Cataract Falls | Smoky Mountain Elopement

You’ve decided you want a Smoky Mountain elopement in East Tennessee, but are unsure where to tie the knot. Let me introduce you to Cataract Falls. A short hike and right outside Gatlinburg, makes this location perfect for those wanting to elope within the Smoky Mountain National Park and have little walking distance.

Cataract Falls

Tayler and Johnathan had a beautiful day for their forest elopement at the base of Cataract Falls in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Cataract Falls is the perfect location if want a short and easy hike. The total round trip is .75. While this waterfall is on the smaller side, the soft rushing water was a peaceful addition to their intimate ceremony.

The best part about Cataract Falls is the easy one mile (round trip) walk to the waterfall. The winding path through the woods makes an enchanted woodland aisle. Although Cataract Falls is open to the public, you can see little to no tourists given the time of year. Tayler and Jonathan’s elopement was in early March and we had the falls to ourselves. It was the perfect day.

After Tayler and Jonathan’s private ceremony, we found a quiet spot next to a stream flowing through the woods. These bride and groom portraits have been some of my favorite moments from an enchanted Smoky Mountain elopement.

Bride and groom portraits at an enchanted Tennessee Forest Elopement located in Smoky Mountain national park.

Meet your photographer:

What’s up friends! I’m Chelbe – Tennessee based wedding and elopement photographer. If there’s one thing I love, it’s Smoky Mountain elopements. Sharing my couple’s love stories with you is one way I can help you as you plan your own elopement. From ceremony locations to wedding attire, these blogs are here to inspire you! If you are looking for more elopement inspiration check out this blog from Emily and Zach’s forest elopement at Ely’s Mill.



I'm a wedding and elopement photographer based in Tennessee - ready to travel wherever your heart is taking you. My style is a documentary style — I love capturing your day as it unfolds and being present for the in-between, unposed moments between you and your lover. Serving you starts before we ever take that first photo. I strive to connect with all my couples to better understand who they are what their vision is for their day. Let's find out if we are the perfect fit!

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