McKenzie and Wesson’s Pumpkin Spice Wedding

McKenzie and Wesson October 23, 2019

McKenzie and Wesson made it feel like fall at the chapel on October 23rd when they blanketed it with pumpkins. McKenzie’s grandmother owns a little produce stand, and they brought pumpkins all the way from home to add to the atmosphere. She looked luminous, and they have gorgeous chemistry. Congratulations, McKenzie and Wesson!!

From the Bride:
We met on Tinder, HA! We had both previously gotten out of long-term relationships, so we downloaded Tinder, which was the easiest way to meet new people at the time. I was a student at Mississippi State University, living in Starkville. He was living and working in Tupelo. We texted and talked for almost a month before we met.

Wesson asked to take me to dinner a few times before I ever accepted his offer of a first date. The first night we met, he arrived at my apartment and I invited him inside. We talked, and I introduced him to my dog. Wesson asked where I wanted to go eat, and I named a few places in the Cotton District, before we eventually just decided on a local Japanese hibachi restaurant. After going to eat, we went back to my apartment where we put on a movie, talked, and played with my dog. We talked for hours, literally hours, with no idea of how much time was passing by. We only realized how much time had gone by when Wesson pointed at my window and said, “Hey, the sun is up!” He had work in a few hours, and I had class, so he made the drive back to Tupelo and I took a quick nap before class. I didn’t know this until after we had been together almost a year, but Wesson used his last $50 to take me on our first date. He had taken time off from work due to heart surgery and starting a new job. After catching up on all his past due bills, he was left with $50. He used $30 to pay for our meal from our first date and the remaining $10 for gas to get back home. He still says it was the biggest and best chance he’s ever taken, and the best $50 he has ever spent.

Wesson proposed. He had gotten my ring made a few months prior, so I knew an engagement was coming, I just didn’t know when! After going to a New Year’s Eve party, we came back to our home to make cookies. Wesson told me that this was not how he pictured proposing, but he could not wait anymore to ask me. He got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him.

We decided on Tennessee when I stumbled across this chapel on Pinterest. I instantly loved it. It was everything I wanted and had pictured in my mind. We never got to have any engagement pictures made, and we really haven’t had that many photos taken of us during our relationship. We are always too involved to stop and take a photo. I mostly look forward to us both having photos of ourselves and our special day. 

We had originally chosen October 19th, before realizing how many people had also chosen this day. Then we moved our date to October 9th, then my aunt announced she was due with her second child on October 6th. With a baby’s arrival date being unpredictable, we decided to move our date again. Since our date would be so last minute, we knew no Saturday’s would be available. After looking at a calendar, and saying each date out-loud, we liked the way October 23rd sounded the best.

Honestly, we are both pretty laid-back boring people. Wesson is gone for months at a time now for work, so when he is home, we just enjoy resting. We love to watch the show Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Most of our time is spent around our dogs– four cocker spaniels! We recently had a litter of 5 puppies to tend to.

Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Dress: The Last Minute Bride
Menswear: Thomas Brothers
Rings: PerfectLoverRing on Etsy
Cake: Bride’s mother
Shoes: Blue by Betsy Johnson
Hair and Makeup: Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Pumpkins: Adcox’s Produce
Photographer: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow
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Suzie and Lindsie’s Simply Sweet Elopement

Suzie and Lindsie October 19, 2019

Our third wedding on October 19th was Suzie and Lindsie. OMG, they were so cute! Suzie’s dress was so unique, and Lindsie was sharp in her navy suit. Suzie walked down the aisle to the sounds of rain drops and live guitar music. The rain made us lose the light earlier than I would’ve liked, but it also gave us the opportunity to get creative so here’s a little something different than you normally see from us… Congratulations Suzie and Lindsie!!

From Suzie:
We met through work. Lindsie is a law enforcement officer and I am a 911 Operator/Dispatcher. I had worked for our agency for years before Lindsie was hired. We instantly became best friends! We stayed friends for a really long time before we ever became a couple. We were really close friends for a long time before we tarted dating. Our first official date was a day out Christmas shopping together. 

Lindsie proposed me . We are renovating Lindsie’s grandmother’s old house. I had a very stressful day at work, and Lindsie could tell I was frazzled. After work, Lindsie and I went down to the house to check on the progress of the renovation. While we were there, Lindsie played my favorite song on her iPhone (Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls) and we danced in front of the fireplace together. When the song ended, she got down on one knee and pulled a Blue Nile jewelry box out of her pocket. She said, “Susan… I have a huge LESBIAN crush on you! Will you marry me?” (The lesbian crush comment is a quote from our favorite movie, Mean Girls.) Of course, I said yes!

