Monday, May 21, 2018

A Family Elopement at the Honeysuckle Hills Pigeon Forge Wedding Venue




It’s no secret by now… I love elopements more than any other kind of wedding we host at Honeysuckle Hills.  We have a great time and give 110% to all our weddings, but I can say without hesitation that any wedding with under 50 guests is a wedding more enjoyed by the bride and groom. 

Our covered pavilion is one of many ceremony options at Honeysuckle Hills.  Usually chosen as a back-up plan for rain, some of our couples like its cool shade in the warmer months.


Eloping doesn’t always mean just the two of you.  Sometimes it means bringing along a few of your closest family members.  It’s difficult to exclude parents, especially, or sisters and best friends.  


One rule of thumb I tell my brides when deciding who to invite is to answer this question… Have you spoken to this person in the past 48 hours?  Further, have you seen them in person in the past seven days?  If so, invite them to your elopement.  If not, it may end up causing stress and unnecessary expense.


The Honeysuckle Hills “Family Elopement” is a two hour wedding reservation that allows plenty of time for photographs of the two of you, as well as family portraits. 


Some of our best bridal portraits of Tiffany were taken in the dressing room just before the ceremony.  My assistant, Emily, provided a soft light source in the form of a video light for me, since dressing areas don’t always have the best light.







For Tiffany’s family images, we did a combination of traditional portraits along with a few lifestyle, or more emotional images. 







Tiffany chose to have photographs made in areas with the most green at our venue, so the images would match her home d├ęcor best.  Our enchanted forest and horse field fit this description for her perfectly. 





One of two bridges across the water at our wedding venue, the arched bridge is more formal.  


The family chose Mama’s Farmhouse as their meeting place for an after wedding restaurant reception.  Mmmm… delicious!  Good, southern comfort food delivered in an unending fashion!






Information about this wedding package

A Family Elopement


$2100 Wed through Fri       $2600 Saturdays

·         Two hours of ceremony and photography time

·         Recommended for couples, their children, and up to 30 wedding guests

·         Officiant to perform the ceremony and file the license

·         Ceremony and up to four locations on property for the photographs of the couple

·         Family and wedding party photographs after your ceremony

·         $175 Credit at From the Heart Florist for bouquets and boutonnieres

·         Flash drive of all wedding images with release to print on your own

·         $200 credit toward prints, canvases or wedding albums (can also be used as a discount on the wedding package)


Have questions?  Email Regina




Friday, April 27, 2018

Mandy and Steven's Elopement to Honeysuckle Hills in Pigeon Forge


















Occasionally we still get the question, “will you marry an interracial couple?” The love story of Mandy and Steven will hopefully answer with a resounding, “YES.”

You know how some people give you that high energy, happy feeling just being around them?  That’s Mandy and Steven all the way!  They are a couple who undoubtedly will be on their honeymoon for decades. 

The middle of April is one of the best times of year to get married in the Smoky Mountains.  Mandy and Steven did our “Just About Us” wedding elopement package on a weekday just before the antique car show arrived in town.  There were just enough early arriving old cars and trucks for Steven to enjoy, but not the insane traffic a Pigeon Forge Rod Run usually causes by the weekend.
 
The pink azaleas in the woods were in full bloom, along with dogwoods, Granny’s yellow roses, and the yellow wildflowers in the horse field. 




To give a little “emotional atmosphere,” we popped out a can of “atmosphere in a can” for the waterfall photographs.  It did the trick, showing up as delightful romance with the back-light of the sun.  It makes it look like early morning fog.  Speaking of fog, the Smoky Mountains gets its name from the haze that the leaves "breathe" into the air during the summer.  


Our little waterfall is man-made, but looks just like one you'd find on a hike in the Smoky Mountains.  Many people want to get married at a real waterfall, but when they are faced with the fact it requires at least a one mile hike, sometimes much longer, they opt for one like ours.  Honeysuckle Hills is not open to the public, so another plus is that your wedding won't be crashed by tourists.


Honeysuckle Hills in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just might be the right place for you to get married, too! 



Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Spring Elopement for Kimberly and Jeff at Honeysuckle Hills

Kimberly brought some thoughtful pieces of jewelry to wear for her wedding.  Because her theme was "A cord of three strands is not easily broken" we photographed the bouquets, wedding rings, grandmother's ring, and gifts from Jeff on an open Bible to the book of Ecclesiastes.  



