Erin Morrison is a Knoxville Elopement Photographer and Knoxville Wedding Photographer who specializes in natural light, documentary photography. She believes in capturing raw emotion, real moments, and amazing love stories.
In November 2016, the Smoky Mountains suffered a serious blow. A raging wildfire consumed much of the land south of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Luckily, the firefighters and Smokies personnel saved a prominent location within its borders. The Noah Bud Ogle Cabin survived the blaze, and that is how I get to write about this charming Smokies elopement.
I guess you could say that elopements run in the family for Candace. Candace’s parents eloped! Nearly 27 years ago, Candace’s mother wore a blue dress. Upon hearing the story of her parent’s elopement, Candace never pictured her wedding any other way. Her handmade, blue skirt contrasted perfectly with the new spring foliage the Smokies provided. It complemented well with Nathan’s crisp blue suit and the bouquet from Melissa Timm Designs. Also, doesn’t Candace look radiant? She chose the amazing pros at Southern Belle Beauty to make her look her best!
The blue dress was a trademark of the day’s events. However, the stunning scenery of the Smokies was the cherry on top. In her childhood, Candace visited many of the National Parks, and the Smokies was always at the top of her list. She was enchanted by its waterways and forests and she knew it would be the perfect place to start her marriage. This would also be Nathan’s first trip to a National Park; a start to a new tradition together!
Smokies Elopement Photographer
Elopements in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park are absolutely beautiful. Noah Bud Ogle Cabin is just one example of ceremony locations. If you’re looking for a Smoky Mountain Permitted Photographer, look no further. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
There aren’t better people in the world than Liz and Cliff. I remember my phone call with Liz as we planned her engagement session, and I immediately fell in love with her. I could hear the northern accent through the phone, and her laid-back attitude. Yeah, their rock and roll wedding was going to be an absolute treat to photograph!
Tennessee Destination Wedding
Liz + Cliff wanted to have a rustic, rock and roll wedding. Liz dreamed of a fall wedding, but since Cliff is a farmer, it was not possible. So, they did the next best thing! They traveled down to Tennessee for a destination wedding. The Barn at Chestnut Springs provided all that they needed. This destination wedding venue had an intimate setting with some “kick-ass scenery!”
Classic Rock Music
They wanted tons of fun, food, and live music! Liz and Cliff hired a live classic rock band for the occasion. The Dead Ringers, which is a Led Zeppelin cover band, provided the music for their ceremony and cocktail hour. “Going to California” played for the bridal party during the processional. The bride walked out to “Over the Hills and Far Away.” Ogle Entertainment made sure to play everything the guests wanted to hear. They rocked out all night!
Doing It Their Way
When planning the wedding they wanted it to represent them as a couple. Aside from their love of rock and roll, they love sweets! A dessert table with all their favorites awaited guests at the reception. Donuts, mini pies, and popcorn for all. Cliff is also a big fan of honey. Mini jars of wildflower honey with personalized labels and wrapped in lace could be found at the front door. A perfect giveaway treat for all the guests.
Megan Connors Floral Styling
Oh man! Did you see Liz’s wedding bouquet and the arbor? The flowers were insane! Liz provided the inspiration and colors to Megan Connors, and she did the rest! Her company creates such fresh-from-the-garden arrangements and uses local materials seasonal to Tennessee. Her designs for Liz and Cliff have us still talking about this rock and roll wedding!