Smoky Mountain Elopement Guide

Living in Tennessee has been so much fun as a wedding photographer, I’ve been able to meet such incredible people and explore beautiful locations. The Smoky Mountains are nothing short of incredible, the sights are breathtaking and never get old. If you’re considering an adventure elopement, a Smoky Mountain elopement is just the thing for you. With incredible views, and fun activities for all your guests to enjoy it’ll be a day to remember!

Why Elope?

Looking back on the past couple of years, many engaged couples have had to forgo traditional wedding plans because of the regulations and health concerns we’ve faced. Elopements have been the best way to allow couples to still celebrate their love, in a safe way while celebrating with family later when health regulations allow.

Elopements have become incredibly popular trend recently, and are something I LOVE being apart of. Generally couples that elope skip the traditions and intense wedding planning and opt for a more private and intimate affair. Usually with less than 50 people (but elopements don’t have rules!), and focus on more of the adventure and love elements rather than all the details that weddings may include. As a Knoxville elopement photographer, I have been to some incredible ceremonies. Some of my top elopement locations in Knoxville in a recent blog post, here!

Smoky Mountain Elopement Locations

Elopements are all about the location, if the Smoky Mountains are somewhere you love, let’s do it! A Smoky Mountain elopement is always a great idea for the couple that loves adventure or wants a beautiful escape. All of these locations are approved for small gatherings so grab your partner and go check them all out before deciding on where you’ll say, “I do!”

man and woman during elopement ceremony

Spence Cabin

A Smoky Mountain elopement at Spence Cabin is the fairytale location a dream wedding day. With a beautiful creek, and a few small rooms for getting ready pictures and warming up some food for after your ceremony. Nevertheless, make sure to reach out and book early to ensure you get your dream day just right!


Planning a spring Smoky Mountain elopement? Greenbrier is the perfect spot filled with blooming wildflowers and incredible views. With easy access to multiple waterfalls, and gorgeous hikes, Greenbrier makes for the perfect elopement and honeymoon spot!

Cades Cove

Lastly, Cades Cove is one the more popular locations in Smoky Mountain National Park. Sitting in valley surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, it’s one of my favorite spots for a dreamy outdoor elopement. It’s also an 11 mile hike around the cove which could also be fun way to celebrate your anniversary for years to come!

Smoky Mountain Officiants

After choosing your location, you need someone to marry you! Consider Wedding Wire’s top recommendations for the Smoky Mountain area. Jim Eastin is another top officiant in the area, his warm and kind personality are just the touch that will make your elopement that much more special. Check out a few officiants and see who you get along with the most! After all, they’re helping you make some pretty big life changes!

Smoky Mountain Florists

Flowers of Gatlinburg – Flowers of Gatlinburg is run by the incredibly talented, Haley. Her creative eye for florals will leave you amazed, and breathing easy on your big day!

Little Pigeon Florist – Filled with a team of experienced team members, Little Pigeon Florist is a great option for any and all occasions including your Smoky Mountain elopement.

Airbnb Recommendations

Smoky Mountain Escape Meets Luxury Getaway – Feel right at home with this beautiful log cabin after a weekend elopement. Book your honeymoon in the park and spend time exploring and enjoying being married! Only 5 mins away from the park and the perfect location for getting ready pictures and celebrate with close friends and family after.

NEW! Romantic & Private Cabin w/ STUNNING views! – Wake up after your elopement in a romantic and private cabin with breathtaking views. Enjoy a weekend in with incredible amenities like a hot tub, wood-burning fire place and more.

What To Do In The Park

Climb Clingmans Dome – First, hike the highest point of the National Park, and end your hike with a view out of their incredible 360 degree observation tower. Next, explore over 100 waterfalls in Smoky Mountain National Park. Last, consider hiking Cades Cove! An 11 mile loop with incredible mountain views, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy time in the beautiful outdoors.

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