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Roanoke and its surrounding areas are one the best places in southwestern Virginia for engagement photos. You can find everything – gardens to industrial/urban backdrops to mountain views to waterfalls – all within an hour of the city.  Below I’ve listed ten places that would be stunning backdrops for engagement photos near Roanoke. Some will […]

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McAfee’s Knob Engagement Session

Engagement Session Inspo

If you’re looking for an epic engagement session location, McAfee’s Knob will not disappoint. The summit boasts an iconic rocky ledge that is the most photographed place on the Appalachian Trail. With 270 degree views, McAfee’s Knob is stunning for both sunrise and sunset. But I highly recommend a weekday sunrise engagement session or elopement […]

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How to Source Eco-Friendly Flowers for Your Virginia Wedding – Vendor Interview

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If having a sustainable wedding is important to you, then you should consider sourcing your wedding flowers from a local flower farmer. Petal and Pail is located in Buchanan, a small town smack between Roanoke and Lexington. They specialize in the kind of beautiful, fragile flowers you have to buy locally. While full-service wedding flowers […]

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Blacksburg Photography Location: Heritage Community Park

Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a photography session location in Blacksburg with mountain views then consider Heritage Community Park and Natural Area.  Heritage Community Park is the largest park in Blacksburg with 169 acres of natural area. There are greenways throughout it, large meadows, mountain views and a wildflower garden. It’s accessible, doesn’t require a hike […]

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Sharp Top Elopement Inspiration

Elopement Planning Tips

A Sharp Top elopement isn’t for the faint of heart. To get there in time for sunrise you have to climb more than 1,200 feet over the course of a mile a half. But the payoff is absolutely worth it: 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and an abundance of rocks you can […]

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14 Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas in Virginia 

Lifestyle

If your friends are getting married in Virginia and want to keep the bachelorette party local, you are in luck. Virginia is an incredibly diverse state and you can do everything from renting a cabin in a national park to having a beach weekend to exploring vineyards to skiing.  For simplicity purposes, I’m going to […]

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Blacksburg Elopement at Bald Knob

Elopement Inspo

Bald Knob is a short hike near Blacksburg with incredible panoramic views. It’s perfect for an adventure elopement or engagement session.

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Buffalo Mountain Natural Area | SWVA Engagement Session Location

Adventure Session Tips

If you want a hidden gem for your engagement session in southwestern Virginia, consider Buffalo Mountain Natural Area. This nature preserve is one of the best places for engagement or couples photography in the region. Buffalo Mountain sits on what used to be Cherokee land about 20 minutes outside of Floyd. It’s a popular hike, […]

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Hanging Rock Overlook Trail | Roanoke Engagement Photography Location

Adventure Session Tips

Hanging Rock Overlook Trail is a little-known trail almost exactly equidistant from Roanoke, Virginia, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. The overlook is only about a half mile from the parking area and it’s a very easy half mile. There is almost no elevation change.  But as of midsummer 2022, the trail could use a little maintenance […]

A woman in a white wedding dress looks over her right shoulder as she picks up her dress. Her groom waits for her facing out toward the mountains. Blue mountains are in the background and they are in a national park.
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10 Unique Elopement Ideas for Your Big Day

Elopement Planning Tips

The beauty of eloping is that it’s really easy to customize your day. With fewer (or no) guests, you can be much more flexible with what the day looks like. You don’t have to follow a traditional timeline. And you may have more resources available to invest in custom elements like decor or a private […]

A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a green maxi dress walk away from the camera toward a mountain view. The sky is blue and fog is hanging in the mountains
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Best Engagement Session Locations Near Roanoke

Engagement Session Inspo

Roanoke and its surrounding areas are one the best places in southwestern Virginia for engagement photos. You can find everything – gardens to industrial/urban backdrops to mountain views to waterfalls – all within an hour of the city.  Below I’ve listed ten places that would be stunning backdrops for engagement photos near Roanoke. Some will […]

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