When they asked if I wanted to photograph their engagement session in Smoky Mountains National Park, I began counting down the days! There is nothing I love more than photographing two people in love in one of the prettiest locations in the USA. Jake grew up here so it was also like being on a guided tour of the park! Not only that, but it is the only session I have ever been on that I saw a BEAR. It.was.awesome!
Jake and Kat are literally two of the kindest people I have ever met and the definition of southern hospitality.
They are just as sweet as they can be with each other….I was SO excited that we had such a gorgeous day to take photos! They day before AND the day after the session were rainy and wet! This day, the sun was shining and it was warm… Perfect!Kat has such a light and happy spirit with Jake…. she laughed or smiled the entire session!What a gorgeous couple!When I saw this 19th century chapel I was memorized. I came the day before the session and spent a significant amount of time there. It’s just an incredibly peaceful place and this photo says it all about how you feel when you’re in it. Jake and Kat, let’s come and do a vow renewal here one day, ok??I was in love with the w i d e open fields backed up to the mountains! I couldn’t help but want to sing songs from the sound of music. That’s probably why Kat is looking at me like that!All the historic buildings! They are lucky there was a sun down or we would have been shooting all day!LOVE!
On our way home, we had to drive through the park at dusk. Traffic was running pretty slow and Jake told me that usually means there’s a bear near. So, of course, he was nice enough to pull over while Kat and I booked it out into the woods where everyone was collecting! I will NEVER forget Kat trying to navigate through the woods with her white dress and heals so I could see a bear. I told you, they are the best! I didn’t see it that time but a few miles down the road I saw one running through the woods! Definitely a bucket list item for me!
I am so excited to photograph their big day this December. I know it will be a day packed full of love. Both of these guys are supported by lots of family and friends and I’m honored to be one of them in attendance.