Liz and Shaun joined us for a Smokey Mountain elopement on November 30, 2019. The rains kept starting and stopping, but that didn’t keep Liz from rocking that dress. I always say rainy day lighting is the best for photos, and once again I have to advocate for its awesomeness!! This gorgeous moody look is my fave! Congratulations to Liz and Shaun–and thanks for braving the fall rain!
From the Bride:
Shaun and I worked for the same company for years. We were friends for several years before we started dating. We maintained a long distance relationship for a little over a year (me in AZ and he in GA) before I moved to GA 2 years ago.
The first date… I GOT SICK!!!! Our first date was a weekend trip to Nashville (since we were long distance). We had a blast the first day, but I started feeling funny. I thought it was just from traveling or having too much fun. NOPE! Full. Blown. Stomach flu. We were 4 hours from his house in GA. Luckily we stopped a night in Chattanooga because I would NOT have made it another 2 hours of driving. We locked ourselves in our hotel room and watched the National Championship game. I was running a horrific fever- but Shaun took care of me all weekend. He was so sweet. I thought for sure all the grossness right off the bat would have ran him off, but it didn’t. As he was taking me to the airport to fly home he made a comment that he felt funny. I flew home and he got the flu next. Sadly I wasn’t there to take care of him, but it’s made for a really funny story all these years later.
The proposal… THE BEST DAY EVER! We had planned to go to the Biltmore to see the Christmas decor 2 weeks from that day. I was browsing FB in the morning and saw some friends of ours had gotten engaged at the Biltmore the night before! I showed Shaun and he made a comment “that bastard stole my idea!”. I brushed him off with a “yeah yeah yeah”, because we had talked about getting engaged, but not at that time. It was a cold December Sunday, a very lazy day for us. We were in pj’s, warm bathrobes and slippers. Shaun said he felt like having some wine that night, so he went to the store and came back with a few bottles and couple cigars. I didn’t think that was too unusual. Then we spent the day having drinks and listening to music on our deck, which is our favorite place in the world to be. Shaun told me that if he had one day left to live, he’d want to be on our deck, listening to music, and having drinks with me. Exactly what we were already doing! I told him I agreed and that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else either. He said “I’m glad you said that….” pulled a box out of his robe pocket and got down on one knee. Shaun is a man of very few words but he said the most amazing things about his love for me and his love for us during that proposal. I was just crying and kissing his face over and over again. It was the most perfect moment of my life.
Our friends who got engaged (previously mentioned in the story) eloped to TN. I really wanted to have a Smokey Mountain elopement, and she said “I wish I had gone to this place” and sent me the Chapel in the Hollow link. I followed immediately and booked it the next day.
What we most look forward to? It’s just us. Nothing matters but us, and what we want, and our love.
Shaun and I LOVE music. Our favorite date nights are having dinner and drinks at home on our deck while listening to our favorite playlists. WE are also big sports buffs so we frequently watch the games together or go somewhere to watch whatever game is on. We are both old souls. If it’s vintage- it’s for us. You will see that in our rings and everything in our house.
Hair and Makeup: Fringe Hair and Nail Salon
Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Bouquet: Rose & Bee Organics
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
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