Elopement in the Woods – Kellie and Bubba

Elopement in the Woods

February 17, 2024 – Kellie and Bubba

Today, we had the joy of welcoming Kellie and Bubba back to our location for an intimate elopement in the woods, a year after they first joined us for a mini session. Their journey over the past year, filled with trials and tribulations, only strengthened their bond and commitment to one another. Choosing to celebrate their love amidst nature, they stood in front of the enchanting vines, exchanging vows in a setting as unique as their love story.
Kellie was the epitome of edgy elegance in a glittery white dress, paired with a black leather jacket, perfectly blending traditional bridal beauty with a modern twist. Bubba complemented her look in a sleek all-black suit, embodying the essence of classic style with a contemporary edge.
They added a vibrant touch to their day with our moody florals, bringing a pop of color to the natural backdrop. The day’s lighting cast a somber yet beautiful glow, creating an atmosphere filled with emotion and depth. Despite the solemn ambiance, Kellie and Bubba’s spirits were high — their excitement and bubbly personalities shining through, illuminating the day with love and joy.
Their decision to return and affirm their love in such a personal and meaningful way speaks volumes about their journey together. Kellie and Bubba’s elopement wasn’t just a ceremony; it was a testament to enduring love, resilience, and the beauty of saying “I do” all over again, against the backdrop of nature’s serene beauty.
Here’s to Kellie and Bubba — may your love continue to grow and shine, guiding you through the years to come. Congratulations on reaffirming your commitment to each other in such a beautiful, heartfelt way.
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
Florals: Chapel in the Hollow via Kochetova flowers
Are you planning an elopement in the woods? Check out our calendar to see if we have your date available.

Simple Stress Free Elopement – Sharon and Gary

Simple Stress Free Elopement

Sharon and Gary – February 11, 2024

In the spirit of love, Sharon and Gary exchanged vows in a simple, stress free elopement ceremony at Chapel in the Hollow. They brought warmth and color to the chapel, adorning it with purple and pink fabric, beautifully complemented by our vibrant pink and orange florals.
Sharon radiated elegance in her dress, featuring a tastefully ruched top that fit snugly down to her knees before flaring out into a subtle train, embodying grace and sophistication.  Gary kept it casually stylish in jeans and a grey dress shirt, perfectly blending comfort with the occasion’s significance.
Adding a personal touch, Sharon chose a bouquet and boutonniere from Etsy, which harmonized wonderfully with the chapel’s floral arrangements, showcasing their attention to detail and unity in theme.  Their son, Chase, joined in the celebration, adding to the joy and intimacy of the day.
Together, they embraced the beauty of the moment, amidst nature’s own celebration of their union. 
The rain from the night before left the wooded area surrounding the chapel adorned with rivulets of water, creating a magical atmosphere for their photographs. The high creek provided a stunning backdrop, capturing the essence of their special day.
Sharon and Gary’s elopement was a beautiful testament to their love, proving that simplicity can indeed be breathtaking. We were honored to share in their day and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love as they journey forward together.
From the Bride: 
After the drama of online dating, we had both decided this would be the last time we’d try meeting someone online….God must have known. He sent us both someone special. I had limited myself to a “40-mile radius” because I didn’t want to meet anyone that would pull me too far from my sons and grandbaby. I was scared to fall in love, and anyone that knows me, knows I’m incredibly brave and scared to my senses about everything. Gary swore he would never get married again. So here we were, giving up on love, yet wanting to find our forever love. So we often joke about my 40-mile circle, and me being scared to open that up. Gary must have snuck in under the radar. His house was exactly 40 miles from mine, and after a few weeks of talking, I knew he was worth the trip…like 40 miles is really so far, right?
So we decided to meet at a restaurant in the middle in Hammond, Louisiana. We met at a little place called Tacos & Beer (two of my favorites!) We talk about me being scared…well Gary sat in the car and waited for me to walk in so he could see if he really wanted to meet ME! Gary had a “Big Ass Burrito” and I had shrimp tacos and we sat and talked for 4+ hours, just hanging out and getting to know each other. When we left, I gave him a little kiss on the cheek and went our separate ways. After weeks of burning up the highway back and forth between Denham Springs and Hammond, and many many hours on the phone, he convinced me that he was worth venturing out of my circle. Our kids, and family and friends probably saw it before we did, but we had each found our person. My mom of course knew he was the one before I did.
Gary moves as slow as molasses when it comes to big decisions, and you definitely don’t put any pressure on him, or he’ll bolt. And we always say Sharon is the scaredy cat! But when he finally decided to make me his wife….he took a day off of work, stopped at Zales and picked out a ring, came to my work and picked me up for lunch. Spontaneous, much? We drove straight to Tacos & Beer. We switched booths three times, just so he could end up in the same boot. I was clueless…we ate the same meals, and we made jokes about everything being just like our first date, but Gary is definitely the type that you don’t push or assume anything with, so I laughed it off. When he stepped out to go to the bathroom, I didn’t notice, but he had the ring on his pinky finger and brought it to the waitress. When she brought the check, it was on the clipboard with the ticket, and she gave it to ME to pay…I laughed and then noticed the ring. And I said what’s that?? He said well…will you? I smiled and started to cry. and told him you are forgetting something. He said you really gonna make me kneel down on that nasty floor? I said, well, yes. So, he got down on his knee, and asked me to marry him. And here we are!
Every time we go out of town, it’s usually a trip to the race track, so we decided it was time we went on a real vacation together. We went to Gatlinburg last February. I honestly thought that while we were there, we’d get married spontaneously, and he was just not quite ready (even though we had been engaged for almost a year!). After we got home, I told him I had really wanted to pull the trigger while we were there, and so he promised me we would go back this year and so we scheduled our trip. Neither of us wanted the hype or expense of a full-on traditional wedding. We both had been married a long time before, had raised our kids, and didn’t feel like a big wedding was what we wanted. But at the same time, wanted a special celebration of our day, so a quaint chapel in the woods was perfect.
Gary says he’s ready for the ‘wedding hype’ to be over…can I roll my eyes here? That man…HAHHAHA! Making forever the real deal is what we are both looking forward to.
Though no one back home would ever have dreamed me and racing would be in the same sentence, Gary is a drag racer, and so we go to the track to race his car. We deer hunt together….and though I’m terrible at it, we love to fish together. More than anything, we love spending time with our grandbabies and children, and going to eat with friends and family.
Chapel Floral Arrangements: Chapel in the Hollow
Bridal Dress: @sprifloral from Amazon
Groom’s Attire: Apt 9 and @buckle
Etsy Bouquet and Boutonniere: @Blooming Wreaths
Photography: @Star Noir Studio
Rings: Zales and Boudreaux Jewelers
Officiant: Jayson Maples
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Venue Manager: Chastidyi Parrott
Venue Associate: Sara Hopper
Are you planning a simple, stress free elopement? Check out our calendar to see if we have your date available.

