Great Smoky Mountains Elopement
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 a Great Smoky Mountain Elopement! It was such an honor to be their photographer for their intimate ceremony and their special day.
Andy and Jessica are from the St. Louis area. Jessica is an ICU nurse and Andy works on the interiors of private jets, so they’re a pretty hands-on couple. She says he’s the most sincere, sweet, and caring person she’s ever met. October marked four fun-filled years of adventure for the two of them, and it was the third October they’d spent in the Smokies.
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 Photography
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 as it 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 for Smoky Mountain wedding 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 who have this license and I’m so happy to be able to document weddings in this amazing park. Thank you so much, Jessica and Andy. It was such a pleasure to photograph your Greenbrier elopement!