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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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Allison + Michael’s Blue Ridge Parkway Elopement

Elopement Inspo

Allison and Michael met while in medical school in Blacksburg. Both of them love the outdoors and they spent the first few years of their relationship getting outside and exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. In her initial inquiry, Allison said “we press our reset button by hiking and soaking up nature, so eloping in the […]

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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 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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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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Sunrise Stony Man Engagement Session

Lifestyle

If you’ve never had your photograph taken professionally, the idea can be a little intimidating. You are investing a lot into the photographs, but like anything new, oftentimes people feel nervous about looking and feeling awkward, or about disliking the results.  Which is why I think engagement sessions should be an experience — not a […]

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Five Hikes to Consider for your Shenandoah National Park Engagement

Lifestyle

Shenandoah National Park contains more than 500 miles of hiking trails, including a section of the Appalachian Trail. They connect and sprawl, leading to almost endless possibilities for exploration. A few are both easy to access and yield stunning views. These are generally the trails I suggest for engagement and adventure sessions or even elopements.  […]

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