These two are very near and dear to my heart! You guys may recognize Josh and Lyndsey from their cozy in-home engagement session that I shared back in September! Lyndsey and I first became friends in college, as we were both in the photography program, and have stayed in contact ever since! When Lyndsey sent me a message showing me a photo of her engagement ring, I screamed and jumped for joy for her and Josh!
Josh and Lyndsey were married on one of the coldest fall days at the beautiful Old Dairy in Warm Springs, Virginia (gotta love the irony there)! I remember Lyndsey telling me about the venue she had been eyeing and I just knew it would be the perfect backdrop for these two to become husband and wife. Josh and Lyndsey are both nature lovers, and Lyndsey has a deep love for agriculture and the Shenandoah Valley. As the name of the venue suggests, it had once been a completely functioning dairy farm, now restored and converted into a community space and venue! Across the street are two small cottages, the Herdsman Cottage and the Bull Barn Cottage, where family and friends were able to stay and get ready for the big day!
My friend and fellow photographer, Bethany, met me at the venue the night before so we could settle in and get our gear ready. I'll never forget that night-- we went on a little walk with Lyndsey and her dogs (she's a dog trainer), and the sky had been SO incredibly clear that we saw the Milky Way. It was amazing! We woke up the next morning and were invited to the Bridal Brunch, which is a family tradition in Lyndsey's family! After we were fully caffeinated, we bundled up, grabbed our gear, and started capturing the day!
Since it was November and the sun set early, Josh and Lyndsey opted to do a first look with not only Josh but also with Lyndsey's dad for a Father-Daughter first look! First looks always make me teary-eyed, but Father-Daughter ones really bring on the waterworks. It may have been a high of 30º, but these two cozied right up for their bride-and-groom portraits together. Lyndsey rocked a badass leather jacket over her wedding dress, and I'm pretty sure Josh had long johns underneath his suit! I love how Lyndsey incorporated her passion for dogs and had her two closest pups, Dot and Warden, be their flower girl and ring bearer for the ceremony! Once the rings were exchanged and vows sealed with the first kiss, we all headed to the reception for dinner, drinks, and casual conversation.
Josh and Lyndsey -- I am so incredibly happy for you two! I can't thank you enough for asking us to be a part of your big day-- we absolutely loved celebrating along with your friends and family! Cheers to many future adventures and memories together!
Also, big thanks to Bethany for being my amazing second shooter and right-hand lady! You're downright amazing!
Huge thanks to all of Josh & Lyndsey's amazing wedding vendors who made their day the best!
Just when I thought that I had made it through wedding season without rain coming into play, it finally caught up to me in October at Zach and Daisy's Sugar Hollow Retreat wedding! No worries, though- these two embraced it and didn't let the all-day downpour put a damper on their big day!
I first talked to Daisy about photographing their wedding about a year ago. At the time, the two didn't have a date set since Zach is a helicopter pilot in the Army and had been going through training. Daisy called me again a few weeks later to tell me they finally had a date and it was sheer luck that my calendar was open! It was meant to be! After chatting on the phone and hearing their story, I just knew that I would just love these two. I finally met Zach and Daisy in person at their Roan Mountain engagement session (you can see it here) and I was correct! I just love how fun these two are and the way they look at each other. We didn't stop laughing during their entire session!
Daisy and Zach were married at the lodge at Sugar Hollow Retreat in Butler, Tennessee. The original plan had been to have the ceremony on the lawn and reception under the tent, but Mother Nature had other plans! When we first arrived at the venue, the clouds had been looming. We were able to safely take photos of Daisy's dress and other details outside before the sky opened up! Luckily, we were able to take portraits underneath the awning of the lodge's entrance without anyone getting soaked! We all kept glancing at the weather radars, silently hoping there would be a break in the rain. The forecast didn't give any sign of it giving up, so Daisy made the decision to go for Plan B and moved the ceremony under the tent. Shortly after, the two said, "I do," to the sound of raindrops pattering on the tent and underneath the twinkling string lights. Talk about a romantic way to become husband and wife!
After the ceremony, we quickly took the couple and the bridal party up to the second-floor deck for portraits, where we could see the fog laying softly over the trees. Let me just say, thank goodness for clear umbrellas! As you all probably know, they are a photographer's best friend on rainy wedding days! Daisy, Zach, and their bridal party were true champs and embraced the rain! After the portraits, everyone dried off, headed downstairs for bridal party introductions, and to get the party started! Once the drinks started flowing, dinner was served and dancing commenced, everyone forgot about the rain and partied the night away!
