Rustic Weddings – Holly and Kendra

Holly and Kendra – June 29, 2020

Rustic Weddings

Holly and Kendra are locals whose love story started in the woods so rustic weddings were the idea of choice. Holly said she knew that when she got married that she wanted to say their vows surrounded by nature, and we are excited that they chose us for their big day!! We had to pull out some fans to try to stay cool because it was such a muggy day, but that didn’t get these two down! Congratulations, Holly and Kendra!!

From the Brides:

We met on POF (plenty of fish). She (Holly) actually liked me for my hair at first. We started talking and I drove from Cookeville to Knoxville to see her on her lunch one night because I had nothing better to do. I got to the hospital where she works. Told her I was there and the first thing she messaged me was “This isn’t gonna be a cat-phish thing where I walk out and you aren’t really here is it?” I laughed and told her no. When she finally came out on her lunch, I rambled on like a complete nervous idiot. And for some reason, she still wanted to see me 2 days later. And we have been inseparable since. And that was 4 years ago.

On our first date, Holly took me to downtown Knoxville because they had just put a bunch of sculptures on display in one of the little parts down there near market square. She did that because she knew I was an artist and she thought I would love to see them. It was amazing. We spent a while looking at the shops there and spent sometime in the outdoor store there looking at things we could use for future adventures. after that we went back to her house and went swimming. Just soaking up the summer sun, enjoying one another’s company and talking endlessly.

I (Kendra) proposed to her. It took me months to do it because she (Holly) had a feeling it might be coming. I kept trying to make plans to go to our favorite hiking spot to do it, but she always found some excuse not to go. So finally, when were down in Florida visiting my dad and stepmom, I enlisted the help of one of my old friends from high school who I hadn’t seen in years. Only my friend didn’t know she was helping me till partway thru the day. We spent the first part of the day at a science center, and when Holly went to the bathroom, I let my friend in on the plan. That way we could come up with a signal for when I wanted my friend to go off on her own for a little bit. We went to Harry P Leu Gardens after that, and it ended up being perfect because they had huge Lego sculptures everywhere. Holly absolutely loves her Legos. Eventually as we were going thru the garden we came across an area filled with beautiful flowers that a gorgeous water fountain and some little pavilions in it where we could get away from everyone. I discretely gave my friend the signal and she went off, pretending to take photos of some of the flowers. We walked to one of the pavilions and sat down. As soon as I started to reach for my pocket to get out the ring, Holly’s eyes got really wide and she got up and bolted. But came back a few moments later and I finally proposed to her. Unbeknownst to me, the reason she bolted was because she had gotten me a ring as well so she could turn around and pull out a ring for me at the same time I proposed to her. But I managed to catch her so off guard that day, that she had left the ring at my parents house thinking I wouldn’t propose with my friend there. So, when we got home, she went upstairs and grabbed the ring for me while I sat on my parents patio in the garden and surprised me with a ring as well and told me why she had ran away for a moment at the gardens.

We chose East Tennessee when we were looking at places that hosted rustic weddings because we really wanted something in the mountains because our love of hiking and the outdoors is one of the first and main things we bonded over. What I am most looking forward to is seeing Holly walking down the aisle towards me, knowing that after that day she will be my wife. And it will be the start of a wonderful new journey together. And that I will always have her by my side as long as we live.

June 28th was the day that I asked if Holly would be my girlfriend. So it being the 29th is like the next day we are starting our new life together. Taking that step towards forever together.

For fun we like to hike and go kayaking. I have even taken Holly caving, which is a pastime that I have never shared with another person that I have dated because that was my thing, my time to myself and my friends. But I wanted to share every part of my life with her. Show her why I loved it so much. And as far as collecting things, we always get magnets and little medals to stick to my hiking pole from every place and trail we go together. We plan on filling up my hiking staff with all the adventures that we go on together. It is a goal of ours. And it is a large redwood hiking stick. So we have room for a lot of adventures together.

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Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquet: Kendra
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you looking for a venue that celebrates rustic weddings? We are here for you!! Take a look at our pricing and availability to see if we are a fit for you.

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Intimate Wedding Ideas – Kelly and Chad

Kelly and Chad – June 27, 2020

Intimate Wedding Ideas

Trying to come up with some intimate wedding ideas? Check this out Our second wedding June 27th was Kelly and Chad, and they have. They are creating a family of five, and their kids were adorable! Chad had a fun, laid back vibe with his outfit, and Kelly was strutting her stuff in that perfectly pouffy dress. She created all of the bouquets and boutonnieres herself–I was super impressed. Congratulations Kelly and Chad!

