Cades Cove

Cades Cove Wedding

Cades Cove

Today, we’re thrilled to share Olivia and Seth’s fall wedding in one of our favorite wedding locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – the Missionary Baptist Church in Cades Cove.

These two got married on a mid-November day in the historic white church sitting on a hill with wooden pews that squeak when you sit down, and old wood plank floors that creak when you walk down the aisle. During their ceremony, the sun shined through the windows and the fall colors dappled the mountains across the cove.

Olivia and Seth met in the laundry room in their college dorm and were together for 6 years before getting married at the Missionary Baptist Church in Cades Cove. As we were walking towards the Abrams Falls trail, Olivia and Seth said they hoped there would be fall colors for their wedding. We looked up, and a golden tree was smiling at us!

Family is the most important thing to this sweet couple, and unfortunately their grandmother was not able to attend the ceremony in Cades Cove. So, after their wedding, Olivia said, “Our minister, Jason, met us and Seth’s family at Granny’s nursing home, and we did the ceremony over again for her. Jason stood on one said of her bed, and Seth and I stood on the other side. We held hands with her while we said our vows. One nurse said she’d been there for 14 years and ever seen anything like it. It was so special for all of us.”

Cades Cove Weddings

Weddings in Cades Cove at the Missionary Baptist Church, Primitive Baptist Church, and other areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are simple, beautiful and intimate. With the natural backdrop of the Smokies, there are many options for weddings in the forest, by the river, and on top of mountains with scenic views.

We are licensed Great Smoky Mountains National Park wedding photographers, capturing weddings and elopements in Cades Cove and throughout the national park including Spence Cabin, Greenbrier, and the Appalachian Clubhouse. If you’re interested in having a national park wedding, and you’re looking for Smoky Mountains photographers who have the required permit to photograph your wedding, contact us.

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Hi! We're Joe and Kathleen, and we're a husband and wife photography team specializing in weddings and elopements for adventurous couples in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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