I’m absolutely loving our decision to dedicate ourselves to only one wedding each day now.  Kimberly had enough time to relax in the dressing room and do her own hair and make-up.  Sometimes this is the better alternative to hiring a stylist to come to the venue, or going to a salon.  



There’s definitely something to be said about getting all “dolled up” for your wedding.  However, elopements are more low-key, and grooms often tell me they want their bride to look more like themselves.  They want the woman they fell in love with.

They say rain is good luck on your wedding day.  I know it sometimes feels like people are just trying to make you feel better by saying this, but truthfully life wouldn’t exist without water.  Therefore, love wouldn’t exist, right? 

Kimberly and Jeff got their share of good luck rain on their April 7th, so they decided to get married beneath the chandelier.  They were the first to stand on our new stamped stone walkways.  The view outside the barn doors is different, too, with our brand-new six foot water wheel.  It’s just like the one at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, only smaller…



Kimberly and Jeff met in church, and they’ve actually known each other for 22 years.  I can imagine how difficult it must have been for Kimberly to keep her attraction for Jeff at bay when it wasn’t appropriate.  But life happened, and they are now free to love each other for the rest of their lives!

I always ask our brides what they love about each other the most.  Kimberly said Jeff loves like Jesus does.  Jeff said Kimberly loves unconditionally… is “tenacious,” and finds something beautiful even in ugly things.

Their wedding day theme was “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  They are another couple with strong faith in God, and believe that a marriage has the best chance with God as its center. 


Kimberly’s advice to other Honeysuckle Hills brides would be to bring a pair of warmer shoes if you’re getting married in early spring.  Her little toes were quite cold during her outdoor wedding photographs!

Because of the rain we did use mostly covered areas for photographs like our new balcony, walls and windows inside the barn, and the use of umbrellas.







Vendor list:

Brother Phil King officiated their wedding. 

From the Heart Florist provided the lovely bridal bouquet.



My photography assistant was Gracie, my fiery red-haired neighbor who has interned with me for over two years now.  (Sweet Emily was given the weekend off for a trip to Florida, where she was much warmer than we were!)

Kimberly and Jeff chose our “Just About Us” wedding package.  It’s a simple, sweet, one hour wedding reservation for their ceremony and photography. 




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Best Tennessee Wedding Package Yet


Honeysuckle Hills

Country Style Chic Wedding with Reception for 30 to 50 guests





Let's get straight to the highlights!

  • Tour and drop off time for wedding items the day before the wedding
  • Four hours of reservation time on wedding day for ceremony & activities
  • Guests may enter one hour prior to reservation start time 
  • Private venue time begins one hour prior to reservation time (no uninvited guests)
  • Bride, groom, and wedding party may have access to dressing rooms any time after 9am
  • Choice of ceremony location, with back-up plan for rain, including seating
  • Wedding Officiant to perform ceremony and file license (Deduct $125 if you have your own)
  • Ceremony director (to seat guests, arrange and direct the wedding party, work with you to create the itinerary, and coordinate with vendors,)
  • Buffet meal provided by the famous Chef Tony for 50 (your choice of menu and non-alcoholic drinks) www.cheftonycatering.com 
  • Guest counts under 50 will receive upgrades or appetizers, and any leftovers packed up to take home
  • Wedding cake to serve up to 50 (your choice of design and flavors by Chef Tony as well)
  • Seating, tables, and linens (choice of white, chocolate brown or black)
  • A $350 credit at From the Heart Florist (can be removed if you prefer to bring your own flowers, otherwise they'll work with you and deliver your bouquets on wedding day)
  • DJ service by Scott Goebel, playing from ceremony until end time www.knoxvegasdjs.com

By Choosing the package with our wedding photography you will also receive:

  • Three hours of our creative photography 
  • Flash drive of all wedding images and a $300 product credit toward prints, canvases, or professional wedding albums

$7200 Wed thru Fri with photography
$5100 Wed thru Fri without photography

$7800 Saturdays with photography
$5600 Saturdays without photography


More brides than ever before are opting for weddings with smaller guest counts.

Just because there are fewer guests, there is no reason to skip out on all the things that make a wedding a celebration to remember.  

The wedding meal is one of the most important wedding choices, next to beautiful photography.  Chef Tony has been our caterer of choice for several years.  Many couples have told us they would only book their wedding at Honeysuckle Hills if Chef Tony was guaranteed as their caterer!

This package is a cross between our "Country Style" and "Country Charm" packages.  

