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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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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Best of 2017: A Year of Adventures, Sunsets, Mountains and Love in Northeast Tennessee

Best of 2017: A Year of Adventures, Sunsets, Mountains and Love in Northeast Tennessee

Holy smokes, this year has flown by! I seriously cannot even believe that 2018 is just a few days away! It feels like yesterday that I was rounding up images and reminiscing about everything 2016 brought for last year's review blog! I'm almost at a loss for words here as I look back at all of the adventures, stunning summer sunsets and genuine smiles from laughter. I am incredibly blessed and fortunate to capture the love stories for all of my amazing couples in such a beautiful part of our country.

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Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Two years ago, I was invited on my first backpacking trip with my friend Elizabeth and her group of friends who visit Panthertown Valley annually. We had an amazing weekend full of campfires, "faint foothpath" finding, waterfall chasing, and of course, running from yellowjackets (you can read about that trip on the blog here). When a date had been set for the annual Panthertown trip for 2016, I cleared my schedule and began preparing for another exciting weekend in the backcountry!

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A Trip to Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain

A Trip to Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain

If you guys did not already know, when I'm not taking portraits or shooting weddings, you can usually find me on the water or in the mountains.I've heard many great things about Roan Mountain ever since I started going to college in this area and somehow never made the trip up. I finally had a free weekend, actually two, to go and see the breathtaking balds at Carver's Gap. 

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Hiking in Panthertown Valley

Every year, my friend Elizabeth and a small group of her friends from college get together and go backpacking through the beautiful Nantahala Forest in North Carolina. They pack up all of their camping gear (ENO hammocks, hiking boots, tents, Chaco sandals, JetBoil stoves, dehydrated food, and clothing) and head out into the woods in search of a perfect "home away from home" in Panthertown Valley. I was an extremely lucky gal and received an invitation from Elizabeth to join their camp this year- and I'm so glad I did!

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