Wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains

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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!


Becca & Jessica’s Disney themed gender reveal wedding!

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Falling in love with Crystal and Allan Smith

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On September 13th 2014, Crystal Connelly married Allan Smith on what was absolutely one of the most amazing and beautiful days ever.

Crystal is a Professional Photographer (Check her out!) based out of Florida and Texas. She has shot so many weddings, I knew hers would be a truly unique experience. Not to give too much away before the wedding images are released but wow-not only was it a blast to photograph; Crystal had meticulously put together every single detail imaginable to create a one of a kind celebration of love.

We had talked about how she wanted to ‘Rock the dress’ a few days after the wedding and that she wanted a waterfall.
If my bride wants a waterfall, you bet she is getting the best one there is!

Cummins falls in Cookville TN is the eighth-largest waterfall in Tennessee and one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s top 10 swimming holes in the country. You remember when that wise aunt or uncle used to tell you ‘nothing good is easy?’ Yea. That.
3 hours of driving, 3 miles of hiking down to the river only to have to cross the river a few times, climbing over slippy rocks with about $3.5k strapped to your back in equipment, not to mention all the other odds and ends (you know, like a wedding dress and suit) that Mr.Smith hauled down the mountain and across a river! *Wheew!*

So….without further ado…..The story of two wonderful people who fell in love ❤