There is something extraordinary about the Great Smoky Mountains, and I am certainly not the only one who thinks that. GSMNP is one of the top visited National Parks with 14.1 million visitors last year. So it’s easy to see why the Smokies is one of the top locations for destination weddings in the USA. Although the scenic views are beyond incredible, for me personally, the significance of this magical place extends beyond the endless stretch of mountains and settles deep within my soul—this is home. There is a lot of love in my heart for the experiences I've had in the Smoky Mountains and for the person I've become through paths that have crossed amidst these ranges.

The Magnolia Venue

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

what couples are saying:

- Liz and Kenton

"Stunning photos, service, and person. 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...while being extremely professional. 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."

- Kelly and John

"I’ll start by saying Julie’s photos are clearly gorgeous. Her style gives a whimsical kind of vibe, with a highlight on nature which is exactly what my husband and I wanted. Julie herself is prompt in responding, SWEET as can be, and catches beautiful moments effortlessly. She loves what she does and it’s evident in her work. We love our wedding photos and are grateful she was available on our day!"

- Allison and Laura

"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."

- Hana and Zach

"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. It was easy to plan and edit my requested shot list with her as well. 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."

- Briana and Sean

"We hired Julie for our wedding and it was one of the best decisions we made! 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. Not every photographer would have done that and that is just one of the many examples of how amazing Julie is. I would recommend Julie to anyone!!"

- 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!!! 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. Thank you for giving me something that my heart is able to relive forever and ever!!!"

The Bridal Suite

The Knoll

The Grand Hall

After Dark

Photography Packages

Magnolia + Ember has been a preferred photographer since 2018 for The Magnolia, and now for the newest space at The Trillium. I have had the pleasure of working at the Smoky Mountain wedding venue more times than I've counted. With my depth of experience and the logistics of a day-of timeline, I have designed photography packages exclusively for The Magnolia and their sister venue to ensure I can provide coverage for all the magical moments of your wedding day from getting ready to the final moments of the celebration. Let's craft your adventure in the Smokies!

$4000

Collection III

COLLECTION II
COLLECTION I
Collection III
  • up to 10 hours of coverage
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • Assistance with creating timeline for the day
  • Vendor recommendations
  • Optional add-on: custom album
  • Optional add-on: engagement or adventure session

what's included:

$5400

Collection II

COLLECTION II
COLLECTION I
COLLECTION III
  • Full day coverage (unlimited hours)
  • Engagement or adventure session* (up to 2 hours)
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • Assistance with creating timeline for the day
  • Vendor recommendations
  • Optional add-on: custom album

what's included:

*for destination weddings, a day-before or day-after session works great!

$7000

  • Full day coverage (unlimited hours)
  • Engagement or adventure session* (up to 2 hours)
  • Full resolution digital photos with printing rights
  • Online gallery with unlimited downloads
  • Guest password to share with family & friends
  • Assistance with creating timeline for the day
  • Vendor recommendations
  • $2000 credit towards custom album

Collection I

COLLECTION II
COLLECTION I
COLLECTION III

what's included:

*for destination weddings, a day-before or day-after session works great!

Frequently Asked Questions

A retainer fee of $1500 secures your date and is applied to the full package price. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the wedding date.

Sales tax is only added when the couple lives within the state of Tennessee, regardless of where the wedding is held. Tennessee bases sales tax on where the final products (i.e., photos) are delivered and not where they were created. If necessary, the rate of 9.75% is factored on the retainer and final invoice.

You will receive a handful of sneak peeks within one week of your wedding to enjoy while I work through the editing process. You will receive your full gallery 6 weeks after your wedding. Engagement sessions and couples portraits take 3 weeks.

You will receive printing rights for your personal use that extends to your family and friends so they can print their favorites too. You are allowed to print at any location of your choice. I retain legal copyrights to the images as the author and creator per USC Title 17.

Almost every single person I photograph thinks the exact same thing. You are not expected to be models, so worry not. I have some fun ways to ease tension and get you relaxed during portraits so you actually enjoy the experience. Most of the time, you are interacting with each other and forget that I am even there. My photography is emotionally driven, and all that takes is just being YOU!

the sister venue

The Trillium's Private