We're told that Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is something everyone must see at least once in their lifetime. Well, we were lucky enough to get hired as the Wedding Planning team for a KILLER festival-style wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains and got to experience the Smokies in all of their Fall glory! Let's jump into Annabelle & Paul's gorgeous fall wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains!
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The Wedding Welcome Party
Something we love doing is encouraging our couples to host a welcome party the day instead of a formal rehearsal dinner. This allows all guests to join in on the fun, have a cocktail and feast on something a little more casual but just as delicious such as tacos. It's a great way to have your guests meet each other before the big day and start the party early! This is the perfect time to gift each guest with a welcome bag full of helpful essentials for your adventurous wedding.
Wedding Planner Tip: This is the first event of the weekend and a perfect time to set the tone! Want to decorate but not waste flowers? Add some centerpieces that can be repurposed on the wedding day around cocktail lounges, the bar or even a photobooth!
The Wedding Morning
After a solid night of welcome festivities, everyone enjoyed a cozy sleep in their glamping tents on-site. Each tent has a comfy bed, lounge chairs and even their own wood burning stove. Some of the larger tents even have their own bathrooms which comes in handy as a "getting ready" tent for the couple. Annabelle and Paul treated their guests to breakfast burritos and coffee before people headed off on hikes or just enjoyed a relaxing moment around camp.
Wedding Planner Tip: We recommend that you schedule a wedding morning yoga session to kick off the day. This will get your blood flowing, calm your jitters and help you get the day started on the right foot.
The Wedding Ceremony + Details
I've dreamt of these details ever since we got this wedding gallery back! The bouquet alone is the perfect representation of fall. The invitations are simple but boho and modern all at once. The overall warm tones of this weddings just makes my soul happy! The ceremony was almost like a piece of art. The girls over at Lang Floral Designs knocked this boho pampas grass ceremony design out of the park!
Wedding Planner Tip: Something we've found to be very helpful for our festival-style or weekend-long weddings is when couples provide a printed itinerary in their welcome bags. That along with a few local hot spots their guests should visit is always appreciated!
A Smoky Mountain Party
After the gorgeous ceremony surrounded by trees, guests were invited inside the main teepee for cocktails, appetizers and music! Creating a timeline that seamlessly flows for your wedding day takes practice. Good news! Our lead planners have created a guide full of the pro-tips to create your perfect timeline. This way, you can have a celebration as great as this day!
A full southern BBQ meal was for dinner with unlimited wine on the tables. The reception decor was just as gorgeous as the ceremony. We designed it to feel intimate but also family-style. We decorated long wooden tables with bud vases filled with pampas grass and flowers. Each place setting had simple white plates and a mustard yellow napkin for that pop of color.
Wedding Planner Tip: Don't forget to think about your meal style when planning your table decor. For example, if you're doing family-style, you'll want to make your centerpieces smaller like bud vases to leave room for the platters. Doing plates? Rent some chargers to add a little pizzaz to your place settings!
What an incredible weekend! We absolutely loved planning and designing this wedding for this modern boho couple. Ready to have an adventurous weekend wedding? Reach out and we'll send over our packages!
Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Venue Under Canvas Smoky Mountains // Videographer Bastion Wedding Films // Florals Lang Floral Design // Catering Captain Muchachos and Sweet P's BBQ // Hair & Makeup Grow Knoxville // Band Tacklebox // Bar Single Barrel Events // Cotton Candy Fluff Nashville // Coffee Vienna Coffee // Rentals Mayker and Anderson Party Rentals // Signage Lettering Linds // Cake Magpie Cakes