There’s something incredibly romantic about an elopement. Whether you keep it a secret or tell only a close few, eloping narrows the focus of the day to the bride and groom. While this is certainly the goal of any wedding, sometimes the details takeover and the stress increases. The end result? The true meaning of the day gets buried under both. Eloping brings a peace and calmness to the ceremony. Nowhere is there a more peaceful place to elope than the Great Smoky Mountains. Or, choose another East Tennessee location such as Whitestone Inn, Sampson’s Hollow, or Gallaher Bend.
Reasons for Eloping
There are many reasons for choosing elopement. Here are just a few:
1. Not everyone likes being the center of attention.
2. Elopement is less expensive and less stressful.
3. It’s a great way to avoid sticky awkward guest list invites.
4. Elopements are often more memorable events.
5. The process is faster than a traditional wedding.
Eloping costs a fraction of the traditional wedding, yet it doesn’t mean running off to Vegas. Some people may choose that route, while others opt for a romantic elopement in the mountains of East Tennessee. Elopement is a personal choice for the bride and groom.
East Tennessee Elopement
I may be partial to the beauty of East Tennessee since I live here but there is something truly magical about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s a reason the Smokies is the most visited park in the National Park system. The beauty of the mountains, the lush plant life of the forest, and the wildlife that call the park home make this a great spot to say “I do!” As a photographer, capturing your forever day ceremony with the mountains as your backdrop is a joy for me. It allows me to share in your private celebration of love and to do what I love.
The incredible beauty of the park provides a variety of outdoor settings for your elopement. A waterfall or spot overlooking the mountains makes a great place to exchange vows. Check out the list of sites the National Park Service approves for weddings here. It’s important to note that while elopements are known for spontaneity, completed forms regarding your service are due to the park service 14 days prior to your event.
Cabins & Historic Churches
Cabins provide a unique setting for your elopement and cover in the event of rain. Check out the Spence Cabin “River Lodge,” a popular choice for elopements. Inside the Smokies borders, you will find many historic churches. These rustic locations also provide unique venues for your elopement. No matter which setting you choose, the peace and beauty of East Tennessee surround you.
Knoxville Elopement Photographer
If you are considering elopement, don’t skimp on a quality photographer for your special day—capturing the memories is just too important. I’m a Knoxville Elopement Photographer that captures true expressions, anticipates the next laugh, and who notices the lingering looks. Visit me online to view examples of my elopement portfolios. While based in Knoxville, I surrounding areas in East Tennessee.
If an elopement is something you are considering, contact me for availability and rates. Capturing your love story in a candid way that is unique to who you are as a couple is my specialty. If this sounds like the kind of photographer you’re searching for, let’s chat.