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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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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Hampton, TN: Angie + Austin's Fall Sunset Engagement Session at Watauga Lake

Hampton, TN: Angie + Austin's Fall Sunset Engagement Session at Watauga Lake

Angie and Austin are just so incredibly sweet together! These two drove all of the way from Charleston, South Carolina to visit me in the mountains for their engagement session at Watauga Lake in Hampton, Tennessee! As we arrived, the sun was already setting, so we chased the light from spot to spot. Austin and Angie brought their little pup, Daisy, who was just so precious! Their humor together is just so contagious- I was laughing all evening! I’m so glad that we got to enjoy one of the last nice Fall evenings by the lake.

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Watauga Lake, TN: Whitney's Bohemian Lakeside Styled Bridal Session

Watauga Lake, TN: Whitney's Bohemian Lakeside Styled Bridal Session

I met up with Whitney at Watauga Lake on a warm Tuesday evening! We walked around the lake and took photos in a gorgeous meadow where the sun had been filtering through the trees. From there, we made it over to the shore where the sun had been setting over the mountains. I had a blast getting to know Whitney and taking her portraits! She is such a sweetheart and has a love for adventure. I'm so glad that she reached out to me and was able to model!

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