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Rainy Max Patch Mountain Engagement Photos

It’s not every day that we get out to Max Patch Mountain for engagement photos. Lea, Alex, and I made this special trip a few weeks ago. Deep in the Pisgah National Forest, this bald-headed mountaintop offers star gazing, camping, and wildflowers. Right on the Appalachian Trail, this scenic location is beloved by many.

We were there for the jaw-dropping views. The Great Smoky Mountains, dominates the horizon to the southwest. To the east in Tennessee, there is the view of the flatlands. And to the west rises the dark ridge line of the Black Mountains. Everywhere we turned, endless ridges and peaks fill every vantage point.  As you will see, Max Patch Mountain is beautiful no matter the weather. Rain, sun, and wind greeted us for our engagement photos. So may think that this is a problem, but I guarantee you that it isn’t. Lea’s long dress effortless flowed as her hair whipped across her face. The dark skies also created a simply romantic feel. 

Lea and Alex are getting married this Fall at one of our favorite North Carolina wedding venues. The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek offers as much as Max Patch Mountain if not more! Manicured gardens, orchards, and vineyards fill this mountain oasis resort. The Vineyards at Betty’s Creek also offers stunning mountain views!

Knoxville Engagement Photography

Erin Morrison Photography is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. I travel to many places in East Tennessee, such as Max Patch Mountain. Please feel free to view my engagement portfolio page, and please contact me to book your engagement photos!

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Industrial Winter Wedding at The Standard Knoxville

I first met Shannon and Alex while planning their engagement photo session. Capturing the genuine love between the two, combined with the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains, reminded me of why I love what I do. And it was an honor to photograph their industrial winter wedding at The Standard Knoxville just a few months ago! This amazing Knoxville wedding venue is located in the heart of downtown. The circa 1930 building was once The Standard Wilson Glass Company. In 2011 it was repurposed as a modern event center. The building’s essence lays in it’s exposed brick, original wood staircase, and copper storefront.

A Love Story

As a Knoxville wedding photographer, I never tire of capturing that first look—when the groom sees his bride for the first time. Alex’s teary-eyed reaction of seeing Shannon is what it is all about. No matter how cold the temperature was outside, the warmth in this wedding was immeasurable.  Shannon and Alex are a perfect example of what happens when you let the emotion of the day guide your photos. The sparkle in Shannon’s eyes, the wide smiles from Alex, and the celebration with friends and family were my focus.

The Highlights

The beautiful organic cranberry florals from Melissa Timm Design added the perfect color for this industrial winter wedding. Adorned with greenery, stood the focal point for the wedding: the beautiful old barn doors. Can we talk about the couple? Essense of Australia was where Shannon found her dream dress, and it complimented nicely with Alex’s dark blue suit from Men’s Warehouse.

Coordinator Heels & Veils handled the details perfectly. Celebration after the ceremony included cuisine from Rosa’s Catering. Shannon and Alex’s beautiful cake was a creation of K*Town Cakes. The reception continued with dancing to music provided by Andrew from Ogle Entertainment. If you catch it, you may see my main second shooter, Clint, mauled by a group of dancers! Ha!

Erin Morrison Photography

I am a wedding, elopement, and engagement photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee.  I specialize in natural light, documentary photography—a great fit for the surrounding Great Smoky National Park and unique settings like The Standard Knoxville.

Are you’re searching for a photographer that captures true expressions, anticipates the next laugh, and who notices the lingering looks? No matter where you are on your love story journey, please feel free to contact me! I would love to capture your story in a candid way that is unique to who you are as a couple. If this sounds like the kind of photographer you’re searching for, let’s chat.

Vendors

| Venue: The Standard Knoxville | Second Shooter: Clint James Photography |

|Coordinator: Heels and Veils | Floral: Melissa Timm Designs |

| Catering: Rosa’s Catering | Cake: K*Town Cakes |

| DJ: Ogle Entertainment |

| Dress: Essence of Australia | Suit: Men’s Wearhouse |

 

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Smokies Engagement Photos at the Townsend Y

As I work with couples, I love to hear their unique engagement stories. I must admit that there’s something special about an engagement story that doesn’t go quite as planned. Brittany and Blake’s story did not disappoint, and that proposal is why I can share with you these simply sweet Smokies engagement photos.

The Proposal

Brittany and Blake had been dating for about a year when they took a beach trip with both their families. The two families settled into the condo for the night, and the next morning, Brittany’s parents and sister along with Blake went down the beach to “claim a spot.” When Brittany came a bit later with Blake’s parents, she headed right for the water.  Blake invited her to build a sand castle with him but wanting to relax on their first day at the beach, she turned him down. This, of course, was not in his plans.

