and welcome my world of chaos and art
My name is Julie Crawford, and I’m the adventure wedding photographer behind Magnolia + Ember. I've been a photographer for over 10 years and expanded into adventurous elopements in early 2016. I live at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and can be found wandering throughout East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Beyond the local areas of Knoxville and Asheville, I travel all over the world crafting and planning epic experiences with couples. I’ve explored all 50 states in the USA and some of my favorites are: Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
I am crazy passionate about the great outdoors and feel most empowered amidst nature. I have found pieces of me buried in adventure: inner-light, truth, and ultimately, self-love all because sacred lands hold space for us to exist as our most authentic selves. All I gain from experiences, the feelings and deep connection, fuels the creative energy that goes into my work with couples and crafting intimate weddings and adventure elopements. Magnolia + Ember is truly me, it is even in the name: M+E = me!
Get to really know my heart and soul on the blog in the Artist's Diary.
photo credit: Rachel Clift
"She is absolutely incredible!! She was so kind, on time, professional, fun, and adventurous which is everything we could have asked for! It was raining and at the very end of evening most of us went outside and danced in the rain. Julie was out in the rain the entire time snapping photos and enjoying the rain with us."
- Briana & Sean
"I don't know how to put into words how amazing Julie is. Her approach to photography, especially for two people who aren't the most comfortable in front of a camera, is incredible. She made us feel so calm during our engagement session as well as our wedding photos. Her style is very unique and truly captures the love between two people. I can't recommend her enough! She is worth every single penny."
- Allison & Laura
"When my wife and I had to change our plans last minute because of COVID, we never dreamed of getting as lucky as we did with Julie from Magnolia + Ember. She was very easy to work with, punctual with responses, and had was very helpful with guiding us through everything we would need in order to make our wedding work just the way we wanted. She was fun and easy going on the day of the wedding which put us at ease."
- David & Valeria
"Julie is the most authentic person with the best personality. She mad sure that we were comfortable and made us feel like we were the only people on the mountain despite her and others being there for our adventure wedding. Her photos are worth every penny. The photos she took of us exceed beyond expectation and were absolutely breathtaking."
- Taylor & Kierstan
"Julie was able to take beautiful pictures of our engagement without me knowing she was there to do so until after the proposal. After we saw how much we loved those pictures we knew we had to book her for our wedding as well. She traveled to Michigan to do so and captured the best moments of our wedding day so perfectly. I could not love our pictures more."
- Kelsey & Patrick
"Julie was amazing to work with. Throughout the planning process she was easy to get ahold of and always easy to talk with. I had a surprise planned for my husband, and she not only kept it a secret very well, but got amazing shots of the actual surprise happening on the day of the wedding. The day of the wedding, she was such a great calming presence to have around, and everyone at the wedding loved her. I would absolutely recommend Julie to anyone."
- Hana & Zack
solo road trips
the higher self