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.


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. 

I have studios in Asheville, NC and the Florida Keys.

Gatlinburg Wedding Photgraphy coverage with Private, Online Viewing Gallery, Hi Resolution Digital Photos starting at $5000

Engagement Session Add on $1000

Couple walking during an engagement photoshoot in cades cove national park

THANK YOU for taking the time to connect and reading a little bit about my story + philosophy. I’d love to learn about your story, the two of you, and the vision you have for your wedding! Let’s meet over Zoom or have drinks/coffee in person and chat more.


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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