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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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: 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: Joe & Caroline's Adventurous Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Roan Mountain, TN: Joe & Caroline's Adventurous Intimate Wedding at Carver's Gap

Caroline and Joe had originally planned to get married on Roan on the first Wednesday in September. Mother Nature, however, had a different plan! Due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, rain lurked in the forecast. Since their wedding had been an intimate celebration, they were able to move their wedding day to avoid the rain! These two tied the knot on top of Roan Mountain despite the threat of afternoon showers and rocked their bride and groom portraits!

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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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Boonsboro, MD: Our Appalachian Trail Proposal at Annapolis Rocks

Boonsboro, MD: Our Appalachian Trail Proposal at Annapolis Rocks

Andrew and I's proposal-aversary is on the 26th, so I thought it would be fun to share about our own adventurous proposal! Andrew proposed to me at one of my favorite places (ever) on the Appalachian Trail- Annapolis Rocks. The outcropping overlooking Boonsboro has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons- it was the perfect place to propose. This is our story!

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Hampton, TN: Ryan & Sara's Watauga Lake Sunset Engagement Session

Hampton, TN: Ryan & Sara's Watauga Lake Sunset Engagement Session

Ryan and Sara drove all of the way from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to meet up at Watauga Lake for their engagement session! We walked a few small trails and even stopped by the boat ramp to take some shots on the fishing pier. We ended the evening by watching the sunset right up against the shoreline as the waves crashed peacefully against the rocks. It was truly a perfect Summer evening by the lake!

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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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