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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Roan Mountain, TN: Chelsea + Tom's Windy Mountaintop Vow Renewal at Dusk

Roan Mountain, TN: Chelsea + Tom's Windy Mountaintop Vow Renewal at Dusk

Chelsea told me that she and Tom got married on a super hot and humid day in Florida. She laughed and told me that she had said to Tom that she wanted their vow renewal to be the complete opposite of their wedding day, and we definitely were given that! When we arrived on the mountain, we were greeted with high winds and such chilly temperatures! It was downright cold! The wind was whipping as Chelsea and Tom said their vows to each other and renewed them for years to come!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Ryan & Sara's Romantic Fall Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Roan Mountain, TN: Ryan & Sara's Romantic Fall Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

We hiked up to the balds at Carver's Gap on a perfect Fall evening for Ryan and Sara's intimate Roan Mountain wedding. The sun was shining and the wind was just ever so slight, making for such a romantic evening. The grass had already turned to that beautiful golden color and caught the sun as Ryan and Sara said their vows on the mountainside, surrounded by their closest family. 

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