Daisy and Zach -- thank you so much for inviting me to capture such a big day in your lives. I truly enjoyed getting to know you both and your families. I am so happy for you two and can't wait to see where life takes you! Cheers to future adventures together!
Also, super big thanks to Jeremy Gouge for not only being a great second shooter, but for also being a fantastic umbrella holder. You're the real MVP!
Huge thanks to all of Zach and Daisy's amazing wedding vendors who made their day the best!
If you've seen some of my previous blogs, you guys may recognize Bethany's name! She is a friend and fellow wedding photographer (check out her gorgeous work) who has shot a few weddings with me in the past! We first met back in college in the photography program, and soon became close friends, as we both loved bluegrass and contra dancing!
Speaking of contra dancing, that's how these two met! Matt happened to attend a dance where Bethany would go frequently. He was a beginner and Bethany thought he was cute, so she decided to show him the ropes and they've been together since! Years later, they went on a mini-vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. One of their favorite things to do together is to fly kites, so they decided to go to Jockey's Ridge where the sand dunes are amazing and perfect for flying. Matt had hand-sewn a very special addition to their kite collection, one that said, "Marry me?" When Bethany saw the new addition she said she "squeaked out" a happily surprised "yes!"
We started off the wedding day at the gorgeous Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria, where Bethany and her bridesmaids started the getting ready process. Bethany had picked out a different gemstone color for each girl, creating a stunning fall color scheme! Bethany had lost her voice from the night before, but luckily, her bridesmaids came to the rescue and picked up some Zarbees tea and made sure Bethany kept chugging it! While the gals were getting ready, Bethany received her wedding gift from Matt- an awesome new keyboard for her Mac with incredibly clicky buttons. We all teared up when we saw the front of the card, which read, "You are my happy."
From there, we drove to the beautiful Mount Airy Mansion where the sun came out and warmed the air, making for a perfect wedding day. Bethany's voice magically returned (now we all swear by Zarbees!), so she hopped into her dress (which was so gorgeous and super soft) and headed out for the first look to meet Matt under a huge, beautiful, tree. One of my favorite moments of the day was during their ceremony, when Matt and Bethany played a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who would say their vows first! I loved that they added this in to reflect both of their quirky personalities! We rounded out the evening with drinking homemade wine with friends, eating amazing barbecue and of course, lots of dancing! Matt attended West Virginia University, so of course, 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver was played and I couldn't help but sing and dance along!
Matt and Bethany - thank you oh so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day! It was truly an honor to capture and celebrate your big day! Andrew and I are oh so happy for you two!
Also, big thanks to Amber (Amber Corryn Photography) for second shooting and all of her hard work on Matt and Bethany's day!
Thanks to all of Matt and Bethany's vendors who made their day the best!
Michelle and Johnny were married at the Southwest Virginia 4H Center, at an amazing, rustic, outdoor amphitheater in the woods, surrounded by friends and family. The weather was absolutely perfect for their day- it was sunny but the air had a slight chill. It was one of the first days in September that actually felt like Fall!
When I talked to Michelle about their wedding day at our coffee date, and then again at their Beauty Spot engagement session, she had mentioned that they dreamed that their wedding would be more like a party for their guests! I can tell you, their dream came true! After these two music lovers exchanged vows, all of the guests made their way to the open pavilion to an outdoor party complete with delicious barbecue, rounds of cornhole, an awesome bluegrass band during cocktail hour, and a rock band to finish the evening with dancing! I think I can speak for Amanda and Chad (my amazing second shooters) when I say that we also had a great time jamming and rocking the night away alongside the guests!
I love all of the special details that these two had incorporated into their day, from the homemade jam favors to the wooden flower bouquets, to their antique "getaway" truck owned by Michelle's family, and everything in between! The venue itself also had a special meaning to Michelle and Johnny. They picked the 4H Center to be their venue for many reasons-- not only did it have all the buildings and space they needed to throw one hell of a party, but it was also a special place for Michelle. When she was younger, she had attended horse shows on the SWVA 4H campus! She loved the rustic wooden stalls and the memories made there with her mom, and now Johnny, too.
Johnny and Michelle - I am so incredibly happy for you two! Your wedding day was the perfect reflection of you and everything you both love. Thanks for asking me to be there to capture your day and rock the night away with you and your guests! Cheers!
Big thanks to Amanda and Chad for being my amazing second shooters!
