Morgan and Adam’s Forest Wedding

Morgan and Adam October 12, 2019

Morgan and Adam chose our first cool day for their lovely fall wedding. The brisk air didn’t stop them from enjoying their time together! She brought in some lovely purple faux florals to decorate the chapel that popped in the moody lighting, and they shared their vows in letter form before their first look. Congratulations Morgan and Adam!!

From the bride:
Adam And I met in the summer of 2008 at a town celebration. Not knowing that we would be attending the same high school we texted all summer. On the first day of school we noticed one another but Adam was to shy to talk to me. A couple weeks go by and we started sharing mutual friends, creating an excuse for us to hang out more. Adam then asked me to our freshman homecoming. After homecoming we spent so much time together that I guess we just assumed we were a “thing”. Adam never asked me out and I never asked him, we just ended up together.

Our first date was our freshman homecoming. I was so sick and was extremely late for the dinner due to me being so ill. My mother forced me to go saying that i could not let Adam down. By the time I got to the restaurant, our homecoming party had finished their dinners.However Adam waited to eat his dinner with me. Later I found out in our relationship , he thought I was going to stand him up :(. Im so relived that was not the case. That night was the night we shared our first kiss.

Adam Proposed to me On November 10th, 2013, completely unexpected and off script. We were having a date night with another couple at a pool hall. After a few rounds of pool, I had to end my night early to go take care of my pet sitting critters. Being the gentleman Adam is, he walked me to my car, where we spent another 30-45 min talking, laughing, and just enjoying the extra time with one another. After many shared kisses before heading to my car all of a sudden right there in the middle of the parking lot, in the dark and just the two of us, he got down on one knee. My emotions were all over the place, to think this man did not have to be anywhere special or create a scene to ask to have my heart forever.

We are very adventurous! We love camping, kayaking, and really anything to do with the outdoors. Tennessee is such a beautiful place all seasons, with so many outdoor adventures. I was born in Tennessee and the mountains hold a special place in my heart. Adam fell in love with the mountains after visiting Chattanooga, TN. Adam and I have been together for 11 years, engaged for 5 years I seriously couldn’t wait to be his wife! Our wedding date is a mix of our birthdays. My birthday is the 10 month and his birthday date is the 12th there for 10/12/19. We were just talking one day, and came up with the date out of the blue. 

We love camping, kayaking, outdoor adventures. When we travel we collect refrigerator magnets of the places that we have been. A good date night for us almost always ends with dinner at Texas road house. Spending time with our dogs, Sunny and Lemmy.


Hair and Makeup: Belleza Salon and Spa
Florals: Svendsen’s Florist
Wedding Dress: Stella Rose from Elite Bridal Boutique
Chairs: Harvest Party Rentals
Videographer: Wildwood Media
Officiant: Cheyanne Graves
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Crystal and Celeste LGBTQ Weddings in the Smoky Mountains Elopements

Crystal and Celeste October 9, 2019

Back in March, I was contacted by Celeste and Crystal asking about wedding options. They had this idea of getting married and then hiking some of the area’s beautiful trails and backwoods areas to get photos. Then they asked, are you interested in capturing our big adventure elopement? There was no way that I could say no to that!! Finally, the big day arrived, and I couldn’t have been happier when these two lovely ladies showed up with big personality and worn in hiking boots all excited for hours of fun after being made extra pretty by Southern Sirens. Jen with Wildwood Media joined us to capture the journey in video, and I can’t wait to see it! We started out with what you normally expect here at the chapel… details, a wedding, and some lovey time. Then we all headed to the nearby field for a few minutes before driving an hour away to Laurel Falls on the other side of Gatlinburg. We stopped on Wears Valley for a few shots in another field (with a closer view of the mountains) before finally reaching our destination…. or at least the parking lot of the trail. 😉These three women were extra patient with my wheezing and breaks as we hiked up the trail toward the falls. The photos are definitely worth the exertion and a few blisters!!

From the brides:
We were introduced through a mutual friend. Celeste would text me occasionally to just talk about things going, but one day she said “hope you are having a good day today” and that changed everything. It showed that she actually cares how I was doing and pretty much opened a door for our friendship to flourish. We had an immediate connect that we both felt and it just continued to grow stronger and strong. Our friendship became a relationship and has since grown into the strongest connection and love that either of us have ever felt.

For our first date, we took a road trip to Biloxi, Mississippi. Yes not your typical date but we aren’t your typical couple. Both of us were going through of lot of things at the time and we needed a break away from reality. We decided to go spend a weekend in Biloxi and just enjoyed each other’s company. Went to a Candlebox concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and did a little of gambling at the casino. Celeste was so nervous on the ride there that she was shaking. Yet she still was the one that had made the first move from the beginning. Ever since that weekend we have been inseparable!

For the proposal, I think it was more like a race who can do it first. We went ring shopping together and wanted them to compliment each other. The rings are very similar but still slightly different, pretty much like our personalities. Crystal went pick up the rings once they came in after being resized because it was closer to her work. That evening she beat me to the punch and got down on one knee in our apartment as asked me to marry her. She had written out “Marry Me?” In rose petals on the floor and the living room. It was perfect and simple and I wouldn’t change the way it was done for anything in the world! Needless to say…I said “YES!!!!”