Blake went over and began digging on his own. Brittany’s sister convinced her to join Blake. He handed her a piece of driftwood and pointed out a good digging spot. At first, she was reluctant since the spot wasn’t even near the water, but Blake assured her that it was a good place to dig. The two dug together for a while. Eventually, they came across a wood treasure box. Brittany admitted that she was still oblivious to Blake’s plans. He pulled out a blue shell with the ring on it, knelt down on one knee in the sand, and asked Brittany to marry him. At first, she was so surprised that she asked him if it was for real. After some assurance, Brittany accepted, and I’m so glad that she did because it gave me the opportunity to meet this couple.

Smokies Engagement Photos

As you can probably guess from their engagement story, Brittany and Blake are such a fun couple. Their engagement session in Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Little Pigeon River turned out so awesome. Because their dogs are so special to them, they brought them along and included their precious dogs in a few of their photos. I always love when couples choose to include pets or other special aspects of their lives in their engagement photos. It allows me to really get to know them as a couple.

As I worked as their Knoxville wedding photographer, I could sense this couple’s real love for each other. They fully embraced the engagement photography experience, walking along the shoreline and sharing a few kisses. At one point, Brittany even chose to take off her shoes. There’s something beautiful about outdoor barefoot pictures, don’t you think?

The Location

I’ll admit that I love doing engagement and wedding photos at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the best things about photos sessions here is the opportunity to really connect with nature. This park offers such a diverse landscape, which allows each couple to have a unique photo session experience. Of course, Brittany and Blake’s session focused on the area along the Little Pigeon River, which is one of my favorite areas in the park for engagement photos. The Smokies also offers beautiful fields and forested areas, which offer countless opportunities for really gorgeous photos. Plus, the mountains look great in the background of any photo session in the Smokies.

The natural beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park makes it an ideal location for engagement and wedding photo, but the historic buildings also offer some really great photo opportunities. For example, Spence Cabin, which runs along the Little River Trail, is one great historic building that has been the backdrop for some of my favorite photo sessions in the park.

If you are looking for a photographer for your engagement photos, I encourage you to take a look at my portfolio. Get a feel for my style. Then contact me to schedule an engagement photo session. I look forward to working with you!

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Downtown Knoxville Wedding

Casey + Jeremy’s naturally romantic wedding at Jackson Terminal in downtown Knoxville was a favorite wedding of mine. I know, I know, we are not supposed to play favorites, but I have known these two lovebirds for quite some time. So, seeing them kick up their feet and have a fabulous wedding made my heart happy. And Jackson Terminal was the perfect place to make their wedding vision come to life.

Due to Jackson Terminal’s natural, unique, and simple design, it was easy to transform the space into something that was warm and inviting. That was Casey’s vision; a wedding day that was friendly and romantic. Colors of taupe, navy, and gold filled the room with touches of light grey from bridesmaid dresses. Pink hues hinted the room from the beautiful floral decor from Lisa Foster Floral Design. There was no need to employ a ton of design elements into this downtown Knoxville venue, as the space pretty much speaks for itself.

The most important thing to both Jeremy and Casey was not to forget why they were doing this whole marriage thing. It was about them, but also about their family. As you will see, Casey has a son from a previous relationship, and Jeremy wrote his vows to say to this special young man. Jeremy got down on one knee, comforted his new son, and spoke beautiful promises to him. It was a lovely, intimate moment to an already fantastic wedding day.

| Second Shooter: Clint James Photography |

| Floral: Lisa Foster Floral Design | Dress: Wedding Wonderland |

| HMUA: Bangs and Blush | Catering: All Occasion Catering |

| Cake: Alisha Fugate|

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Same-Sex Wedding Photographer in Knoxville

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now that you’ve committed to saying “I do” to the love of your life, the next exciting step is finding your Knoxville same-sex wedding photographer. Planning a same-sex wedding isn’t very different from a traditional bride and groom wedding. There are still all of the crucial decisions to make regarding venues, music, food, and more.

However, gay and lesbian couples are shaking things up and changing the rules to better suit their personalities and wishes. Same-sex marriage has recently become overwhelmingly accepted by the older generations, and couples aren’t afraid or uncomfortable to show their love off to the world anymore, which is a huge step forward and truly amazing.

We’re going to walk you through all you need to know about planning your dream wedding in Knoxville, TN. Whether bride to bride or groom to groom, you’ll feel confident as you begin exploring venues, ceremony, traditions, and more. Stay tuned!

