Serendipity, Simple and Sweet: Amy and CJ’s Destination Wedding

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Couched in an intimate, wooded setting, Amy and CJ’s destination wedding was a celebration of all things rustic and simple. On a cool and sunny day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the adorable couple from Illinois said their vows on the lower deck of Starkeytown Cove as bagpiper Andrew Kerr played in the background. Surrounded by trees and a whispering creek, forty of their closest family members and friends watched a commitment become a marriage and a wedding become a work of art.


Like the couple themselves, their ceremony, officiated by Reverend Christopher Watson, was not a production but a representation of a relationship; rather than gilding a lily, Custom Love made Amy’s day effortless and worry-free by overseeing the design and coordination of the event. Opting to decorate the venue with simple swaths of burlap and ivory tulle, their aesthetic proved to be the only adornment needed to accent breathtaking arrangements of peach roses, ivory hydrangea, and eucalyptus leaves crafted by LB Floral. Naturally, the understated color scheme revealed its true elegance among the shady woods and mossy greens of the hundred-year-old venue in the Smokey Mountains. From the arbor’s floral tie-backs to the wedding party’s boutonnieres and corsages, LB Floral’s creations were the orators of this couple’s love story, both honest and pure.


Of course, once the ceremony was over, it was time for the fun to begin. The flowergirls, previously timid and quiet, erupted into giggles as they raced for the bouncehouse which Event Rentals by Rothchild placed strategically within the eyeline, but not the earshot, of the adults at the reception held on Starkeytown Cove’s covered pavilion. As The Pour Guys poured Amy and CJ’s herb-infused signature cocktail of sweet tea, vodka, and lemonade, and Josh Cottrell’s acoustic guitar lilted through the forest, the day floated along through a delicate and magical atmosphere that perfectly complemented the impeccable softness of romance. Made sweeter only with a delectable three-tier cake from Smokey Mountain Cakes before being whisked away to their cabin by Chariots of Hire, the couple’s reception embodied the notion that love is, indeed, sweet.




Exceptionally skilled at capturing the unique ambiance of the day was Megan Flanagan of Break the Mold Photography, whose photographs expertly capture the mood of each moment. At once lighthearted and profound, her lens seems to be perfectly attuned to the balance of amusement and earnest wonderment that hung so palpably in the air. Whether it’s a shot of the groom with the family dog (and ringbearer, no less) or a candid portrait of Amy and CJ sharing a kiss by the creek, Megan’s images reflect the heart of the wedding in all of its diamond-tinted facets.


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Custom Love
Starkeytown Cove
Break the Mold Photography
Event Rentals by Rothchild
The Pour Guys
Andrew Kerr
Josh Cottrell
Smoky Mountain Cakes
Reverend Christopher Watson
Chariots of Hire