Nature Engagement Session in the Smoky Mountains
Erin Morrison Photography
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Monday, April 9, 2018

A Lovable Sweetheart Session in the Smoky Mountains

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We love the Smokies all year round, and this engagement session from the incredible Erin Morrison Photography perfectly illustrates why! After traveling along the Little Pigeon River in Townsend, Erin captured these gorgeous images of love in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The bride told us how her groom popped the question, and we are in love with the story! Read her memories of the sweet moment below.

“Blake and I dated for a little over a year and in May 2017 took a family beach trip to Pensacola Beach, FL with both our families together. Our families each mean a lot to us and they were perfect together, so we knew we had to get a beach trip in the works after a previous beach trip with Blake's family in December 2016. We had talked about spending forever together, but in my mind I thought it would be a while before we made it official. The exciting beach trip finally came, and we settled into a beachfront condo. The next day we woke up to the sun shining and got ready to go down on the beach. Blake, my parents, and my sister were all heading down to the beach early to "claim our spot" least that's what I thought they were doing. I stayed in the room and headed down to the beach a little later with Blake's parents.  As soon as we got to the beach I walked down to the water and Blake asked me if I wanted to build a sandcastle. My response probably wasn't what he had planned for or expected because I told him I just wanted to relax. Doing any sort of work on our first day at the beach wasn't quite what I had in mind. I continued to hang out by the water while Blake started digging on his own. I told my sister that he really wanted to build a sandcastle and she convinced me to go over and help.  He handed me a piece of driftwood and showed me where he wanted to dig. I noticed it wasn't near the water so I was skeptical. He assured me this was the best way so I kept digging, not asking any more questions. We dug for what felt like forever, and I'm sure at this point he was getting worried. Finally, I came across a wooden treasure box hidden in the sand. I was still completely oblivious to what was going on at this point and even said to Blake how sweet it was that some cute couple or kids left this treasure box for someone to find. Blake pulled it out, opened it up, and grabbed a blue shell that held the ring sitting on top of other shells that his family had collected over the years on their family beach trips. While I was looking at a starfish that was in the box, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in such shock and disbelief that the first thing I said was "NO!" and couldn't think of anything else to say other than, "Is this real life?!" over and over. After assuring me it was and finally realizing this moment was real, I of course kissed him and said yes! We all cried and celebrated with our families the rest of the day on the beach and ended with dinner at an amazing local restaurant later that night. Now treasure hunts, sandcastles, and seashells will always have a special place in our hearts. We both prayed for each other a long time before finally meeting, and God exceeded all of our prayers.”


Smoky Mountain Engagement Session




Photography: Erin Morrison Photography 

Setting: Smokey Mountain National Park

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