5 Things to plan in Cades Cove for Engagement Photos

Cades Cove Skies
Cades Cove Skies by ST Photography

When you think about your engagement photos there are not to many locations more beautiful than Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. So why not take that opportunity to add that beauty to your engagement photos.

In order to get the most out of your trip there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountain National Park,  offers an 11 mile one way loop road of scenic valleys, fields, mountains and wildlife. Since it is only one way, travel is slow, so plan on taking some extra time making your way around the loop. There are a few roads that allow you to skip portions if you need to. There are also a lot of sight seers who like to take their time, especially if they spot wildlife.

 

Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography
Fields of Cades Cove by ST Photography
Fields of Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements by ST Photography
Engagements by ST Photography

2. Your photographer must have a permit to take photos in the National Park. The National park wants to make sure only photographers who know their rules and are licence should be taking any professional portraits in the loop.

Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography

 

Dancing in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Dancing in Cades Cove by ST Photography

3. Schedule your shoot for either early morning or late afternoon. Traffic is usually a little lighter during these hours. Not only should there be less people but it is also peek lighting.

Engagement in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagement in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove Loop
Cades Cove Loop by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography
Cades Cove by ST Photography

4. There are a lot of amazing shots that you may need to walk to in order to shoot at that location. Be alert to what may be living in that area. If you see any wildlife take cation and try not to get to close. Some animals, such as bears, could attack so use good judgement and back away.

Forests of Cades Cove ST Photography
Forests of Cades Cove ST Photography

 

Creek and Forest of Cades Cove ST Photography
Creek and Forest of Cades Cove ST Photography

5. There are so many breathtaking buildings on this loop that bring a unique point of view to any shoot. Be respectful of other people and of the property. These structures are historic treasures.

Methodist Church on Cades Cove Loop
Methodist Church on Cades Cove Loop by ST Photography
Methodist Church by ST Photography
Methodist Church by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography

These 5 easy steps will help your engagement photos in Cades Cove run smoothly. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding and enjoy your time in the Stunning Smoky Mountains National Park!

Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography
Engagements in Cades Cove by ST Photography

 

Chapel at the Preserve Smoky Mountain Wedding

If you have ever dreamed of a Mountain top wedding, the Chapel at the Preserve can fulfill that fantasy. Coleen and Kendrick came to the Smoky Mountains to find just that. The quiet atmosphere and spectacular views captured their hearts and they knew it was perfect.

Their beautiful wedding was attended by their family in an intimate ceremony. Coleen was lead down the isle by Kendrick’s children, who were eager  to call her their mom, to the music of violin and harp strings. As the ceremony went on every little detail seemed to be so thought out with loving care, personal to only the two of them. In the center of it all was their love for Jesus.

The first dance was so tender as the two could not take their eyes off of one another. This was followed by a beautifully laid out meal. The family was all smiles as they enjoyed the feast before them. A roaring fire in the back ground was a perfect ambiance. Everything was incredibly gorgeous. 

The couple decided to add to their video and photos with shots from Cades Cove. As the sun set they went through the fields taking in all the natural beauty around them. Their children even joined in the fun, running and playing with their parents. The joy between this family was contagious. They were just beaming with happiness.

From the views from above to the valley below this was truly a perfect Smoky Mountain wedding.

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors that made this day remarkable!

Chelsi Warren

The perfect Mountain Venue– Chapel at the Preserve

Gorgeous Megan Connors Floral and Styling

Lions Creative

Great Smoky Mountain Catering Company

Laurel Strings

Sandy’s Cakes

Sweven Vintage and Rustic Rentals