For the full wedding price list, Email Regina

866-572-7724














Sunday, February 11, 2018

Private Elopements at Honeysuckle Hills in Pigeon Forge

There's a better way to get married if you want to elope.  

To us, it's not about things.



Our family believes your wedding is personal, not commercial.  Escape the tourists and the hustle of store-front weddings in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Emily, Aunt Sharon and I continue to work toward ways that couples can get married in the Smoky Mountains that signify what marriage is all about.

We want you to have the time to enjoy the scenery at our venue that we have spent years cultivating.

Don't worry about the next couple pulling in the parking lot to get married, because there won't be one.  We only do one wedding each day....yours.

All our couples are welcome to our venue to use our dressing areas any time after 9am.  This means you have the option of doing your hair and make-up right here, hiring a salon to come to us, or even having a picnic lunch, just the two of you, in our gardens before you start getting ready.

The wedding party (if you have a family elopement,) is also welcome to the dressing areas with you.

Any guests are welcome to begin enjoying our venue up to one hour prior to your ceremony.


July is one of the most colorful months for the flower gardens at our wedding venue.  The lilies and zinnias make a gorgeous foreground for any wedding image, and for you as you walk across our arched bridge to the white wedding pergola.


Uncle Bill built the "hobbit bridge" as a birthday present for me in 2017.  It's the second most requested site for wedding photographs, next to the horses and our 1950 Ford truck.

Photography that stands out from the crowd...

Our photographers pay more attention to you as individuals.  We apply posing for different body types.  We apply lighting techniques to enhance emotion and tell your story.

We provide an atmosphere that relaxes even the most apprehensive groom.

Further relax with the security of our knowledge to handle any lighting or weather situation.  We are free from the fears and restrictions of natural light alone.

Worried about that double chin?  If you are still self conscious about this, or other personal details  after our posing and enhancement techniques, you will have the opportunity to request ten additional editing enhancements free of charge.

And... we have more gorgeous backgrounds and props to use for wedding photography than any other venue, chapel, cabin, or traveling photographer.  No National Park permits required.  No nosy tourists.  No waiting for the next group to leave the area... Honeysuckle Hills is our private photography studio and botanical gardens.


Taken on the trail in our "enchanted forest," for Shavonna and Amos in December


My assistant, Emily, added a back-light to lift the mood of this image beneath our wedding willow tree.  Shannon's dark hair shows up much better, and seems to sparkle right along with the fairy lights in our tree.  This image was not taken at night.  It can be done any time of day.
Our 1950 Ford truck is the number one requested site for wedding photographs at our venue.  Vintage just never seems to go out of style!  Sunsets are added post-production.  Simply ask and Regina will do this for you, too.  (Once the sun sets the opportunities for photographs are over, not to mention sunsets like this are never guaranteed.)


And if you love horses as much as we do, Sugar and Ben are ready to please!


The back field just past the "hobbit bridge" in June, when the white wildflower meadow is in full bloom  


Elopement Ideas and Pricing

Prices quoted already include the 9.75% sales tax

Reservation time is based on the time you will need for your ceremony and wedding photography.



Just About Us
$899 Wed – Thurs        $999 Friday        Not available on Saturdays

·         One hour ceremony and photography time

·         Strictly for couples only (no children, parents, or other guests)

·         Officiant to perform the ceremony and file your license

·         Ceremony and up to three different locations on property for photographs of the two of you (Horses excluded with this package)

·         Flash drive of all wedding images with copyright release

·         $50 Gift Card to apply toward prints, canvases, wedding albums, or the florist for wedding day bouquet (Can also be used as a discount off total package price)




The Honeysuckle Hills One Hour Elopement (The Hour of Beauty)

View the video about this wedding package

$1200 Wed thru Fri            $1500 Saturdays

·         One hour ceremony and photography time

·         Recommended for couples only or with their children and parents

·         Officiant to perform the ceremony and file your license

·         Ceremony and up to two different locations on property for photographs of the two of you and one location for family photographs (horses excluded)

·         Flash drive of all wedding images with copyright release

·         $100 Gift Card to apply toward prints, canvases, wedding albums, or the florist for wedding day bouquet (Can also be used as a discount off total package price)


Wild Horses
$1800  Wed thru Fri           $2300 Saturdays

·         One and a half hours of ceremony and photography time

·         Recommended for couples, their children, and up to 10 wedding guests

·         Officiant to perform the ceremony and file the license

·         Ceremony and up to three locations on property for photography of the two of you

·         Family and wedding party photographs after your ceremony (Desired length of family photography session may decrease number of locations possible for the two of you)

