Gracie + Nick

Bride and Groom forehead kiss under veil

A beautiful Fall wedding in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee

Bride and Groom forehead kiss under veil

Having grown up and now working in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, Gracie and Nick wanted to have a local wedding in the most beautiful month for weddings in the mountains, which is October. If you know anything about Sevier County, Tennessee, it’s that October is synonymous with weddings. How could it not be, what with the beautiful weather coupled with nature’s paintbrush at work in the tree leaves and views of the mountains in riotous color. Planning an October wedding in just a few months was not as difficult as one might think, and the Lord opened doors for the details to fall into place and bring it all together.

Gracie and Nick have been together seemingly forever, and one of the sweetest aspects of their relationship is how they defer to each other. Throughout their 5-month engagement, there were several decisions about wedding details where Gracie could have just made an executive decision and moved on; yet, she wanted to consider Nick’s input before giving the final word. That type of consideration and love is sure to carry them far in marriage.

Gracie knew the feeling she and Nick wanted to create with their wedding day, and in particular how the venue would contribute to that feeling and experience. The Barn at Chestnut Springs was the first venue we toured, and it was the one she kept comparing all the others against. It was pretty clear that Chestnut Springs was her dream location for their Smoky Mountain fall wedding, which when coupled with the florals and greenery created by Sydney Duncan at Rivers ‘n Roots of Sevierville, made for an enchanting setting.

Wedding party celebrates

Melanie Lee and her team at The Barn were wonderful to work with, always quick to respond to emails and texts, available for meetings and walkthroughs, and quick with suggestions about the logistics at their venue. When it came to the wedding day, Melanie’s team took care of setup and tear-down of tables and seating, a nice perk when every minute counts. Their staff managed parking, as well, another added bonus to booking at the Barn at Chestnut Springs.

Gracie and Nick in field at The Barn at Chestnut Springs.

The wedding day was blissful and perfect, despite a few early weather inconveniences. As the morning rain cleared out, though, the October colors and sunlight set a beautiful backdrop for the pre-ceremony pictures. It’s worth noting that Gracie and Nick opted not to do a First Look, so the suspense built all day leading up to their 5:00 ceremony. As that moment drew nearer, family and friends turned out to celebrate Grace and Nick vowing their lives to one another, and what a sweet celebration it was. After Gracie’s entrance (and Nick’s face when he saw her) and a beautiful ceremony by minister Alan McCarter, DJ Hugh Warren with Water 2 Wine Events kept the dance floor hopping and the reception pace moving while photographer Allison Whaley was busy capturing the evening in a professional yet discreet manner. Guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue meal catered by Satterfield Catering of Pigeon Forge, and later devoured the beautiful and delicious bride’s and groom’s cakes, baked by Shauna King and Angie Heth, respectively. The sweet favors of blackberry jam, made by the bride and her grandmother, added an endearing detail to the evening. And when, as all good things must do, it was time to end the evening, the newlyweds were sent off under a tunnel of sparklers.

wedding sparkler exit

Gracie and Nick, it was such a pleasure to work with you and help bring your dreams to fruition as you became husband and wife. Best wishes for a lifetime of joy and prosperity.


Venue: The Barn at Chestnut Springs  

Photography: Allison Whaley Photography

Florist: Sydney Duncan, Rivers n Roots 

Hair: Amanda Wolfe

Makeup: Jennifer Kenner

Caterer: Family Friend

DJ: Hugh Warren, Water 2 Wine Events 

Coordinating: Michelle Moore Events

Bride’s cake: Aunt of the Groom

Groom’s cake: Angie Heth

Bartending: Pour Guys

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