Magnolia + Ember is wedding photography for the fearless couples who thrive on authenticity and depth. Those soul-inspired lovers who stripped away all barriers within themselves and found their divine partner to share their whole self with. I crave hearing stories about the synchronistic journeys of couples meeting and their intertwined lives, as if each were created with the magic of the Universe. M+E exists for the opportunity to surround myself with kindred spirits, capture profound connections between lovers, witness extraordinary places on Earth, and fulfill pieces of my purpose for existence. The creative art of being a photographer, holding a piece of time and space, ignites my soul in such a way that makes me confident that this is meant for me.

There’s nothing traditional about my style, but rather I create experiences. I want to capture what is felt within the deepest parts of inner selves, and to do that, the moment has to be real. The approach I take photographing couples has a beautiful way of manifesting the greatest emotions that will radiate through the lens. I want people to look back at pictures and have every feeling of that moment come crashing down. The ultimate goal is to create an experience that will forever hold the amazing energy of time spent together encapsulating the love between two bodies and souls.

Time is shared between the East and the West. My established home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is a split base with Portland, Oregon (no travel fees for either location). Worldwide destination available for weddings, intimate elopements, and adventurous couples sessions. Whether it is eloping in Iceland on a black sand beach surrounded by glaciers and Northern Lights, expressing love at the base of rushing waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest, taking in the essence of the free-spirited Southwest, hiking the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to exchange self-solemnized vows, exploring the overwhelmingly beautiful spaces of Patagonia or Switzerland – and anywhere in between – I want to document the core of meaningful relationships.

Things that make my heart happy: crystals + metaphysics, adventures, John Mayer, authenticity, coffee + collecting mugs from meaningful experiences, poetry, creating, the word Serendipity, and deep conversations.

Based in Portland, Oregon

Badges & Awards





“Julie is a ray of sunshine to work with! She is professional and knows her stuff. Julie is an old soul that my husband and I connected with immediately. She is an adventurous photographer that is willing to go the extra mile to get the right shots. I would absolutely recommend her!”

– Melissa M.

“Working with Julie was an absolute delight. As soon as I spoke with her on the phone, I knew she was the right photographer for our wedding (a destination wedding in Joshua Tree National Park). I wanted someone to capture natural and adventurous photos, instead of traditional portraits that are more posed. Our wedding photos turned out amazing! They are exactly what I had hoped to get from our wedding. And I have gotten so many compliments on them. Julie is a gifted and creative photographer. In addition, she is dream to work with. She was flexible and easy going, and also had great advice and answers to all our questions. She was so accommodating and easy to work with throughout the day. The little touches she puts into her work, and the sweet gestures she makes to her clients were wonderful. I would 100% recommend hiring her for your photography needs!!”

– Jessica K.

“Julie of Magnolia + Ember was such a pleasure to work with!! She put us at ease in front of the camera and just let us be ourselves. She also captured the perfect in between moments and details that told the whole story of our adventure. We had so much fun – thank you Julie!!”

– Lauren M.