East Tennessee Elopements – Emily and Duane

Emily and Duane – April 4, 2020

East Tennessee Elopements

East Tennessee Elopements may be more popular in the near future thanks to COVID-19. They are quick and easy, and they meet the current guidelines for legal gatherings to help keep everyone safe. We were excited to have Emily and Duane join us on April 4, 2020 for their super sweet elopement. These two East Tennessee residents chose to limit the number of guests and adhere to social distancing guidelines instead of rescheduling for later in the year. Thankfully, we are an outdoor venue so the 6 of us had plenty of room to watch without getting too close. 😉 P.S. They were the first to get to use the new archway!!

She looked radiant in that amazing lighting, and Duane must have agreed because he smiled every time he looked at her. The burgundy was the perfect choice with his dress blues — the colors just popped beautifully. They had a friend, Judge Brad Davidson, come out to perform the ceremony, and he was a hoot! Thank you, Duane, for your service, and congratulations to the two of you!!

From the Bride:

Duane’s grandparents babysat us when we were children but we didn’t remember each other due to it being when we were young children. We even attended the same college that we graduated on the same day at the same time but still had no idea of each other. We became coworkers at DCS and eventually became partners. Once we grew closer to each other we started developing feelings. After about a year he finally got enough courage to ask me out. Once we started seeing each other we then realized how our whole life we have been right beside each other in the same places but never knew. We like to joke and say we just weren’t ready for the world to put us together until the right time.

The first date was like going to hang out with your best friend but we were both a bit nervous and unsure how the relationship would go but luckily it has worked out great. Duane proposed on a horse carriage ride in Times Square of New York City. He knew I loved the show Gossip Girl. My favorite characters got married at Bethesda Fountain and I mentioned how beautiful it was. He planned the whole thing and surprised me as we walked down to view the fountain from our carriage ride I realized we were at the fountain and the next thing I know he was on one knee holding a ring.

We chose our wedding location because East Tennessee is home to us and our family. We couldn’t imagine being any where else. Duane and I love to travel. We love to collect Christmas ornaments from all of the places we visit. A typical date night for us is dinner and a good movie or a weekend getaway.

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Hair: Hali Leffler with Honey and Lavender
Makeup: Bride
Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Flowers by Wilma
Menswear: Army Dress Blues
Shoes: Francesca’s
Rings: Jewelry Connection
Officiant: Judge Brad Davidson
Invitations: Shutterfly
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

Are you getting excited about the thought of East Tennessee Elopements? Let us help you get started planning yours! You can finding all sorts of info on the website including pricing, included accessories, local wedding pros, and so much more. If you have questions, we’re here to help. Email info@chapelinthehollow.com, and we will get back to you within one business day. 🙂

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