I'm Julie Crawford, an adventure elopement photographer based in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and specialize in designing immersive wedding experiences around the world. Magnolia + Ember is for those who feel like the highest version of themselves standing amidst breathtaking landscapes. A documentary style approach for couples who want the focus to be about interactive moments together and genuine emotional connection.
We can spend the day in a national park, explore the lands of a foreign country, hike to watch the sunrise from a mountaintop, get cozy in a cabin and order takeout, take an overnight backpacking trip and camp together, exchange vows floating in a hot air balloon, or even take a helicopter to a remote location like a glacier in Alaska! Keep it chill or kick adrenaline into overdrive as we create your custom-tailored adventure elopement.
Magnolia + Ember allows the opportunity to spend my time on Earth submerged in true fulfillment with elements that set my own soul on fire. The depth of self-reflection I discover in Mother Nature’s churches is beyond anything I ever imagined it could be. All I gain from adventurous experiences, the personal growth and emotional connection, fuels the passionate energy that goes into crafting epic elopements in the wild.
Ordained through Spirit of Love Ministry, my partner and I offer the complimentary option with any elopement package to combine as the officiant and one witness to the marriage. Whether you prefer him to lead the ceremony standing with you or myself to guide from behind the lens, we hold sacred space to have an authentic experience with your vows.
"She is knowledgeable of Leave No Trace principles and was also well versed in desired wedding activities, places to go, and things that need to be achieved for smooth elopement. I would 100% recommend her for your elopement (or any other activity). To us, this was our one day to truly focus on us, and she complimented that without effort and provided us with helpful planning and beautiful pictures."
"The vibes I was going for absolutely matched hers and her dark and moody photography encapsulated what I wanted for my big day. When I finally met her, she was so kind and genuine and thoughtful! I can't stop staring at all of my photos and the backgrounds and all the magic she worked! I would absolutely recommend her for your wedding day, especially at a dreamy destination like the mountains!"
"Working with Julie was an absolute delight. I wanted someone to capture natural and adventurous photos, instead of traditional portraits that are more posed... Julie is a gifted and creative photographer. In addition, she is dream to work with. She was flexible and easy going, and also had great advice and answers to all our questions. She was so accommodating and easy to work with throughout the day."
"Julie was very prepared with walkie talkies incase cell service was bad and she knew the route and where the last chance bathroom breaks were. On our hikes she encouraged us to go at our speed, I never felt rushed. She knew all the best places to take photos. I’m so thankful that she was the one to marry us, she did a great job and it was a perfect ceremony, we all (including Julie) laughed and cried with excitement."
"I couldn't have imagined a more perfect surprise engagement, thanks to the incredible talent of Julie. From the moment my boyfriend (now fiancé) began planning this adventure, she was there every step of the way, ensuring I had no clue about what was coming. She is a true artist with a gift for capturing the most genuine and intimate moments."
"Julie at Magnolia and Ember is one of the most beautiful souls I've ever met. I saw her work from the waterfall at The Trillium and knew I needed her to be my adventure photographer for my wedding. From the moment I started talking to her I knew our passion for adventure was the same, and I felt so deeply connected... I can't thank her enough for keeping me calm, and being a part of our adventure. I am obsessed with every single picture she took!"
"I’ll start by saying Julie’s photos are clearly gorgeous. Her style gives a whimsical kind of vibe, with a highlight on nature which is exactly what my husband and I wanted. Julie herself is prompt in responding, SWEET as can be, and catches beautiful moments effortlessly. She loves what she does and it’s evident in her work. We love our wedding photos and are grateful she was available on our day!"