Budget Friendly Wedding Ideas – Tori and Tanner

Tori and Tanner – October 27, 2020

Budget Friendly Wedding Ideas

For our first wedding on October 27th with some fantastic budget friendly wedding ideas, Tori and Tanner joined us with their families all the way from Mississippi. She looked so classy in her gorgeous dress from Southern Fried Chics Boutique. She gave me some insights to some good deals to share with our future brides…. She was going to just purchase flowers from Publix to put together herself, but they did the bouquet for $75. This gorgeous dress minus the train was $49 from Southern Fried Chics, and the amazing veil with the headpiece was only $20 from Amazon! She put together a fantastic look, wouldn’t you agree?? Congratulations, Tori and Tanner!!

From the Bride:

Me and Tanner are both from a very small Mississippi town and actually went to the same high school, but we didn’t officially meet until we were both on vacation in Orange Beach, AL. Tanner was on vacation with his family, while I was on vacation with my best friend that Tanner knew from school. We instantly hit it off and became high school sweethearts. We started dating when we were 16 and have been together for almost 12 years. Our first date was a typical “high school” first date. We went with our best friends to dinner and a movie. Tanner proposed to me on our 10 year dating anniversary. Simple and sweet.

We wanted a small elopement, but several family members decided they wanted to tag along. I’m looking forward to having beautiful pictures that we can look back on to remember our special day. We chose October because of the beautiful scenery.
We love to be outside! We have a camp on the river which is where we spend most of our free time year round.
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Florals: Mother of the Bride and Publix
Dress: Southern Fried Chics Boutique with altered train
Menswear: @Macy’s
Rentals: @Anderson Party Rentals
Invitations: Bride
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Rings: Zales and Staghead Designs
Cake: Mother of the Bride
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Hair and Makeup: Lacey James
Nails: Color Street
Jewelry: H. McLeod Designs
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
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Outdoorsy Same Sex Wedding – Samantha and Brooke

Samantha and Brooke – October 25, 2020

Outdoorsy Same Sex Wedding

I’m excited to share Samantha and Brooke’s outdoorsy same sex wedding from October 25th! Their best friend, Karli, was a whirlwind setting up everything and making everything go smoothly. These two were super cute together–wait until you see Samantha’s face when she sees Brooke for the first time!! They did a Scottish Quaiche ceremony as part of their wedding which was fun and unique. After their time here at Chapel in the Hollow, we followed them to their reception location at Little Arrow Outdoor Resort where we were able to get some gorgeous photos by the river and some shots of their cake, dancing, etc. Congratulations, Brooke and Samantha!
From the Bride (Samantha):
SO THIS IS THE STORY
All about how……Sam and I first met. She started working in the same restaurant as me in 2013. She was shy at first but of course I never let her be around me and not talk to me (imagine that). After a couple of months of only seeing each other whenever we were at work I finally decided to ask her out! Our shift ended and we started walking back to our cars, before I knew it I was halfway across the parking lot while it was pouring down rain. I made it to her car and knocked on the window, she cautiously rolled it down as I stumbled over my words with the gist of “Hey would you maybe wanna go on a date with me?” Well we all know the ending, considering you’re reading this. A couple weeks of working and talking later, I suggested we go kayaking. As most of our friends know, the kayaking never happened but a relationship full of love and happiness did.

On February 28, 2019 we closed on our first house together so of course to celebrate this big day, I decided to make it even bigger. While I roped our friend Karli into distracting Samantha, I rushed to the back room and painted in huge letters ‘Marry Me?’. When Sam started giving Karli the house tour, I sat in the back room basically bursting with exciting until she finally turned the corner into the room. I immediately started crying and so did she. It was perfect and I honestly wouldn’t have wanted it any different.We chose Tennessee because we love the mountains. I think we realized how much we loved hiking after we climbed Mt. Rainier in Washington state. We are most looking forward to just finally being able to call each other “Wife” like how crazy is that?! We chose the date because we are a little obsessed with Halloween and all things spooky. We wanted to get as close as possible without being weird. 😉

We like video games, scary movies, and most importantly sleep. I also would like to include that we are so very fortunate to have friends and family that love and support us. We have been blessed beyond measure and sometimes that does not get said enough.
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Florals: Adam Holmes
Wedding Dress: Brooke – Robert Bullock Bride Samantha – Randy Fenoli from Lace Bridal Experience
Rings: Staghead Designs
Caterer: Dead End BBQ
Cake: Krystal Wallace
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Favors: Blue Feather
Hair and Makeup: Kara Lott Beauty
Decor: Karli Blakely
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Alternate Venue: Little Arrow Outdoor Resort
Are you interested in planning an outdoorsy same sex wedding?? We love love in all its beautiful forms and make sure that all of the vendors we recommend feel the same so you can feel safe making the decision to host your ceremony at Chapel in the Hollow. Check out our pricing and availability to see if we are a good fit for you.
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Intimate Smoky Mountain Wedding – Sierra and Bradley

Sierra and Bradley – October 24, 2020

Intimate Smoky Mountain Wedding

For our second intimate Smoky Mountain wedding today, Sierra and Bradley brought their nearest and dearest to see them tie the knot. These guys were not only super adorable but so much fun to be around!! Sierra’s dress was SOOOO amazing — all kinds of fun texture. Congratulations, Sierra and Bradley!!

