Your ceremony location is a significant focus of attention. Our Pigeon Forge wedding venue has several choices for your ceremony site, and each of them hold endearing qualities of the Great Smoky Mountains. The outdoor wedding sites compliment each other in a flowing, botanical garden atmosphere. Don’t worry about choosing your ceremony location before you book with us, because you’ll be able to choose your site on a day before your wedding if you’re able to visit. Browsing the photographs here will give you a good idea of the possibilities. Our venue changes from season to season, week to week, and sometimes even day to day. What’s blooming one day is often fuller or replaced by yet another beautiful flower type the next. Choose based on your guest count as well as the weather conditions. Rest easy knowing that we always have alternate plans in place for the “what ifs,” so I’ll ask you to choose two locations (one will be the back-up rain plan.)
Ceremonies for guest counts up to 50 are possible year-round, and for up to 75 guests April through mid-November.
All of our ceremony sites are decorated, set up, and ready to go. The actual ceremony décor may vary slightly from the photographs on our website, because we replace the décor as needed. They are always in a base theme color of whites and greens, allowing us to add stock venue flowers that closely match your own colors to personalize.
The Wedding Willow
The willow tree is one of our most popular wedding ceremony location at our venue. I planted it in 2008, and by 2012 couples began requesting ceremonies beneath its romantic branches. It is decorated with string lights and flickering lanterns on its lower limbs and ferns in vases at the base. The squirrels and birds love it! It’s only a one-minute walk from the barn and absolutely perfect for nature lovers. Our mountain creek flows right behind the willow tree, providing a soothing sound while you say your vows. The chirps of songbirds add to the romantic atmosphere in our little valley of the Smoky Mountains. If it’s just the two of you, get married directly beneath it’s canopy with the fairy lights all around. If you have a wedding with guests, we’ll place folding chairs in two rows and add some shepherd hooks along with tree stumps and lanterns for the aisle if you wish. The wooden folding chairs we use are brand new for 2022 in deep brown with a cream colored cushioned seat. A tree-covered hill stands tall to the right of the willow in the distance, just a small part of the many hills, ridges, and mountain-tops in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
• Best for couples only elopements, or guest counts of 50 or less.
• Folding wedding chairs for guest seating in dark brown with cream colored seats
• Popular year round.
• Our biggest honeysuckle vine blooms next to the willow tree in late April and early May.
• Fuchsia colored hibiscus bushes line the fence row near the willow tree in July and August.
The famous “night shot” is available for couples who book a reception here (Sorry – elopement weddings must be done during daylight hours only.)
The Stone Wedding Arch Garden
Most popular in the early spring and fall wedding months, the stone arch has a classic wedding feel. It was built by hand in 2016 and our creek flows right behind it. A curved brick walkway was added in 2019. It’s only a one-and-half-minute walk from the barn in the opposite direction of the white pergola, tucked away behind seasonally flowering bushes and honeysuckle. Our horses, Sugar and Ben, often crash weddings at this site due to the close proximity of the horse fence.
• Permanent bench seating for 20 guests with option of added folding chairs to accommodate up to 50.
• Shepherd hooks with vases of white silk flowers and greenery can be added down the center aisle.
• Addition of venue’s silk flowers in colors that closely match your own to the greenery at the top of the arch.
• Staff can bring out a separate table for sand ceremonies, etc.
• Yellow water iris and pink azalea bloom near stone arch in mid-April through May.
• A white snowball bush blooms next to the stone arch in July through October.
Popular in early October because the trees that change to gold earliest grow behind it.
Creekside Ridge Wedding Arbor
Creekside Ridge is our newest wedding arbor in our most historic location. Its name is derived from its placement at the base of a tall, wooded mountain ridge. Couples and their guests access this woodsy ceremony site over an arched bridge that spans a creek with year-round flowing water.
This was our original ceremony location when we first began sixteen years ago. The new wooden arbor was completed in January 2022, replacing a white pergola that stood for almost ten years. Two dogwood trees burst with white blooms in April. A shower of purple rhododendron blossoms delight the senses in mid-May. Watch for several annual flowers to be planted around this woodland chic location along with roses, lilies & hostas. Our miniature pond and waterfall is located at the end of the arched bridge as you walk over where ferns, hostas, lilies, and water iris grow seasonally. This ceremony location is perfect for larger wedding celebrations with a maximum capacity of 75 guests with its permanent log bench seating. However, couples-only ceremonies will also delight in this area.
The Covered Pavilion
If it rains, this is your “next-to-the best-thing” outdoor wedding ceremony. However, many couples choose it because it is always shaded. If you have guests with mobility issues, it’s also the closest ceremony location to the barn. Seasonal flowers beckon those who walk through our red door entry way. The bride typically walks down a stairway beneath a chandelier to reach the textured concrete walkway to the pavilion.
Our pavilion is the main guest hang-out as well and has a “nook” for the DJ on the back side if you’re also having your reception at Honeysuckle Hills.
• Suitable for smaller or larger guest counts. Up to 75 people.
• Guests always sit in the shade.
• Fans above the guest seating area.
• Wedding arch with white silk flowers and greenery at all times.
• Addition of venue’s silk flowers in colors that closely match your own to the arch.
• Staff can bring out a separate table for sand ceremonies, etc.
Popular year round, but not adequately heated in the months of December through March.
The Traditional Wedding Chapel
Another option if it rains, a year-round choice, is our traditional wedding chapel. Its rich wood and cabin-styled décor goes well with your Smoky Mountain wedding experience. Fairy lights hang from the cathedral ceiling creating a warm, romantic wedding atmosphere. Guests particularly enjoy the access to our balcony and the views of the rolling hills and horse field just outside its upstairs doors. This area comfortably seats 40 guests with a maximum capacity of 50 by squeezing everyone in.
• Comfortable seating for 40 guests, with a maximum capacity of 50
• Pine wood with cathedral ceiling.
• Wooden chairs to match the cabin style chapel atmosphere.
• Warm, hanging lights.
• Venue’s silk wedding flowers in colors that closely match your own can be added to the two vases on pedestals up front.
• French doors that open to the balcony (often left open during spring and fall ceremonies).
• Heated and cooled year round.
Not the best option for handicap accessibility; we have other locations more suitable.
For six people or less, this is our most popular location for ceremonies when it rains. Our chandelier is at the foot of the steps that lead to the wedding chapel. This is also the most popular exit brides use to walk down the aisle for outdoor weddings. The photograph beneath the chandelier gives a rustic, country chic look.
• Best for elopements, or no more than 4 wedding guests.
• Country Chic wedding look.
• Barn doors can be left open for a view of our waterwheel.
• A vase with venue’s silk wedding flowers closely matching your colors can be added to the window.
• Popular year-round.