Nature is calling you — in the most beautiful way possible. Whether you are planning a picture-perfect photoshoot, or your whole wedding day to be on location, the world renowned Great Smoky Mountains National Park should absolutely be on the list of considerations for your big day! Being a Smoky Mountain Photographer has given me a unique bond with this beautiful landscape. Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, offering the beauty of the ancient Southern Appalachian Mountains. The stunning backdrop for adventurous couples includes scenic overlooks, rushing streams, country trails, historic cabins and churches, protected forests, meadows, and coves.

Deciding on a wedding location can be difficult. Some couples feel connected to a special memory between their loved one and themselves - like where they first met, a favorite date, or a place they have always wanted to visit. Others are hoping to light their wedding fantasies while researching for their special day.Let the breathtaking images below from this Tennessee photographer, inspire your Smoky Mountain wedding or elopement fantasy to come alive!


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As an experienced Smoky Mountain photographer, I know all the best spots for experiencing this little slice of paradise. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot weddings in so many locations with all different photography styles, but nothing compares to the incredible panorama captured by a talented Smoky Mountain photographer. A classic Smoky Mountain wedding is my bread and butter – these mountains feature everything from vivid colorful wildflowers in the day, to dreamy fireflies illuminating the skies at night. Choose from areas like charming Cades Cove, enchanted Elkmont, fabled Foothills Parkway, stunning Spence Cabin, or gorgeous Greenbrier, to make your Tennessee Smoky Mountain wedding experience one that you won’t forget!

Located on the Western side of the park, charming Cades Cove is one of the most popular spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Surrounded by mountains, it offers some of the best opportunities for viewing wildlife in the park. Following an 11-mile one-way road that loops around the valley, there are many buildings still standing including homes, barns, churches, cemeteries, and a grist mill.

As a popular tourist spot on a one-way road, budgeting the time needed for your photoshoot is important. When busy, traffic can be slow moving, and driving around the loop and stopping at several locations for photos can take a few hours - especially if you choose to explore some of the longer trails. Plan this into your schedule to allow for a relaxed experience exploring the natural beauty of the landscape of Cades Cove.

The 20 feet high waterfalls can be found along the tranquil five-mile walk to Abrams Creek. Waterfalls are one of nature’s most amazing natural landscapes, adding a glistening backdrop to your Tennessee Smoky Mountain wedding. Or enjoy the running creeks, cascading rivers, and tree lined scenery – and let me bring the beauty of nature to your session. As a Knoxville wedding photographer, your Tennessee Smoky Mountain wedding is in perfect hands!

Another place this Smoky Mountain elopement photographer recommends visiting in the Clingman’s Dome. This is the highest point in Tennessee, sitting at 6,643 feet. With breathtaking views of ridges and overlooking the valleys, the short hike is absolutely worth the pictures captured here. From misty magical moments to sun covered shots, once your date is secured, we can focus on the stunning view you want to add to your special day.

Photographers in Knoxville, TN take our trips to the Smoky Mountains very seriously, and I can’t wait to talk about all the beautiful nature and landscape opportunities awaiting your photoshoot! If the Smoky Mountains look like the location for your dream wedding, engagement of elopement photos, grab this chance now! To ensure you secure your ideal date, give me a call as soon as possible, and let’s chat about what your day could look like. As America’s most visited National Park, and one of the most diverse and photogenic landscapes, lock me in as your Smoky Mountain Photographer and let me capture your love story with breathtaking views you need to see to believe.

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