Colorful Summer Wedding with Lush Flower Arbor

Colorful Summer Wedding at Heartland Meadows in Knoxville

Colorful Summer Wedding at Heartland Meadows

I got them to say a dirty word at their engagement session. Their laughter was so loud, I knew that I was going to fall in love with Amanda and Benyx. I certainly did. Their bright summer wedding at Heartland Meadows this past May was nothing short of smiles, happy tears, and intimate moments. Capturing the moments between them reminded me of why I became a wedding photographer in the first place.

Their Story

They dated for eight years. It actually took three years for Benyx to even just ask Amanda out on a date! What Amanda didn’t know, was that Benyx decided to make plans for their future throughout the entire eight years. Yes, Amanda would drop the occasional “getting married” conversation, and he nonchalantly blew it off like it was nothing. But he was right there with her. He was making payments on a ring, each month a little went towards the ring until he could finally ask her to be his wife.

Intimate Moments

Amanda wanted a huge celebration for her wedding day. In her mind, the more the merrier!  And what a celebration they had! But along with those celebration moments, were intimate moments such a first look with Amanda and her father. The first look with her “daddy” was absolutely special. She wanted to have that moment with him to say thank you. She wanted to say thank you for raising her, for making her the woman she was, and the wife she would be. When he turned around to see her, his eyes filled with tears “You look just as beautiful as I dreamed you would.” Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Oh, but there were more happy tears to be had! Amanda and Benyx planned a hidden first look and prayer together before the walk down the aisle. It was a last minute decision, but certainly one of the sweetest.  “I’ve never felt so secure in becoming his wife,” she said. “I can’t tell you what that feeling was like but I can tell you I knew God was blessing me with the man I’ve prayed for.” They clasped hands around the barn, and barely a whisper was spoken. The only sound was the click of my shutter, and it felt like the whole world had just stopped.

Lush Flower Arbor

Benyx actually choose the purple! I think that it was a perfect choice that compliments Amanda’s bubbly personality. Blending varying shades of hot pinks and purples, LB Floral used roses, stock flower, and eucalyptus to create an arbor overflowing with blooms! It was a definite wow factor for the wedding and actually brought Amanda to tears. It was a perfect highlight for her wedding day under the shade of a grand tree.

Erin Morrison Photography

Whether you are looking for a celebration like Amanda, or an intimate wedding in the Smokies, I am the Knoxville wedding photographer for you. I would love to work with you to help you create heirloom photographs. To get a feel for my photography style, be sure to check out my wedding portfolio. If you think that I might be a good fit, contact me.

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Vendors

Venue: Heartland Meadows | Second Shooter: Matthew & Brittany |
| Coordinator: Custom Love Gifts, Events & Prints | Floral: LB Floral |
| DJ: Knox Vegas DJ | Videography: Something Goode Videography |
| Catering: Dead End BBQ | Cake and Treats: Whisk & Batter & Village Bakery, Knoxville TN | 
Icecream Station: Creamy Cup | Dress: Alfred Angelo |
| Bridesmaid Dresses: Anna’s Bridal | Suits: Joseph A. Bank & Suit Supply |

Moody Smoky Mountain Elopement in Elkmont

Intimate Smoky Mountain Elopement at Spence Cabin in Elkmont

Moody Smoky Mountain Elopement in Elkmont

Did you know that you can meet the love of your life playing water volleyball? Yes! It’s true! That is exactly how Autumn + Jordan met over eight years ago. In fact, this couple lives just down the road from the Smoky Mountains in Nashville. How nice is it to have such an amazing intimate elopement location just a few hours away? It was something that they couldn’t pass up.

The best part? Their amazing friend Kelley joined them and provided not only Autumn flawless makeup look, but she was also their officiant! Yes! She is ordained in the state of Tennessee. Now that is what I call an all-in-one service. She performed the service on the back patio of Spence Cabin as the Little River flowed behind them. Autumn and Jordan’s voices were almost at a whisper as the read their vows to each other. After popping a bit of champagne, the newly married couple and I ventured to see all that Elkmont has to offer. We stopped at my favorite stone bridge and found an intimate location on the Little River Trail. My favorite location of this intimate Smoky Mountain Elopement is the newly visible chimneys from the old cabins.

Spence Cabin Wedding

Do you love the outdoors? Are you looking for a location that is serene? The sounds of the Little River fill Spence Cabin and it is a perfect location for an intimate wedding or elopement. Located in the Elkmont Historic District, this pink cottage is a unique venue for all sorts of gatherings.

Built in the early 1900s, this vacation home was once part of the Appalachian Club resort community. The community members escaped to the mountains in summer to escape the Tennessee heat. The National Park Service has restored Spence Cabin to its historic appearance and it is now available for day use rental. If you are interested in an intimate Smoky Mountain elopement or wedding, please feel free to contact me at any time!

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Vendors:

| Officiant + Hair and Makeup Artist: Kelly Laverty |

| Dress: Wear Your Love | Suit: Men’s Wearhouse |

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