May 31, 2021

Intimate Sunrise Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Sometimes I shoot just photography on a couples elopement day, and Abigail and Dane’s sweet, intimate sunrise wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains was one of those times.

A couple stands on the ledge of an overlook with mountains in front of them during their Intimate Sunrise Wedding

These two planned a half-day adventure (up to 6 hours) and filled it with special little moments to enjoy and embrace lots of the beautiful outdoor aspects of Western NC.

We started their intimate sunrise wedding on the mountain top and moved into the more official wedding-style events as the morning grew warmer and we made our way down into the forest.

Five Reasons to Plan Around Sunrise for Your
Elopement or Wedding Experience

ONE

You’re likely to see fewer people at sunrise due to the need to wake up, travel,
and possibly hike all before the sun comes up.

TWO

It’s a beautiful way to start your wedding/elopement day.

THREE

You probably won’t sleep too well the night before your elopement anyways,
so why not just make the most of it!

FOUR

Sunrise is a beautiful time of day where you are likely to get some stargazing (if it’s clear)
before dawn and some beautiful colors.

FIVE

It’s one heck of a unique adventure!

I hope you enjoy these little snippets of the memories made by
Abigail and Dane during their sunrise wedding for two:

Long exposure image of the moon and stars just before sunrise.
Couple gets ready for their intimate sunrise wedding by putting things into car.
A couple hikes in the dark up a mountain using headlamps in the early morning.
A couple stands in the dark wearing headlamps.
A couple hikes up a mountain the dark wearing wedding clothes to their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple sits on a mountaintop wearing headlamps and smiling at each other as the sun starts to rise over the mountains in the background during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple sits together before their elopement in the early morning hours wearing headlamps with a mountain range in the background before their intimate sunrise wedding.
A portrait of a sunrise over a mountain range and pine trees with purple and orange light.
A sunrise happening over mountaintops.
The sun starts to rise through pine trees in a forest.
A man helps a woman into her wedding gown while standing on a mountain before their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man helps a woman get zipped into her wedding gown before their intimate sunrise elopement on a mountain.
A picture of the sun slowly coming up over the mountains.
A man and a woman in wedding clothes stand on a mountain while the bride’s dress blows in the breeze as they get ready for their intimate sunrise wedding.
A woman' stands on a mountain wearing a white wedding gown that blows in the breeze during her intimate sunrise wedding.
A man buttons up the vest with trees and mountains in the background before his intimate sunrise wedding.
A man stands in front of the mountains with the sun coming up behind him while he ties his tie on his intimate sunrise wedding day.
Woman helps her husband with his wedding clothes on top of a mountain at their intimate sunrise wedding.
Woman helps man with his tie on top of a mountain at their intimate sunrise wedding.
Close-up of a man and woman holding hands on top of a mountain before their elopement.
A man and woman hold hands and overlook a mountain range before their intimate sunrise wedding.
Husband and wife in wedding clothes hugging on top of mountain at intimate sunrise wedding.
Closeup photo of flowers in a bride’s hair at sunrise elopement session.
Man and woman stand overlooking a mountain range with their heads together.
A man puts on his suit before his wedding on top of a mountain.
A man helps a woman walk up the side of a mountain during intimate sunrise wedding.
A man on a mountain walks toward the edge of a rock, followed by his wife in her wedding gown during their intimate sunrise wedding.
Husband ties corsage on the wrist of his wife at their intimate sunrise wedding.
Husband adjusts his wife’s wrist corsage before mountain elopement.
A couple in wedding clothes holds hands and walks across a mountaintop rock with a sunrise in the background during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple hugs on top of a rock facing the sun coming up on the mountains in front of them during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man and woman hold their heads close together as they cuddle on top of a mountaintop in wedding clothes for their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man in a suit and sunglasses smiles on mountain for a portrait at his intimate sunrise wedding.
A bride in a wedding gown smiles on top of a rock at her intimate sunrise wedding in the mountains.
A man and a wife hug each other with the focus on the forest and mountain range in the background.
Husband and wife hugging with the sun shining through the pine trees behind them during their intimate sunrise wedding.
Couple holds hands and walks toward an overlook in the mountains where they’ll have their intimate sunrise wedding.
