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Gatlingburg Mountain Wedding: K + J

Updated: Mar 5


bride laughing as the groom nestles up on her cheek

One of the trends we’ve noticed in the past few years is a shift towards more intimate weddings. Just based personally on our experience, I wouldn’t say larger more traditional style weddings are going away any time soon, but we’ve definitely started to see a lot more couples opting for small weddings. It’s something we covered a few years ago in a blog topic but for those who aren’t quite familiar with the term, an intimate wedding isn’t your large traditional celebration with 100+ guests and it’s not quite an elopement with only a handful of people. Intimate weddings are in the neighborhood of 20-30 guests and have many of the same elements of larger weddings but just scaled down in terms of your guest count. One of the biggest things we’ve noticed about these is the overall experience seems to be less stressful for the couple. They aren’t absorbed with trying to keep up with a rigid day of timeline as much as they are just enjoying being present in the moment. They aren’t having to worry about trying to accommodate parking, transportation, and food for let’s say 150 people vs 25? And they get to spend a good amount of quality time with their guests who do make it vs making the rounds. Not to mention not having to deal with the financial stress of feeding 125 people vs lets say 20? Considering catering can be one of the if not the most expensive item in a wedding budget, this can have a huge overall impact on your total wedding costs and free up funds for things like getting the photographer you want, vs the one you can afford after catering, or going on a 3 week honeymoon vs a 1 week honeymoon, or even real florals vs fake. One of our most recent intimate weddings was spent with Kate and Joey and their families in the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Like a lot of smaller celebrations, we don’t always get a chance to meet beforehand but we were able to connect with Kate via phone a couple months before her and Joey’s special day and we absolutely fell in love with her energy! In person Kate was even sweeter and Joey was every bit of the gentleman she described when we spoke prior.

The day of their wedding saw what we would describe as awesome weather thrown right in the mix of one of the rainiest February’s on record! The setting was a perfectly luxurious rustic home in a private mountain community overlooking the mountains in the distance. As the ladies finished hair & make up, the fellas played giant Jenga while the moment drew closer and closer! Kate and Joey had the sweetest first look which saw plenty of happy tears! Even though they had their ceremony indoors, the mountain view still served as a beautiful backdrop thanks to the large windows in the home. Everything was about as perfect as you could ask for and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better we took these two out for their couples portraits! They rocked it quite effortlessly and towards the end, we even got in a few dress twirls!

The rest of the evening was filled with quality time with their closest friends & family, home cooked awesomeness, and did we mention cupcakes!?

table florals
bride and groom's family cooking
gift table
wedding welcome sign
blanket wedding gifts
mountain view as seen through windows
guestbook sign in
wedding ceremony board
wedding sign in wood pieces
wedding memory table
cupcake tower
bride getting her make up done
bride's jewelry
bride smiling in the mirror
bride's mother hugging her closely
bride and her friends and family wearing flannel
bride getting her dress zipped up
traditional portrait of the bride smiling
groom blow drying his beard
groom laughing
groom's buddy playing jenga
groom boutonniere being put on
dramatic lighting portrait of groom and groomsmen
bride's dad awaiting her arrival for a first look
father daughter first look
bride's father hugging her
bride approaching groom for first look
groom reacting to seeing the bride
bride and groom hugging
traditional portrait of the bride and groom in front of the mountains
Gatlinburg cabin wedding
wedding ceremony backdrop
bride walking in with her father
wedding ceremony shot from the second floor
indoor wedding ceremony in the mountains
bride and groom laughing during the ceremony
bride and groom looking up together
bride and groom sharing their first kiss
bride and groom laughing during their first dance
first dance between the bride and groom
bride and groom smiling at each other during their first dance
bride grabbing groom's butt
bride and groom kissing in front of the mountains
bride laughing as the groom whispers in her ear
groom's hands on the bride's back
groom giving the bride a piggy back
bride and groom laughing together
bride wrapped around the groom's arm as they look at each other
bride smiling as the groom looks at her
bride holding her dress
moody bridal portrait in the mountains of Tennessee
bride spinning in her dress
groom dip kissing the bride during sunset
bride and groom holding hands and walking
bride hugging her dad
bride wiping a tear from her dad's eye
groom dancing with his mother
groom's mother touching his face
bride hugging her friend
wedding guest pouring a bottle of champagne
bride talking to a friend
bride smiling with her grandma

Thanks as always for following along and big congrats to Kate & Joey!

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