Elopements in the Smoky Mountains

Makayla + Douglas | 5.7.22

Makayla and Douglas eloped on a beautiful May Saturday in the Smoky Mountains at the Wildflower Event Center. Since they wanted to have a small intimate wedding, they decided to elope for their ceremony and go back to a cabin in the Smoky Mountains to enjoy a more casual and relaxed meal with their loved ones. 

Though the wedding was short and sweet, Makayla and Douglas were still able to decorate the space to match their wedding style. They went with a romantic and timeless style with lots of white, black, and greenery accents. Since the wedding venue is a neutral interior color, they were able to decorate the venue and make it their own. 

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Bridal Suite in Smoky Mountain Wedding Venue

Bridal Suite Included In Elopement Package

The Wildflower Event Center offers many different packages, however, the elopement package was exactly what Makayla and Douglas were looking for. The Elopement package includes time for the bride to get ready in the bridal suite. The bridal suite is equipped with a light granite countertop, 4 white adjustable stools, 4 mirrors adjacent to chairs, a window for natural light, a large full-length mirror, a love seat that doubles as secret storage, and a private bathroom. It also has all-white beadboard walls that make for the perfect backdrop for all the getting-ready photos. The large full-length mirror is not only a must for the final looks, but it makes for great photo props. 

Aisle Decor in Gatlinburg Wedding Venue
Elopement Wedding Venue in the Smoky Mountains
Ceremony Decor in Gatlinburg Wedding Venue

The Venue and Details

Makayla and Douglas had a romantic and timeless wedding style by incorporating a lot of white, greenery, soft natural wood, and black accents. The Wildflower Event Center complemented their wedding style by bringing in the bright white colors with the walls and ceiling, the natural wood beams, and the large cathedral windows providing natural light. As the saying goes, there is elegance in simplicity, and Makayla and Douglas captured just that. Their aisle decor was minimal with white roses and greenery tied to each chair-end, and an open natural wood box with white roses and greenery surrounding an ivory LED candle. The wedding arch was decorated with a white tulle fabric draped from both sides. It also had two floral arrangements made of white roses and greenery on each side of the arch to make it perfectly symmetrical. The overall wedding theme came together so nicely.  

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Elopement in Gatlinburg Wedding Venue

The Ceremony

As the guests wait in their seats and the Douglas patiently waits at the altar, the natural wooden doors slide open for a grand entrance from the bride. Makayla and her dad pause at the beginning and then slowly walk down the aisle. The natural wood wall gives just another photo backdrop and a great balance to the cathedral windows. Indoor wedding ceremonies at The Wildflower Event Center usually take place in front of the cathedral windows, however, some smaller elopements choose to have the natural wooden wall as their ceremony backdrop. The ceremony space is great for natural light, but it also makes for a unique and beautiful venue.

Elegant Elopement in the Smoky Mountains
White Chapel Elopement in the Smoky Mountains

Wedding Attire Details

Makayla and Douglas’s wedding attire complemented their wedding theme by keeping elegance in simplicity in mind. Douglas wore a charcoal greyish black suit, with a white undershirt, and a sage green tie and pocket square to perfectly match Makayla’s bouquet. 

Makayla wore a soft white ballgown with a tulle skirt and a long train. The bodice was cut in a deep v-neck and decorated with floral-like lace. The lace trickled down the tulle skirt and was added to the veil. 

Venue: The Wildflower Event Center

Photographer: Devyn Moody – Documented By Devyn