The History

The Honeysuckle Hills red barn was originally built in 1950 and used to hang tobacco. The owner at that time was a farmer whose father was granted the land by the U.S. Government in exchange for taking property now part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Regina’s father purchased the land from the owner’s widow in 1983.

For many years Regina chased butterflies and photographed flowers while hay and more tobacco was harvested (she tried painting, only to find frustration until her mother gave her a camera). After working and saving all Summer in 1986 at Dollywood, she upgraded to a manual 35mm film camera, and finally made the professional leap in 1999 when digital photography opened the doors for even more creativity.

Over the years, she has accumulated her Master of Photography degree from PPA, two Fuji Masterpiece awards, six PPA International Loan Collection images, and one cover image for the PPA International Loan Collection book, just to name a few.

Regina continues to expand the gardens, props, and scenes available to her venue guests in celebration of love and art. Couples are encouraged to use the photographer of their choice, as Regina enjoys viewing different points of view and artistic expressions. There is no other venue with as much beauty or variety as Honeysuckle Hills for your wedding photography.

You may still commission Regina for your own wedding photographs, as she is still highly sought after as a creative specialist (and not an event photographer.) Couples typically reserve her for an hour or so to obtain the highest level of wedding imagery, although this is not a requirement for Honeysuckle Hills reservations.

All the images on our website were created by Regina Starkey.