Who Should Marry You?

Spiritual Officiants

Several religious institutions are now sanctioning same-sex marriages. If one or both of you are active members of a gay-friendly church, securing a clergy member to perform a gay or lesbian wedding will be a breeze. Conduct interviews to get a better feel of if they support your marriage and views. If you feel they’re hesitant, move onto the next one, it’s your wedding!

If both of you aren’t members of a church, you still have options. Search online for referrals from wedding professionals in the Knoxville area to narrow down your search. Ultimately, if religion is important to either of you, a spiritual officiant may be a great choice to consider.

Civil Officiants

Many same-sex couples aren’t affiliated with religious institutions, and that’s perfectly fine. You can find a marriage commissioner or a justice of the peace which are citizens designated by the court to perform legal same-sex ceremonies. You can find their contact information on local court websites. Make sure to obtain your marriage license and also confirm with them that they will be performing a same-sex marriage to avoid running into troubles on your big day.

Personal Options

If having a religious clergy member or legal commissioner seems too impersonal, you can opt for choosing someone more meaningful to help as you exchange your vows! A close friend or family member can choose to be “ordained” online or through the local courts. This creates a more intimate ceremony and ensures the person performing your wedding fully supports your loving relationship. No matter which path you choose, research your options thoroughly and make sure you’re both on the same page before you sign on the dotted line.

Same-Sex Wedding Traditions We Love

Spending the Pre-Wedding Night Together

Who says you have to be apart on the night before your wedding? Archaic rules don’t have to be used anymore. Same-sex couples don’t want to be apart the night before the wedding, and they’re not forcing something that isn’t necessary. Be excited about your big day and spend the night together!

Getting Ready in the A.M Together

Waking up together basking in the excitement of the day will feel incredible. Get ready for the day as a couple, there’s no need for a “big reveal” at the ceremony if you don’t want one!

Grooms – Grab Some Flowers!

Flowers are beautiful, no questions asked. Grooms are carrying bouquets down the aisle, and we couldn’t be more on board with this idea. They’re the perfect accessory to compliment your attire and decor!

Walking Each Other Down the Aisle

One beautiful way same-sex couples are showing their undeniable love for each other is walking down the aisle together. It symbolizes unity and commitment in their journey ahead, walking arm in arm with the one they vow to love forever.

Switching Up Bridesmaids/Groomsmen

Forget traditional gender roles… why should you exclude another sex from your bridal party? Couples are choosing their bridal parties based on who they love and who supports them, regardless of their gender.

Ditching White

Who wants a white dress anymore?! Many brides are ditching white and choosing their own wedding dress colors. They’re also doing one bride in black and one in white for a gorgeous contrasting vibe. Dresses, suits, rompers, and men’s kilts are also being worn and mismatched to showcase couples’ unique styles. We’re digging it.

Mixed Seating

Traditionally, guests sit on the side of the wedding party they’re there for, for example, the bride’s guests on the left, the groom’s guests on the right. Same-sex weddings are unique in the fact that they want everyone to mingle! Have a sign that says “pick a seat, not a side” or something along those lines.  Another neat trend is creating a circular seating arrangement with the couple and officiant in the middle of the circle. Everyone can see and there aren’t any awkward sides. It’s a win-win.

Gay-Friendly Venues in Knoxville, TN

Heartland Meadows

Say hello to one of Knoxville’s premier outdoor wedding venues. Located just north of Knoxville lies Heartland Meadows, a gorgeous gay-friendly venue with 45 acres of gorgeous rolling hills, a quaint gazebo, wooded groves, and an incredible reception barn you and your guests will dance the night away in. With over 25 years of wedding experience, they’ll help you every step of the way to create one unforgettable day. They’re family owned and truly care about each and every wedding they host.

Dara’s Garden

Your enchanting, storybook wedding awaits you at Daras Garden! Located conveniently in South Knoxville, you’ll instantly fall in love the minute you drive up to the lovely white manor house greeting you in the front. The land features beautiful rose garden, white gazebo, various locations in the back lawn for mingling (overlooking a farm and barn), a rolling creek, and a fountain garden.

Kissing your partner by the luscious rose garden will make for precious photos that will last a lifetime! They also have an event tent for year-round receptions or inclement weather. You simply have to see this place for yourself!

Historic Bleak House

Prepare yourself for stunning views and timeless beauty, a perfect combination for your dream day. The Historic Bleak House located in West Knoxville was built in the 1850’s by a father as a wedding gift to his daughter. This historical mansion includes lush gardens and incredible architecture, which create the perfect backdrop for amazing wedding photos. Magical memories await, don’t overlook this breathtaking LGBT friendly venue!

