Gatlinburg, a Wedding Chapel Destination, Lures Lovebirds Back After Fires



Cupid’s Chapel of Love, a popular Gatlinburg wedding destination, was destroyed in a fire that ruined more than 1,000 buildings.

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Last week, as Lorri Ayer planned to surprise her husband with a vow renewal ceremony at Cupid’s Chapel of Love in Gatlinburg, Tenn., she made a stomach-churning discovery: The chapel had burned down, swept away in an aggressive wildfire that destroyed some 1,000 buildings and caused at least 13 deaths last week.

“We woke up Tuesday morning to go to work and turned on the TV,” Ms. Ayer said. “It was all over the place that Gatlinburg was on fire.”

The couple thought about staying home, but this town in Appalachian East Tennessee has sentimental value: They had celebrated their honeymoon in Gatlinburg 25…


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