Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Revisiting Panthertown Valley, NC: 10 Backpacking Lessons Learned from a Downpour

Two years ago, I was invited on my first backpacking trip with my friend Elizabeth and her group of friends who visit Panthertown Valley annually. We had an amazing weekend full of campfires, "faint foothpath" finding, waterfall chasing, and of course, running from yellowjackets (you can read about that trip on the blog here). When a date had been set for the annual Panthertown trip for 2016, I cleared my schedule and began preparing for another exciting weekend in the backcountry!

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Roan Mountain, TN: Josh & Holly's Intimate Mountain Wedding

Roan Mountain, TN: Josh & Holly's Intimate Mountain Wedding

Josh and Holly had contacted me about documenting their intimate wedding on Roan Mountain and my heart almost jumped out of my chest with joy! On a Wednesday evening, we met up at Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain and hiked up to the balds with the officiant. We found a spot on Round Bald for the ceremony with amazing panoramic views, which I later found out that it was the exact spot that Josh had proposed to Holly. Months later, the two spoke their vows as the wind softened on the bald. 

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A Trip to Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain

A Trip to Carver's Gap on Roan Mountain

If you guys did not already know, when I'm not taking portraits or shooting weddings, you can usually find me on the water or in the mountains.I've heard many great things about Roan Mountain ever since I started going to college in this area and somehow never made the trip up. I finally had a free weekend, actually two, to go and see the breathtaking balds at Carver's Gap. 

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Banner Elk, NC: Amanda & Elizabeth's Cabin Elopement

Banner Elk, NC: Amanda & Elizabeth's Cabin Elopement

When the first thing you're told when you arrive at the cabin is, "We have bears," you know it's going to be a great day!On a beautiful Saturday evening in August, Amanda and Elizabeth FINALLY eloped at a breathtaking cabin in Banner Elk, North Carolina. After dating for nearly 7 years, they finally said their vows and promised themselves to each other. Witnessing their special day were 6 of their closest friends and co-workers and it was absolutely perfect! 

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