Leah and Alan September 28, 2019

Leah and Alan joined us for their wedding on a warm day in September. They were so cute with all of their children!! These two are both super busy in their day to day lives, but they still made time to find love! Wait ’til you see this dress… Congratulations Leah and Alan!

From the bride:
Alan proposed , I knew he was planning to soon but I didn’t think it would be when it was ! We were going on a mini vacation the next day , and he arrives home and all three kids of our kids were hanging off him as soon as he walked in the door , and he gets down in the floor and plays with them for just a minute, then turns to me where I was sitting on the couch in our living room and says he just can’t wait until later . With three toddlers hanging on his back and in his lap , he gets on one knee (the best he could anyways ) and pulls the most beautiful engagement ring from his shirt pocket and asks if I will marry him !! Of course I said yes !! That wasn’t the most romantic engagement, but for us and our little family , it was absolutely perfect!!

We live in TN, so the Chapel In The Hollow is only an hour from our home , and when we saw the website while browsing for venues , we just couldn’t pick a more perfect place for our wedding day !

For fun, we have a date night about once a month . We love the outdoors , camping , hiking, biking ect. Otherwise we just enjoy each other’s company and spending time with our littles!

 

Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Sola Wood Flowers
Rings: Zales
Wedding Dress: Southern Belle Bridal
Menswear: Kingstux
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Erin and Steve Forest Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Erin and Steve September 27, 2019

Erin and Steve’s wedding on September 27th was our first at the area we call the Highlands Location. It was lovely!! They arrived via party bus from SweetHeart’s Limo with all of their family. They are a light-hearted couple (as you can tell by one of the teasers) who met on Match.com and enjoy a good Subaru. Congratulations Steve and Erin!!

From the bride:
Steve and I met via Match.com. We had both gotten out of long term relationships 2-3 years prior and had tried dating through other social media platforms but both ended up on Match after not having luck through the more informal routes of friends, co-workers, and apps like Bumble. Even before the first date, we had discovered that we both went to Ohio University, lived 2 doors down on the same street in college (1 year apart) and my brother played lacrosse with one of Steve’s roommates and best friends since grade school. We also lived 4 blocks apart when we met.

Steve was funny and persistent in locking down a first date to the Chinese lantern festival in Columbus. While it ended up being cold and rainy/snowing, he was able to get us tickets to a Blue Jackets hockey game so that we could be inside. We talked the whole game and then went to Short North Tavern where we talked for another 1-2 hours. Steve walked me home, and it had started snowing massive snowflakes. He was a gentleman and walked me to my door where we had our first kiss/makeout session. I think we both knew it wouldn’t be the last time we saw each other. And Steve was quick to line up the next date 🙂

Steve’s dad passed away 2 months before Steve was born. In his memory, his father’s colleagues/friends have continued an annual golf outing (The Bollinger Open) to raise money for kids of single parents, or kids who’ve lost a parent, that works in the public housing sector. We were driving to DC for the 2019 golf outing (my first time) and got an airbnb in Thomas, WV- great spot if you haven’t heard of it. Steve wanted to look at land there (he works in property development) and was hoping it would be a peaceful, romantic spot for him to propose. However I was in sandals and had an epic case of poison ivy last year so I refused to get out and walk through the woods. Once we got to our airbnb we were in awe of the town and our accommodations- perfectly remote, wild, eclectic and care-free. Steve proposed while I was looking at the art in our airbnb, having placed the ring on the bed.

We just kind of happened upon Tennessee for our wedding. Initially this weekend we were going to be in Michigan for a road trip and tried to find a way for our families to meet us there but timelines weren’t matching up. Steve’s sister Megan mentioned TN and we found a house that could accommodate both of our families so that started the plans. We both love the outdoors, mountains, camping so once we started looking, it seemed to fit us best anyway. Your venue sealed the deal.

We most looked forward to having our closest family with us and a relaxed atmosphere to share our biggest day with them. We made it a priority to limit our responsibilities as well as the roles of our families for this day/weekend to ensure that we could have the most quality time together and the least amount of stress. I didn’t even know where our dinner is after- Steve took care of it and I was sure it would be perfect 🙂

We love food and trying new places to eat. We love to travel, whether its camping, snowboarding or new towns/countries. We just finished renovating a house in January that we are now living in. The best man/ring bearer and flower girls are Steve’s nephew and nieces. All the other guests are our 2 grandmas, moms, my dad, our siblings and 2 plus ones, plus the kids in the wedding.

