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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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How to Get Married in Shenandoah National Park

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Hey friend, I’m so glad you’re here! Before we take a deep dive into how to get married in Shenandoah National Park, I wanted to let you know 2021 dates are starting to fill up. To book your dream wedding photographer click here to get in touch and start the process.  How to Get Married […]

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Rebekah + Tommy Shenandoah National Park Micro Wedding

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If I had a do-over on my wedding, this micro wedding comes close to my dream wedding (plus a big dance party to Bollywood music because THAT part of my wedding was super fun).  Rebekah and Tommy did their first look at sunrise in Shenandoah National Park, held an intimate late afternoon ceremony with family […]

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How to Have the Wedding You Really Want

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One thing I heard over and over from couples who were forced to shift to an elopement or a micro-wedding in 2020 was a sense of “this celebration is SO much more us.” There’s good reason for that.  Big weddings are generally about other people — NOT the bride and groom. Of course, there are […]

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Best of 2020 – Year in Review

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January 2020 seems like a different decade. It’s honestly kind of shocking to look back and realize the events that happened over the past year are all…in the same year.  Beyond what happened in the wider world, my personal experiences felt extraordinary and overwhelming. The only way to survive it was to keep my head […]

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Five Ideas for Printing and Displaying Your Photos

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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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How to Elope in Shenandoah National Park While Practicing Leave No Trace

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Leave No Trace is a series of principles developed by the Center for Outdoor Ethics about how to use outdoor spaces without “loving them to death.”  This means preventing outdoor places from getting super crowded and trashed until they really aren’t the beautiful wilderness places they once were. The ecosystem is damaged and wildlife starts […]

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How to Plan an Intimate Wedding or Elopement Quickly

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Julia first got in touch with me in May. She and Cory had been engaged for a year but had never made a ton of headway in wedding planning. But Cory, who is in the military, was going active duty in October and his mom had recently gotten sick out of the blue…suddenly they were […]

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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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Virginia Wedding Venues to Consider for Your Micro Wedding

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Learn more about booking your wedding! What is a Mirco Wedding Anyway?  If you Google “what is a micro wedding,” various wedding planning blogs will give you different definitions. For me, the terms micro wedding and intimate wedding are fairly interchangeable but mean a celebration with fewer than 50 guests. Some people seem to break […]

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