Huge thanks to Michelle and Johnny's vendors who helped make their day amazing:
If you guys read my Best of 2017 blog (you can see it here!) you know that I promised my first Behind-the-Scenes blog. Well, today I'm delivering! I know it's not as jam-packed as some behind-the-scenes, but there are still some great (and embarrassing) moments!
If it's one thing that I've learned from this year's BTS blog, it's that I need some new fashion sense, haha! I apparently love two dresses-- the green striped dress and the black dress. I bought the green striped dress at the beginning of the year and LOVE it (obviously) because it has pockets and long sleeves! Perfect for chilly spring and fall weddings! Hopefully, I'll find some more awesome dresses for this year and spruce up my wardrobe! ;)
Anyways, hope you enjoy these funny moments! Here's to more cups of coffee, planning, exploring, taking selfies, fixing dresses and much more!
...and drinking lots of coffee...
...and staying organized with my bullet journal!
Helped plan my best friend's proposal...
...and got proposed to! I said, "yes," to being maid-of-honor!
Bride + Maid-of-Honor!
Made a fuzzy friend at a wedding...
Holy smokes, this year has flown by! I seriously cannot even believe that 2018 is just a few days away! It feels like yesterday that I was rounding up images and reminiscing about everything 2016 brought for last year's review blog (which you can see here)! I'm almost at a loss for words here as I look back at all of the adventures, stunning summer sunsets and genuine smiles from laughter. I am incredibly blessed and fortunate to capture the love stories for all of my amazing couples in such a beautiful part of our country.
I've always heard the saying, "Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life." Since graduating college I had been on a roller coaster ride of, "what should I do with my photography degree," and started with taking photos at a rug company. I moved on from there, bouncing around to different positions within the photography industry, dipping my toes into different rivers. This year, as I was able to really focus on people and things that mean so much to me, ended up being the first that really felt like photography "home" to me. I am so thankful that I get to spend time with the most amazing couples who let me tell their love story in photographs and explore these Appalachian mountains at the same time!
This year has been incredible, and I want to thank all of YOU for that! From the most amazing couples who trusted me with their big day to my friends and family who have relentlessly supported me along the way, and everyone in between.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your support means the world to me.
Cheers to the New Year! I can't wait to see what adventures come our way in 2018!
(Grab a beverage, or two-- this post is hefty! I had a tough time selecting just a few photos from each session! Also, stay tuned for my first behind-the-scenes blog!)
"Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms, Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song. I have faith in what I see, Now I know I have met an angel in person, And she looks perfect. I don't deserve this, You look perfect tonight."
'Perfect' -Ed Sheeran
These two are very dear and close to my heart. Kayla is my husband Andrew's cousin, so we've been fortunate to meet Aaron and watch his relationship with Kayla blossom from the beginning! I can tell you- their story is nothing short of magical.
I remember sitting on the couch at Andrew's grandmother's house drinking coffee, listening as Kayla told us the story of how they met. She said that her dad's church was hiring a youth pastor and she had (jokingly) told the family to pray that God sends a guy to the position that she could possibly date, and help lead the youth with. A week later, Aaron had messaged Kayla on an online dating site, and his job position happened to say, "youth pastor"! Seriously, what are the odds?! The two started chatting and Aaron applied for the position. He was the perfect candidate for the job! Shortly after, the two had started officially dating and the rest is history!
I don't know if Kayla knows this, but everyone in the family had been waiting for Aaron to propose! We just knew he was perfect for Kayla and we all were excited to hear he had bought the ring. The night of the proposal, Aaron was taking Kayla out for dinner when he told her he had left his wallet at the church. She had stayed in the truck, thinking it would only take him a minute. Aaron sent her a text saying something was weird and for her to come into the church. As she walked in, she said she could faintly hear music playing. She found Aaron on the stage by the youth room (where they both lead), lights twirling, and 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran playing! He got down on one knee and of course, Kayla said, "yes!" They finished out the song and danced on stage.
Kayla and Aaron are getting married at the Millstone in Limestone, Tennessee this coming Spring! We jumped at the opportunity to catch the last bit of Fall and explored the grounds of the venue for their engagement session. It was unseasonably warm, so we were able to spend the whole evening there just laughing about Aaron's top 5 pizza toppings and chatting about wedding details! When the sun faded, I hopped on Spotify and played 'Perfect' and let them dance under the patio lights! It was a magical way to end our evening!
