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A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a green maxi dress walk away from the camera toward a mountain view. The sky is blue and fog is hanging in the mountains

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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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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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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Insha + William Pinnacles National Park Elopement Inspiration

Elopement Inspo

It’s rare that I shoot photos just-for-fun in the middle of wedding season, but in late May my husband Austin and I flew to California for a week-long vacation in the Monterey/San Francisco bay area.  Austin loves to plan trips. Every few months a new guidebook comes in the mail for a destination we’ve only […]

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