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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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14 Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas in Virginia 

Lifestyle

If your friends are getting married in Virginia and want to keep the bachelorette party local, you are in luck. Virginia is an incredibly diverse state and you can do everything from renting a cabin in a national park to having a beach weekend to exploring vineyards to skiing.  For simplicity purposes, I’m going to […]

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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Industrial Winter Wedding in Virginia

Wedding inspo

Gillian and Julia originally planned their industrial winter wedding for December of 2020. But like so many people getting married in 2020, they opted to elope on their original wedding day with just immediate family and postpone their big wedding for a year. These two absolutely love Christmas. So they leaned into the Christmas decor, […]

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Blackrock Summit Engagement Photography

Engagement Session Inspo

Blackrock Summit is one of the best spots for engagement photography sessions in Shenandoah National Park. It’s only about half a mile from the parking area and is beautiful at either sunrise or sunset. The rocky summit features 360 degree views from the very top of the rocky overpass or you can walk down 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

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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Isabelle + Collin’s Joshua Wilton House Wedding

Wedding inspo

One of the things I love about the Shenandoah Valley is all of the beautifully restored bed & breakfasts, inns and manor homes that flourish amid the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, even though I spent my teen years in Harrisonburg, I had never actually been in the Joshua Wilton House until Isabelle’s and Collin’s wedding. […]

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