Posts in Couples
Megan + Stephen: Wedding at Boxtree Lodge

I had the great pleasure of photographing Megan + Stephen’s wedding on September 14th at Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, VA. After some cloudy, dreary weather leading up to the wedding, the skies cleared just in time for their outdoor ceremony!

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Jess + Bryc: A Whistle Hollow Farm Wedding

Just about a year ago on September 22, 2018, we got to celebrate with Jess + Bryc after spending a great time with this wonderful couple during their engagement photo session during the summer. They held their wedding and reception at Whistle Hollow Farm. No detail was left out - from a custom back-drop for photo props to a fun photo scavenger hunt for guests to a request from the bride and groom for guests to leave notes with fun date ideas. While rain moved in and out of the area, the skies cleared just long enough to have the ceremony outside with the Blue Ridge as the backdrop for their vows. We had so many favorite photos from this wedding!

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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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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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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!

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