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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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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Sevierville, TN: Stacy + Jason's Intimate Mountain Cabin Wedding at Parkside Resort and The Magnolia Venue

Sevierville, TN: Stacy + Jason's Intimate Mountain Cabin Wedding at Parkside Resort and The Magnolia Venue

Stacy and Jason came all of the way from Michigan to get married in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. They rented a huge cabin at Parkside Resort for their family and friends to stay, and to hold their intimate ceremony! After a super sweet first look, we drove to the Magnolia Venue for more breathtaking views. We arrived back just in time for family portraits and their ceremony on the back porch, overlooking the Smokies.

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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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Roan Mountain, TN: Zach & Daisy's Sunset Engagement Session on Round Bald

Roan Mountain, TN: Zach & Daisy's Sunset Engagement Session on Round Bald

For Daisy and Zach's engagement session, Daisy asked if we could hike up Roan and if they could bring their dog, Dixie, along. You guys already know by now that dogs and mountains are two of my favorite things and especially spending time with my couples, so it wasn't tough for me to say, "Of course!" We spent one of the last warm evenings on top of Roan with Zach, Daisy, and Dixie, and had a great time laughing all the way to sunset.

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Roan Mountain, TN: Alexis & John Michael's Intimate Summer Mountain Wedding on Round Bald

Roan Mountain, TN: Alexis & John Michael's Intimate Summer Mountain Wedding on Round Bald

Lexie and John Michael chose to get married on top of Round Bald on Roan Mountain, which (as you all know) has a piece of my heart. After two super sweet first looks (one with John Michael, and one with Lexie's dad), Lexie and her dad hiked up to the balds where the two would exchange vows. After their first kiss as husband and wife, Lexie and John Michael gave each other a huge high five, followed by a hug. We then took our time exploring the mountain in our Chacos for portraits. It was truly a perfect Summer evening on Roan Mountain.

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