Welcome to Sampson’s Hollow
‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
We are Sampson’s Hollow—a 120 acre family farm in Walland, Tennessee. Our property is reminiscent of the rolling green hills of Ireland and connected to the heritage of the Tipton-Oliver family from nearby Cades Cove. The charm of a farm wedding can be as rustic and vintage as influenced by your favorite Pinterest boards. Do you have a vision of a woodland wedding, in a whimsical and enchanted forest surrounded by tall trees and mossy paths inspired by Twilight? Would you love having stunning photographs made in fields and meadows of billowy wildflowers? Are you concerned about having a backup plan in case of bad weather, and having an experienced group of people who can make that change for you at a moment’s notice?
Gently kissed by the romantic mist of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sampson’s Hollow been recognized as a Century old farm by the state of Tennessee, making it a historical site deeply rooted in Appalachian values and traditions. Our venue lies in the shadow of the national park, in a valley surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains. We are located next door to world-renown Blackberry Farm, and share the same stunning views and vistas. The panoramic venue is tucked away, distanced from the sounds of traffic going to the most visited park in the nation, the Great Smoky Mountains, yet easily accessible to your family and guests. What makes us any different than other venues in the area? We sincerely care about our brides and grooms. We care about the experience from your guests’ point of view and will apply hospitality in everything we do for your wedding day. Our courteous, experienced coordinators want to help you build a package that will be perfect for your own happily-ever after. Of course, every venue thinks they are the best. Each and every bride and groom have their own unique love story and should be treated as such. You don’t have to take our word for it—please read over the many reviews posted by our former brides and their guests.
Sampson’s Hollow offers customized options as an all-inclusive venue as well as for those DIY events. We specialize in wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 150 guests. Has he asked the most important question of your life and you have said, yes? Please contact us for more information and to schedule a visit to the mountains. We would be honored to take care of you, your family and your friends in this once in a lifetime journey.
Smoky Mountain Dreamin’
The Willow Tree
There is such a gracefulness about a willow tree. It’s long, loping branches of greenery dance to the gentle breeze of the wind.
We planted willow trees when we first started Sampson’s Hollow in 2005. One of our particular favorite weeping willows grows well as it was planted at the head of the wet weather spring, the same one that has been used to provide water in the pastures for over one hundred years. The roots of the willow have soaked up the life-given moisture of the earth. Even when the sun bears down on it and the ground seems dry on the surface–it continues to grow taller and healthier.
A willow doesn’t need a great deal of pampering or attention. In fact, it can be easily propagated and new growth can be started just by sticking a stem in water and waiting for it to start sprouting roots. The branches can be used to mold and to make works of art and are flexible and giving.
Isn’t that kind of symbolic of what a successful marriage needs to strive to be?
A happy parallel I like to think.
“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to the staff at Sampson’s Hollow! They all went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and having the best day possible ❤ Lesley and Krista were the kindest and sweetest people who worked hard all day to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. We could not have asked for a more beautiful and stunning day” Tori B
As mother of the bride, I could not ask for a more friendly and accommodating venue for a wedding. If rain is good luck for the bride and groom then the beautiful, but freezing April snow showers, is a true blessing. Thank you for all of you there at Sampson’s Hollow for all the work you did to keep everyone comfortable. Beautiful wedding! –Beth M.
I would recommend this place to anyone.. it was absolutely beautiful and everything was taken care of and I am so pleased with everything…. y’all did an AMAZING job……Thank You Thank You Thank You! – Kathy W
Sampsons Hollow is a magical place to have a wedding! The owner, Janice is highly professional and runs an incredibly efficient business. Sampsons Hollow coordinated a stunning wedding in a wooded glen, with one heck of a party in the barn after! Lesley was our wedding coordinator, and the day could not have went more seamlessly. She took so much of the stress out of the wedding day for me. Lesley literally had on her running shoes and was all over that venue making sure everything was perfect. –Allison
For a stressless wedding, choose Sampson’s Hollow. I had seen too many of my friends with stress and anxiety leading up to their wedding day. I wanted to enjoy the planning process and our wedding, and Sampson’s Hollow was the perfect choice. Janice, our coordinator Carole, and their staff treated us like family from day one. They took care of every detail, including the ceremony, reception, food, decorations, and clean up. Everyone working there is fun and easy to work with. My guests raved about how beautiful the venue was and how good the food tasted. I am still craving the wedding cake that Maggie made for us! They created a beautiful day that made all my little girl dreams come true!
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect thanks to the staff at Sampson’s Hollow! They all went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and having the best day possible ❤️ Lesley and Krista were the kindest and sweetest people who worked hard all day to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. Throughout the whole process my fiancé and I felt like family rather than just another couple giving them business. From the beginning planning stages all the way till we said “I do” it was 100% stress free. We could not have asked for a more beautiful and stunning wedding day.
My daughter got married at Sampson's Hollow on June 13, 2020. She and her new husband just graduated from the University of Alabama, but spent the last of their college years in quarantine. They lost the opportunity to walk for graduation, and given the global pandemic we were unsure if the wedding would happen but despite so much lost to COVID-19, the (much smaller!) wedding was just beautiful. We could not have asked for a more lovely setting. The staff was phenomenal (Thanks Angie and Lesley!). The music was perfect and the food/cake was delicious! I'm so happy we decided on Sampson's Hollow for this important event in my daughter's life. It will be a wonderful memory for years to come! I highly recommend Sampson's Hollow, you will not be disappointed! --Andi Clay (MOB)
Yesterday I married my best friend at Sampson's Hollow. Angie Sing was our coordinator and I couldn't be happier that she was who we had. She was at my beck and call for the last 10 months. And questions or concerns she took care of immediately! I probably would have lost my mind if not for her. Krista was her runner; she was so sweet and asked me exactly what I wanted. My arbor was stunning! Again, I couldn't have been happier. We chose to use Kyndall's Sweet Dreams bakery for our cakes. They were beautiful! Everyone loved them. I had so many guests compliment me on how good the food was, how friendly the staff was, and beautiful everything there was! I would definitely recommend this venue...and these people. I chose to use Miranda Goff as not only my photographer but also my hair and makeup. I felt absolutely beautiful! She was so fun to work with. I can't wait to see our photographs! –Krystle Jamison
Wow what an amazing place, and staff. Our daughter had her wedding there and we couldn't have been more pleased at how it came together. Leslie and her staff made everything flow so smoothly and made my daughter feel so special and comfortable. The venues itself is gorgeous. The staff incredible. I would highly recommend Sampson's Hollow to anyone wanting a very special place for their event. To Leslie and staff, thank you so much. You made Rebecca's day amazing. – Sue Holt
We attended our son’s wedding Dec 14 at Sampsons Hollow. What a beautiful venue! Even in the winter Sarah’s glen was beautiful. Leslie was my daughter in law’s wedding coordinator and she was fabulous! The weather on the wedding day was drizzling off and on and Leslie was able to wait til the very last minute to let us still hold the ceremony outside. It was SO important to the bride to be outside and Leslie went above and beyond to give the bride her dream wedding! The food was also excellent! Samsons Hollow staff were so professional and so very kind and accommodating. We would highly recommend your special wedding at this venue!