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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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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 […]

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Intimate Wedding at The Wool Factory

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One of my favorite formats for intimate weddings looks like this: Sunrise first-look in Shenandoah National Park followed by an intimate evening ceremony and reception with your closest friends and family.  That was the plan for Ciera and Harrison’s wedding: Shenandoah National Park first-look, then a reception at the Wool Factory in Charlottesville.  But the […]

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How to Plan a Micro Wedding

Wedding Planning Tips

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. 

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How to Have the Wedding You Really Want

Wedding Planning Tips

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

Wedding inspo

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

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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