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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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Intimate Wedding at The Wool Factory

Wedding inspo

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 […]

A couple stands on top of a mountain in Shenandoah National Park. The wind is blowing the bride's veil
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Five Things to Consider Before Having a Small Wedding

Wedding Planning Tips

This blog post is for you if you’re interested in having a micro wedding but have nagging worries about things like:  Will I offend the friends and family I don’t invite?  Am I going to regret not having a big wedding?  Will my small wedding be as special as a big wedding? Can I still […]

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Grace Estate Winery Wedding | Rebekah + Tommy

Wedding inspo

Like many 2020 couples, Rebekah and Tommy had to make some changes to their original wedding plans due to coronavirus. Originally they had planned a big family wedding at Grace Estate Winery in Crozet with all their family and friends in late October. But due to the ongoing pandemic they opted to elope instead and […]

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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How to Plan Your Charlottesville Destination Wedding

Wedding Planning Tips

In 2019 I worked with a lot of couples who chose the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for their destination wedding. Chris and Alessandra were in that category. Both are in the Navy and are currently stationed in California. As is the case sometimes with military couples, they had gotten legally married a year […]

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Best of 2019: Weddings and Elopements

Wedding

WHAT a year y’all. I went through more than 15,000 edited photos for this blog post ALONE (and this year in review post is just focused on weddings and elopements!) Total, I think I took something along the lines of 50,000 images that documented 20 weddings or elopements in five states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West […]

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Sample Wedding & Elopement Timelines

Wedding Planning Tips

I shoot three types of weddings – traditional, intimate and elopement. Everyone has different definitions for what these are, but for me traditional weddings are anything with more than 50 guests, intimate weddings have 16-50, and elopements are either just the couple, or the couple and up to 15 guests. Generally the three types of […]

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Jessie + Juan-Miguel’s Humpback Rock Engagement Session

Lifestyle

The thing about the Blue Ridge Mountains is you never know what you’re going to get when it comes to weather. So planning a session in Shenandoah National Park or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive requires a good bit of an adventurous spirit. Jessie and Juan-Miguel chose to hike Humpback Rock for their […]

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Why You Should Invest in a Wedding Album

Wedding Planning Tips

When my parents moved, my dad had stacks and stacks of black floppy disks in his office. Who knows what was on those disks because they all went in the trash — none of our computers had the capacity to read them anymore. Actually, my laptop doesn’t even have a CD rom or USB port. […]

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