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Mountain Weddings in the fall are just gorgeous here in the Smoky Mountains.  We love using the autumn colors surrounding the Bluff Mountain Inn as a natural scenic backdrop for our photography.

Every year is a little different as to how the leaves change.  Some people say it’s the amount of rain or lack there of in the summer.  This year is seems like the leaves are changing a little bit later, which makes it nice for weddings coming up later in the year.

We had a great time photographing Jeff, Ashlee, their bridal party, friends and family.  They chose 10/10/10 for their wedding day.  That was a very popular wedding date this year.

Ashlee made a beautiful bride, don’t you think?  And the contrast of the bridesmaids’ dresses with the fall colors just made them pop.

We still have some open dates in for this fall, not only for weddings but for family portraits, senior sessions and engagement sessions.

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Wikipedia:  “To elope, most literally, merely means to run away, and to not come back to the point of origination. More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married.”

We love our elopement couples.  They check in, enjoy a couple of days in the mountains, take their time, relax, get a little time in for photos, have a unique mountain wedding ceremony, a private dinner for two, a toast, a dance… after that they’re on their own.  Congratulations to Sam and Steve.  We wish you many, many years of sharing these memories.

There are still a few dates open for an autumn Elope to the Mountains this year while the colors are just crazy, so call us to reserve a date.

Here’s a little photo essay of what an elopement day can be.  They’re all completely different… that’s the beauty!

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  • Sam Foster - Could not have imagined my wedding to the man of my dreams any other way. As soon as I saw this place through the photo blog, I knew this was it. Great Job Bluff Mountain Inn!!!Rik and Rhonda, Thank you so much for making our day so magical!

We’ve known Bev and Heath for quite a while now.  To quote their celebration invitation, “eight years, seven months, 22 days, three hours and 41 minutes… but who’s counting?”

I love couples who come with a vision from their own creativity.  Their’s was a little on the retro side, and they pulled it off with style and grace.

A mountain drive with Bert and his vintage Packard limo, stopping along the way to document the event with photographs.  Bert and I had a blast, and hopefully the happy couple did as well.

By the end of their reception we were pulling out all of our creative stops to capture something unique to fit their theme.  What fun.

So here’s a cool idea… what about a day after shoot with the bride and groom.  We take the Packard or some other fun automobile, or a boat, cruise around the mountains for a couple of hours and create some images that will make all your friends jealous of the wonderfully fun time you had, with photos to prove it!  Or we could just walk around…

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On September 18, 2010, at the Bluff Mountain Inn in Pigeon Forge TN, we were able to share a beautiful fall afternoon with Jennifer, David, their families and friends.  What a wonderful group of folks.

Jennifer and David definitely have their own style and know what they like.  You’ll see that in the photos.  They have a lot of fun and they love each other.  You can also see that in the photos.

I feel like it’s my job to capture all of that in the images you see here.  I love my job.

Here are a few of my favorites from the day, followed by a video slide show of the day.  One of my favorite videos we’ve done in a while.  Enjoy!

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  • Jennifer & David Parrish - We just got to sit down to the video & it is amazing. We hope it is included on the Photo Disk! The pictures have turned out wonderfully. David can’t believe you caught him wriggling his toes!

    Thank you for all your hard work that day, you had a big job juggling all the family and friends. All your hard work is very much appreciated, then and now.

    Thank you again,

    David and Jennifer Parrish

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