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Erin Morrison is a Knoxville Elopement Photographer and Knoxville Wedding Photographer who specializes in natural light, documentary photography. She believes in capturing raw emotion, real moments, and amazing love stories.
Hurricane Nate. Yeah, Hurricane Nate is the reason for these rainy day industrial engagement photos in the heart of Knoxville. You see, these two lovely peeps are some hard-working doctors, and when you are a doctor, your schedule completely flexible. Right? No way! The rain was certainly coming our way on the date of our engagement photos, but luckily we secured this awesome industrial building for our picture-taking adventure. I am in love with Kelly + Trent’s choice of engagement attire, as the blues pop against the stark white walls of the warehouse. The light coming in from the large vintage windows really make this couple stand out. And can we talk about Kelly’s blue dress? How amazing does she look in it? These two weren’t afraid to get a little wet, as we took their Knoxville engagement session outdoor for a few rainy day shots.
The Press Room Knoxville
These two lovely peeps are getting married in just a few short weeks at one of Knoxville’s newest renovated industrial venues: The Press Room. The Press Room is located in downtown historic Knoxville. It contains an infinite amount of event possibilities for all of your wedding, corporate, and special occasion needs. The grand space located within The Press Room is The Assembly. This Knoxville event space can accommodate up to 600 people, which is perfect for a wedding. The 1923 Loft is perfect for a corporate board meeting, and The Printer’s Lounge and Courtyard can accommodate any outdoor gathering or casual social event. One of the best parts? This indoor and outdoor Knoxville wedding venue offers in-house catering from City Catering!
These photos mark year three with the Buehler Family, and this year we decided to venture to the Smoky Mountains for their family photos. It has been a pleasuring watching these two kiddos grow up; I get to see them from behind the lens but also get to run into them at church as well. We have been members of a local Knoxville church with this lovely family for over five years now, and it always puts a smile on my face to see them. I mean, along with being a super beautiful family on the outside, they are on the inside as well! #muchlove
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Family Photographer
Smoky Mountain family photos in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park are absolutely beautiful. Elkmont and Cades Cove are just a few examples of family photography locations in the Smokies. Erin Morrison Photography is licensed to photograph in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re interested in getting your photos taken in the park, and you’re looking for a photographer who has the required permit, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to be your Great Smoky Mountain National Park family photographer.
I received Cassie’s message in my inbox just two days after their engagement, and I pretty much fell in love with them right off the bat. As described by Cassie, Lauren is “nerdy and quiet,” and she is “energetic and loud,” but both are passionate about loving and living in Knoxville while also trying to be involved within the city to making it a better place. Their proposal happened in the woods of The Great Smoky Mountains, so we felt it appropriate to take their engagement photos in the Old City.
But the real story here is how these two met. Both Cassie + Lauren were working at a residential psychiatric facility for adolescents. They worked together for eight months; long enough to respect each other professionally and long enough to know that they enjoyed working together. About that time, Cassie decided to leap into online dating. She created an account on Match.com, and guess what? Lauren was her top match! After months of internal dialogue, Cassie finally resolved to ask Lauren out. That day, Cassie spent the entire day checking the breakroom every hour until Lauren went on break. Cassie AWKWARDLY slide her phone across the break room table asking, “So can we make this happen?” Lauren didn’t realize she was asking for her number. But don’t worry friends, they figured it out. Obviously.
Their wedding will take place just a few blocks away from where we took their engagement photos. Their wedding venue, The Central Collective, is a modern creative space in the heart of Knoxville. Cassie + Lauren are planning a simple, DIY, small party-type celebration with about forty guests. I have heard word that bacon and coffee will be served. Count me in. Ladies, I cannot WAIT to see you all again! It’s gonna be so awesome! #muchlove
There are days when I think that I have everything together. And then there are days where the universe tells me that I don’t have it all together. The day of Rachel + Corey’s Melton Hill Park engagement was not one of them. Here’s the story. First, we found out that day my husband needed to have knee surgery. Second, I thought I blew up my Honda Pilot. I had decided to change the driver custom seat settings as soon as I got into my vehicle, and I did everything that my instruction manual told me to do. After completing the required steps, I then proceeded to turn on my car, and well, it didn’t turn on. Instead, all of the bells and whistles on my car started to go off. They flashed and flickered, and they did everything but start my car. Uh-oh. I even called the Honda dealership, and they couldn’t even tell me what was going on! Double uh-oh.
