Roan Mountain, TN: Katie + Tim's Adventurous Mountaintop Engagement Session

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Katie and Tim are such a laid-back, sweet, and genuine couple. It feels like yesterday that I received an inquiry from Katie asking me to be a part of their upcoming wedding day!

These two met back in 2012 and had their first date at a Japanese restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, and have been together ever since! At the time, Tim was in his second year at Brown University and Katie was working at Rhode Island Hospital in asthma research. Four years later, Tim proposed to Katie on a break from school to celebrate Katie’s sister’s wedding in Maine. They decided to take their own trip after the wedding to a small town called Kingfield, Maine and stayed at a cute bed and breakfast. Since the two had been so busy with school, Katie was really un-suspecting of the proposal! I’ll let them tell the story from here:

“ We knew we wanted to go hiking, so we decided on Little Bigelow as our first adventure. Once we made it to the top, Katie was taking pictures of the views and taking in its beauty when she turned around to see Tim down on one knee with a ring. She was very surprised! She immediately said yes and could not stop smiling and they took a picture at the top of the mountain to commemorate the moment.”

Since Katie and Tim got engaged on top of Little Bigelow, it was only fitting that they also get married in the mountains! Katie and Tim are getting married at Roan Mountain State Park, but wanted to explore the park on their wedding day, so we decided to do their engagement up on the epic balds. We met up on a somewhat cold and blustery day in the Spring and had a blast talking about the different kinds of trees and plant life on the balds! I loved exploring with these two and cannot wait for their wedding day!

Roan Mountain, TN: Melanie + Dave's Nature Inspired Intimate Mountaintop Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Melanie + Dave's Nature Inspired Intimate Mountaintop Wedding

Melanie and Dave are both arborists, so it was only fitting that their vows were read on a mountaintop surrounded by their closest family. We met up on a warm, hazy, Saturday at the end of May, and big puffy clouds were rolling across a clear blue sky. After becoming husband and wife, someone spotted a rainbow in the distance! We ran over and snagged a few photos with it in the background before the rainbow disappeared— definitely a first for me on Roan! After enjoying the rainbow, we hiked the trail around the balds taking photos and watched the sun set behind Roan High Knob.

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

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

Kayla and Michael’s wedding day at Roan Mountain State Park was like no-other and truly embraced the word, ‘adventure.’ The threat of rain and potentially severe thunderstorms loomed as we took couple’s portraits and eventually became a reality! We made the decision to go with Plan B and Kayla and Michael became husband and wife inside of Roan Mountain State Park’s beautiful conference center. Despite the weather, it was an amazing wedding day and one for the books!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Hilary + Casey's Rustic Dusty Rose Roan Mountain State Park Intimate Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Hilary + Casey's Rustic Dusty Rose Roan Mountain State Park Intimate Wedding

Hilary and Casey drove all of the way from Madison, Wisconsin to Tennessee to get married in our beautiful Appalachian mountains— perfect for these avid bird watchers! These two said their vows amongst their closest family and friends at Roan Mountain State Park’s amphitheater. After the rings and vows were exchanged, and the first kiss as husband and wife, we drove up to the mountain for portraits against the pastel colored skies.

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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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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: 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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Roan Mountain, TN: Rachel + Brett's Appalachian Trail Summer Mountain Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Rachel + Brett's Appalachian Trail Summer Mountain Wedding

Rachel and Brett’s summer wedding on Roan Mountain was incredibly special in so many ways. Not only do they share a love for hiking, the outdoors, and the Appalachian mountains, but it’s also what brought them together. Rachel and Brett are thru-hikers and completed all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail stretching from Georgia to Maine. It was only fitting for these outdoor lover to get married on the same trail that started the journey!

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