Looking for more vendors?

I proud to be a Same-Sex Wedding Photographer in Knoxville, and I am committed to helping same-sex couples find other professional vendors for their wedding day. My good friend Alex from Alex Bee Photographer has put together a directory of same-sex friendly wedding vendors in the Knoxville area. Just like Alex, I can’t imagine what it would be like to navigate the stresses of planning a wedding while also under the fear of contacting vendors who may refuse service. All of us here at Erin Morrison Photography hopes that this directory continues to grow and grow!

Same-Sex Wedding Photographer Knoxville

My goal is to capture all of the intimate and real moments on your special day. From the soft forehead kisses to the awkward belly laugh from your fiance telling a hilarious joke. I make sure to capture the candid moments that you may think are going unnoticed. Every wedding is just as important as the next, and I take pride when couples choose me to document one of the most important days of their life.

If you are looking for a same-sex wedding photographer in Knoxville, please feel free to check out my portfolio to get a sense of my photography style! If you think we’d be a great match, contact me for more information.

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Great Smoky Mountains Elopement

When you picture your perfect wedding, what does it look like? For many people, that perfect wedding isn’t an elaborate affair with everyone they know–friends, family members, coworkers, and more–present for the entire thing. Instead, it looks like you, your spouse, and maybe a witness or two in The Great Smoky Mountains: the perfect combination for a peaceful day that lets you really focus on the special person who means the most to you. Eloping to the Smoky Mountains for your wedding is a great way to get the focus off of the guest list and onto that perfect moment with your future spouse.

What is an Elopement?

When you elope, you skip many of the elaborate wedding plans and choose instead to slip away for a private ceremony. In some cases, you may bring along a couple of friends or family members; in others, you may choose to keep this moment private, just between you and your spouse. Your elopement can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Some brides choose to wear a fancy white dress as they stand before a judge or minister with their spouse; others prefer to get married in a favorite dress that they already have or even in jeans and a pair of hiking boots!

Why Choose to Elope?

For many brides and grooms, the decision to elope is a practical one: the cost of an elaborate church wedding and reception that includes all their friends and family members starts adding up quickly! For others, it’s a desire for control: wedding planning will mean involving mothers, sisters, and friends who all have their own unique view of what the wedding should look like–a view that doesn’t add up with what the bride and groom really want. Still, others prefer the simplicity of eloping: they’ll be able to take a private moment with their spouse and really focus on each other, rather than having to deal with all the details that go into planning that special day. Whatever your reason for considering eloping, it’s sure to create precious memories that you and your spouse will look back on for the rest of your lives.

Eloping to the Mountains

The Smoky Mountains offer a number of incredible opportunities for couples who are planning to elope for their weddings. While there are plenty of elaborate venues available if you want to hold a more elaborate wedding, there are also a number of beautiful corners where you can choose an inexpensive spot. Imagine some of these options.

Try out a cabin wedding. Spence Cabin, which is located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the perfect location for a small, private wedding. There are also a number of beautiful cabins available for you and your future spouse to rent for a few days away from it all–many of which would be an amazing location for a wedding.

Take advantage of the great outdoors. There are a wide range of beautiful outdoor locations throughout the mountains that will be perfect for a wedding, especially if you and your spouse love the great outdoors and have made it part of your relationship leading up to your wedding. Consider getting married in front of a waterfall or at a beautiful spot overlooking the picturesque scenery of the mountains. Note that there is a list of approved locations within the park for you to choose from if you opt for an outdoor wedding. You’ll also need to fill out an application and make sure that it’s received at least 14 days prior to your wedding–no last-minute elopements if you’re planning on getting married in the park itself!

Choose a historic church. There is a wide range of historic churches located throughout Cades Cove where you can seal your vows with a small selection of guests. Examine the Primitive Baptist Church, try out Cades Cove Methodist Church, or research the history of Missionary Baptist Church. All are within the Cades Cove loop overlooking the beauty of the mountains.

Capturing Your Wedding

The fact that you’re eloping doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the gorgeous photos of your wedding for years to come! What could be more romantic than picturesque landscapes throughout the mountains? Gorgeous backdrops in the spring, summer, and fall, or the stark, beautiful promise of winter will all help you create stunning pictures that you’ll want to look back on with friends and family members for years to come.