Obviously we are not a traditional couple. Therefore, a church wedding was never an option for us. We both love adventure and nature, so we wanted to incorporate that into our big day. We did a lot of research and decided that we didn’t want to do anything that was tropical. We fell in love with the idea of getting married in a mountain surrounded by beautiful foliage during the fall. We had to find a place that fit our budget and checked everything off of our list. Tennessee was that place! Once we found Chapel in the Hollow we knew that it was absolutely perfect for us!

Honestly…we both are excited to finally be able to call each other our wife. We are both excited to see how beautiful the other is. Both excited to hear one another’s vows. Both excited to have the adventure with not only the venue but the hike that follows.

We wanted to have our wedding during the fall because we figured the leaves would be changing at that time. Also it is a great way to start the holiday season by celebrating the love we share for one another. Plus, 10-9-19 just sounds pretty awesome too! P.S. October is also LGBT History Month!

For fun- Celeste is OBESSED with her dogs, so her favorite thing is to Spend time with them. I have grown to love them as my own. We both enjoy spending time in the kitchen together cooking. It’s a place where you can be creative and still have quality time together while being productive. We both enjoy spending time with our families whether it’s just hanging watching tv or playing games. Date night-typical date night for us is binge watching Netflix or Hulu with pizza in the bed. We do enjoy going out on the town but would rather stay home and the relax than anything


Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquets: Brides with flowers from Hobby Lobby
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Shoes: Doc martins and The North Face
Rings: Kays Jewels
Videographer: Wildwood Media
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Photography: Star Noir Studio

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Jordan and Tim October 5, 2019

Jordan and Tim were the second couple to get married here today, and they brought some swagger with them! They did something unique and had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich unity ceremony as part of their wedding which was adorable. The mermaid style lace wedding dress is to die for, and the veil was perfection. Congratulations Jordan and Tim!!

From the bride:
We met at work! I was in a very physically abusive relationship, and Tim was a friend. After my marriage ended, he reached out as a gentleman to let me know he was always willing to listen to me vent. I blew him off for awhile and let him know that I was not in the market for a new relationship… It didn’t work and I fell madly in love with him. He loves my kids “our” kids as if they were his own blood.

Our first date was a “tattoo date”. I was so nervous. I wanted a tattoo of realistic leaves. He said he knew the perfect artist. While we were waiting for the artist to come chat with us I was sooo nervous. When he came to us I ended up SPITTING OUT MY GUM because I was so nervous. Tim will never let me live that one down.

Tim proposed to me on my birthday.. which happens to be one day before his! He got a tattoo… he told me it was a Lion King tattoo. I met him at the tattoo parlor after work. I go to look at the tattoo and on his leg it says “Jordan Ann- this time I am being serious.. will you marry me?” it had two boxes. A yes, and a no. I tattoo’ d the yes box. It also had two lines that said “approved” with my kids’ real signatures. My kids, mom, and best friend were hiding with flowers. It was so special.

We decided on Tennessee because the pictures were so stunning! We knew the date had to be in October! I am obsessed with fall and our birthdays are on October 9th and the 10th! In our down time, we love hanging out with our kids. We are usually taking them to practice or watching them on the baseball or soccer fields! 


Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Sola Wood Flowers Secondhand Stardust
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals from Bridal Gallery Grand Rapids MI
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ever-Pretty.com
Menswear: Kohl’s
Invitations: Vista Print
Cake: Food City Seymour
Jewelry: Amazon.com

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Eric and Tracy October 5, 2019

Our first wedding on October 5th was Eric and Tracy. She has an infectious smile, and he has a fun sense of humor. Together, they are an unstoppable duo. They brought some beautiful fresh flowers to decorate with and his two children to stand as witness. I think these photos will bring a smile to your face!

 


Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet: Walmart
Mums: Local Farmer’s Market
Rings: Koop Diamond Cutters, LLC
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Heather and Regis Small Tennessee Wedding Chapels in the Smoky Mountains

Heather and Regis October 2, 2019

What could be better than a Weekday Wednesday Wedding?! Regis and Heather joined us on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 with some of their friends (including previous bride and groom Jodi and Barry). She made all of the decorations for the cake as well as her sash–so adorable and perfect for the forest. Congratulations Regis and Heather!!

From the bride:
We are a match.com success. First date was a low-key dinner in a quiet restaurant/bar. It just felt right. It was comfortable and an instant connection. One of those dates were you meet someone and not want to leave or ever have an interest in meeting anyone else ever again. Regis proposed. We were hiking on vacation in the smokys which is something we love to do. We were on the Alum CaveTrail in Gatlinburg when I got down on one knee and asked heather to marry me. TN is our home away from home. We visit a couple times a year every year with friends and family and hope to make it out permanent home in the near future. Our wedding date is our 3rd anniversary together. In our down time, we enjoy hiking, weekend getaways getting muddy 4 wheeling. We are each others best friend. We do everything together and nothing apart.

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Hair and Makeup: Groom’s Mother
Jewelry Store: BLOCHER JEWELERS
Cake: Smoky Mountain Cakes
Bouquet: EtsyGypsyfarmgirl
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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