Roan Mountain, TN: Katie + Tim's Adventurous Mountaintop Engagement Session

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Katie and Tim are such a laid-back, sweet, and genuine couple. It feels like yesterday that I received an inquiry from Katie asking me to be a part of their upcoming wedding day!

These two met back in 2012 and had their first date at a Japanese restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, and have been together ever since! At the time, Tim was in his second year at Brown University and Katie was working at Rhode Island Hospital in asthma research. Four years later, Tim proposed to Katie on a break from school to celebrate Katie’s sister’s wedding in Maine. They decided to take their own trip after the wedding to a small town called Kingfield, Maine and stayed at a cute bed and breakfast. Since the two had been so busy with school, Katie was really un-suspecting of the proposal! I’ll let them tell the story from here:

“ We knew we wanted to go hiking, so we decided on Little Bigelow as our first adventure. Once we made it to the top, Katie was taking pictures of the views and taking in its beauty when she turned around to see Tim down on one knee with a ring. She was very surprised! She immediately said yes and could not stop smiling and they took a picture at the top of the mountain to commemorate the moment.”

Since Katie and Tim got engaged on top of Little Bigelow, it was only fitting that they also get married in the mountains! Katie and Tim are getting married at Roan Mountain State Park, but wanted to explore the park on their wedding day, so we decided to do their engagement up on the epic balds. We met up on a somewhat cold and blustery day in the Spring and had a blast talking about the different kinds of trees and plant life on the balds! I loved exploring with these two and cannot wait for their wedding day!

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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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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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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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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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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Fort Loudon, PA: Laken's Woodsy Maternity Session at Cowan's Gap

Fort Loudon, PA: Laken's Woodsy Maternity Session at Cowan's Gap

I met up with Laken and Wayne at Cowan's Gap State Park in Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania for their maternity session. It was a perfect fit for this mountain mama-to-be and avid outdoors loving couple! Wayne loves to fish and they both love to hunt, so I knew the lake and woodsy feel would be a perfect way to celebrate and welcome their little girl! We spent the evening walking around the lake, laughing at Wayne's humor, and catching up on life. It was a perfect summer evening in the mountains of PA!

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