My next call was to Rachel, and this sweetie came and picked me up! Yes! She’s awesome. And when I got to where we were going, Corey provided me with a delicious beverage. Even more awesomeness! Did I tell you that my couples are fantastic?! Our first stop was a Corey’s parent’s house, and they have the cutest property. Ever. After some drink sipping, and petting their cute pup, we headed out to sunny Melton Hill Park. I do love this place. The sunsets are always perfect, and when you add in the joy and love of Rachel + Corey, then it becomes magical. I mean, can you feel the love between them?!
We are super pumped about their wedding at Dara’s Garden this spring, and I know we will see more love, laughter, and joy between Rachel + Corey. #muchlove
I don’t think that there is anything better than a Spence Cabin Elopement in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Kylee + Jade traveled all the way from Utah to Tennessee for their destination elopement. Jade has always loved the Smoky Mountains, and with family close to the area, they found it to be their perfect wedding location. Kylee and Jade wed on the stone-paved patio overlooking the Little River. Kylee’s brother-in-law officiated the ceremony while her sister looked on as the witness. We continued their mountain elopement experience with couple photos along the Little River Trail, which always leads to the spectacular stone bridge. Congratulations to the newly wedded couple. Thank you for choosing EMP as your Knoxville elopement photographer.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Spence Cabin, which sits on the Little River Trail, is just one of the few elopement locations in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Little River Trail climbs along an old gravel railroad bed that runs parallel to the river that bears the same name. From the late 1800s through 1938, the Elkmont area of the park was heavily logged. Logs were hauled initially out by ox teams and then floated down The Little River. Thousands of acres of forest was purchased by the Litte River Lumber Company at the turn of the century. They built rail lines to Elkmont, which eventually extended all the way to Clingmans Dome. This spur would become the Little River Trail. After the Smokies became a national park, the lumber company ceased operations in 1938 and had removed the railroad tracks in 1940.
Near the trailhead, hikers will pass by several old chimney stacks. These chimney stacks are from former resort cottages built in the 1920s. These cabins were considered summer homes by the affluent from Knoxville. If you are considering a Smoky Mountain elopement, please contact me today. Erin Morrison Photography is licensed to photograph in the Smokies.
I look back at Ann and Tony’s wedding, and I just smile. Weddings at Pleasant Hill Vineyards are always a beautiful affair, but this summer wedding gives me all the warm fuzzy and giddy feels. From Ann and her sister singing worship songs during the ceremony to Ann tearing up during the father-daughter dance this day was filled with so much good stuff! And can we talk about Ann + Tony’s first look? Just minutes before they saw each other it was raining. I mean, a torrential downpour of water from the skies. But the rain magically stopped, and the blue skies came out. Tony’s beaming smile dissipated any nerves Ann may have felt that day, and you could sense that she was ready to spend the day with her husband.
As you peruse your way through the images below, I want you to take a minute and appreciate all the handmade and personal details that Ann and Tony incorporated into their day. Ann’s sister drew personalized cartoon characters of the wedding party for the wedding programs, were then created on Vistaprint. For the wedding favors, Ann designed three designs to embroider on tea towels. Her sister digitized them, and Tony used an automatic sewing machine to embellish all 250 of them! Wow! They turned out fantastic and were one of the most amazing personal touches of their wedding.
That is not the only DIY touches of this Pleasant Hill Vineyard wedding: personalized escort cards on paint sample swatches, purple doylies hung from the tent ceiling, and a baked homemade cake and cake sign were all DIY. And guess what? The bouquets and boutonnieres were DIY as well! Yes! Ann purchased flowers from Trader Joe’s and Sam’s Club and created all of the flower decorations with her mother. The ribbon purchased from Hobby Lobby capped off the flowers effortlessly.
In fact, the whole day was utterly effortless with this lovely couple, and we hope their marriage life is just the same. Thank you so much to Ann + Tony for choosing us as your Knoxville Wedding Photographers. We wish you a lifetime of happiness, giddiness, and fuzzy feels. #muchlove
Where do I even begin? How can I put into words an entire year of photography for Erin Morrison Photography? I had the pleasure of witnessing a 26-year relationship end in marriage and checked off one of my bucket-list shoots by shooting in an abandoned pool. I returned to The Barn at Chestnut Springs for multiple weddings, while also venturing to new venues such as Ramble Creek Vineyards and Events, The Quarry Knoxville, The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek, and Candoro Marble. On the list of “cool new things,” I added two waterfall shoots with Meredith + Chris and Stephanie + Dustin. Let’s not to mention that I am still a Smoky Mountain wedding photographer; venturing out to the Smokies will never, ever get old. I got to witness happiness, sadness, contentment, and love. I got to hold newborn babies while watching past babies grow into toddlers. I even had the pleasure of putting together two group shoots with a list of talented Knoxville photographers. And talk about talent? I taught alongside photographers and videographers at The Real Workshop, which is named one of the Top Conferences or Workshop to attend in 2018 by Junebug Weddings. Wow.
