There’s nothing more romantic than a sweeping adventure – except maybe an adventure that ends with a wedding. And with a Smoky Mountain elopement, the two combine in a truly wow-worthy experience. From hiking the trails up to your venue to the epic views when you tie the knot, the Smoky Mountains are an ideal outdoor ceremony spot for the adventurous couple. If you feel at home in the mountains, or you want to do something out-of-the-box for your big day, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your mountain elopement experience.
Use natural lighting
Natural lighting is one of the killer perks of having a Smoky Mountain elopement. Using natural outdoor light will not only decrease the amount of set up you and your photographer will have to pack in and out, but you can also get some amazing shots depending on the time of day your ceremony takes place. Pledging your love to your partner at sunset with the panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains in the background is definitely worth capturing on film.
Make the practicalities romantic
Hiking boots and packs are practicalities of a mountain top elopement, especially if you’re doing some serious hiking to your wedding venue. But don’t despair at the sight of canvas or bulky backpacks – with a few easy twists, they can still be wedding wear. Strap your bouquet on to your pack while you hike to keep your hands free and your flowers undamaged, or hang a ‘just married’ sign from it after your ceremony for a cute photo op! To add a wedding touch to your hiking boots, use blue laces for that “something blue”, or find some in a color that compliments your dress or your color scheme.
Bring your furry friends
We take our pets on so many of our adventures, and our weddings should be no different. Mountain elopements are perfect for the furry family members in our lives, so long as they’re permitted at your ceremony location. They are great low-key guests if you’re considering eloping privately — not to mention you get to skip the dog-sitter, saving some serious cash.
Explore your venue
Exploring the great outdoors is just another perk of having a Smoky Mountain elopement. Depending on where you’re eloping, you could mini moon in the local city of Pigeon Forge, and explore the different attractions and amusement parks, or, if you want to stick to the mountains, you can climb the beloved Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain in the Smokies. Also consider a hike to any of the many gorgeous waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains, like Grotto Falls, that are perfect for tying the knot under.
If you’re looking to get out in nature this wedding season, a Smoky Mountain elopement is one of the best options. Full of history, sweeping views, and hiking trails with countless romantic spots to tie the knot, having a Smoky Mountain elopement allows you to commemorate your connection to your partner and to the epic nature of the south.