Hi I'm Julie Crawford, the artist behind Magnolia + Ember. I am a Tennessee-based photographer making home at the foot of the Smoky Mountains in Maryville. I've been a Knoxville wedding photographer for eight years and expanded into the Nashville market in 2014. Two years later in the spring of ‘16, I packed my car and set off on a 25-day road trip across the country by myself searching for soul. On this spiritual quest, through some self-discovery and my first dose of weddings in monumental places, I became aware what my brand is meant for — adventure weddings and elopements with couples who have this same passion for life, love, and wanderlust. That was the trip that changed my life, a rebirth if I may. That was when I, a lightly seasoned wedding photographer, truly began to understand my purpose and why I was given my gift for creativeness. Thus, the turning point for Magnolia + Ember and the shift into authenticity.

Knoxville Wedding Photographer | Adventure + Elopement
  • Lover of life and all its magic.

  • Creative mind. I live for designing anything that expresses me.

  • Crush on all things bohemian and eclectic.

  • Universe believing, metaphysical craving, crystal obsessing human.

  • Maker + shop owner of Wander Knot to feed the above fact.

  • Nature junkie. Earth has so much to offer. Get out and discover!

  • Founding ambassador of National Park Geek.

  • Music enthusiast. Music can speak soul like nothing else. I can explain life and my emotions strictly in John Mayer and Ben Howard lyrics.

  • Soulful dreamer. A necessity to always try to find the beauty in everything.

  • I collect coffee mugs from meaningful experiences & places.

  • Quality over quantity.

  • Believer that if you can't put your whole heart into something, it isn't worth your time.

  • Be you. Recycle love. Stay weird. 


Knoxville Wedding Photographer | Adventure Elopements + Destinat

Just the same as I continually try, I encourage couples to be their genuine selves. When people can let go and be themselves, lovingly free, magic happens in front of my lenses. This is when I capture the emotions and awesomeness of relationships. I'm not one for stiff-posed photographs. I like the candids, the in-betweens, the moments when hair is a mess and there isn’t a worry in the world. I embrace the eccentric way I have of capturing natural elements. I want people to look back at pictures and have every feeling of that moment come crashing down.

My approach to photography is fun and quirky allowing sincere emotions to shine. I’m creating memorable moments where couples are soaking up the love surrounding them rather than awkward posing where the question always emerges of “what do I do with my hands?” I want couples to be so wrapped up in their connection with each other that they forget I'm even there. My goal is to create an authentic, unique experience that highlights the very essence of shared love.


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Hey, Photographer! Get a behind the scenes look into how I approach photographing couples, turn passion into business, grow an authentic brand, build your portfolio, and get questions answered. I’m now offering one-on-one mentoring and small group photography workshops. Find out details and pricing on mentoring workshops for photographers.