Florist: rose bredl flowers.garden
Wedding Dress: Nha Khanh
Hair and Makeup: Southern Sirens
Rings: Vintage and elainebjewelry.com
Transportation: SweetHeart’s Limo
Officiant: Ian Parrott
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

 

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Brooklyn and Bailey Gatlinburg Wedding Chapels

Brooklyn and Bailey September 21, 2019

Our previous couple, Tristan and Taylor, recommended us to Brooklyn and Bailey for their wedding, and we are so glad!! They were our second elopement on September 21st. I am envious of Brooklyn’s makeup skills — she created her hair and makeup looks all by herself and look soooo fabulous. Her dress was a bargain for less than $50 from Southern Fried Chics Boutique, and while it may be low on expense, it definitely has all the style! Bailey was looking dapper in his Navy suit looking all the world like a stylish southern gentleman with manners to match and a kooky sense of humor. My husband tried to convince me that Bailey looked like a young Bruce Campbell, and I couldn’t see it until he googled some pictures. They must have a common ancestor, lol, and apparently Bailey has some wildlife skills as well… Before they left, he was standing at  his vehicle putting things away, and a squirrel came right up to him and let him pet it. Soooo weird, but cool! We are so glad they chose us for their wedding venue! Congratulations, Brookly and Bailey!

From the Bride:
I  had recently moved into his aunt’s rental home when he was coming home from college. He introduced himself shortly after, and we hung out a few times, spent some time together, and became great friends. Eventually, we decided we were going to try the whole dating thing since we got along so well. We dated for around 5 months before getting engaged. A year and 2 months after first starting dating we are getting married.

The first date… There is a local place where we are from in Florence, AL that everyone refers to as the “Train Bridge.” We went and walked up and down the bridge talking and getting to know each other more than ever on this day, the day we officially started dating.

I proposed. It was December 28, 2018, and I decided I didn’t want to start the new year without us being engaged. I planned it all out and sent him to town to get some stuff while I set the proposal up with an aisle of rose petals leading to 200 small candles arranged to read “Marry Me?” I also had my 2 year old daughter holding a sign that read, “Will you marry my mommy?” He said yes and actually already had me an engagement ring which he gave me that night.

We chose Tennessee for our wedding because we saw a similar wedding on Facebook and it was beautiful and simple so we made the choice to do the same

In our spare time, we really enjoy taking mini-vacations to events like MLB baseball games, or even just a couple hours away to explore and get a hotel room to get away for a weekend. We typically go on 1 or 2 dinner dates a month, good food is one thing we refuse to go without.


Hair and Makeup: Bride
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Boutonniere: Brittni’s Florist & gifts
Cake: Ashton Sims
Dress: Southern Fried Chics Boutique
Vow Booklets: Etsy
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Terri and Joshua September 21, 2019

September 21st’s first wedding brought us Terri and Joshua. I love their casual style! They are super sweet together, and I think you’re going to love what you see!! Congratulations Terri and Joshua!

From the Bride:
We work together at a state prison. We actually worked together for over a year before we met due to us working different shifts and in different areas of the prison. I’m a nurse, and he works in maintenance. We would see each other in passing but never spoke. We met on November 15th, 2017. I happened to be working day shift that week, and he stopped to talk to me. Our first date was 4 days later. It was the day before my birthday. Best birthday present I’ve ever gotten.

We knew we wanted to get married from really early in our relationship, so the proposal wasn’t anything super romantic. We went together and picked out a ring. We decided on Tennessee because we’ve both been there several times, and we love the area! It was also the first place we vacationed together. We were looking forward most on our wedding day to great pictures!! We were actually legally married already, but had not exchanged rings or changed my last name.

In our down time, we spend a lot of time outside. During the summer, we enjoy riding 4 wheelers and our side by side.


Bride Bouquet: The Bride
Hair and Makeup: The Bride
Dress: David’s Bridal
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Jesse and Jenna September 20, 2019

Jesse and Jenna joined us on a gorgeous September day for their elopement. They were the first to get to use our new set of white florals which I was pretty excited about–I got to spend some time today trying to be a florist, lol. We love the color that Jenna brought into her images with her beautiful bouquet, and oh my god, that dress!! These two are going to knock your socks off with their sweetness! Congratulations Jenna and Jesse!!

From the Bride:
We met through work and mutual friends. Jesse purchased the ring on my birthday and tried to keep it a secret so he could propose that weekend. He was so stressed out from trying to pick out the ring when he got home I asked him what he was doing he told me everything.

We have both always loved Tennessee. We’ve been debating on eloping for over a year. Our friends asked us to take a trip to Tennessee with them. I looked around on Instagram for locations and fell in love with the chapel.

Most of our free time is spent with our rotten little 2 year old son Jace. We spend a lot of time hanging out with our family.


Wedding Dress: Allure from Twirl
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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