Wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains

Ashley Lodge Photography, Rock the Dress, Uncategorized, wedding

Holly Thiele & Andrew Metz are originally from Illinois, where they grew up, met and fell in love! They share a mutual love for rescue dogs, hiking and just being generally good humored and kind. Sounds to me like the foundation for a pretty amazing life together!

Holly and Andrew were married on April 9th, 2015 at The Gatlinburg Mansion, as their family who had flown from all over enjoyed  not only the breathtaking view of the Smokies, but the absolute stunning bride Holly was as well!




Holly and Andrew both wrote heartfelt notes to each other to read after getting ready. Andrew must have written something very sweet because Holly was crying with joy. I’ll bet she couldn’t wait to call that sweetheart her husband!

Of course, the first look is always an emotional time as well, and I was over the moon they chose to do this with such a beautiful view of the smokies behind them.



As the soon to be Mr & Mrs Metz were prepping to say their vows, mom and dad Thiele had a trick up their sleeve! Since Holly & Andrews ‘fur babies’, Arlo and Hope could not attend the ceremony, they placed paw prints down the aisle to symbolize their support in spirit.

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A very unique unity ceremony, Holly and Andrew both poured dirt brought in from their home towns into a unity plant and watered it together! Such a fun way to symbolize two families becoming one!









Of course, no Rocky Top wedding is complete without a Rock the Dress session at Grotto Falls!



Holly & Andrew-Thank you so much for trusting me with your day! Best wishes back in Illinois!


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