·         If no family is present, additional of one more location for photographs of the two of you is possible

·         Photography time possible with our horses, especially for images with them running in the background

·         Flash drive of all wedding images with copyright release

·         $150 Gift Card to apply toward prints, canvases, or wedding albums (Can also be used as a discount off total package price)

                         



The Outdoor Adventure Elopement

$2500 Wed through Fri                 $3300 Saturdays

·         Two hand a half hours of ceremony and photography time

·         Recommended for couples with no wedding guests and a zeal for exploring

·         Wedding Officiant to perform ceremony and file the license

·         Lunch picnic basket provided for wedding day or to take with you afterward
·         Option to upgrade to a meal for two by Chef Ray (here, or at your cabin later)

·         Ceremony and up to three locations at Honeysuckle Hills for photography, including our horses if you wish

·         Adventure to “Beeler Mountain,” Regina’s private residence three miles away, bordering the Smoky Mountain National Park

·         Short hike to private mountain creeks, old chimney with 200 years of family history, Regina’s great-grandfather’s barn, and mountain view beneath the walnut tree where she got married are photography possibilities

·         Photography in up to two of the Beeler Mountain locations  (Alternatively, your photography art plan can be modified to choose more locations here, and less at Honeysuckle Hills)

·         Choice of ceremony location at Honeysuckle Hills or Beeler Mountain

·         Flash drive of all images with copyright release

·         $200 Gift card to apply toward prints, canvases, or wedding albums(can also be used as a discount on the wedding package)




A Family Elopement

$2100 Wed through Fri       $2600 Saturdays

·         Two hours of ceremony and photography time

·         Recommended for couples, their children, and up to 30 wedding guests

·         Officiant to perform the ceremony and file the license

·         Ceremony and up to four locations on property for the photographs of the couple

·         Family and wedding party photographs after your ceremony

·         $175 Credit at From the Heart Florist for bouquets and boutonnieres

·         Flash drive of all wedding images with release to print on your own

·         $200 credit toward prints, canvases or wedding albums (can also be used as a discount on the wedding package)

Have more wedding guests?  Ask Regina about our weddings for up to 100 with more amenities







Here are the ways we will take care of you. 



  • Scheduled tour the day before to choose your ceremony location and for us to get to know each other
  • Privacy (Our venue is not open to the public)
  • Beautiful outdoor ceremony locations to choose from
  • Spacious outdoor areas with flower gardens and pleasing landscapes
  • Indoor or covered ceremony sites in case it rains 
  • Decorations in all ceremony areas
  • Aunt Sharon's personal touch by adding flowers to your ceremony site that closely matches your own wedding colors
  • Caring, non-discriminating Officiant to perform the ceremony and file your license
  • Dressing areas for each of you
  • Couple and wedding party access to dressing areas as early as 9am
  • Guests (if any) welcome to begin enjoying our venue one hour prior to your ceremony
  • Ceremony director, including playing ceremony music
  • Creative photography with attention to posing, lighting, and story-telling
  • Flash drive of all wedding images 
  • Edits and enhancements at photographer's discretion prior to delivery of images
  • Ten additional editing requests provided at couples request
  • On-line viewing site for six months
  • Gift card for use on your viewing site to purchase prints or use toward wedding albums, used to obtain your wedding day bouquet, or as a discount on your wedding package

Our willow tree continues to be the number one ceremony location choice for couples with twenty guests or less
Officiants available for all weddings, including same sex marriages




Our covered pavilion is a popular location for weddings, rain or shine



This stone arch was hand-constructed in 2016 and is a popular area for both wedding ceremonies and wedding photography


Our miniature mountain waterfall is the perfect alternative to a one to five mile hike in the mountains for your waterfall wedding.  

Our white wedding pergola, always decorated with white flowers.  This bride asked Aunt Sharon to add sunflowers to the vases hanging on the shepherd hooks.  What are your wedding colors?
Our swing in the sycamore tree by the creek has endless possibilities for wedding photographs.  Are you as spunky as this bride?

If you are a fantasy lover or gamer, perhaps you'd like to talk to Regina about a conceptual photograph like this one with butterfly fairy wings...


I know this was a lot of information... and we appreciate you taking the time to explore a different way to get married with our family.

Feel free to call or text me at 865-368-5569 for more help planning your wedding. (Keep in mind Regina is usually on the mountain somewhere on Sundays, her day off... but will attend to you immediately come Monday...)