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Spence Cabin Wedding – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When we think of fall, our minds go to Spence Cabin on the bank of the Little River with leaves floating through the air and the sounds of the water flowing across the rocks. You see, there’s no more magical place to experience autumn than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

So, when Stephanie and Michael got married on October 27 in Elkmont, we were all standing right in the middle of the most gorgeous place on earth with fall leaves surrounding us as they said their vows. It was absolutely breathtaking.

But, sometimes the weather in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be very different from the weather in Knoxville. Rain becomes snow, and water turns to ice. Winds blow down trees and block roads, and heavy rains can result in flooding.

The night before Stephanie & Michael’s wedding, high winds blew down trees along Little River Road, which leads to Spence Cabin in Elkmont where they were supposed to get married. The National Park closed all the roads leading to Elkmont due to downed trees, and we didn’t know if they would need to relocate their wedding. Who knew high winds would throw a kink in their wedding day plan!?

Luckily, we stayed in touch with Stephanie the morning of her wedding, and we were able to get confirmation that the road was opening mid-morning. Despite unpredictable and unexpected weather, Stephanie and Michael had the Smoky Mountain wedding they dreamed of!

  • Venue – Spence Cabin
  • Florist – Thistle & Lace
  • Her & Makeup – Southern Sirens

Spence Cabin

Two of our favorite venues in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are Spence Cabin and the Appalachian Clubhouse. Spence Cabin is perfect for wedding ceremonies and is on the bank of the Little River. The Appalachian Clubhouse is great for receptions. With a quick 2-minute drive between the cabin and the clubhouse, many couples choose to reserve both venues for their wedding day. You can reserve them online at the following links: Spence Cabin, and Appalachian Clubhouse. Located in the Elkmont Historic District of the national park, the cabin was built in 1928 and the clubhouse was built in 1934.

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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 6 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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