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Mt. LeConte Engagement- Leah and Craig

Mt. LeConte Engagement

Smoky Mountain Engagement

This is hands down, one of the most adventerous and amazing engagement sessions I have had the opportunity to photograph.  Leah and Craig contacted me and asked to have their session on top of Mt. LeConte within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Mt. LeConte is very unique location, in that it has the highest elevation guest lodge in the eastern United States.  It is situated on an open glade just below the summit of Mt. LeConte at an elevation of about 6400 feet. The Lodge serves as a grandstand for the entire Park and commands spectacular views of the Smokies.  It is accessible only by hiking and is the only place in the Smoky Mountains where a visitor can sleep overnight in a snug permanent structure. There are no roads that lead to the Lodge. There are five hiking trails that lead to the Lodge ranging in length from 5.5 miles up to 8 miles.  The Lodge offers an atmosphere of quiet simplicity where people find relaxation and renewed energy in the cool, majestic solitude at the top of the Smokies. Guests are housed in hand built rough hewn log cabins with propane heat, kerosene lanterns, clean linens and warm Hudson Bay wool blankets. Hearty meals are served family style in the dining room and the whole feel of the outcropping of structures is one of solitude and peace.  Disconnected from the world and absent of any of the true comforts of modern civilization.  The lodge is supplied Alpacas, which haul supplied to and from the mountain top a few times per week.  The hike is both beautiful and scenic.  We chose the Alum Cave Trail, which is just over five miles in length and takes between 3-5 hours to complete.  The trail offered plenty of locations to stop along the way for amazing photos and the weather on the day of our session was amazing.

I am so excited to share this beautiful engagement session.   Their photos turned out amazing and I am excited to share this session with everyone.  Here is a look at their engagement  session, thanks for stopping by.  Please note, that photographers are required to have a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit to work within the National Park.  There are only a hand full of photographers who possess this permit and I am fortunate to be one of them.

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A big thank you to the Park Service Staff who changed the LeConte Lodge sign to Leah and Craig’s wedding date in 2018.  This made for a super special photo for both of them.  

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