Foothills Parkway

Smoky Mountains Elopement

Foothills Parkway Elopement

The Foothills Parkway is our favorite location for scenic views in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The beauty of the Smokies is that the temperature varies so much from the valleys to the peaks, places like Mount LeConte can be covered with snow while it’s raining in Townsend. And sometimes in the fall, you can drive through snow on one part of the parkway, and then find yourself in warm sunlight with the most gorgeous sunset at another part of the parkway.

This is exactly what we found at Amberly and Bryan’s December wedding. As we were driving up the parkway, there was snow on both sides of the road and in the trees! Then, when we stopped for their ceremony there were snow-covered mountains in the distance.

Amberly said, “Bryan & I knew we were soulmates within the first 5 minutes of meeting each other.” So when they traveled from Alabama to Tennessee for their December wedding, the snow covered mountains the background couldn’t have been planned any more perfectly!

  • Location – Foothills Parkway
  • Hair & Makeup – Whitney Evans Beauty
  • Officiant – Chaplain Fred Patterson

About the Foothills Parkway

The Foothills Parkway in Tennessee is one of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s most beautiful and scenic locations. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon drive, stargazing, or a summer picnic. But, it’s also a jaw-dropping location for elopements and intimate weddings – with overlooks, a waterfall, and the newly completed “Missing Link.” If you’re thinking about having a Smoky Mountain wedding or elopement, the Foothills Parkway should be on your list.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wedding Photographers

JoPhoto is a license and approved wedding photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are a beautiful location for weddings, elopements, and engagement photos. Some of our favorite wedding locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include Spence Cabin, Elkmont, Cades Cove, Greenbrier, and the Foothills Parkway.

We are authorized Great Smoky Mountains National Park wedding photographers, and the park is a beautiful destination for mountain weddings, elopements, and photo sessions. If you live in Knoxville, Maryville, East Tennessee, or you are traveling to Gatlinburg, Sevierville, or Pigeon Forge from out of state, then you know how gorgeous the national park is for photos. We have the permit required to photograph weddings in the park, and we visit the park dozens of times each year to photograph weddings.

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Hi! We're Joe and Kathleen, and we're a husband and wife photography team specializing in weddings and elopements for adventurous couples in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and East Tennessee.


Celebrate in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, by the river, on top of the mountains, or in a cozy cabin...wherever adventure takes you, our job is to take photos you'll love for years to come.

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