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Spence Cabin Wedding In The Smokies

Spence Cabin Wedding in the Smokies

There are many reasons couples choose to get married in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at locations such as Spence Cabin in Elkmont, The Appalachian Clubhouse, Cades Cove, and Greenbrier:

  • The beauty of the mountains, cove, and rivers.
  • It’s a destination wedding, and it’s a convenient and central location for families to travel to.
  • They’re purposely choosing to elope or have a small wedding.
  • The bride and groom prefer having an intimate wedding, and it makes sense to do it in the peacefulness and serenity of nature.
  • Their favorite memories took place in the national park growing up, and so they are returning to the park to make more memories on their wedding day.

Kathryn said, “We had only known each other for two months when we decided to take a week long backpacking trip through Great Smoky Mountains National Park —that is where our life adventure together truly began. We knew right away that we shared a common love for adventure and we fell in love faster than either of us thought possible. Andrew told me three weeks into dating that he knew he was going to marry me and as crazy as it seemed, I knew it, too.

“Four years later, we officially committed to chasing adventure and wandering together for the rest of our lives with the wedding of our dreams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with our sweet dog Luna, our closest family and friends, God, and our Jeep. We had plane tickets, but decided to cancel them last minute after waking up on Wednesday morning and realizing it just didn’t feel right missing out on the adventure of the journey there.

“I feel so lucky and so deeply blessed to have you as a husband — we’ve already had so many amazing adventures together, but our marriage will always and forever be our greatest adventure and one that will last a lifetime. I love you more than words can explain, and I am so proud to be your wife. Cheers to forever, to the love of my life, my best friend, my adventure partner, and my HUSBAND.”

After their wedding, we went to the Foothills Parkway for sunset photos. We were the only ones on the parkway, and the peacefulness in those mountains was good for the soul. Some of the best things happen unexpectedly.

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.


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