Aaron and Kayla -- we are all so incredibly ecstatic for you two! We can't wait to celebrate your wedding day and the start of your next biggest adventure together. I am so honored to capture the memories and welcome Aaron into the family (officially)! We love you two!
I first met Ashley at our local Tuesday’s Together group, and am so grateful I did! Ashley is not only a fantastic creative entrepreneur (she’s the owner/HR consultant at Sprout HR- check her out!), but also an amazing friend and supporter. She has been my little personal cheerleader since we met and I cant tell you how thankful I am for her encouragement and words of advice! Ashley asked me to take photos of her and her husband, Mike, for their anniversary and of course, I was giddy with excitement!
Ashley and Mike recently celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary this Fall, and what a better way to kick off their next year together then to hike to a waterfall! These two are truly adventurous souls- they love exploring new places whether it be cute towns nearby, local restaurants/food or new places to hike. They have an affinity for waterfalls and are also pretty much down for anything (as I found out at our session)!
We met up on a cold, Wednesday evening just over the TN/NC line at Elk River Falls. It was the first frigid evening this year, but you really can’t tell, because these two cozied right up! We explored the trail and the top of the falls, and laughed the entire time! When we finally made it to the bottom of the falls, I asked Mike and Ashley to stand precariously on a rock that was surrounded by water. They didn’t even blink an eye and before I knew it, Mike had helped Ashley jump from rock to rock to get there! We ended our evening at the top of the falls for a few more photos before we lost light to the winter sunset and clouds.
Mike and Ashley- thank you for asking me to help celebrate your anniversary! You two are an amazing pair and I love your humor together. Wishing you many more years of adventures together!
Ryan and Sara traveled all the way from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to get married on Roan Mountain and I'm so glad they did! We first met back in July for their engagement session and had so much fun exploring Watauga Lake. From just the little amount time that I got to spend with them that summer evening, I knew how sweet their wedding day would be!
We hiked up to the balds at Carver's Gap on a perfect Fall evening- the sun was shining and the wind was just ever so slight. The grass had already turned to that beautiful golden color and caught the sun as Ryan and Sara said their vows on the mountainside. They had invited their closest family to help celebrate at their intimate ceremony and even brought along their little pup Daisy, who made the cutest little, "flower girl"! After the ceremony, we took advantage of the light and explored the mountain for Ryan and Sara's bride and groom portraits.
I love all of the little personal touches that they included in their day. Sara handmade some amazing comic art heels that complimented Ryan's Captain America cufflinks and socks. They also brought dimes that were collected by Ryan's grandparents who had passed away. It was such a sweet way to incorporate a piece of them into such an important day. Sara's bouquet and Ryan's boutonniere was one of the neatest sets I have ever seen! It was made out of clay, but it wasn't fragile or heavy at all! Such a neat way to keep your bouquet forever! (You can find all vendor info below!)
Ryan and Sara - thank you so much for traveling all the way from Mississippi to become husband and wife in Tennessee! Thanks for asking me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! You two are the sweetest and I wish you a lifetime of adventuring together!
I first met Joe and Caroline at the NC Arboretum in March for their engagement session and I just knew their wedding day on Roan Mountain would be amazing (and I was right)! These two became husband and wife on the top of the balds right as Summer started to fade into Fall. I love being able to see Roan go through the seasons-- each time I go, the landscape and colors are always different, and always beautiful.
Caroline and Joe had planned to have their adventurous wedding on the first Wednesday in September, but Mother Nature decided differently! Hurricane Harvey had hit Texas late August and missed us, but Hurricane Irma developed right after and was headed towards the Southeast. Luckily, since Caroline and Joe's family, friends, and vendors were so flexible, they moved their intimate wedding to Tuesday to avoid the rain!
When we arrived at Carver's Gap, we knew we still had the threat of afternoon showers- the wind was blowing and the sun kept peeking in and out of the clouds. Once we hiked up to the balds, we tucked behind a group of trees to shield Caroline and Joe from the wind as they said their vows! After their first kiss as husband and wife, they were greeted by their friends and family, and their super handsome pup, Bandit. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the mountain, all the while keeping an eye out for rain while taking bride and groom portraits! We even had some low traveling clouds that came across the balds and made for some magical fog.
Caroline and Joe - thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your beautiful wedding day! I'm so glad that we could beat the rain, wind, and bees and celebrate your marriage together! Cheers to your next biggest adventure!
Read Full Article
Read for later
Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
Scroll to Top
Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.