Shaneisha + Corey: An Elegant Vinton War Memorial Wedding

With Hurricane Florence threatening the east coast all week and couples in the region making tough decisions whether to continue with their wedding plans or postpone, Shaneisha + Corey bet that the weather would turn in their favor, and they lucked out with smatterings of rain showers throughout the day but none of the high wind and torrential downpours that the area got the day after.

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Jessica + Bryc: An Epic Engagement at Panther Falls

We had a ridiculous amount of fun with this adventuresome couple!  We met up with Jessica + Bryc ("Brick") at Panther Falls, just outside of Lexington, VA, a couple of Saturdays ago.  It's a popular swimming spot so we got there early to beat the crowds and were successful...except for the local hunters training their hunting dogs in the nearby woods.  One of their dogs is probably destined to be a more successful pet than hunter; she followed us around, scaling rocks (where's the hidden dog? look for her in one photo below!) and generally photo-bombing like a pro.  As dog owners/lovers, we all got a kick out of her antics!  But back to the humans...

Jessica + Bryc are photo naturals and adventurous, happy to perch on all sorts of rocks, outcrops, fully submerge in cold spring water, and Bryc even took some acrobatic flips into the water.  In just two weeks, we'll be photographing their wedding and can't wait to celebrate this amazing couple!

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Hope + Wyatt: Enchanted Evening at Avenel

Hope + Raymond's wedding guests had so much fun dancing that the floor of the circa 1838 Avenel House in Bedford, VA, was literally hopping!  Growing up nearby, Hope had dreamed of having her wedding at Avenel some day, and on May 26th that dream became reality.  After a ceremony at the nearby Bedford Presbyterian Church, they got the party started back at the gorgeous historic property and the rainy day's skies finally cleared to allow for the sparkler send off.

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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!  

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Lindsey McCarty
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.

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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!)

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