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!

Johnson City, TN: Ashley Cox's Downtown and At Home Branding Session

Johnson City, TN: Ashley Cox's Downtown and At Home Branding Session

I first met Ashley through our local Tuesday’s Together group (a networking group for creative entrepreneurs that meets once a month), and I’m SO glad that I did. I had met her shortly after I had moved back to the Tri-Cities and was trying to grow my business in Tennessee. I owe a lot of my business growth to not only the Tuesday’s Together group but also to all of my closest friends who constantly cheer me on- especially Ashley!

When Ashley came to me to talk about a branding photoshoot for her new brand, I was both ecstatic and honored! We met up for coffee at our favorite coffeehouse (Open Doors) and planned out our shoot. Ashley told me she wanted her new brand to feel mature, genuine, and of course, to show a connection with nature. She also wanted to show parts of her real life, so we planned a lifestyle/at home office shoot to share her cute little blue office and her family- including her husband, Mike, and pup, Myla.

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Kingsport, TN: Lakyn + Neal's Backyard Summer Engagement Session

Kingsport, TN: Lakyn + Neal's Backyard Summer Engagement Session

I met Lakyn through a local photography group and asked her to second shoot a wedding with me out of town. We spent the weekend chatting about all of our favorite things and have since become close friends! I was incredibly honored (and ecstatic) when she asked me to be her wedding photographer!

I met up with Lakyn and Neal for their engagement session at Lakyn's father's land in Kingsport that happens to be at the base of Bay's Mountain. Needless to say, it was right up my alley! We hiked through the fields and chased the sun, touched some questionable weeds and laughed the entire evening. We ended the session at her dad’s private pond and sat around a campfire as the stars came out.

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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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Your Adventurous Wedding: Why Day-Of Timelines Help Your Wedding Day Run Smoothly

Your Adventurous Wedding: Why Day-Of Timelines Help Your Wedding Day Run Smoothly

Today on the blog, we’re moving away from recent sessions and weddings and chatting about a super important wedding topic- DAY OF TIMELINES!

One thing that I love to include in all of my wedding packages — no matter if it’s a shorter elopement or a full-day celebration— is offering to assist in creating a day-of timeline for each couple. I know that usually this is the first time a couple has planned a wedding and understand that it can be tricky to put together a schedule for everyone to know where to be and when, coordinate where the photographer should be, and just how the day is going to go in general! When I help my couples create a timeline, I try to make things easy for everyone and try to keep their ideas and wishes in mind.

It all can be overwhelming, but it’s a super important part of the day, and here’s why!

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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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Blue Ridge Parkway: Ashley + Logan's Breathtaking Windy Mountain Engagement Session

Blue Ridge Parkway: Ashley + Logan's Breathtaking Windy Mountain Engagement Session

I kicked off the year with Ashley and Logan’s engagement session, and let me say- we started with a bang! I’ve wanted to shoot on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few years now, and when I first pitched a list of locations to Ashley, I was silently hoping they’d pick the parkway. Needless to say, they made my parkway dreams come true! We had a blast laughing and hiking up to the view! I just love how these two make each other smile and laugh constantly. They are absolutely perfect for each other and it’s so easy to see just how much they care one another.

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