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A couple stands and looks at the view on Cole Mountain

One of the best spots in the Shenandoah Valley for mountain engagement photos is Cole Mountain. Cole Mountain is one of those spots that is kind of a local gem. I wouldn’t call it “hidden” since there always lots of people there, but the space is so wide open you feel like you have it […]

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Peaks of Otter Engagement Photos at Abbott Lake

Engagement Session Inspo

Peaks of Otter is one of the prettiest places for engagement photos near Roanoke. Located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Peaks of Otter features a lakefront lodge with restaurant, visitors center, and access to several of the best hiking trails in the region, including Sharp Top, Flat Top and the Abbott Lake trail. To […]

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Five Micro Wedding Venue Ideas in Virginia

Wedding Planning Tips

If you’re planning a micro wedding in Virginia, the first question for most people is “do I need a venue?” Most elopement couples can get away with doing their entire ceremony and post-ceremony celebration – with fewer than 15 participants – in public spaces like Shenandoah National Park. However, if you are hosting an intimate […]

A couple stands and looks at the view on Cole Mountain
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Cole Mountain Engagement Photos

Engagement Session Inspo

One of the best spots in the Shenandoah Valley for mountain engagement photos is Cole Mountain. Cole Mountain is one of those spots that is kind of a local gem. I wouldn’t call it “hidden” since there always lots of people there, but the space is so wide open you feel like you have it […]

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Sierra Vista Wedding Venue

Wedding inspo

Sierra Vista is one of those wedding venues that has been on my radar for a long time. I knew it had incredible mountain views. But driving up and seeing them in person is something else. Sierra Vista probably has the most epic mountain views of any venue in Virginia. And i’ve been to a […]

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Sundara Wedding Venue

Wedding inspo

Sundara is an incredibly beautiful wedding venue located just 20 minutes outside of Roanoke. It’s situated at the base of Cahas Mountain. As a result, it is one of the best central Virginia wedding venues for mountain views. Yet it is close enough to downtown Roanoke to make finding guest accommodations and wedding vendors a […]

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The Best Roanoke, VA Wedding Venues

Wedding Planning Tips

If you are looking for a wedding venue near Roanoke, Virginia, then you are in the right place! Read on to discover my favorite wedding venues within an hour of Roanoke. I’ve grouped them by city or town and outlined general facts about each, like aesthetic and guest capacity.  My best piece of advice to […]

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The 16 Best VRBO Wedding Venues in Virginia

Wedding Planning Tips

VRBO is my go-to place to find epic vacation rentals for hosting a wedding. (Airbnb banned events at their properties as of 2020.) Luckily, a LOT of properties are cross-listed between the two platforms.  VRBO Wedding Venue Checklist  When you’re planning a VRBO wedding, here’s what to look for in a property.  Is there a […]

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House Mountain Inn – Lexington Wedding Venue

Wedding Planning Tips

House Mountain Inn is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Shenandoah Valley. It’s located in Lexington, a small town about an hour north of Roanoke and an hour south of Charlottesville.  Most people choose House Mountain Inn for their wedding because of the incredible views of the Allegheny Mountains from the wedding […]

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A Summer Charlottesville Vineyard Wedding

Wedding inspo

The Charlottesville area has tons of incredible vineyards to choose from for your wedding. But if you’re looking for sweeping mountain views, few can beat Moss. Moss is located about 30 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. It features panoramic views of the mountains, great wine and an intimate reception space. If you’re having a huge wedding, […]

A couple walks down a rocky mountain top holding hands. Behind them fog lingers in green trees
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Stone Mountain State Park Engagement Session

Engagement Session Inspo

Stone Mountain State Park may be one of the most unique natural areas for engagement sessions on the east coast. Its prominent feature is a huge dome of natural granite — like the Yosemite of North Carolina. As a result, Stone Mountain State Park features some of the best rock climbing in North Carolina. But […]

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