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Smoky Mountains Wedding at Spence Cabin

You’re in for a real treat today with this Smoky Mountain wedding at Spence Cabin! Cameron and Nick chose the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for their fall wedding because that is where they fell in love. They spent weeks together in the mountains researching salamanders as part of their college studies.

Cameron said, “In September 2011, Nick and I met and fell in love while doing scientific field work together in the Southern Appalachians. We spent a lot of time in the Smokies so it is a very special place for us.”

Their intimate wedding on the banks of the Little River included only their immediate families. Cameron had a tea length lace wedding gown and a paper flower bouquet. Her hair and makeup was by Brandalyn at Southern Belle Beauty, and Chaplain Fred Patterson was their officiant.

After their ceremony, they had a small reception with cake and champagne at Spence Cabin. On the back patio they celebrated with toasts and laughter that echoed throughout the forest surrounding the cabin.

After their reception, we hiked around Spence Cabin in Elkmont to areas including the freestanding rock chimney, rock bridge, fallen logs, and in the Little River. Cameron and Nick even took off their shoes and tip-toed across the river rocks! It was beautiful in October with the fall leaves trickling down from the trees.

  • Venue – Spence Cabin
  • Hair & Makeup – Southern Belle Beauty
  • Officiant – Chaplain Fred Patterson

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Photographer

Spence Cabin in Gatlinburg is one of our favorite venues for Great Smoky Mountains National Park intimate weddings and elopements. Located in the historic Elkmont district, it is a woodland venue surrounded by thousands of trees in the forest next to the Little River. Wedding photography within the national park requires a special photography permit, and we have the required permit. If you’re interested in getting married in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you are looking for a licensed photographer, contact us.

Enjoy this Smoky Mountains wedding at Spence Cabin.

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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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