Gatlinburg Wedding Photographer » RIK Photography is your best choice for modern artistic and creative wedding photography in Gatlinburg and the TN Smoky Mountains.

Watch the video slide show of highlights from Pam and Randy’s recent mountain wedding at the beautiful Bluff Mountain Inn. This great couple and their families came all the way from Louisiana to celebrate their marriage. It was a beautiful day with lots of fall colors all around, and still warm enough to have their wedding outdoors!

One reason they chose Bluff Mountain Inn is for the artistic photography by RIK Photography.

Bluff Mountain Inn is unlike any other Tennessee wedding site.  Owned and operated by a certified wedding planner and a professional photographer, our family business offers all inclusive packages, indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, gorgeous natural surroundings, access to accommodations within walking distance and a wide variety of designer wedding packages to fit any schedule or budget.  All you need do is come with your groom, your wedding dress, and let us do the rest…

Bluff Mountain Inn is a hidden gem in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Designed to be a casually elegant destination-wedding venue, this private five-acre estate can accommodate up to 200 people for your special event.

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  • lauren - i love my beautiful cousin/sister:) she looked so amazing.

  • doll peavey - OMG………Pam ou and Ran look so good I done cried Gosh I hate I missed it….but promise ya’ll glad I did I would have cried like a baby….got some fine pics here….RIK ya did great:)

  • Mona Manchester - Oh My Goodness….Beautiful

  • Aunt Loretta - So So beautiful, wished I could have been there. Ya’ll’s pictures are awesome. Love you lots.

  • Aunt Loretta - So, So beautiful, I wish I could have been there. Your pictures are awesome. Good job! Love you both, Aunt Loretta

What an awesome compliment to have a couple contact us a year after their wedding to say, “let’s take some maternity photos!”.

Ashley and Andrew were married a year ago at Bluff Mountain Inn, and on a previous visit we took off to explore the mountains for an engagement session. This could become a habit!  And I certainly hope it does.

What a great family, full of love.  And in just a few months there will be even more love to go around.

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When you think of people eloping the vision is typically of a young couple.  The groom sneaks up to the brides parents’ house in the middle of the night, puts a ladder up to the window.  She tosses her suitcase out the window, climbs down the ladder, then they steel away into the night for parts unknown.  Probably Niagra Falls, Miami, Las Vegas or the Smoky Mountains…

Well I’m pretty sure that is exactly the story here…

Our best wishes to this terrific couple.  Have many, many happy returns of the day.

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It’s been a crazy busy fall here on the mountain.  We’re working feverishly to get out all the images we’ve captured in camera, but there are just so many!

With a great looking group like this, the gorgeous mountain wedding backdrop of the autumn leaves… how can you stop???

That being said, enough words.  Enjoy some photographs.  Enjoy the wedding party and the beautiful fall colors!

A typical wedding day at Bluff Mountain inn consists of our photographers capturing the highlights of your wedding day.  We photograph the special moments where the bride and bridesmaids are getting ready, primping, laughing, having fun.  Next comes the bridal portrait session where we use the natural backdrop of these great Smoky Mountains to create photographs that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.  Bridesmaids join in, as does the family of the bride.  The groom and groomsmen arrive for their portraits, then the groom’s family.  By now the wedding ceremony is about to begin.  The entire day is documented with our own blend of traditional and photojournalistic photography.  We are constantly watching for fun, emotion, shared moments, interaction, joy… oh yeah, and shoes!

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  • amy bruglio - omg… rik our pics of so beautiful i almost cried when i seen them i love everyone especially the shoe shots thank you soo mych i can’t wait to see the rest of em!!!

  • amy bruglio - omg…rik our pics are so beautiful… it brought tears to my eyes i loved each and everyone one of them i have to say that my favorite ones were the shoe shots. thank you so much i cant wait to see the rest of em

Wow, did the colors pop this weekend or what???  Dianna and Justin hit it just right, and we had a great time photographing their beautiful mountain wedding at Bluff Mountain Inn.

The leaves have been turning for several weeks, and from what I understand they’re really peaking up in the high mountains.  But for us this was the weekend that was.  Not to say that next week won’t be just as colorful.  These mountains and mother nature seems to have a mind of their own.  But we know this… colors are popping!!!

So what’s a crop?  Well most might first consider wheat or corn or soybeans to be a crop.  But we in photography business are talking about something completely different.  To “crop” a photo is to change the size and configuration of the boundaries of the image.  For instance, an 8×10 photograph would be cropped to 8″ x 10″, even if it were taken at a 8″ x 12″ composition.  When you crop the photograph, you set the guidelines of where the edges of the images will lie when it’s printed.

Most cameras in the world capture images at a 2×3 ratio (known as aspect ratio).  That would translate to a 4×6 print, or an 8×12, 16×24, etc.  So when you order an image where the size doesn’t equal the 2×3 format, you must crop it.

We here at RIK photography don’t necessarily agree that everyone should live in an 8×10, 5×7 or 4×6 world.  Every image might have qualities which are enhanced by a crop that is not necessarily defined by a preconceived standard.

For example, a typical television crop is 4×3.  Standard movie and HDTV ratio is 16 x 9 or 16:9.

OK.  Maybe we’re getting a little technical, but the point is that sometimes images don’t look their best if we’re forced to constrain them into an aspect ratio that does not compliment the photograph.  If you looked at the images in the gallery above you’ll notice that there are not many images that fit within the preconceived ratios.  That’s because we feel that they look better this way.  We’ve cropped the image to make maximum use of the subject of the photograph and the supporting elements, and we’ve cropped out the rest.

If you’re ordering a print from our partner,, you may select the way the image is cropped and change it to your liking.  You can also select the option where the original crop will remain and there will be borders on the image that will make it fit into your frame.

When I grew up working in my Dad’s darkroom there was 8×10 paper and 5×7 paper and 4×6 paper, all designed to fit into a particular book.  Things have changed.  We’re not your Dad’s photographer.

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