craft a wedding experience that is

Authentic + Intentional

Meaningful + Inspiring

Exciting + Unforgettable

Julie Crawford, the artist behind Magnolia + Ember, is an adventure photographer based in the Smoky Mountains crafting, planning, and documenting wildly intentional wedding experiences around the world. She has traveled to all 50 states in the USA and, so far, has explored 38 of the 63 national parks. With her outdoor skills and adventurous passion, she will guide you every step of the way during the planning stages so it is a fun & stress-free process. And then, be present to document your best day ever as the emotional depth and candid moments unfold.

You deserve a best day ever that is actually your best day ever—a fulfilling wedding experience that is a true reflection of your and your partner. With Magnolia + Ember, you get all the resources to create your own adventure. Want to hike, have a picnic, and finish the night off at your favorite brewery? Do it! Want to go explore the backcountry and camp? Pack up! Want to take helicopter ride to a place surrounded by glaciers and mountains? Grab your jackets! Whatever and wherever the adventure may be, I will help manifest your dream vision from location planning, activity ideas, what to pack, marriage license requirements, permit applications, timeline, and I can even sign as the officiant for your intimate ceremony.

elopement packages

$3800 - $8600

Tennessee & North Carolina

International Destinations

Anywhere in United States

Smoky Mountain Region

  • Ranging half day (4 hours) to 2-day experiences
  • Planning assistance
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • No extra travel fees for locations accessible by standard commercial airlines and a 2WD car
  • Complimentary officiant signing (where applicable)

what's included:

select your location

$6500 - $8600

Anywhere in the World

International Destinations

Anywhere in United States

Smoky Mountain Region

  • Full day (unlimited hours) and 2-day experiences
  • Planning assistance
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • No extra travel fees for locations accessible by standard commercial airlines and a 2WD car
  • Complimentary officiant signing (where applicable)

what's included:

select your location

$5200 - $8600

  • Ranging 8-hour coverage to 2-day experiences
  • Planning assistance
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • No extra travel fees for locations accessible by standard commercial airlines and a 2WD car
  • Complimentary officiant signing (where applicable)

USA Destinations

International Destinations

Anywhere in United States

Smoky Mountain Region

what's included:

select your location

$1200 - $1700

Adventure Couple Sessions

  • For engagements, proposals, and just because experiences
  • 2-3 hours determined by chosen trail or place
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • Locations in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (outside local coverage area will have extra travel fee)

what's included:

what couples are saying:

- Sara and Neal

"I don’t normally give reviews, but Julie Crawford of Magnolia + Ember deserves it. While she is quiet, she observes and knows what kind of pictures are important for your wedding day. As the day goes on, she learns who you and your spouse are so she can snap those special moments between you two without you realizing. During our session with her, she even had moments where we heard her exclaim, “Oh that is such a good picture! I love my job!” I knew at that moment that we had absolutely picked the right person for our adventure elopement. 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 that we will cherish for many years. Thank you, Julie!"

- Liz and Kenton

"Stunning photos, service, and person. We started planning our wedding before vaccines and were unsure if we would be getting formally married (which our families mostly wanted) or we would elope (what we mostly wanted) but therefore knew that photography was ranked first in budgeting and wants. Julie was patient as we decided and then turned out to be one of our greatest supporters as we decided to tackle the formal wedding day. 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 ferociously (that was the main thing we were wanting from an elopement) while being extremely professional. We still wanted "woodsy" photos and she was able to scout out spots quickly and provide that for us. She went out of her way during the day to make sure we were taken care of (relaxed, food, drink, you name it) and paid attention to every detail while expertly balancing our family members. Everyone couldn't stop raving about her and her photos. 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. From a service standpoint, you will not regret having her on your side and working with you on the wedding day."

- Jessica and James

"To say I was amazed by Julie is a gross understatement!!! Her want to connect with the bride and groom to share their specific story is unrivaled! She caught moments of my husband, of our families, I missed during our wedding day, that I will treasure forever in her photos! We entrusted one of the most important days of our lives to someone we barely knew and it turned out better than I could’ve ever imagined!!! Julie truly captured the love that day, not only between us, but the details of everything; the process of finding the perfect dress, the details that stood out to us, the love of two families coming together as one, the love of ones who were watching in Heaven, and so much more! I could spend hours telling the world how much I will forever cherish these photos, these precious moments frozen in a single image that causes an emotional floodgate. Fellow/future brides: your special day will fly by in a blink of an eye so trust your important day to someone who is able to capture it fully!!! For me, this someone is Julie Crawford!!! From all of my heart, thank you!!! Thank you for giving me something that my heart is able to relive forever and ever!!!"

- Michon and Matt

"Working with Julie was truly positive from the start. On my first conversation with her I knew immediately she was the one…LOL She was very knowledgeable about everything from start to finish. She gave us plenty of plan options for that day that fit exactly what we’re looking for. I’m so thankful I listened to her recommendations because she was right about our views being EPIC! (My new favorite word) Anytime I reached out with any questions or concerns she responded quickly and literally had all the answers or a piece of advice to give if that was what I needed. On our day it would be the first time we met, I instantly felt like we had known each other for years. She was on time and got right to work taking detail pictures of my dress and special items we had for our day. After that we got in our cars and started the day of hiking! Julie was very prepared with walkie talkies incase cell service was bad and she knew the route and were 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. My husband hates getting his picture taken (like many men) I warned Julie of this fact and she made everything fun and seamless I don’t even think he realizes he got his pictures taken. LOL (and they all turned out beyond amazing, I’d say they are EPIC). Lastly Julie advised of the time frame of when we would be receiving our pictures and was again on time. The pictures are EPIC, Julie has a style that I was drawn to immediately (and why I initially booked with her), it is unique and my pictures tell a story, in the most beautifully artistic way. I will treasure them forever. When I share pictures with family and friends they are blown away and it feels so great to get that type of response from those I’m closest too. In short, we LOVE Julie, she is amazing in her craft and as a person, I’m so glad our paths crossed and we have thankfully booked her for our One Year Anniversary next year."

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