Roan Mountain, TN: Kayla + Michael's Rustic Woodland Wedding at Roan Mountain State Park


36° 9' 46'' N 82° 5' 42'' W

Kayla and Michael’s wedding day at Roan Mountain State Park was like no-other and truly embraced the word, ‘adventure.’ When I first met Kayla and Michael, we talked about wedding day plans and what they envisioned for their day. Usually, my Roan couples will have their ceremony on Roan’s iconic balds (or at least have portraits taken there on their wedding day), but Kayla and Michael decided that they wanted to keep everything inside the state park and wanted to have their engagement photos taken on the balds instead. I was TOTALLY down for this plan and loved how unique it was! Hindsight is 20/20, because looking back, it was the best plan!

I arrived at the state park cabins with Jeff, their videographer (check out his amazing video below), and greeted Kayla and her family. Jeff and I had been watching the weather radar all week and knew that there was a huge chance of rain and storms- some being potentially severe. Thankfully, Kayla, Michael, and their families, had planned for the potentially bad weather! Kayla’s family had bought walkie-talkies to communicate with one another throughout the day, because there isn’t any cell service in the state park. I thought this was a GENIUS idea and I’m going to recommend it to all of my Roan Mountain couples from now on. Kayla and Michael also rented the conference center for the reception, so if it did storm, we would move the ceremony into the conference center. I was so ecstatic to hear that they had a backup plan because the skies were not looking promising.

After the first look, Michael, Kayla, Jeff and I started exploring parts of the state park for couple’s portraits. I absolutely loved having new surroundings and places to shoot for their wedding! We took Kayla and Michael up to a field close to their original ceremony spot and I’ll never forget hearing the wind roar through the trees as were trying to take portraits in the field. The rain started POURING (yay for clear umbrellas) and I yelled at Kayla and Michael to get in our car! Sadly, we had to make the call to move the ceremony indoors for fear that another severe thunderstorm would roll in on the guests on the mountain. The weather up on Roan is NO JOKE, folks. After portraits, we headed to their indoor ceremony at the conference center’s stone fireplace that made for a truly beautiful and romantic altar. Kayla and Michael finally became husband and wife, after a roller coaster weather day, and celebrated all night with family and friends! Kayla’s cousin is a professional fire performer and even performed for all of the guests outside the reception- an amazing way to end the evening!

Kayla and Michael - I am SO incredibly happy for you two! Your day was absolutely beautiful, despite the crazy weather, and is a day for the record books. Wishing you both many years of adventuring together and of love and happiness!

Also- special shout out to Kayla’s brother who was their wedding coordinator and helped to coordinate the WHOLE day and was such an essential part to making everything a success. If you’re a bride or groom planning a wedding, I highly suggest having a coordinator to help give structure to the day- but that’s another topic for another blog!

Check out this beautiful wedding video created by Jeff Payne (Jeff Payne Photography) ! Jeff, it was so great to work with you on Kayla and Michael’s amazing day!


Huge thanks to all vendors who came together to make Kayla and Michael’s day amazing!