The Willow Tree

The Willow Tree

Posted in Blog, Christian Ceremony Ideas, Life and Love from the Hollow

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.           Janice Livingston...

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Can you get married in Cades Cove?

Can you get married in Cades Cove?

Posted in Blog, Farm Weddings, Wedding Packages

Cades Cove is such a popular destination, many couples wonder, can they get married in Cades Cove?  The answer is yes!  Those who desire the historic church in Cades Cove can arrange by applying for the permit at least 14 days in advance with the $50 application fee, and by staying within the Park Guidelines, you can marry in Cades Cove. For those who want to marry in the type of setting Cades Cove and the beautiful Smoky Mountains brings, Sampson’s Hollow is an excellent choice.  We can create your Once Upon a Time Wedding, whether you choose an Elopement Package or one of our Wedding Packages, at the foot of the Cades Cove area, at our century farm located next to famed Blackberry Farm. When marrying in Cades Cove, you need to be sure your Wedding Planner and Photographer are also licensed to perform services in the National Park.  Sampson’s Hollow brings to you the finest of wedding planners with every opportunity to create your fairy tale experience as you say your vows. View our Wedding Packages Here. Learn about our Elopement Packages Here....

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Elopements Are Popular in 2018

Elopements Are Popular in 2018

Posted in Blog, Christian Ceremony Ideas, Farm Weddings

The couples who desire to elope are growing.  For many reasons elopement is a great idea.  There are many factors to consider obviously when making the choices about your wedding, but we find the elopement trend is back on the rise. For so many reasons couples of all ages are eloping.  Farm settings, Barn settings, Rural settings are all popular choices and of course, Sampson’s Hollow would bring that dream to truth. At Sampson’s Hollow we have been welcoming eloping couples from the year we began hosting weddings. Our romantic settings just call couples to the farm.  Vast mountain vistas are your backdrop and nature is your host when you choose to elope at Sampson’s Hollow.  Our wedding coordinators are available to you and we will indeed create your storybook wedding when you decide to elope to the farm at Sampson’s Hollow. ...

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Unique Ideas for a Christian Ceremony at our Farm, Sampson’s Hollow

Unique Ideas for a Christian Ceremony at our Farm, Sampson’s Hollow

Posted in Christian Ceremony Ideas

Sampson’s Hollow holds the principles taught by Jesus dear and we serve our couples and their families as the we best can follow our Lord’s teachings. Why not try a few clever ideas at your wedding to bring Christ to the center of the occasion and help to create memories and God’s Living Word as part of your every celebration.     One idea we love is to have a special Bible at the Welcome Table. Ask guests to highlight a favorite verse for the Mr. and Mrs as they begin their journey! Another idea we often see that is precious is to use a Bible in place of a pillow to tie the wedding rings on. This can also be a special family Bible or one special to the couple. Lastly why not show your love with a foot washing before the ceremony. Our Lord showed us this act as a way of showing love and service above all in love. Before your ceremony or after, with those most special, we can plan a foot washing place for a special bonding moment with Christ in the center of your love. We welcome your ideas also as you come to Sampson’s Hollow and plan your wedding. We want your dream Once Upon a Time to be meaningful and Christ centered as you come together at this special time. Visit our other websites for further ideas at: http://www.weddingsnearcadescove.com...

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Tapestry Dreams

Tapestry Dreams

Posted in Wedding Packages

Tapestry Dreams For the DIY (do it yourself) Bride Description of packages/plans: Choice of sites including pergola, footbridge or Sarah’s Glen (wooded area). If raining, ceremony can be moved to front porch or inside of barn Property for up to 100 guests This package is created for the do-it-yourself bride who just wants the basics with the option of customizing other services offered by Sampson’s Hollow. It is not required that the guest use our in-house catering for their event. This package does not include food, photography or flowers. The package will include the following: • Choice of locations for ceremony and reception (Backup plan: can be held inside barn or on covered front porch in the event of inclimate weather) • Guest count (including bridal party and vendors) not to exceed 100. Additional guests are $15.00 per person. • Six hours on property, choose time between 1:00 and 10:00 (includes time needed for decorating, clearing and cleaning). Additional hours may be purchased. • Minister or officiate for the wedding ceremony. Guest may still, if they choose, use their own minister. Our minister must be a witness and sign the marriage certificate. • Up to 125 basic white fan back chairs. If additional chairs are needed, the guest will be responsible for moving from ceremony site to reception site or renting additional chairs. • Up to 15 round tables to be used for guest seating and cake table. Each table will seat up to 8 guests • Use of three rectangle tables (6 ft.) to be used for food service and/ beverage table. • Staff management will be on property to assist but will not coordinate event. • Assisted parking staff • Assisted transportation to ceremony site in staff-driven golf carts (2) • Use of kitchen with paid damage deposit on file. • Friday and Saturday (Peak months) $2500.00 • Saturdays (High-peak months of May and October) $3000.00 • Friday and Saturday (Non-peak months) $2100.00 • Sunday (Any month) $1800.00 • Monday through Thursday (Any month) $1500.00 Peak months are April, June, July, September and November.  High peak months are May and October. Tennessee sales tax of 9.25% to be added to package total. Sampson’s Hollow provides these options or services which can be added to the Tapestry Dreams package at the price listed: • SH Wedding Coordinator $500.00 ( Please ask for list of coordinator responsibilities ) • White garden chairs $2.00 each Upgrade to padded garden chairs $3.50 each • Rectangle or round tables $10.00 each • Fresh greenery and baby’s breath for ceremony arbor $100.00 ( Our staff will decorate arbor if added ) • Burlap drapes or white scarves for ceremony arbor $25.00 ( Our staff will hang them if added ) • Brass/crystal chandelier for ceremony arbor $25.00 ( Our staff will hang if added ) •  (2) Whiskey barrels and antique door for...

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