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Shelby Jane

January 11, 2024

Smoky Mountain Elopement | Keri & Tyler

FILED IN: Elopement

In the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where the air is crisp, the mountains stand tall, and the beauty of nature is undeniable, Keri and Tyler embarked on a unique and intimate journey – their elopement. This down-to-earth couple, who got engaged in the charming town of Lafayette, Indiana, in July 2022, decided to exchange their vows surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Tennessee, a place that held a special spot in their hearts.

kissing couple in tennessee woodsy area during sunset

Their Story

Keri and Tyler’s love story unfolded during their college years, a time marked by shared laughter, late-night conversations, and the kind of companionship that transcends the ordinary. Fast forward to their engagement, and it was clear that these two were ready to embark on a new chapter together – one that celebrated their love in a way that felt uniquely theirs.

Why Tennessee?

For Keri and Tyler, Tennessee wasn’t just a random choice for their elopement; it was a place of solace and connection. The rolling hills, the vibrant music scene, and the down-to-earth vibes of the state had become their go-to getaway. It only made sense that they would tie the knot in a place that held so many cherished memories.

Eschewing the traditional wedding route, Keri and Tyler opted for an intimate elopement that allowed them to focus on what truly mattered – their love and the meaningful surroundings. A midweek elopement in April was the perfect choice, offering a quiet and serene atmosphere that matched the simplicity and authenticity they desired.

Separate Preparations

On the big day, the couple got ready at separate Airbnbs, adding an element of surprise to their first look. While Keri was surrounded by the laughter of her mother in law and the comforting presence of her mom, Tyler found camaraderie with his father and father in law and the quiet before the storm.

First Looks

The magic unfolded on the balcony of their cabin, overlooking the vastness of the Smoky Mountains. As the sun painted the sky with hues of blue and green, Keri and Tyler shared a private moment that set the tone for the day – a blend of excitement, nerves, and overwhelming love.

Their Elopement Day Timeline

With the first look filling their hearts with joy, Keri and Tyler ventured into the Great Smoky Mountains to capture the essence of their love against nature’s backdrop. The couple embraced the spontaneity of the moment, wandering through meadows and along scenic trails, each step bringing them closer to the milestone they were about to reach.

The culmination of their journey led them to Newfound Gap, a spot that offered panoramic views of the majestic mountains. Keri’s stepdad, a warm and familiar presence, officiated the ceremony. The couple exchanged vows overlooking the vastness of the mountains, a symbolic backdrop mirroring the vastness of their love.

After the heartfelt ceremony and a series of family portraits, the newlyweds, along with both sets of parents, made their way to The Park Grill for a celebration that was equal parts joy and relaxation. The casual yet charming atmosphere of the restaurant provided the perfect setting for toasts, laughter, and delicious food.

Keri and Tyler’s decision to elope in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park showcased the essence of their love – simple, genuine, and surrounded by the beauty of nature. In the heart of Tennessee, they created memories that will forever be etched in their hearts and the stunning landscapes that bore witness to their commitment. As they reflect on their elopement adventure, one can’t help but appreciate the down-to-earth and chill vibe that permeated every moment of this remarkable day. Here’s to love, laughter, and the serenity of the Smoky Mountains – the perfect backdrop for a love story that’s uniquely Keri and Tyler.

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Elopement Day Vendors

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