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. In the spring of ‘16, I packed my VW and set off on a 25-day road trip across the country by myself to discover the depths of my soul. On the 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Founding ambassador of National Park Geek.

  • Music enthusiast. Many lyrics have been reflections of my soul bringing awareness that led to deep healing within (hey John Mayer!). And that vastness, that connection is fucking cool.

  • Passionate and emotional dreamer.

  • I collect coffee mugs from meaningful experiences & places.

  • Serendipity is my favorite word… and movie.

  • 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. 

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Working with Julie was an absolute delight. As soon as I spoke with her on the phone, I knew she was the right photographer for our wedding (a destination wedding in Joshua Tree National Park). I wanted someone to capture natural and adventurous photos, instead of traditional portraits that are more posed. Our wedding photos turned out amazing! They are exactly what I had hoped to get from our wedding. And I have gotten so many compliments on them. 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. The little touches she puts into her work, and the sweet gestures she makes to her clients were wonderful. I would 100% recommend hiring her for your photography needs!!
— Jessica K.

Knoxville Wedding Photographer | Adventure Elopements + Destinat

Along with continued effort in my own life, 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.