From the Bride:

We were introduced through a mutual friend and began chatting online and over the phone. He worked off during the week and only had some weekends home. Which was pretty tough. But every weekend he was off he made special time for me. It was hard balancing everything at first, but eventually we got into a pattern and began dating and seeing each other pretty regularly. He made sure I was a top priority in his life and has always made sure of that. From day one. Our first date was to Leathas BBQ in Petal followed by a movie. Simple and sweet. It wasn’t long after that I knew he was the one for me. The emotional connection was more than I ever expected. Something I never experienced. Something I have always wanted. It was more than a physical connection. Early on in the relationship we went thru a lot. More than most married couples.. lots of trials and snags in the road. But we have managed to overcome it all and become stronger in the process of it. I am forever thankful for finding such an amazing father to our children, he has always went above and beyond for us. I am looking to spending forever with him.

The proposal was absolutely amazing and a total surprise. Being a photographer, I wanted family pictures of all of us together and planning it around weekends when we had all the kids together and his work schedule was hard. I booked 2 different photographers, and weather and his schedule messed it up a few times. I wanted it so bad but it would never would out for us. So it was literally planned within a few hours trying to fight the rain moving in and him driving 2 hours home. My best friend was adamant about getting them done and taking them for me. So I gathered clothes, got everyone ready and headed to a pecan field down the road. I took a few pictures of the kids, and once it was ready to snap a few of the whole family I positioned us as best I could and hoped for the best! Somewhere in the chaos of things she slipped him the zales box with my engagement ring. She positioned us and in one of the pictures she snapped he was holding the box. I still had no clue. Even after glancing at the picture after. I was making sure the kids looked good and my hair was decent lol. Had NO clue he was holding it. The next set of pictures she positioned us again and thats when he was behind me down on one knee. So, once I thought the picture was over I turned around and there he was. Down on one knee, our children there a few feet away… i was in complete shock, the kids realized what was happening and started crying their eyes out, which made chad lose it. He could barely talk and say what he had planned to say. He was only able to get a sentence or two out! He was in tears, as was I… the kids were so happy they were in tears too. I don’t know if I even said yes, because I was crying so much. But we both knew it was a match made in heaven. I knew very early on I wanted to spend forever with him. He is an amazing man, great with my son, great father figure and a damn good father to his girls which he has custody of.

I knew I wanted a small, simple wedding, with it being our second each. After looking online it didn’t take long to choose our location. I saw the chapel in the hollow and literally said its the one. I booked several months out and locked in the date. We had plans for family and friends to travel, and was looking forward to everyone being there.

A couple months went by and covid became an issue. I was worried and stressing out as the weeks went by. Contemplating on canceling or moving numerous times.. we watched it as it continued to get worse. Literally everything was shutting down. Which was heartbreaking to watch unfold. Not knowing if we would be forced to cancel or move the wedding, we thought about pushing it due to travel issues for friends and family. But after talking with friends and family, they understood the circumstances and were very accepting of our decision to go ahead with it.

I am looking forward to seeing his face as he sees me for the first time in my dress. And my son walking me down the aisle. We are a very tight knit family and I know emotions will play a big roll in the wedding.

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Hair and Makeup: Sheer Envy
Cake: Publix Super Market at Valley Forge Shopping Center
Rings: Zales
Shoes: Pierre Dumas and Ariat
Menswear: Buckle
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Bride
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Videography: Chapel in the Hollow

You can find tons of intimate wedding ideas at Chapel in the Hollow. Check out our Pinterest boards to see lots of fun ideas from previous weddings. If you’re ready to start planning, take a look at our pricing page for more info.

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Getting Married in Tennessee – Erika and Brad

Erika and Brad – June 27, 2020

Getting Married in Tennessee

Getting married in Tennessee is a dream for a lot of couples!! For our first wedding on June 27th, Erika and Brad joined us from Kentucky. What until you get a look at this AMAZING dress–fabric for days and so many textures. LOVE!! She went a little on the fun side with her makeup by Southern Sirens, and it really pops for the camera. The bouquets by Echelon Florist made for some great camera drama, too! Brad and his brother rocked their cowboy hats to show off their country side, and it all came together beautifully. Congratulations Erika and Brad!!

From the Bride:

We met when we were around 13 years old. I walked to meet him in the snow to show him a photo of a friend who a mutual friend was trying to set him up with. It was on from there. Before I was allowed to date, I used to hang out at his house playing garage assistant while he and his dad worked on an old Dodge truck that they were building. We still have the truck, and being his garage assistant is still my favorite Saturday afternoon activity. A lot of life happened for us between 13 and 30, but the one thing that has always remained constant is that we keep coming back to each other. 

Brad proposed on Christmas. From the time we were 13 years old, I told him, ” DO NOT PROPOSE TO ME ON A HOLIDAY! I WANT MY OWN HOLIDAY!” About three weeks before Christmas this past year, I changed my mind. I realized that Christmas is my favorite day of the year, and nothing could make it better other than getting a new last name. He assured me that three weeks was not enough time, and it wasn’t going to happen. Even my friends and family lectured me about giving him unrealistic tasks right before Christmas. Little did I know that he actually knows me better than I know myself. Not only had he already decided to propose, but he had already planned the entire engagement for Christmas evening with all of our close family. (Everyone warned him that Christmas was NOT what I wanted, but he insisted that he knows what my heart really wants. It turns out that he was correct!) Everyone played a role. I was in total shock! It was by far the most romantic gesture he has ever made. It was perfect! 

