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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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Five Micro Wedding Venue Ideas in Virginia

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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 […]

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The Best Roanoke, VA Wedding Venues

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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

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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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Industrial Winter Wedding in Virginia

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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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Virginia Micro Wedding Planning Guide

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A micro wedding (or intimate wedding) is a small celebration of about 15-50 people. Most of the ones I photograph have about 20-40. 

Generally speaking, a micro wedding guest list includes immediate family (i.e., parents, grandparents and siblings) and sometimes a few close friends. But, for sure, you can and should invite whomever you want.

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

Wedding Planning Tips

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

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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Five Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Photos

Wedding Planning Tips

I want to talk a little bit about something I’m super passionate about: printing your photos. I cannot emphasize this enough: A digital file should NOT be viewed as the end-product of your session.  A printed photo or album needs to be.  Here’s why: A couple of years ago when I was working as a […]

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