Hey friend! I'm Julie Crawford, an adventure photographer based in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee crafting wildly intentional experiences around the world. I've traveled to all 50 states in the USA and have explored 38 of the 63 US national parks. In 2022, I published a book filled with poetry and photography reflecting my adventurous path to self-discovery.
Specializing in adventure wedding and elopement photography, Magnolia + Ember mindfully aligns with two of my deepest passions: Mother Nature and human connection. This creative space allows the opportunity to spend my time on Earth submerged in true fulfillment with elements that set my soul on fire.
I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.
- Walt Whitman
"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."
"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."
"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."
"She provided the timeline, worked with us in a relaxed and positive way the entire time, protected and enabled us to have "us" time on the wedding day... I hate saying that she's "worth every penny" because these photos are priceless to us, but if you have budget restrictions I would fully recommend adjusting as needed to hire her... You will not regret having her on your side and working with you..."
Adventure elopements with Magnolia + Ember are fully immersive experiences. You and your partner deserve a wedding that is the ultimate reflection of yourselves in a way that is deeply connected and fulfilling. If adventure speaks to your soul and you want a wedding that focuses on you and your love alongside breathtaking scenery, then I'm your gal. I'll help plan an intimate elopement amidst the wild, hold space for you to show up as your authentic self, and capture all the emotions as the day as it unfolds. 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.
I have found pieces of me
buried in adventure
inner-light, truth, and
all because sacred lands
hold space for us to exist
as our most authentic selves
As author and photographer, Julie Crawford takes you on her adventurous journey through the path of self-discovery. Fueled by lyrical verses, Mother Nature’s churches, and undeniably fated interactions with kindred spirits, she wanders throughout her inner wilderness mapping out roads that connect mind, body, and soul.
In Tuesdays, Heartbreaks, and Soulmates, she shares fragments of time that have weaved themselves into the celestial fibers of her existence. As the pages turn and seasons change, she reflects on moments where she felt the essence of honest connection and was reminded that the love she seeks has lived within herself all along—