Smoky Mountain Wedding Photographers
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Commercial Use Authorization
My name is Erin Morrison and I am permitted Smoky Mountain photographer. Why do photographers have to have a Commercial Use Authorization (aka permit)? A CUA is required if an individual, organization, or company, provide any goods, activities, services, agreements, or other function for members, clients, or the public that take place in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Basically, it is a work permit. The Smoky Mountains is The United States government property. Those who work on the property are properly vetted and approved for commercial use. Permitted photographers must have a business license and liability insurance. When you see a permitted Smoky Mountain photographer, you can rest assured that you are dealing with a professional and licensed photographer.
Smoky Mountain Locations
Cades Cove is quintessentially the most popular place in the Smokies. Once you hop on Cades Cove Loop Road, you are met with all that the National Park has to offer. If you are looking for epic mountain views, expansive fields, lush forests, and waterfall trails then this is your place. This is also the best place to spot a whole lot of wildlife, including bears!
From a personal standpoint, this is one of my favorite places to photograph in the Smokies. Just like Cades Cove, it has a mix of everything. The Little River runs through much of this area and has plenty of places on its banks for photography opportunities. You will also see stone chimney stacks leftover from past cabins, and even a beautiful stone bridge. And don’t forget, that some of the most popular camping is done in Elkmont!
If you are looking for a serene mountain wedding venue, then this is the place. Spence Cabin is one of the few places in the Smokies where you can have an inside and an outside wedding or elopement. Inside the cabin, you will find a fully-functioning amenities such as a kitchen and bathrooms. You will also find a beautiful main living room with a stunning stone fireplace.
Accessing this area of the Smokies through the Townsend Park Entrance, Tremont is home to one of the most popular hikes in the Smokies. Middle Prong Trail passes three major waterfalls, in addition to numerous smaller waterfalls, cataracts, and cascades. At just a half-mile into the walk, hikers will reach the Lower Lynn Camp Falls.
Just six miles east of Gatlinburg, Greenbrier is one of the great off-beaten path areas of The Great Smoky Mountains. Which makes it the perfect intimate wedding spots at Greenbrier #1 and Greenbrier #2. The gravel Greenbrier Road runs along the river and ends at Porters Creek trailhead. Boasting wildflowers in the Spring and Ramsay Cascades waterfall, it’s the hidden gem of locations.
Located at the Townsend Entrance, this area gets its name from the intersection nearby. After arriving in the Smokies, visitors can choose to go West to Cades Cove or East to Gatlinburg. Before the split is the popular Townsend Y Swimming Hole. The cool water of the Littler River is perfect for those blistering southern summer days.
The Sinks is one of the most picturesque spots along the Little River Road scenic drive. This area offers visitors the chance to see natural pools that are outlined on both sides by river boulders. The crystal-clear water, natural pools, and waterfall make this an excellent spot to stretch your legs and snap some photos!
The newest addition to the Smokies! The long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, Tennessee, is finally open. It offers magnificent views into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as it crosses Green Mountain. Mount Cammerer and the Eastern Smokies dominate the view.
Looking for scenic locations? US 441 to Newfound Gap is a beautiful drive, and full of photography locations. The Appalachian Trail (AT) also crosses over Newfound Gap Road and straddles the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee. If you are looking for a unique and epic elopement location, this is the one for you.
Erin Morrison Photography
Weddings and elopements in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park are absolutely beautiful. If you’re interested in getting married in the park, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to be your National Park photographer.