By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Homeowners are still trying to come to terms with the loss of their cabins that were burned down by a massive fire in Pigeon Forge.
But there's a small silver lining for the hundreds of couples who come to the Black Bear Ridge Resort, where 59 cabins burned down, for one very special reason.
They flock to the resort to get married at the resort's Angel's View Wedding Chapel.
While nearly all the cabins surrounding it were destroyed, the chapel was untouched by the fire.
"We are very fortunate that it was untouched," said Joyce Whaley McCarter, owner of Angel's View and the developer of Black Bear Ridge Resort.
She says more than 500 couples choose to get married there every year.
"We have thousands of brides, brides and grooms, that come up to get married here because of the view from Angel's View Wedding Chapel," said McCarter.
McCarter can't believe it wasn't damaged.
"They've picked the place that they want and it would be devastating to take that away from them," she said, speaking of couples booked to get married at the chapel.
A wedding was scheduled at the chapel on Monday, but had to be canceled as the massive fire raged too close for safety.
6 News spoke to the couple who was set to get married, Danny Beecher and his fiancé Debbie Carter.
They were staying in one of the cabins behind the resort and managed to make it our unharmed, but Carter said her wedding dress was partially burned before she was able to get it out.
Beecher said they will be staying in Pigeon Forge for at least another week, hoping that their wedding can be rescheduled for sometime in the coming days.
McCarter says she thinks within two days, the ceremony will be back on.
"We want them to have the perfect wedding. That's what we're here for. And they'll still have the perfect wedding, I believe," said McCarter.
The booking office phone is getting a workout, as employees work to reassure frantic couples calling to find out if the weddings they have booked a Angel's View are still going to happen.
"We're going day by day and making that phone call and letting them know that we're okay and that they'll be okay," said McCarter.
For more information, contact Angel's view at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (865) 365-0918.
1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville, Tennessee 37917