Contact Erin Morrison Photography

At Erin Morrison Photography, you can get an amazing elopement wedding package Monday through Friday that will allow you to capture some of those gorgeous pictures of you and your spouse. Imagine:

  • Beautiful outdoor photos of you and your spouse in front of your chosen location
  • Stunning pictures of your first kiss, your wedding vows, and other important moments
  • Amazing scenery that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives together

You’ll always want to look back and remember your wedding day–and even without the stress of a big wedding, having those pictures will help you remember all the important details. Not only that, a gorgeous photo album filled with your beautiful wedding pictures is an amazing way to look back, remember your special day together, and join yourselves closer together as you embrace that lifetime of memories.

If you’re planning to elope, eloping to the Great Smoky Mountains is a wonderful way to create the wedding of your dreams. Not only will you be able to say your vows with your spouse in a gorgeous, picturesque location, you’ll have an amazing honeymoon opportunity right there at your doorstep. Find a comfortable cabin where the two of you can cuddle up for a few days or spend your time off exploring Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: the possibilities are endless as you start your life together.

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A Gorgeous DIY Wedding in East Tennessee

I had the honor of photographing this gorgeous DIY Wedding in East Tennessee. Alex and Cody’s wedding at LexLin Gypsy Ranch was a stunning event eclipsed with the perfect setting to honor their new life together while also honoring their past. While the farm is owned by members of Cody’s family, it was obvious at a glance why Alex and her family fell in love with it and considered it the perfect location for their big day. With more than 30 miles of trails, two gorgeous covered bridges, and a beautiful field, it’s little wonder that LexLin Gypsy Ranch created such a stunning backdrop for a wedding. With so many spectacular sights to choose from, I had a hard time deciding which locations would be the most fun for pictures of the bride and groom, their wedding party, and more.

DIY Notes from Family

One of the most charming elements of this DIY East Tennessee wedding was the effort that the family put into designing their own decorations. And let me tell you, nearly every aspect of the decor was DIY. There were knickknacks collected by Alex and her mother making up the majority of the table decor and many of the beautiful elements of the wedding decorations. Some of my favorite elements of the ceremony were constructed primarily by the family, such as the gorgeous arbors. It’s also amazing to note the effort that the family put into making this a special day for the young couple. Even the aisle used for the ceremony and the dance floor were constructed just for the event, helping to bring everything together.

There’s nothing quite like knowing that all your friends and family members have come together to support you on your wedding day. And Alex and Cody couldn’t avoid knowing that their day was filled with love. The couple had an extensive wedding party surrounding them throughout their special day. The groom and his groomsmen dressed in dashing black tuxes which created a romantic feel for the event. The bridesmaids? Well, they wore gorgeous jewel tone dresses that set off their complexions and added a note of warmth to the Fall atmosphere.

Amazing Vendors

It takes a village to bring everything together this DIY wedding in East Tennessee.  While Alex, Cody, and their families joined together to take care of many of those tasks on their own, they also invited a party of vendors to help bring the essential elements together. Serpentine tables at the wedding reception, which provided plenty of seating for their families while adding a gorgeous note to the rustic feel, were provided by Music City Tents and Events out of Nashville.

While the cake was created for the bride and groom by Bees Knees Bakery, catering for the special day was provided by Alex’s brother, Brett. Brett’s food perfectly fit the rustic theme of the wedding and brought smiles to the guests’ faces as they enjoyed this wonderful event. And did you see the doughnut wall? Who can turn down the fun of doughnuts on sticks as you enjoy a gorgeous wedding reception? Echelon Florist provided the gorgeous bouquets carried by the bride and her bridesmaids. Echelon also created the garland that accented this stunning event. And my friend Angie with Absolute Wedding Perfection provided wedding coordination services, which rounded out some of the team that worked together to pull off the vision for this wedding. We also saw the peeps at the Knox Photo Bus! What a great way to capture some great moments shared between guests at the reception.

Erin Morrison Photography

I loved photographing this DIY wedding in East Tennessee for more reasons than one! Not only was this unique venue the perfect opportunity to check out some stunning backdrops for the lovely couple, it was obvious throughout the entire event that this was a day filled with love. Seeing how the families came together to provide everything the happy couple needed was a beautiful addition to a gorgeous day. I was charmed by the rustic decor, which contained just the right notes of elegance to help add a special flair to Alex and Cody’s wedding day.

If you want my help capturing your special day in the East Tennessee area, I’d love to learn more about your wedding plans and help you decide whether or not I’m the right photographer for you. Contact me today to learn more about my wedding photography packages and how I can help you capture the wedding of your dreams.

 

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Industrial Engagement Photos Knoxville

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!

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Smoky Mountain Family Photos

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.

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Old City Engagement Photos

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

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