be a very special moment. We are also looking forward to spending the entire evening together as just the two of us as husband and wife following the ceremony and pictures. We are most importantly looking forward to making the entire day about us and the journey of life we have ahead of us to look forward to.

We decided on October 29th because we both love the fall time. Fall is both of our favorite seasons. We figured that this would be the perfect time for a wedding/honeymoon because the leaves will be at their peak and the weather wont be too hot or too cold.

We both really love to travel. We have already traveled to many different places together. Two summers ago we even did a cross country road trip starting in California and ending in Pennsylvania. Aside from traveling to new places we also enjoy camping, shooting, hiking, fishing and watching shows/movies together in the evenings. Above all else we love spending time with family, friends and our adopted cat/daughter Libby.


Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Forever Blossoms
Wedding Dress: Morilee by Madeline Garner from J&B Bridals
Menswear: Van Heusen from Kohl’s
Shoes: Lulus and Sonoma
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Cake: Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
Cake topper, Letters to Bride and Groom, and Veil: Etsy

 

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