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  • Writer's pictureElena Gera

Smokey Mountain Wedding at The Pillars Holiday House | Laura + Andy

This July Smokey Mountain Wedding in Pigeon Forge, TN, was about simplicity, family, and gratitude. As a photographer privileged to document Laura and Andy's special day, I was not just a spectator but an integral part of their intimate celebration of love and family. From the moment I arrived at The Pillars Holiday House in the Smokies, I could sense the warmth and genuine affection that enveloped this gathering of immediate family members.

A couple kissing at their Smokey Mountain wedding at the Pillars Holiday House

What struck me most about Laura and Andy's Smokey Mountain wedding was their unwavering focus on what truly mattered: family and gratitude. You could see it in every embrace shared and every tear shed. For them, this day wasn't just about tying the knot; it was a profound expression of love and appreciation for the journey they had traveled together, especially considering Laura's mother's recent battle with cancer.

Nestled in the heart of Pigeon Forge, The Pillars Holiday House is a hidden gem for those seeking an intimate and affordable wedding venue. While not your typical wedding venue, this Southern-style mansion offers everything needed for a small gathering with loved ones. The spacious patio, with its breathtaking mountain views, provided the perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. And with accommodations for the entire family, everyone could conveniently gather and celebrate. After the morning ceremony, the whole family had plans to explore Gatlinburg and the Smokies for the rest of the weekend.

July Wedding at the Pillars Holiday House in Pigeon Forge TN

I appreciated the simplicity and authenticity that permeated every aspect of their wedding. From Laura's choice of a flowery summer dress to the natural beauty of the mountains serving as their backdrop, there was an effortless elegance. It wasn't about lavish decorations or extravagant attire; it was about being true to themselves and honoring the love they shared.

Capturing the essence of their day without intruding on the intimacy of the moment was important to me. Laura and Andy had expressed their desire for candid shots, moments captured in their purest form, without the need for staged poses. It was a privilege to be entrusted with this task, documenting the love and laughter that filled the air as their family came together to celebrate.

Bride is helped by her mom after chemo to get into her bridal dress

One of the most touching moments of the day was witnessing Laura's mother's joy as she embraced Laura after helping her into the dress. Having recently undergone chemotherapy, her presence was a testament to strength, resilience, and the power of love to conquer even the toughest of challenges.

Bride and mother embrace

It was a reminder to cherish every moment with loved ones, to hold them close and never take a single day for granted.

Intimate Smokey Mountain Wedding at the Pillars Holiday House in Pigeon Forge TN

As the day unfolded, amidst laughter and tears, I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for being a part of such a meaningful celebration. From the heartfelt ceremony officiated by Laura's cousin to the delicious homemade dishes prepared by Andy's close friends, every moment was infused with love and warmth.

Couples wedding pictures at the Pillars Holiday House in Pigeon Forge TN

In the end, Laura and Andy's wedding was not just a union of two souls; it was a celebration of love's enduring strength and the unbreakable bonds of family. It was a day I will always hold dear in my heart, a reminder of the beauty that lies in simplicity, gratitude, and the love that binds us all together.

Bride in a summer dress with groom at the Pillars Holiday House at their Smokey Mountain Wedding

P.S. If you're on the lookout for a talented Gatlinburg Wedding Photographer who knows their way around documentary-style photography, you might want to bookmark this one. Just saying!


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I am Elena, a documentary-style wedding, engagement, and surprise proposal photographer in East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina!

My style is relaxed, playful, and evocative. I value connection, joy, authenticity, and true colors.


I help couples who want candid shots and cherish raw emotions!

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or to check availability. 

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