Great Smoky Mountains Elopement in Greebrier
When Jessica initially contacted me, she was interested in wedding photography. But, when October rolled around, it turned out that she and her fiance decided to have an elopement in Greenbrier! It was such an honor to be their photographer for their intimate ceremony and their special day.
Riverside Wedding Ceremony
Jessica and Andy’s Greenbrier elopement was so special to capture. Their ceremony was held in a beautiful, private location overlooking the rocks and rapids of the river. The tall trees and scattered autumn leaves provided a magnificent backdrop for their wedding photography. Together, we walked through the woods to take their wedding portraits in a number of gorgeous locations. But nothing was more beautiful than the way they looked at one another. It was so easy to capture their love. I was so pleased they decided to elope in the Smoky Mountains, formalizing their love for each other in a place they loved so much!
Greenbrier Elopement Locations
This was my first time to Greenbrier. The Greenbrier is a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg. It is known for its raging waters, wooden bridges, and rocky areas. The whole area is simply perfect for tons of photos. There are three approved Greenbrier wedding locations and none of them will disappoint. Greenbrier #1 is a popular wedding destination. This location includes the beach area along the middle prong of the Little Pigeon River where the river rushes beautifully over the rocks. Greenbrier #2 is near the Old Settlers’ Trailhead and includes the area adjacent to the river. There’s also the Greenbrier Picnic Pavilion near the Grapeyard Ridge Trail which features a rustic, secluded picnic shelter. These approved wedding ceremony locations are all near the banks of the Little Pigeon River and provide an abundance of beautiful backdrops! The perfect place for Smoky Mountain elopement photography.
Smokies Permitted Photographer
When planning for a Greenbrier elopement or wedding, it’s important to note that wedding ceremonies held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park require a permit or a reservation. But not only does the park require a permit, so does your photographer. Wedding photography in the Smoky Mountains requires a “Commercial Use Authorization.” Because I love capturing weddings in these iconic, scenic landscapes, I make sure to keep this license current. Erin Morrison Photography is one of the few companies that have this license and I’m so happy to be able to document weddings in this amazing park.