Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Day-of timelines are pretty important for planning your wedding day, and that includes deciding on having a first look or a more traditional timeline. From a photographer’s perspective, and having been a bride myself, I am personally a huge fan of first looks! My husband and I decided to do a first look for our own wedding and it was the best decision. We have never regretted it! With wedding season around the corner, I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons to why you should consider having a first look on your wedding day!

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Adventurous Weddings + Elopements: How to Respect the Great Outdoors on Your Wedding Day (Leave No Trace)

Adventurous Weddings + Elopements: How to Respect the Great Outdoors on Your Wedding Day (Leave No Trace)

It’s no secret that I hike and shoot a lot of weddings and engagements up on Roan Mountain and other scenic locations. I often feel a smidge of guilt bringing weddings and guests to these locations, simply because that’s bringing more opportunity to wear down the terrain, annoy hikers, or potentially leave pieces of litter behind, etc. However, I’m also a believer in sharing these beautiful places and trails, because nature is meant to be enjoyed! I try my best to adhere to Leave No Trace’s 7 principles and to always leave a place, “better than we found it,” and to, “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.” If you’re a newbie to hiking and the outdoors, most hikers live by the Leave No Trace code- 7 principles to remember while hiking, enjoying the outdoors, or planning your adventurous wedding!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Courtney + David's Chilly November Couple's Session on Round Bald

Roan Mountain, TN: Courtney + David's Chilly November Couple's Session on Round Bald

Courtney and David are friends of my former bride, Kaity, and reached out to me for a couple’s session in our Tennessee mountains! These two live in Nashville and not only celebrated their first year together, but also just moved into a new home! They both wanted photos to celebrate this new chapter in their lives and to have some printed for the walls of their new home. We met up at Carver’s Gap on Roan and was able to catch the most beautiful sunset at their session!

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Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

I’m a part of a wonderful local networking group full of creative entrepreneurs called TuesdaysTogether! Thanks to our community, I was lucky to meet Tricia Mosier of Elizabeth Dean Styled Events, who invited me to take part in a one-of-a-kind styled shoot that she was putting together! We all gathered at the beautiful Homestead on the Holston, a historic cabin venue with lots of land next to the north fork of the Holston River, and photographed the set ups that Tricia had designed— a “Notebook” canoe, a picnic blanket dinner, a bridal chair, and a bohemian tee pee complete with hanging cake display! Definitely a shoot for the record books and one you won’t want to miss!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Clay + Shawna's Snowy Winter Intimate Mountain Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Clay + Shawna's Snowy Winter Intimate Mountain Wedding

Clay and Shawna are originally from Florida, but got engaged at an outdoors camp in Black Mountain, North Carolina! Since the Blue Ridge Mountains mean so much to them, they knew that Roan Mountain would be the perfect place to become husband and wife! When we arrived to the mountain, we were greeted with such a great surprise— SNOW! These two chose to have their ceremony in the wooded forest, which because of the shade, was a perfect winter wonderland for their vows.

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Roan Mountain, TN: Sarah + Justin's Mountaintop Sunset Engagement Session

Roan Mountain, TN: Sarah + Justin's Mountaintop Sunset Engagement Session

Sarah and Justin are engaged! These two moved to northeast Tennessee all of the way from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Sarah’s job in the medical field. When Sarah contacted me about taking engagement photos, she mentioned wanting to show their family their new home- the mountains of Tennessee! I knew just the right location! I met Justin and Sarah at Roan Mountain on a warm October evening for their session. They brought their two adorable pups- Aussie and Bella- and we had a blast catching the sunset behind the mountains. The blue ridges were out and showing off!

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Best of 2018: Behind-the-Scenes

Best of 2018: Behind-the-Scenes

Last year, I had so much fun putting together my first behind-the-scenes blog (you can see that here) that I made more of a conscious effort to get more content this year! I am so thankful to have had amazing second shooters who caught some funny (and embarrassing) moments throughout the year of me doing what I do! I love sharing the not-so-glamorous side of wedding photography- it’s not all rainbows and butterflies on a wedding day! Enjoy this brief inside look of what it’s like to be a wedding photographer in Northeast Tennessee!

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Best of 2018: A Year of Exploring Mountains, Rainy Forecasts, and Adventurous Vows

Best of 2018: A Year of Exploring Mountains, Rainy Forecasts, and Adventurous Vows

Well, y’all! Another year has come and past and I am just in utter awe of all of the adventures from this past year! I am so incredibly grateful for all of the couples that I’ve been able to meet and capture on such a special day, and everyone who has supported me, collaborated with me, and helped make this year downright amazing. As per end-of-year tradition, it’s time to view the best images of 2018! I have loved sitting down at the end of each year to put together my favorite images captured during each session or wedding! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and cheers to 2019! May it be full of love, laughter, and adventures together!

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Hampton, TN: Angie + Austin's Fall Sunset Engagement Session at Watauga Lake

Hampton, TN: Angie + Austin's Fall Sunset Engagement Session at Watauga Lake

Angie and Austin are just so incredibly sweet together! These two drove all of the way from Charleston, South Carolina to visit me in the mountains for their engagement session at Watauga Lake in Hampton, Tennessee! As we arrived, the sun was already setting, so we chased the light from spot to spot. Austin and Angie brought their little pup, Daisy, who was just so precious! Their humor together is just so contagious- I was laughing all evening! I’m so glad that we got to enjoy one of the last nice Fall evenings by the lake.

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The Camp at Buffalo Mountain: Luke + Caroline's Rustic Fall Mountain Wedding

The Camp at Buffalo Mountain: Luke + Caroline's Rustic Fall Mountain Wedding

Luke and Caroline were married at the Camp at Buffalo Mountain in beautiful Jonesborough, Tennessee! These two said their vows inside of the camp’s cozy Allison Lodge, complete with candlelight and warm fire in the fireplace. After becoming husband and wife, we took portraits around the camp’s cabins and creek, and hurried back for drinks and bbq dinner. After a fun introduction, including their ‘secret’ handshake, Luke and Caroline danced the night away with family and friends.

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