Audra and Chris are big hikers, so they knew when it was time to plan their wedding, they wanted to do it in the mountains surrounded by stunning views and their closest family and friends. They rented the Gatlinburg Mansion that had something along the lines of 14 guest rooms, and could house nearly their entire guest list! How fun – not just to have a wedding in the Smokies, but also to stay in a cabin for a weekend with all those you love most. Gatlinburg was the perfect setting for these two to say “I do” – and they did such a great job putting it all together! I’m the first person to say yes to a gorgeous destination wedding, and packing up my pup and my gear and driving to the mountains was even more fun than I expected. I still can’t get over Audra’s dress, it has to be one of my favorites of all time, and it fit her so perfectly. And the smile on Chris’s face whenever he looked at her.

And yes, I did encounter bears all weekend. For those keeping track, my final bear count was 12.

Photographer: Allison Eding, Lightbloom Photography

Venue: Gatlinburg Mansion

Florist: Thistle & Lace Florals

Dress: Camille’s of Wilmington

Hair Stylist: Wanderlust Salon & Spa

Catering: El Ranchero Loco

Officiant: Andrea Watson

Invitations: Minted

Ring: Perry’s Emporium of Wilmington

Jewelry: A Watson Designs