Rainy Micro Wedding – Auceane and Samual

Rainy Micro Wedding

Auceane and Samual – February 10, 2024

🍃💍 Auceane and Sam’s rainy micro wedding Day was magical at Chapel in the Hollow. 💍🍃

Despite the rain on February 10th, Auceane and Sam’s wedding was a heartwarming celebration of love and togetherness. The chapel was gracefully adorned in white fabric, accented with our elegant white florals, creating a serene and pure ambiance. 🌧️💐

Their special day was made even more personal with a friend stepping in to officiate the ceremony, adding a meaningful touch to their exchange of vows. 📖💞 They brought along a charming cake and an assortment of cupcakes, beautifully displayed on our quaint little white table, sweetening the day for everyone involved. 🍰🧁

📸 Amanda Wilson captured every magical moment with incredible skill, preserving the beauty and emotion of the day despite the weather’s whims. Her photography illuminated the love and joy that surrounded Auceane and Sam, making the rain part of their unique story. ✨

A big shoutout to Beverly with Custom Love for seamlessly managing the event, ensuring every detail was perfect. 🌟

Auceane and Sam’s wedding day, though kissed by rain, was nothing short of magical, filled with moments of love, laughter, and the beauty of beginning a life together. Here’s to many more years of happiness and love for the lovely couple! 💑🎉

From the Bride: 

We met at work. We are both in the TN Air National Guard and he walked into my office for help. For the first date, we went to Cades Cove and walked the 11 mile loop! We then went to dinner and to a haunted house. He proposed after a hike to a waterfall. We chose East Tennessee because we live here and his family is here as well. I’m most looking forward to finally being Mrs Collins! For fun, we go on hikes, watch movies, hangout at home, spend time with family.

bride and groom in the mountain rain

Event Management: Beverly with @Custom Love
Dress: @David’s Bridal
Menswear: @Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Oore Jewelry
Officiant: Dustyn Copeland
Photography: Amanda C Wilson
Venue Associate: Sara Hopper
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Do you think you’ll be having a rainy micro wedding? We’d love to make it look extra beautiful! Check out our calendar to see if we have your date available.

Outdoor Smoky Mountain Micro Wedding – Emily and Matt

Outdoor Smoky Mountain Micro Wedding

Emily and Matt – February 6, 2024

Emily and Matt’s 20th dating anniversary celebration was made even more special when they decided to turn it into an outdoor Smoky Mountain micro wedding.

