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Julie Crawford, the artist behind Magnolia + Ember, is an adventure elopement photographer and planner creating a sacred and fun space for couples to show up as their authentic selves and experience a deeply connected and intimate wedding day. She is based in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park near Knoxville, Tennessee and travels to destinations worldwide.
Every single aspect of my life is intentional—the way I spend my time, the people I connect with, the things I fill my home with, the places I travel, and even all you see in my business. Magnolia + Ember thoughtfully aligns with two of my deepest passions: mother nature & human connection. This allows opportunity to spend my days submerged in true fulfillment. Why? Because time on this earth is finite, and I do not waste any moments burdening my life with stuff that does not set my soul on fire. So why should you settle for anything less with your wedding experience? You and your partner deserve a day that is the ultimate reflection of yourselves in a way that is authentic and fulfilling to the two of YOU. Toss society's standards out the door, ditch traditions that do not resonate with you, and let's craft your best day ever that is truly the best.
My goal is to create space for you to really be present with each other, and then look back at your photos and feel those moments all over again. This is met by crafting an experience that is an honest reflection of you and your partner. The experience should be one filled with elements you love and activities you enjoy doing together. Want to hike and finish the night off at your favorite brewery? Do it! Want to go explore the backcountry and camp? Pack up! Want to take helicopter ride to a place surrounded by glaciers and mountains? Grab your jackets! Whatever the adventure, I will help manifest your dream vision—location planning, what to pack, marriage license requirements, permit applications (if necessary), timeline, and I can even sign as the officiant (ask for details). Then, I will be there to photograph the whole experience as it unfolds.
Elopement packages begin at $5200 and are priced by how long of an experience you want (i.e., full day, sunrise to sunset, or multiple days for activities like backpacking or camping for your adventure wedding). Every package includes photography coverage, high-resolution digital images, unlimited downloads from your private online gallery that you can share with family and friends, printing rights, planning assistance, complimentary officiant signing (where applicable), and my travel fees for any location in the United States. That means you can pick any location in the USA, including Alaska or Hawaii, and you do not pay an extra cent to get me there. International travel is welcomed and subject to an additional fee unless the location can coordinate with the travel schedule. Engagement & couples portraits are available for local regions.