One of the things I love about the Shenandoah Valley is all of the beautifully restored bed & breakfasts, inns and manor homes that flourish amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, even though I spent my teen years in Harrisonburg, I had never actually been in the Joshua Wilton House until Isabelle’s and Collin’s wedding.
The Joshua Wilton House is a restored Victorian home in downtown Harrisonburg that now serves as an inn and restaurant.
Although the rooms are more intimately sized, they are lined with huge windows that almost run floor to ceiling. Due to the natural directional light that comes into the rooms, we were able to take some stunning getting-ready photos of BOTH Isabelle and Collin. Often, even if the bride’s getting-ready room has nice natural light, the groom’s getting ready space may be in a basement or windowless back room. But as you’ll see, even if you are getting married at a vineyard or upscale farm, it’s well worth considering renting a room in a B & B or boutique hotel for both parties. Fortunately, for those of you getting married in the Shenandoah Valley, there are plenty of options to choose from!
Isabelle and Collin used two side-by-side rooms to get ready, but chose not to do a first look. Because their guest list was limited by the size of the venue to about 50 people, we had plenty of time for photos both right after their courtyard ceremony and during “golden hour.”
A friend officiated the ceremony, Sparrow’s Floral Design did the flowers, Heritage Bakery & Cafe made the cake, withSimplicity made the favors, Brown & Co. Hair Design did Isabelle’s hair and her dress was from Wedding Inspiration’s Bridal Boutique in Asheville, NC. Alyssa Moyer Barahona was my second shooter.
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These are so, so, so stunning! I absolutely love the variety of bride and groom portraits you did. Those black and whites of the bride under window light? Gorgeous. Breathtaking, even. You are an inspiring wedding photographer. You’re lucky to have Kara Leigh, Virginia!
Thank you! This bed and breakfast is such a gorgeous venue and I’m really hoping to book more Virginia weddings next year!
Wow, nice photos. I really like the shoe choice; sensible, but beautiful. And such a nice venue.
What stunning locations!! The bed and breakfast the bride got ready in is full of so much charm! Your photos are so rich and full of joy. I love how intimate your couple’s portraits are too… Harrisonburg Virginia is blessed to have you as a wedding photographer!
Thank you! I love when brides choose bed and breakfasts or boutique hotels as getting ready spaces! They are usually so tastefully decorated, include historic charm and have tons of lovely natural light! Fortunately Virginia is full of them =).
This is absolutely stunning! What a great venue! Images are so rich and sharp, and a day full of emotions! I love this bed and breakfast wedding!
Thank you! I’m hoping that next year I’ll have a few more Virginia bed and breakfast weddings when people see how gorgeous this one was!
So much emotion in their wedding photos. I know they love them! Excellent Virginia wedding photography.
Thank you! I’m hoping I get to shoot more Virginia weddings next year! I love shooting in the Shenandoah Valley and the Harrisonburg/Charlottesville areas in particular have so many lovely venues!
This is ridiculously stunning. Very seriously my favorite wedding I’ve ever seeeeen.
Thanks Gabby! Means so much coming from you. This was one of those weddings I would have loved to have shot entirely in black and white if I could have – it just had such a beautiful classic feel with lots of natural light. Venues and homes with big windows are my favorite anyway so this Joshua Wilton wedding was such a dream.
This historic inn in Virginia made for such an amazing wedding!! As a photographer myself, this is a dream venue!! You captured it all perfectly!!
Thank you! Historic Inns absolutely are dream venues. Fortunately for Virginia brides there are plenty of options for them.
I love this venue, all the beautiful details and the couple. You did an awesome job!
Thank you! One of my favorite Virginia weddings of the year!