Chapel of Love lost to fire that ravaged city in Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The wildfires that killed 14 people and tore through Gatlinburg also stole an iconic venue from this city at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains whose nickname is “the wedding capital of the South.”

All that remains of Cupid’s Chapel of Love is a heart-shaped pink sign with the name spelled out in Barbie-doll-style cursive lettering. It’s uncertain whether the chapel will ever be rebuilt.

The fires also took the life of Reverend Ed Taylor, the 85-year-old who started the region’s wedding niche almost four decades ago and administered tens of thousands of ceremonies himself.

A decision about whether to rebuild Cupid’s Chapel of Love could take up to six months.