We decided on East Tennessee because we love it there. We love nature. We wanted a small, intimate ceremony with a beautiful backdrop. This was perfect. I most looked forward to finally being able to say that we are husband and wife. This day has been a long time coming. We chose this date because it’s my parents’ wedding anniversary. This is their 39th year married. We admire the level of commitment they have to their marriage, each other, and their family. 

We love to travel. We love country music. Concerts are a must in our lives. We love long drives on country backroads in our jeep, and we love hanging out with our three furry children. 

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Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Echelon Florist
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Geno
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
Officiant: Krissy Parker
Photography and Videography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Getting married in Tennessee can be a dream come true for you, too! If you’re ready to get started with your planning, take a look at our pricing and calendar. If you have any questions, email us at . We can’t wait to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

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Smoky Mountain Wedding Chapel – Alexis and Brice

Alexis and Brice – June 21, 2020

Smoky Mountain Wedding Chapel

Alexis and Brice chose to have their wedding at a tiny Smoky Mountain wedding chapel off the beaten path in Seymour, Tennessee near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Their wedding day was rainy and thundery, but it left the landscape lush and gorgeous–and always with the beautiful rainy day light!! Alexis’s grandfather used his super smooth voice to officiate the ceremony, and he was a joy to hear. These two were super cute together, and that dress… ooooooooh. They had to postpone their April wedding, but nature brought all the blessings for them on June 21st. Congratulations Alexis and Brice!!

From the Bride:

We met at a party through a mutual friend then later Brice perused me and asked me on a date! The first date was great, we had plenty to talk about and great conversation/food. Little did we know it would be the first of MANY dinner dates. Brice proposed while we were on a vacation in Jamaica. after he proposed he had a photoshoot planned prior so we had amazing engagement pictures to say the least!!!

We decided on East Tennessee because we love the mountains and also wanted something small, and intimate with family only. What am I most looking forward to? Well getting to marry the man of my dreams! But I am Super excited for the location/setting. Also extremely excited about the amazing pictures outdoors. Unfortunately there is no significance to the date we chose, because… corona. We are excited it will make Father’s Day a little extra special this year though!

For fun, we love traveling to new places, spending time outdoors, golfing, fishing and hanging out with our pups. Also love a good chill day.

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Coordination: Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints
Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
All Other Florals: Mother of the Bride
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia from Ballew Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: AZAZIE
Menswear: Newbury Street
Invitations: 15
Shoes: Antonio Melani from Dillard’s
Rings: Zales
Cake: Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
Videography and Photography: Star Noir Studio
Officiant: Tom Mapes
Jewelry: Family
Hair and Makeup: Studio on Main
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you considering a Smoky Mountain wedding chapel?? We’ve got some great options here for you! If you’re just getting started with your planning, take a look at our pricing and calendar to see if we might be a fit. If you’re a little further along, check out our chapel accessories to see all of the available decor. Feel free to contact us at with any questions.

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Smoky Mountain Weddings – Chelsey and Austin

Chelsey and Austin – June 20, 2020

Smoky Mountain Weddings

East Tennessee offers the most amazing Smoky Mountain weddings that will give you the opportunity to say your vows surrounded by the most amazing scenery. Chelsey and Austin looked super swanky during their wedding on June 20th. Chelsey’s dress had the most beautiful movement, and his outfit had tons of visual texture and color. These two have been together since high school, and are now making things official 10 years later!! Congratulations Chelsey and Austin!!

From the Bride:

Austin and I met in high school. There wasn’t really a first date. He proposed at the Toledo Zoo during the lights before Christmas. It is my favorite place. We decided on East Tennessee because it’s beautiful and things seem to move a little slower in there. We wanted to be able to enjoy this time, and it seemed like the perfect place. We are most looking forward to having our families all in one place for the wedding. There’s no significance to the date because the corona virus changed up our plans. For fun, Austin and I love to be outdoors. We love our furbabies–we have three of them named Ben, King, and Luna. 

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Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Etsy
Dress: Becker’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: AZAZIE
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Rings: International Diamond
Officiant: Jessica
Hair and Makeup: Fringe Salon and Spa
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

East Tennessee is a great place for Smoky Mountain Weddings — fun, outdoor, beautiful…. Are you ready to start planning your wedding? Check out some of our resources to get started. We can help you with information about your marriage license, the tips for eloping, and why you might want a wedding planner. If you’re interested in having your wedding at Chapel in the Hollow, take a look at our pricing, calendar, and faqs page to get more details. We look forward to helping you plan an amazing wedding!!

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