Celebrating two decades of love and companionship, Emily and Matt said their vows in an intimate outdoor ceremony amidst the stunning backdrop of the Smoky Mountains. High school sweethearts who’ve journeyed through life’s ups and downs together, they chose to mark this milestone surrounded by navy and white decor, with our elegant white florals enhancing the beauty of the chapel. 🌼💍

Their celebration was a family affair, with their parents, children, and close friends gathering to share in the joy of their special day. To warm hearts and hands, a hot chocolate bar was set up, delighting guests with rich hot chocolate and a selection of unique marshmallows, perfect for the mountain chill. 🍫

Emily’s preparation for the day was a bonding moment with her mom, friend, and daughter by her side, each playing a part in helping her get ready. She looked breathtaking in a gauzy pearl-studded dress, a find she described as a steal of a deal, radiating joy and elegance. 👰 Matt, ever so dapper, complemented her in a classic grey suit, ready to walk hand in hand into their next chapter. 🤵🔗

Her father had the honor of walking her down the aisle, a moment filled with emotion and love. Their son and daughter, standing proudly as best man and maid of honor, symbolized the strength and unity of their family. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

#tietheknotts not only signifies their union but also the knots of life they’ve navigated together, strengthening their bond with each passing year. As Emily and Matt look forward to continuing their journey, we wish them endless joy and countless adventures in the years to come.

From the Bride: 

We met in high-school, freshman and sophomore year. Matt proposed while on vacation in Destin, Florida. We had family pictures on the beach planned during the trip, and he pulled off the proposal surprise during the photos with family and friends around. We chose East Tennessee because we wanted something small and intimate, relaxing environment, and outdoor with great scenery. We chose February 6th as our date, because it will be our 20th anniversary from when we began dating.

Chapel Floral Arrangements: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquet: Chapel in the Hollow via Boujee Blooms
Bridal Dress: Essence of Australia from Wild Rose Bridal
Bridesmaid Dress: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitation: Basic Invite
Rings: Helzberg Diamonds
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Favors: Etsy Hot Chocolate Cups and XO marshmallows
Hair and Makeup: Kristi Abby Beauty
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Jewelry: Olive and Piper Style
Are you planning an outdoor smoky mountain micro wedding? Check out our calendar to see if we have your date available.

Morning Mountain Elopement – Brandy and Dylan

Morning Mountain Elopement

Brandy and Dylan – February 5, 2024

💙 Brandy and Dylan celebrated a Morning Mountain Elopement at Chapel in the Hollow, a Celebration of Love and Nature. 💙

In the serene early(ish) hours, Brandy and Dylan exchanged vows in an intimate elopement, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the forest. The chapel, adorned in white fabric with touches of dusty blue and yellow florals, set a scene of serene elegance. 🌄💐

Brandy was a vision in her white short sleeve dress, featuring a delicate tulle train that danced with every gentle breeze. She held a bouquet of blue and yellow florals, a vibrant contrast to her pristine dress. 👰💐 Dylan complemented her perfectly, casual yet chic in jeans, a tan dress shirt, and a black blazer, accented with a blue and yellow pocket boutonniere. 🤵🌼

The early morning sunlight bathed them in a soft glow, highlighting the joy and love they share. ☀️ They brought along a charming cake from a beloved bakery near their home in Georgia, adding a personal touch to their celebration. 🍰🏡

Frequent visitors to the area, Brandy and Dylan cherish the mountains and their adventures hiking through them. Following their wedding, they planned to continue celebrating their union by exploring the trails they love so much. 🥾🌲

For their photo session, Dylan’s request was our vintage Jeep Willis truck, a nod to their adventurous spirit, while Brandy’s preference for mountain backdrops captured the essence of their love for the great outdoors. 🚙⛰️

Brandy and Dylan’s elopement was not just a union of hearts but a celebration of their shared passions and the beginning of yet another adventure together.

From the Bride: 

My step mom worked with Dylan back in 2018 and thought we might hit it off. We talked on Facebook for a few weeks before going on a first date. Our first date was seeing a movie, and he cooked for us. Once we went on that first date we were pretty inseparable and spent all of our free time just being together, getting to know each other and falling in love. He proposed on the beach in Treasure Island, Florida, in July of 2019. We’ve since started a family, and couldn’t be more excited to officially tie the knot this February in Tennessee. I helped him find his love of travel and adventure, so we spend a lot of weekends jumping in the car and seeing where we end up, visiting new places, hiking, and going on lots of beach trips. We’re both so happy to get to spend forever with each other, and are so excited for what the future holds for our family.


Chapel Floral Arrangements: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquet: Chapel in the Hollow via Boujee Blooms
Boutonniere: Chapel in the Hollow via Kochetova flowers
Bridal Dress: Chady Wedding from Amazon.com
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Hair and Makeup: Summerlynn Beauty
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Coordination: Diana with Custom Love Gifts & Events
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you planning a morning mountain elopement? Check out our calendar to see if we have your date available.

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