Foothills Parkway

Foothills Parkway wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains

Foothills Parkway Wedding

Do you believe in the idea that each person has a soulmate? And when you find yours, you are complete. Like there was a missing link, and then it’s whole.

For 52 years, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had a missing link on the Foothills Parkway. A 1.65-mile gap of unfinished road that was supposed to connect Walland to Wears Valley, but because the terrain was so treacherous, it wasn’t able to be completed.

However, like any good love story with a few twists and turns, there is a happy ending. With recent technological advances and federal funding, the “missing link” was completed in November. Now, the pieces of the Foothills Parkway fit together perfectly, and park visitors can feel like they’re driving above the clouds.

“Keep your head in the clouds, stars in your eyes and love in your heart, and you will be happy forever.” – Anthony T.Hincks.

Foothills Parkway Missing Link

The Foothills Parkway in Tennessee is one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most beautiful and scenic locations. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon drive, stargazing, or a summer picnic. But, it’s also a jaw-dropping location for elopements and intimate weddings – with overlooks, a waterfall, and the famous and newly completed “Missing Link.” If you’re thinking about having a Smoky Mountain wedding or elopement, the Foothills Parkway should be on your list.

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JoPhoto is a license and approved wedding photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Popular national park wedding locations include Spence Cabin, Elkmont, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, and the Foothills Parkway.

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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.


Celebrate in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, by the river, on top of the mountains, 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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