Black Balsam elopement photos

Black Balsam Knob Elopement | Adventure Bridal Portraits on The Blue Ridge Parkway

Black Balsam bride on mountain during her adventurous bridal session

Black Balsam Knob never ceases to amaze me. The weather patterns change so quickly here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and mother nature kept us on our toes during this bridal session near Asheville NC. It takes a certain kind of bride (and mom of the bride) to willingly drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway in the midst of a thunderstorm, talking and laughing the whole way… McKenna and her mom were rock stars, un phased by the wet ground and stormy conditions. There wasn’t a whole lot of flexibility to reschedule her bridal portraits, M was eloping in just a few weeks in Moab, Utah. So we made the absolute best of the conditions we were given and I think we got some amazing images – Mckenna killed it and her momma was the most chill, helpful (she played my voice activated lightstand when needed) mom ever.

I recently wrote a guide for couples planning their Asheville elopement and Black Balsam made my list of top places to elope in Asheville. If you do choose this beautiful place to elope please make sure to get the proper permits and follow LNT principals so as not to impact the land excessively. You can apply for a wedding permit here for a 25 person or less ceremony on Black Balsam.

Bride in a forest during her bridal session on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Dramatic light coming through a dense pine forest

Upon arriving at Black Balsam Knob they darted into the woods to get Mckenna changed. A big bonus to the storms that rolled through was that the mountain was almost empty, a very rare occurrence on a Sunday in the summertime.

smiling bride hiking up to Black Balsam Knob
rain drops on a pine tree with an adventurous bride
beautiful bride in a dark pine tree forest
A huge thank you to McKenna’s mom who happily held a light for me… It was dark in those woods.

This lady was all smiles during her session.

Bride on black balsam knob on the blue ridge parkway
Wind blowing this adventurous brides veil
Bride on Black Balsam Knob before her elopement

Isn’t her Mckenna’s dress gorgeous? Also the photo above and photo below were taken from two different angles within 5 minutes of each other. The light was changing so fast as the sun set. It was gorgeous!

Gorgeous bride on a mountaintop with a sunset behind her
beautiful blue ridge parkway bridal portrait

One of the last photos of the night and one of my favorites.

portrait of bride during her black balsam knob elopement.

Black Balsam Knob is a beautiful 6000′ peak off the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can hike for miles above tree line for stunning views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Black Balsam is a very popular location for elopements and engagement sessions especially on the weekend or during peak fall foliage when all the leaf peepers come out! If you’re planning a black balsam elopement, I’d love to help you craft + document a fun and adventurous day!

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You killed these bridal portraits! Black Balsam knob looks like a great place to shoot!

Bailey Boggs

Oh my gosh, these are SO GORGEOUS!


Wow ariel, these are so great! You clearly know your stuff about the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you captured them and your bride among them beautifully!


So–all the black and whites you have in here are stunning, but that first one is just WOWOWOOW. i love the way the dark trees frame her in that white dress perfectly. What an absolutely gorgeous location you chose. great work!


Beautiful photos and what an amazing sunset!

Kat Carney

That light is so incredible. These are gorgeous!


These are SO beautiful. I’m obsessed with the bridals at the end, and the way you’ve captured the true colour tones of the sky is perfect!!


These are epic, I love the one of her on the top of that rock looking over to the right and the sunset is just amazing in the back. wonderful job!

Katy Homan

Loving these gorgeous woodland images! It looks like the most incredible spot for an elopement wedding!

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