heather + rob || gatlinburg destination wedding photographer

i connected with heather while reading through her initial inquiry when she told me all about her vision to elope in the smoky mountains with her fiancé, rob, and his son, logan. we spoke back and forth for days and i learned how important this intimate gathering of their closest loved ones would be. 

it was drizzling from the moment i arrived until i drove away later that afternoon. the fog was thick and their was the faintest mountain breeze. heather got ready with her sister and best friend while rob hung out and played arcade games with logan downstairs. 

after the sweetest ceremony on front steps with their handmade garland swirling with the breeze, the horne family became one. this is rob + heather. 

mary + mike || north carolina elopement photographer

 

 

 

i left my house at half past four to meet mike + mary in the blue ridge mountains. it was still dark as i was driving up the rocky path to meet them. we slowly made our way up the mountain as the sun quickly rose. by 7:30 it was 85 degrees and full sun. -- yeah, summer. 

i played music throughout the morning and encouraged them to pretend i wasn't there. they stopped to exchange vows. and then again to exchange rings. and a final time as they shared a first dance on top of the bald. i'm not entirely sure what was said between those sacred moments, but witnessing the way these two look at each other... it was good. 

this is mary + mike and their sunrise elopement in the mountains.