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Spence Cabin Cherokee Native American Wedding

Spence Cabin Wedding in Elkmont

The name Smoky Mountains is derived from the Cherokee word “Shaconage” which means “land of the blue smoke.” Long before European settlers came to the Great Smoky Mountains, the region was inhabited by the Cherokee people.

Samantha and Rance are members of the Cherokee Nation tribe in Oklahoma. They traveled to the Smoky Mountains for their destination wedding, and Rance’s uncle led their ceremony on the bank of the Little River with the water gently flowing across the rocks behind them as they became husband and wife. Rance said, “He lead me and my wife into marriage and to start our life on the right foot.”

Samantha wore the most beautiful yellow and white flower crown along with a stunning organic bouquet full of yellow and white blooms. After their ceremony, they joined their guests inside Spence Cabin for their reception. Many of their family members drove from Oklahoma to Gatlinburg for their wedding, so it was a destination for everyone! The red punch bowl they used at their reception was her grandmother’s – a very special family heirloom.

  • Venue – Spence Cabin, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Florist – Thistle & Lace

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Photographers

We are licensed and approved wedding photographers 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.

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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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Based in Knoxville,TN