Cades Cove

Cades Cove Wedding

Cades Cove Wedding Photos

One of our favorite places for weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Cades Cove, and Tara and Matt’s December wedding we’re sharing with you today is nothing short of a stunning Smoky Mountain wedding!

Tara and Matt got married at the historic Missionary Baptist Church. One of our favorite churches in the cove, it has beautiful windows with sunlight beaming through and old wooden church pews and wood floors that creak as you walk across them. Founded more than 175 years ago, it’s one of the most memorable and historic churches in Cades Cove.

After their ceremony, we went to the Wildlife Overlook for sweeping views of the mountains. It was a clear day and the sun was shining bright, so it was easy to see the layers of mountains in the distance. Tara’s gown with sheer lace sleeves was beautiful in the field at the overlook.

After stopping at various locations around Cades Cove Loop Road, we went to a nearby wedding venue for their reception – Country Manor Acres in Townsend. Nestled in the mountains, Country Manor Acres has one of Tara’s favorite things – horses. The most handsome horses came up to the fence and let everyone feed them carrots.

Country Manor Acres also has a field and a pond, and the sun set gracefully behind the forest. The evening concluded with a sparkler exit at the barn, and it was the perfect ending to Tara and Matt’s gorgeous Smoky Mountain wedding!

Cades Cove Wedding Photographers

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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Photographers

JoPhoto is a license and approved wedding photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are a beautiful location for weddings, elopements, and engagement photos. Some of our favorite wedding locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include Spence Cabin, Elkmont, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, and the Foothills Parkway.

We are authorized Great Smoky Mountains National Park wedding photographers, and the park is a beautiful destination for mountain weddings, elopements, and photo sessions. If you live in Knoxville, Maryville, East Tennessee, or you are traveling to Gatlinburg, Sevierville, or Pigeon Forge from out of state, then you know how gorgeous the national park is for photos. We have the permit required to photograph weddings in the park, and we visit the park dozens of times each year to photograph weddings.

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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.


Celebrate in a unique Knoxville wedding venue, the smokies, by the lake, in your back yard, or in a cozy cabin...wherever adventure takes you, our job is to take photos you'll love for years to come.

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