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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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Sharp Top Elopement Inspiration

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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 […]

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

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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 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 […]

A couple kiss after doing a sparkler exit after their intimate airbnb wedding
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How to Plan an Airbnb or VRBO Wedding

Elopement Planning Tips

Airbnb or VRBOs can be the perfect place to host an intimate wedding reception. But finding the right one takes a little work. 

Annie and Ben dance at Moss Vineyards after their intimate wedding
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Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Charlottesville Virginia

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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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50 Activities to Do on Your Wedding Weekend

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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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What a Full-Day Elopement Looks Like

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I have three elopement packages currently. They start at four hours of coverage and go up to eight. My most popular package is six hours. Which for some people sounds absolutely crazy. What do you DO for an eight-hour elopement?? The short answer is “Whatever you want!” Here’s the thing — for most of my […]

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How to Include Your Family in Your Elopement

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A common misconception is that eloping is just two people, an officiant and a photographer. And it CAN look like that! About a quarter of my couples who elope choose a “just us” experience. But most of my couples who choose to elope actually invite a handful of guests to be with them. Often, it’s […]

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Why You Should Skip the Traditional Wedding and Plan an Adventure Instead

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John and Miguella jump off a boat the day before their destination wedding in Tobago. A few months after their intimate celebration, they had a reception in West Virginia for their local friends and family. I’ve had a handful of clients who choose something that that isn’t typical — not yet, at least — but […]

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