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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Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Your Adventurous Wedding: 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a First Look

Day-of timelines are pretty important for planning your wedding day, and that includes deciding on having a first look or a more traditional timeline. From a photographer’s perspective, and having been a bride myself, I am personally a huge fan of first looks! My husband and I decided to do a first look for our own wedding and it was the best decision. We have never regretted it! With wedding season around the corner, I thought I’d share my top 5 reasons to why you should consider having a first look on your wedding day!

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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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Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

Homestead on the Holston: Canoe Free Spirit Bohemian Styled Elopement

I’m a part of a wonderful local networking group full of creative entrepreneurs called TuesdaysTogether! Thanks to our community, I was lucky to meet Tricia Mosier of Elizabeth Dean Styled Events, who invited me to take part in a one-of-a-kind styled shoot that she was putting together! We all gathered at the beautiful Homestead on the Holston, a historic cabin venue with lots of land next to the north fork of the Holston River, and photographed the set ups that Tricia had designed— a “Notebook” canoe, a picnic blanket dinner, a bridal chair, and a bohemian tee pee complete with hanging cake display! Definitely a shoot for the record books and one you won’t want to miss!

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