Although tolerated, our alternative lifestyle isn’t necessarily all that well accepted in our area. We decided it would probably be best to elope and have a private ceremony in a place we felt comfortable and welcome with only our closest friends in attendance. We’re a few hour away from Gatlinburg, so I sent out some e-mails checking for LGBT friendly venues in that area. I got a quick response from Chapel in the Hollow. Chastidyi was so open, friendly, and helpful. Once I checked the website, I knew instantly that Chapel in the Hollow was the perfect place for our ceremony!

Lindsie and I both are SO excited to marry our best friends. We’ve been through so much together over the years and had to overcome a lot of obstacles for our relationship to become a reality. Words can’t express the amount of love and respect we have for one another.

Lindsie wanted to choose a date that would be easy to remember and I wanted to get married in the fall. October is my favorite month! So, Lindsie suggested 10-19-19 and it seemed perfect.

We have two beautiful fur children – an Australian Shepherd named Levi and a Siberian Husky named Athena. We love to do things outdoors so the pups can tag along. They love kayaking! When we aren’t doing things outdoors, we keep things low key. A typical date night for us is dinner and a movie – not uncommon for that dinner and move to be at home. We also enjoy going to the local drive-in and The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.

Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Bouquet and Decor: Pine & Petals from Etsy
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Shoes: Adrianna Papell
Rings: BlueNile and Zales
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Jewelry: Kays
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

 

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Ciara and Matt’s Fall Tennessee Wedding

Ciara and Matt October 19, 2019

Ciara and Matt were our second couple on October 19th. Her veil was extra long and gorgeous, he was sporting an immaculately groomed beard, and together they were fire! Her family did an amazing job of setting everything up, and the first look she did with her father was adorable. They read their own vows which were super sweet, and we really enjoyed having them all here! Congratulations Ciara and Matt!!

From the Bride:
We me through mutual friends on facebook, and we started talking and it was forever from there! The first date was a breath of fresh air! A wonderful simple afternoon enjoying the outdoors and fishing. Matthew proposed with a husky puppy. The pup had a note on a ribbon around his neck that said “mommy, will you marry my new daddy?” That was an addition to the huskies we already had together, so now we have a pack of 3! We hike and camp A LOT. Every year since we got together we make a trip out to the smoky mountains for a little get away so it felt like the perfect place. 

Bouquets: Bride
Chapel Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Jordan and Wyatt’s Romantic Tennessee Wedding

Jordan and Wyatt October 19, 2019

October 19th was a big day at the chapel… three weddings with three amazing couples!! You can tell fall has come… the colors are changing to dark blues and burgundy/marsala, and it looks so glam.

Our first couple of the day was Jordan and Wyatt. Jordan is a big personality in a tiny package. She and Wyatt shared a first look before the ceremony which gave them a few moments to themselves. When she found out he was sporting her grandfather’s watch, she teared up a little bit. Congratulations Jordan and Wyatt!!

From the Bride:
We went to high school together. After a few years out, we reconnected over one evening of hanging out with friends and the rest is history! The first date was exciting and very nerve wrecking. The first night we hung out with friends, I told him a little detail that the city lights near where we live reminded me of New York City when I was a little girl. On our first date, he took me to the top of a really tall hill that overlooks the city. You could see the lights for miles. It was really sweet. He proposed. It was very casual at our home. We decided on Tennessee for our wedding because of the beauty of the time of year. I most looked forward to no longer having to kiss my fiancé, but now getting to kiss my husband! We love to be outdoors. Fishing, kayaking, being out on the boat, those types of things. 


Chapel Florals: Chapel in the Hollow
Decor, Bouquet, and Boutonniere: Bride
Hair and Makeup: Bride
Dress: Casablanca from Lara’s Bridals and Formals
Rings: Zales
Navy Swag courtesy of Candice Hunt
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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Candice and Raymond’s Fall Wedding Fantasy

Candice and Raymond October 18, 2019

October 18th was a perfect day for a wedding!! Candice and Raymond joined us with their families and their children to say their vows. She created cute little folded blanket favors to combat fall weather and a gorgeous sign to point the way to the chapel. Their colors were navy and burgundy which popped against the fallen leaves.

P.S. Thanks to Candice’s generosity, we now have these lovely fabric choices to offer!!

Hair and Makeup: Organic Infusion Hair & Nail Salon
Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs from BLUSH Boutique
Florals: Melissa Timm Designs
Cake: Art of Cakes
Rentals: Campbell Tent & Party Rentals
Suit: Express
Hair Jewelry: Etsy
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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