wedding couple popping a bottle of champagne on a mountaintop in Gatlinburg, TN


Exchange vows in the enchanting mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the charming ambiance of this historic town. Gatlinburg is one of the most popular wedding destinations in Tennessee, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and Southern hospitality that creates an unforgettable experience. To capture every moment of your love story in this stunning location, trust Michael Freas Photography – a premier Gatlinburg wedding photographer known for his exceptional talent, creativity, and passion.

With years of experience shooting weddings in Gatlinburg, Michael Freas understands the unique elements that make this location so special. His keen eye for detail and ability to capture candid moments results in stunning images that showcase the natural beauty and romance of Gatlinburg. Michael Freas is dedicated to providing you with a personalized experience, creating photographs that reflect your unique style and vision.

Transform your dream wedding into a reality by entrusting your photography needs to Michael Freas Photography. Experience the majestic beauty of Gatlinburg, immortalized by a skilled and devoted Gatlinburg wedding photographer. Book your consultation today, and let us help you celebrate your love story in the picturesque setting of Gatlinburg, TN.

A bride and groom are posing for a photo at a bar, captured by Asheville NC photographer Michael Freas.

Real Weddings for Real Couples!

Timeless and Unforgettable wedding photos for fun loving couples

Looking for a timeless Asheville wedding photographer? Do you crave Documentary Photography with a creative twist? You’ve found the right place! Come, let’s get started.

I’ve had the honor of being ranked among the top wedding photographers in the nation, voted in the Top 100 wedding photographers by WPJA, and recognized as one of the best wedding photographers in North Carolina and Florida. Luxe Life Magazine crowned me the Number 1 Wedding Photographer in Western North Carolina for 2023! On top of that, I’m proud to be a Best of Hall of Fame member and consistently recognized by The Knot. I’m also immensely pleased to have been identified in the Masters Top 10 North America 2020, 2022 by Masters of Wedding Photography. My work has even been featured in Rolling Stone for music photography in 2019 and 2021.


Let’s chat about your dream elopement! With a tailored approach, we’ll create an adventure you’ll love.


From unique locations to eco-luxury stays, permit research to custom timelines, I’ve got your elopement covered!


Imagine day-long adventures, fine dining, and starlit dances. I’ll capture your multi-day elopement journey!


Your wedding day is more than just a ceremony. It’s about capturing the raw emotions and unique experiences that make your day special. With a bold, creative approach to documentary-style photography, we prioritize genuine moments over posed shots. We’re skilled at navigating wedding complexities and confident in delivering timeless images, even under pressure. Perfect for couples who value authenticity and aren’t afraid to showcase the real, imperfect beauty of their big day.

Two men standing on top of a cliff overlooking a valley in Asheville, NC.
A bride and groom are standing in the Asheville Botanical Gardens, capturing stunning wedding photography amidst the lush wooded area.

Investment in Professionalism

The Easiest Way to Enjoy Your Day

Our minimum investment is $4350 for weddings and $1600 for elopements.

However, I do offer packages at various price points and I often customize packages based on needs and wants. Just send me a note via my contact page and we can talk more!

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Michael Freas is an experienced and passionate photographer offering documentary wedding photography in  Gatlinburg, TN and the Smokey Mountains. He specializes in capturing the essence of his clients’ love stories through intimate photographs. Michael’s unique approach to documentary wedding photography blends creativity, storytelling, and attention to detail, resulting in stunning and timeless images.

He is a pro at capturing organic moments as they happen, keeping things comfortable and relaxed for his clients. Think about it like having your friend take photos of you – it’s that chill and fun! He wants his clients to be themselves and enjoy the moment, creating photographs representing their personalities and relationship.

Inspired by film and art, Michael’s style stand outs with how he plays with lighting, composition, and other elements to make every session perfect. He takes the time to understand his couples’ unique identities and relationships, so each photograph captures their love story in a personal way.

Working with Michael means having a photographer who genuinely cares about your happiness and well-being. He ensures that every experience is enjoyable and memorable, and his fun, non-invasive approach ensures that his clients have the best day ever.

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Michael Freas

I am a documentary wedding photographer with 10 years of experience.
Multiple Top Award Winning Images and published in Rangefinder, Rolling Stone, Variety, Insider and Destination I Do.