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Annie and Ben dance at Moss Vineyards after their intimate wedding

Experience has given me this little secret when it comes to picking a micro wedding venue. The best venues are often not venues! At least, that’s not their primary role. That’s because dedicated event venues tend to be designed to accommodate large groups of people and can feel overwhelming for a smaller group.

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Winter Charlottesville Elopement

Elopement Inspo

Central Virginia doesn’t get a ton of snow – usually one good one a year, but a cold front came in a few days before Jessie and Sawyer’s elopement and dumped snow and ice through the Piedmont region and into the Shenandoah Valley.  It ended up creating this incredibly beautiful winter wonderland! An Intimate, Relaxed […]

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Jess + Sam’s Adventure Engagement Session in Shenandoah National Park

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Spring generally starts showing its face in earnest by early April around here. At lower elevations like the cities of Charlottesville or Harrisonburg, by the middle of March some trees are starting to bud and early flowers bloom, but in the mountains it is still very much winter and bare.  Fortunately the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

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Five Venue Ideas for Hosting a Micro Wedding in Virginia

Wedding Planning Tips

Most of my 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 wedding for 15-50 guests, a public spot in a park won’t cut it – you’re going to need […]

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What Happens When it Rains During Your Engagement Session

Lifestyle

When it’s calling for rain, a lot of photographers will reschedule the session. I don’t, unless that is something the client really wants.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Primarily I don’t really believe in the concept of “bad” weather. Weather is simply a part of the adventure and mood of the shoot.  […]

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50 Activities to Do on Your Wedding Weekend

Wedding Planning Tips

Arielle and Mark were originally planning an intimate wedding at Lake Tahoe. But like many 2020 couples, COVID interfered with their plans. So they decided to elope in Shenandoah National Park instead.  I don’t often work with a wedding planner for elopements, but for couples who really just want to show up and enjoy the […]

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How to Get Epic Mountain Views for Your Engagement Photos When You Don’t Like to Hike

Engagement Session Inspo

If you want epic mountain views, but aren’t big hikers (or are worried about makeup melting off in the summer heat), a Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway tour is definitely the way to go.  A tour is basically my term for when we tackle a section of Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway […]

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The Best Water-Based Locations for Engagement Photos in Virginia

Engagement Session Inspo

Virginia is known for its vistas in places like Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it also boasts lakes, rivers, watersheds and coastal shorelines.  Interested in Mountain Views instead? Check out this round-up.  So if waterside (or on the water) photos are more your style than mountains, this article is for you!  […]

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The Best Locations for Mountain Engagement Photos in Virginia

Lifestyle

Most of the adventure engagement sessions I shoot are in Shenandoah National Park (SNP). It’s actually the closest park to my homebase, so I know it SUPER well. If that’s where you want to take your engagement photos, I will help you find the perfect spot that fits how far you want to hike (or […]

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