Krista + Carter: A House Mountain Inn Wedding on 05.19.18

We absolutely fell in love with this wonderful couple and their friends and family!  Krista and Carter got married nestled in the gorgeous setting that is House Mountain Inn in Lexington, VA.  After a foggy, rainy day that threatened to move their ceremony indoors, the rain suddenly stopped and let the festivities continue outside, some sun even sneaking out of the clouds!  The party continued on the pavilion with views of the sun setting behind the Allegheny mountains.  We wish Krista and Carter all the best as they start their married life off on new adventures in Texas and know they have the most wonderful friends and family to support them on their journey!  

6 must know tips for your spectacular sparkler exit!

Sparklers: what's not to love?  A miniature firework in the palm of your hand.  Oh wait, when you say it that way...!

My husband and I had sparklers for our send off from our wedding, which fell on the 4th of July.  That decision was a no-brainer on that date!  At the time, we did some research of our own and now on the flip side as wedding photographers, we've come to appreciate the fine art that is pulling off a safe, successful sparkler exit.  The good news is that most of the trick is in the planning.  Most couples don't moonlight as sparkler aficionados, so here are our top 6 tips.

Tips for selecting a venue for your wedding (that photographs well)

Most couples planning weddings have images in their minds of what they'll experience on their wedding day.  These are ideas compiled from personal tastes and interests, what the couple has experienced at friends' weddings, and what they've seen in magazines and movies.  Regardless of what that image is, the day will be a whirlwind and fleeting, over in the blink of an eye.  (Just please don't literally blink in photos!)

A weekend in Asheville, part II

Well, I decided to turn my Asheville trip into three posts.  Here are the photos from the Biltmore house, and in my next post, I'll focus on the Biltmore gardens and grounds.  While the worst photo is of the library (dark room, no flash allowed), it was my absolute favorite room (well, maybe besides the indoor pool in the basement) and is my dream library... 

A weekend in Asheville, part I

Last weekend I took a quick fall getaway to Asheville, NC, and lucked out with gorgeous weather.  This first post includes photos from the North Carolina Arboretum and Catawba Falls, about 40 minutes east of downtown.  The arboretum offered some great paths, vistas, and a one-of-a-kind bonsai exhibit.  Catawba Falls was a nice hike - 1.5 miles up and 1.5 miles down the mountain on a muddy and slick trail.  My next post will include photos from the Biltmore Estate.

Samantha + Brian at Omni Shoreham

It's not every day you get the chance to photograph a family wedding but such was my luck on 4.22.17 to photograph my cousin Sam's marriage to Brian!  A rainy spring day quick shifted the garden wedding to an indoors affair with the ceremony and reception both being held at Omni Shoreham in Northwest Washington, DC.  With well over 200 guests in attendance, the reception was filled with non-stop dancing and fun, and Sam and Brian clearly have so much wonderful support as they start the next phase of their relationship.  Sam's first dance with her dad was incredibly sweet and memorable, and they could definitely be professional dancers if they want to!