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Spence Cabin Wedding in Gatlinburg

Today, we’re sharing one of the sweetest spring weddings in one of our favorite places – Spence Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Kaitlyn and Patrick’s wedding was in April, and everything was blooming and green for their wedding day backdrop.

Couples choose to get married in special locations throughout the national park including Elkmont and Cades Cove for various reasons. To some, the park is a place they have been visiting for years and some of their fondest memories as a child took place in the Smokies. For others, their family legacy began with their grandparents or great grandparents who lived in the national park in areas such as Tremont, Greenbrier, Elkmont, or Cades Cove. One we we photographed a few years ago, the bride’s grandfather was a park ranger in the Smokies for years and so it was perfectly fitting that they got married and hosted all of their guests at the Appalachian Clubhouse.

When Kaitlyn first reached out to us, she said “My Granny grew up in Tremont before it was the GSMNP, and it’s a second home to me.” To her and her family, Spence Cabin was the perfect place to get married because of her family’s history.

About Spence Cabin Weddings

Spence Cabin is one of our favorite places for weddings! Located in the historic Elkmont district of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is the perfect venue for intimate weddings. Wedding photography and other professional photography within the national park (bridal portrait sessions, engagement sessions, etc.) requires a special photography permit, and JoPhoto has the commercial use authorization permit to provide professional photography in the park. If you’re interested in getting married in the park, and you’re looking for a wedding photographer who has the required permit to photograph your wedding, contact us.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Photographer

Are you looking to have your wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park? The national park is a popular location for destination mountain weddings and elopements. With the mountains, rivers, and forests of East Tennessee, it’s easy to fall in love with the Smokies. A few of the most popular locations for weddings and elopements in the national park include Spence Cabin, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, and the Appalachian Clubhouse.

The National Park Service requires photographers to have an authorized permit to photograph in the park, and JoPhoto has the required permit to photograph your wedding, elopement, and engagement photos. We have been a Great Smoky Mountains National Park wedding photographers for more than 7 years. Contact us for more information about our national park wedding packages.

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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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