A picnic basket sits on the edge of an overlook in the mountains.
A couple prepares coffee in mugs during their morning intimate sunrise wedding
A couple drinking coffee out of mugs and covered in a green velvet blanket in the morning in the mountains during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple covered in a green velvet blanket and holding mugs of coffee smiles at each other while standing on an overlook in the mountains during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple sits under a green blanket on the edge of a mountain overlook and laughs during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A wedded couple holds hands and walks through the forest with the sun shining behind them through the trees during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man and wife in wedding clothes and hiking gear stops on a trail in the forest to kiss during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple in wedding clothes walk down the middle of a road in the forest through a tunnel during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A newlywed couple holds hands and walks down the middle of the road in front of a tunnel in the mountains during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A newlywed couple kisses in the middle of the road in front of a tunnel in the forest during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man twirls a woman in a wedding dress in the middle of the road in front of a mountain tunnel during their intimate sunrise wedding.
Closeup of a woman in a wedding gown holding the arm of a man in the middle of the road during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A woman in a wedding gown looks at a polaroid of herself and her husband during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A wide waterfall flowing at dawn in the mountains.
A newlywed couple sits and has a picnic in the woods during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple enjoys a picnic in the sun in the forest after their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple in their wedding outfits holding bowls of granola and yogurt during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple sits and has an intimate sunrise wedding picnic on a log in the forest.
Two wooden vow books sit on a bed of moss during a couple's intimate sunrise wedding.
A wooden book that says “Dane’s Vows” sits on a bed of moss.
A wooden book that says “Abigail’s Vows” sits on a bed of moss.
A man and wife play a song on their phone in the woods wearing wedding clothes during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A newlywed couple hugging in the forest with pine trees and sun behind them during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple dancing in the forest after their intimate sunrise wedding.
A newlywed couple hug during their first dance as husband and wife in the woods during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A unique first dance as husband and wife in the woods in the mountains during their intimate sunrise wedding.
Man and woman wearing wedding clothes dancing in the forest during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A couple in wedding clothes stands by a river in the woods while the husband reads his wedding vows during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A man reads his wedding vows to his wife in front of a stream in the woods during their intimate sunrise wedding.
A woman reads her vows to her husband during forest elopement.
A woman reads her wedding vows to her husband in front of a creek in the woods.
Husband and wife have their first kiss alongside a riverbank in the woods.
Woman holds her husband’s wedding ring in a wooden box.
Man holds his wife’s wedding ring in a wooden box.
A man gets down on one knee in the woods in front of a creek as he marries his wife.
Closeup of a woman hugging her husband around the neck.
A man and woman hug in front of a creek in the woods.
Closeup of a man hugging his wife around the neck.
A man pops a champagne bottle in the woods while his wife stands by and laughs.
A woman drinks out of a champagne bottle to celebrate her wedding.
A husband drinks out of a champagne bottle after elopement to celebrate his marriage.
A closeup of a man cutting a small white wedding cake.
A husband and wife sort out printed plates on a sandy creek bed for a picnic.
Husband and wife laugh while standing next to a picnic in the woods.
A man and woman in wedding clothes walk across a creek in the woods.
A woman in hiking boots and a wedding dress walks across a creek in the woods.
A newlywed couple cuddles on a rock overlooking a waterfall in the forest.
A husband and wife stand on a rock next to a waterfall and kiss in the woods.
A man helps a woman in a wedding dress walk across a waterfall rock.
A couple in the woods sits on a waterfall rock in the sun.
A woman rests her head on her husband’s shoulder while sitting on a rock in front of a waterfall in the sun.
A couple walks through rhododendrons in the woods while wearing wedding clothes.

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