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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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A woman and man wearing wedding garb sit on a cliff drinking champagne. A sunset is in the sky behind them and mountains can be seen in the distance
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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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Bearfence Mountain Engagement Photoshoot

Engagement Session Inspo

Bearfence Mountain is one of the best places in Shenandoah National Park for your engagement photos. The hike is only about half a mile each way. The summit provides 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s absolutely stunning for either sunrise or sunset. Unfortunately it’s also one of the most popular hikes in […]

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Industrial Winter Wedding in Virginia

Wedding inspo

Gillian and Julia originally planned their industrial winter wedding for December of 2020. But like so many people getting married in 2020, they opted to elope on their original wedding day with just immediate family and postpone their big wedding for a year. These two absolutely love Christmas. So they leaned into the Christmas decor, […]

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Blackrock Summit Engagement Photography

Engagement Session Inspo

Blackrock Summit is one of the best spots for engagement photography sessions in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about half a mile from the parking area and is beautiful at either sunrise or sunset. The rocky summit features 360 degree views from the very top of the rocky overpass or you can walk down the […]

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Allison + Michael’s Blue Ridge Parkway Elopement

Elopement Inspo

Allison and Michael met while in medical school in Blacksburg. Both of them love the outdoors and they spent the first few years of their relationship getting outside and exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. In her initial inquiry, Allison said “we press our reset button by hiking and soaking up nature, so eloping in the […]

A bride and groom laugh during their wedding ceremony at Clyde Willow Creek Farm. Willow Trees are behind an arbor decorated with flowers and white cloth. Guests are seated in white chairs and there are two bridesmaids and a groomsman.
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Best Places to Elope in Virginia

Elopement Planning Tips

When you’re planning your Virginia elopement, figuring out where to elope is probably the No. 1 question. Fortunately, Virginia is an incredible state. You can find everything from mountain views to beaches to wild horses to mystical forests.  Virginia has several distinct regions so I’m going to organize this guide that way. To hop from […]

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