Foothills Parkway Elopement in the Smokies

The story behind this Foothills Parkway Elopement

Sasha and Mike contacted me in early May about eloping in the Smokies. They currently live in Texas, and were supposed to have a traditional wedding, however, due to COVID-19 forcing them to change up their wedding plans, they decided to elope instead! When they first contacted me they had no idea where they wanted to have their ceremony- all they knew is that they wanted a mountain backdrop, since Mike had never actually seen mountains in person! After a few suggestions and some back and fourth, we settled on having their ceremony at Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! This location was one that my boyfriend and I had gone to a few times over the years and we fell in love with the views here, so I loved that I got to capture Sasha and Mike's ceremony in a location that's special to me too.

For their elopement, Sasha and Mike had only their closest friends present, and one of their best friends even officiated the ceremony for them! This elopement was so special and full of so many laughs, inside best friend jokes, tears, and love. These kinds of elopements make me so so grateful that this is my job and I get to witness the start of so many amazing love stories made official.

The Details of this Foothills Parkway Elopement

One of the things that I adore so much about these intimate, spontaneous elopements is that often times the brides DIY everything themselves and put everything together and all the details are so cute. Sasha made her ceremony backdrop herself and had her friends set it up at the site. I also loved her dried flower crown and her bouquet that she found on Etsy! I'm a little obsessed with the dried flower trend happening now. Not only are they super cute, and way less maintenance than a live bouquet, but they also can be kept afterwards and still look just as good as they did on the wedding day! I also loved the fact that her and Mike both wore Dr. Marten's boots. I had to make sure to get some photos of them together since it was so them. We also happened upon the cutest little heart already carved into a tree and we all took a moment to appreciate how sweet the moment was. Keep scrolling to see all the details!

Having an Elopement During COVID-19

So many of the inquiries I've been receiving from couples lately is that they've had to change their wedding plans because of COVID-19. While I hurt for all my brides being put in this position, my goal is to make their new plans of eloping just as, if not even more special than their original big wedding plans. Choosing to elope can be a tough decision, but there are so many reasons I absolutely adore photographing elopements, which include but aren't limited to: they're more romantic, epic locations, an intimate getaway, and my favorite reason- day focused on you and your love rather than stressful wedding stuff. If you're worried about not including your guests, there are so many options where you can still include friends and family in your elopement, or you can even have a big party with everyone once all the pandemic craziness is over! If you're still on the fence about eloping during these wild and crazy times, I wrote up a little blog post that goes over the why's and how's of eloping during COVID-19 here in Tennessee.

Thinking about planning your own elopement at Foothills Parkway?