Spence Cabin Wedding in Elkmont

Elkmont Wedding – Spence Cabin & Appalachian Clubhouse

As you know, we’re suckers for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as forest weddings. Chris and Morgan’s autumn wedding in Elkmont at Spence Cabin included both of our favorite things, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share their nuptials with you today!

Morgan and Chris have one of those unforgettable love stories. When they started dating they lived across the country from one another. Then, as their love continued to grow, Chris packed up and left his family, friends, and life in California. He moved across the United States to be with Morgan in Tennessee, and they started their life together as Mr. & Mrs. on October 12, 2017.

And as unique as their love is for each other, Morgan and Chris chose not to have wedding bands. They made their vows to each other, not to wedding rings, and so it was not a part of the ceremony and they do not wear wedding bands.

These two also centered their wedding day around the people who mean the most to them. Morgan’s mother was the matron of honor, and Chris’s parents catered the reception with his father’s specialty he brought all the way to Tennessee from California – slow roasted beef tri-tip.

  • Ceremony Venue – Spence Cabin
  • Reception Venue – Appalachian Clubhouse
  • Florist – LB Floral
  • Photo Booth – Knox Photo Bus
  • Groom’s Suit – Indochino

Spence Cabin and the Appalachian Clubhouse

Weddings at Spence Cabin and the Appalachian Clubhouse are in the Elkmont district of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Couples will frequently reserve Spence Cabin for their ceremony and the Appalachian Clubhouse for their reception. Both locations are beautiful for weddings, especially in the fall when the colors are changing!

Wedding photography and other professional photography within the national park require a special permit and authorization from the national park. We are licensed and approved Great Smoky Mountains National Park wedding photographers.

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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 the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and East Tennessee.


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