Sampson’s Hollow was the perfect location for Kelsey and Mathew’s October wedding. They had planned on having a destination wedding with their family and friends and as soon as Kelsey saw this beautiful venue, she knew it was the one.
The beginning of this love story started 2 years earlier when Heather, Kelsey’s cousin, knew these two would be a great match. She started planning for them to meet for 3 months and helped them connect at a hog roast she was hosting. Heather took Kelsey’s hand and brought her to Matthew and told them to “play nice.” It worked! The two hit it off right away talking through the night.
A week later they had their first date at Steak and Shake. Kelsey tried to play hard to get, but Matthew was so funny and charming she couldn’t stay away. She found out that his grandma had asked to “meet his girlfriend” and she realized if Gram thinks she is, she must be his girlfriend.
Everything just clicked from there. They both shared a love of adventure, but could still be happy relaxing at home. He introduced her to eating steak, which she now enjoys along with a dark beer.
Now they found themselves in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, dressed up with their family and friends promising to share this life together. Everything was truly beautiful. The night ended with smiles and dancing, and closed with the couple exiting with sparklers.
Special thanks to all the incredible people who made this event a day to remember!
Venue- Sampson’s Hollow
Wedding Planner- Lesley Livingston
Hair-Bebe Salon in Maryville
Catering, Dj, and Cake all provided by Sampson’s Hollow
The Chapel at the Preserve is such a perfect backdrop for a Smoky Mountain Wedding. From the moment Laura and Austin were engaged they wanted to bring their families together and this was an amazing place to do that.
Their wedding was absolutely stunning as Laura made her way to the love of her life. As they stood side by side they could not take their eyes off of one another. Everyone cheered as the kiss sealed the deal.
They danced the night away in each others arms until the little ones stole the show! Then the family showed off their dance moves.
The two families blended perfectly together. Laughter and smiles lite up the pavilion. Both sides of the family had helped set up and decorate and it had turned out amazing!
We have such a gorgeous wedding to share with you today! This wedding has quickly become a new favorite!! We had the pleasure of shooting Crissy and Jay’s stunning Jackson Terminal wedding in Knoxville, TN recently, which was designed by the talented Peggy Buchanan at Heels and Veils.
Every detail of the day was fun and inspiring!
We loved how Crissy and Jay incorporated board games into their decor symbolizing their dating life, full of laughter and competition. The lovely and colorful oranges and pinks in the flower from Melissa Timm Designs were a perfect way to display the fun and lightness of the centerpieces.
Crissy was a knock out!!! Her beautiful red hair had a perfect braid on the side that looked so elegant in her short locks. Alisa Sawyer at Grow Knoxville worked her magic and completed the look with stunning makeup.
The two decided that they would do a first look so that we could go around town in a bus!! This special moment was perfect as Crissy walked behind Jay and tapped his shoulder.
The wedding itself was a gorgeous affair filled with love and support from their family and friends. Crissy’s father seemed pretty confident his daughter had chosen the perfect man as he put his little girls hand in Jay’s. The wedding ended with the bride and groom going down the aisle and snagging another loving kiss.
Family and Friends could not help but to smile knowing that these two incredible people were so happy together. The reception continued with laughter, especially when the speeches began. We heard so many wonderful stories and even some good advice from the helpful family.
Once the sentimental tears were shed it was time to head on to the dance floor as the guests danced the night away thanks to Sammy Scott from Ogle Entertainment.
It was so amazing getting to know this wonderful couple. Their love for each other was so obvious and we were so happy to be apart of their joyous day!!!
When Leigh and Philip were planning their big day they knew they wanted to represent their family heritage by having a Scottish Wedding. They were both very invested in the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games and decided to start their new life together with the old style traditions.
They chose Fox Den Country Club as their venue for the event. It was perfect! The beautiful green golf course provide a divine backdrop for the festivities. Carrie Wrinn, the wedding coordinator for the venue, made sure everything ran smoothly.
Lisa Foster’s flower arrangements were gorgeous. The colors and variety popped and added a beautiful flare.
Philip Kept with tradition and dressed in a kilt equipped with a Scottish Dirk. Leigh found a perfect dress to complement the theme.
Leigh’s hair and makeup were exquisitely done by Susan Clayton.
During the wedding Philip draped his family’s tartan across Leigh signifying her joining his clan.
Fox Den catered the event with a delicious dish of salmon and chicken.
The reception was so much fun as the guests danced the night away thanks to Drew Justice with Ogle Entertainment.
The two left with a beautiful sparkler exit from their family and friends.
Who says you need to be a kid to have your cake and eat it too? Our friend Jessica decide this was the year she would try an Adult Cake Smash. Her youngest child had just turned one and she throw him an amazing birthday party, with the traditional cake smash. It was so much fun and gave her an idea, why can’t an adult just dive in to their cake? She texted us at once asking if she could photograph this crazy event and of course we said “YES!”
So here is our play by play of an amazing celebration!
Every birthday needs a cake and cupcakes are the perfect size to dig in.
Another “must have” is the chalk board. It gives you up-to-date info on our birthday girl.
Since our birthday girl is over 21 she decided to add a drink to the festivity.
No cake is complete with out a candle and a wish!
Frosting on the candle should never go to waste.
Nether should frosting on your fingers.
Now is the time to “DIG IN!!”
Don’t try to be lady like because there is no use.
Noses need a little frosting too.
Our birthday girl has decided to wash it down with a bottle of red wine.
After cake it is time to play with balloons.
Special thanks to the one year old who brought the idea to our birthday girl!
Congratulations to our birthday girl Jessica! Thank you so much for letting us be apart of your special day!!!
Have you ever dreamed of having your wedding pictures done in the Smoky Mountains National Park but unsure how to make that dream a reality? Well, our couple Skip and Catherine decided they wanted to make this happen. Family and friends joined Skip and Catherine for their wedding ceremony at Heartland Wedding Chapel in Townsend, Tennessee. Following the ceremony, they made their way to Cades Cove with us, ST Photography! We are one of the few licensed and permitted photographers to take your photos in the Smoky Mountains National Park.
The seven mile loop of Cades Cove gave Skip and Catherine so many stunning locations and perfect backdrops for their wedding day photos. They followed our car and we made stops along the way.
We visited a little chapel located on the loop for those sweet, intimate shots. This humble church gave us a few dry minuets till the sun shone once again.
Cute, genuine moments together were easily captured as these two made their way around the park.
Even posed photos were easily made their own just by feeling comfortable and happy in each others arms.
They even brought along some family members with them to share the experience and the beauty around them.
The kids really enjoyed the open spaces and animals around every corner.
We even had a herd of deer grazing behind everyone during the shoot.
So, if you are still thinking about a destination wedding and have considered Cades Cove or anywhere else in the Smoky Mountains National Park for your wedding photos, then look no further than ST Photography to capture those memorable experiences. We love taking photos in our National Park and would like to share this perfect location with you and your loved ones.
We would like to thank Skip and Catherine for letting us be apart of their amazing day!