From the Bride:Well apparently we first met one year on an EMS call prior to me “first” meeting him. He swears up and down during the call that I cannot remember that I ignored him. He claims he even tried to flirt with me but I was focused on other things (HAHA). However we ran another pediatric call together as he was a paramedic and I was on the Rescue Squad. We noticed each other and I texted him to check on our patient later that day. Ever since then he has texted me every morning. We continued to see each other in passing as he brought me patients to the hospital. For our first date, we went to Barley’s for pizza and pool. We began going on dates after that. And four years later, it’s all be love and happiness.

Bradley’s proposed to me. We were in Cozumel on a vacation. On one of our excursions we chose to do the save the sea turtles. So basically a percentage of sea turtles get trapped into their nest and are too weak to get out. Well, the sea turtle organization helps save them and turned it into an excursion for more help and in turn, more baby sea turtles that live. We dug out the baby see turtles, but them in buckets, and then went to the water. Then you turn over the buckets and let the sea turtles run into the water I was watching the sea turtles wobble frantically to the water. They were so cute by the way! Then I turned around and was walking back up toward the shore. Brad was tapping me on the leg. I said Brad, you were getting me sandy! However, he continued to tap my leg and rub on my back. I turned around to find him sitting on one knee in front of a beautiful view on a Cozumel beach. He then asked me to be his wife and promise to love me forever. *gasp!*
We chose East Tennessee because of the beautiful mountain views in which we live. The date was because Bradley has always wanted a beautiful fall wedding. 
We both work in healthcare and like to relax on our off days at home. But we also love the great outdoors- hiking, camping, bonfires, etc.
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Florals: Bride (Hobby Lobby)
Dress: White Lace and Promises
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Shoes: Boll and Branch
Rings: Jared
Officiant: Charlie
Hair and Makeup: Cinda Costner
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Are you ready to plan your intimate Smoky Mountain wedding? Check out our pricing and availability to see if we are a good fit!
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Tiny Wedding – Sam and Todd

Sam and Todd – October 24, 2020

Tiny Wedding

For October 24th’s first tiny wedding, Sam and Todd joined us with their families. Samantha’s dress had the most gorgeous lace on it, and she had two adorable boys to stand up with her at the chapel. They set up a super cute sanitization station near the wall with some adorable sanitizer favors and matching masks. Congratulations, Sam and Todd!!
From the Bride:
We met through mutual friends in 2018 and have been inseparable ever since. We have 2 children, Colton (11 years old) and Grayson (8 months old). For the first date, we went to a friends house at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia and had dinner and drinks. We spent the evening getting to know each other and it was like we had known each other for years! We’ve been inseparable ever since.
Todd had a Christmas ornament special made that said “Will you marry me?” He had it hidden on a Christmas tree located at The Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA. We walked through and looked at the many decorated trees and I spotted the ornament, turned around and he was down on one knee proposing. Our best friends were present and got the whole thing on video! It was absolutely beautiful, thoughtful and special. 
We chose Tennessee because it is a magical place. It’s beautiful and peaceful and the perfect place for us to begin our new life together surrounded by our most special friends and relatives. I am looking forward to seeing the man I’m going to spend the rest of my life with standing up there waiting for me to join him in the next journey we are about to begin together.
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Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Etsy
Dress: Private Collection by David’s Bridal from Newfangled Bride and Formals
Menswear: JC Penny
Shoes: Converse
Rings: Henebrys
Cake: Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Are you ready to plan your tiny wedding? We’d love to help you celebrate!! Check out our pricing and calendar to see if we are a good fit for you!
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East Tennessee Elopement – Randi and Travis

Randi and Travis – October 23, 2020

East Tennessee Elopement

Travis and Randi joined us October 23rd for a super sweet East Tennessee elopement. Her parents sent a letter for her to have during the ceremony. Randi created a pair of cufflinks with her handwriting for Travis. These two were so much fun to spend some time with! And… here’s a pic with the new greenery hoop (updates to come to it soon). Congratulations Randi and Travis!!
From the Bride:
We had been friends since 2010! He always had a crush on me, but I didn’t feel the same way back then. We had about a two year gap where we didn’t speak. Then one day in 2017, he text and called me. The rest is history…with a few bumps along the road, of course. Early on when we had just started talking again, I convinced him to go car shopping with me. After purchasing a car, we went to dinner at The Village Anchor. It was a little awkward for me because we hadn’t spoken in so long and everything seemed so new and different. He had a different perspective though and felt we picked up right where we left off!
He proposed on 9/27/2020. So yes, we planned our elopement before the proposal! He cooked dinner for us at and talked me into carrying furniture back onto the deck. That was really just his ploy to get me outside around the back of our house to see his ‘Marry Me” sign hung up on the house. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! We wanted to elope out of state, but not too far away. I began researching and thought your chapel was the perfect location! We are most excited to be seeing each other all dressed up! It doesn’t happen too often.
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Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: The Bride’s Bouquet
Dress: David’s Bridal
Rings: Genesis Diamonds
Cake: Smoky Mountain Cakes
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Hair and Makeup: Fringe Salon and Spa
Photography/Videography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Are you ready to start planning your East Tennessee elopement?  We have some great resources to help you with your planning!! Do you need to know where to get your marriage license? Are you still looking for the perfect honeymoon cabin?
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