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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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Sharp Top Elopement Inspiration

Elopement Planning Tips

A Sharp Top elopement isn’t for the faint of heart. To get there in time for sunrise you have to climb more than 1,200 feet over the course of a mile a half. But the payoff is absolutely worth it: 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and an abundance of rocks you can […]

A woman and man wearing wedding garb sit on a cliff drinking champagne. A sunset is in the sky behind them and mountains can be seen in the distance
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Blacksburg Elopement at Bald Knob

Elopement Inspo

Bald Knob is a short hike near Blacksburg with incredible panoramic views. It’s perfect for an adventure elopement or engagement session.

A woman in a white wedding dress looks over her right shoulder as she picks up her dress. Her groom waits for her facing out toward the mountains. Blue mountains are in the background and they are in a national park.
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10 Unique Elopement Ideas for Your Big Day

Elopement Planning Tips

The beauty of eloping is that it’s really easy to customize your day. With fewer (or no) guests, you can be much more flexible with what the day looks like. You don’t have to follow a traditional timeline. And you may have more resources available to invest in custom elements like decor or a private […]

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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 […]

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 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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An Intimate Airbnb Wedding on the Shenandoah River

Wedding inspo

Evan and Mary were originally planning a medium-sized wedding at Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park. But due to COVID, they decided to shift plans and downsize to a family-only wedding at a local Airbnb.  They ended up getting this incredibly lovely, stress-free, intimate day. Evan and Mary booked an Airbnb on the South River […]

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