And all the while, I had my best photographer friend next to me. Clint James Photography is seriously one of the best peeps that I could ever have with me, and his talent, inspiration, education, and wittiness is next to none. To all the families and couples have allowed me into their lives this past year, I want to thank you. Your trust in me means all the world. And last, but certainly not least, I need to thank my husband. James, thank you for all of your love and support. I love you.
I look forward to what 2018 will bring, and I look forward to adventure, friendship, and family. #muchlove
Have you toyed with the idea of a New Year Wedding? If you are in love with the idea of a sequin wedding dress, popping a whole lot of bubbly, and throwing confetti then this New Years Wedding Inspiration at Candoro Marble in Knoxville is for you. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for a wedding. You, your fiance, and all of your guests are in a celebratory mood, which is always a plus. Further, with a New Year’s wedding, there are no rules. Didn’t you know that? Of course, you must incorporate a few details and elements of the New Year’s theme. After all, this will be a once in a lifetime start to the new year for you both, so why not mark it?
The New Years is synonymous with glitz and glam, and that is exactly what we did for this styled shoot. Our base inspiration? A gold sequin dress from Rent the Runway, and a vintage-glam look created by Southern Belle Beauty. The glitter didn’t stop there as gold continue its way through the beautiful centerpiece, bouquet, and boutonniere from Swank Floral. Black always looks wonderful with a bit of sparkle, so we added black elements with linens from All Occasions Party Rentals, black candlesticks from Swank Floral, and a traditional black suit from Prestige Tuxedo. However, we kept some things super simple, like white plates from Unique Settings Rentals.
What did you think of the gold and black chest of drawers from Candoro Marble? And can we talk about this stunning natural light that this Knoxville wedding venue provides? It’s stunning. And with the help of Marvyl from Team Wedding, this beautiful space was made into a simply stunning inspiration space. Remember, there is always room for bubble for a New Years wedding. Why not accessorize with escort cards made from The TriStarScribe? I mean, who wouldn’t want to arrive at a New Years wedding with champagne in hand? From the extra-special kiss at midnight to festive party props, New Year’s weddings come with a big excuse to party until the wee hours. Best wishes to you and yours in the next year; may it be full of glitz, glam, and sparkle. #muchlove
Do you remember Meredith + Chris from their sunrise couple photos at the Nashville Pedestrian Bridge? Well, I certainly do. These lovely people were so gracious to allow this Knoxville photographer to take their picture at 5 am! Now, this couple is married and rocking it through their first year of marriage like a boss. And what place to have anniversary photos than at the Rock Island Waterfall?
Meredith + Chris met many years ago while Meredith was a manager at a restaurant in Nashville. Chris would come into the restaurant and see this lovely woman. As Meredith would say, he stalked her. Ok, Ok! The word “stalk” may be a strong word, but he had an instant connection to her and just had to take her out on a date. I guess you could say that the rest is history?
Congratulations to Meredith + Chris. I wish you many years of wedded bliss. #muchlove
Rock Island State Park
The Rock Island Waterfall, or otherwise noted as the Great Falls, is a 30-foot cascading waterfall. The Great Falls are located at Rock Island State Park, which is an 883-acre park situated at the beginning of Center Hill Lake at the junction of the Caney Fork, Collins, and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty is undoubtedly a nature-lovers dream as it includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam, a 19th-century cotton textile mill, rugged trails perfect for hiking, and scenic overlooks. The overlooks are some of the most spectacular and significant overlooks along the Eastern Highland Rim.
This Vineyards at Betty’s Creek Wedding is brought to you by the lovely Jeri + Dean. I have been looking forward to this North Caroline vineyard wedding since I photographed their engagement photos in Abingdon, Virginia. I must admit, I have been completely smitten with this couple since Jeri’s contact form dinged in my inbox. She was looking for a photographer to capture her wedding day in a “a special, non traditional, way. I love artsy photography that captures feeling- your photos do that!” Sign me up girl.
Of course, I immediately looked up The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek, and I was in awe of it’s rustic elegance. I arrived on the property on the wedding day and[was wowed by the mountain beauty filled with waterfalls, flower gardens, and acres of vines. Placed perfectly around the property were stunning cabin lodges and rustic barns. The ceremony took place in front of the Honeymoon Cottage, which was used as the original wine cellar. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Dunkard Barn Lodge, and the reception was held at the stunning Event Pavilion. Can we talk about this reception?! It was the epitome of simplistic charm with bountiful amounts of candles and lush greenery.
Thank you to Jeri + Dean for choosing us as your Knoxville Wedding Photographers, and congratulations on your marriage! #muchlove
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