Meaghan & Matthew's Wedding Preview | Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables Wedding

Meaghan and Matt planned the quintessential fall wedding. Every detail screamed FALL and they timed it during peak foliage as well. They did have to move their ceremony indoors due to rain, but that's the great thing about Hermitage Hill..... even being indoors it's beautiful! So their outdoor wedding became an indoor "barn" wedding and it was perfect. I can't wait to share their full wedding blog because there are just so many great details that will inspire fall brides for next year. For now, enjoy this sneak peaks and glimpse into the perfect fall wedding!!

Vendors:

Venue: Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables - Coordinator and Flowers: The Faded Poppy - Cake: Buttercream Dreams - Catering: Eric Stamer Catering - DJ: Epic Sound - Officiant: Dave Norris - Invitations: Vistaprint - Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal - Wedding Dress: Bliss (boutique in NOVA) - Suits: Men's Wearhouse - Hair and Make-up: My cousin, Hilary LeMaire - Rings: Jared's Jeweler - Favors: DIY, apples from Saunders Brothers

Tiffany & Dave's Wedding Preview | Wintergreen Wedding

Tiffany and Dave hit the jackpot for fall foliage for their late October wedding. Their Wintergreen wedding was filled not only with beautiful views on the mountains, but gorgeous fall leaves everywhere you looked. The lodge where the girls were getting ready happened to be next door to a very kind family that let us on their property which led to a private overlook of the valley and we took some of my favorite images of the entire day in this 5 minutes!! Their sweet dog also joined in the fun not only for the ceremony but portraits too. I cannot wait to share more from this wedding day, there were just so many amazing moments it was hard to pick just a few.

Vendor:

Second Shooter- Nikki Trent

MS Events – 5 farm tables and gold chivari chairs
Passionflower Cakes – Paris Levinovitz – Semi- naked Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry
 Pies are from a friend of Grooms mom – Evelyn Waybright
The Faded Poppy - Florist
Videographer – Aubrey Gee
DJ/AV/Photo booth – Epic Sounds Entertainment
Live music – Deedra (Dee) Ervin – good friend of the bride.
Officiant – Mark Word
Lighting – Blue Ridge AV and Lighting
Wedding Dress – Anna’s Bridal Alexandria, VA
Groom/Groomsmen Tux and accessories – Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids’ dresses – David’s bridal
Invites/menu/programs/escort cards – minted.com
Hair Stylist – Logan Wills – independent stylist
Bride’s ring set – Kay Jewelers
Grooms ring – Michael’s Fine Jewelry – Springfield VA

 

Keri & Peter's Wedding Preview | Frontier Culture Museum Wedding

Keri and Peter planned a very unique Scottish infused wedding at the Frontier Culture Museum. I have done weddings here before, but this was my first time we were able to venture inside the actual museum grounds for photos and there were so many beautiful spots for pictures! I can't wait to share more from this beautiful wedding but in the essence of time and productivity I must leave you with these teasers for now. Check back soon for the full wedding blog!! (Vendors below)

Wedding coordinator: Chelsea Kraft Florist: My mom Connie Durrett His Ring: Helzberg Bride's Dress: David's Bridal Bridesmaid's Dresses: Allure Bridal Groom's Tux: The Scotland Shop Groomsmen: Men's Wearhouse (Calvin Klein) Hair: Lynn Giambalvo Makeup: Haley Dihlmann (former student) Cake: Keri's dad Bill Durrett Catering: Dayton Catering Co Invitations: Abby Wilson (bridesmaid) Favors: Barnes and Noble and evermine

Riley & Eric's Wedding Preview | Hermitage Hill Wedding

Riley and Eric are such a sweet and easy going couple. I actually didn't even get to meet Eric until after their ceremony and he was just as easy to get along with as if I had met him a year and a half ago when I met his new bride! Riley and her mom were definitely a very organized duo when it came to wedding planning. I've been looking forward to this wedding for such a long time and it was well worth the wait. Emma, the golden retriever was such a sweet addition to their ceremony and I love the flower collar she wore and was amazed that she kept in on the whole time too. Here are a few sneak peaks from this beautiful outdoor wedding at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables in Waynesboro. Look for the full blog post next month and watch IG for more sneak peaks as I edit my way through this beautiful wedding.

 

Vendors

Wedding Coordinator & Flowers - Sara Kite, The Faded Poppy

Rings - Keller and George Jewlers

Bride Dress - Church Steet Bridal, Lynchburg

Bridesmaid Dresses - David's Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Suits - Men's Warehouse

Hair - Moxie Hair Lounge

Make up - Catelyn Kelsey (sister and MOH)

Pie - Family Ties and Pies

Food - Full Circle Catering

Invitations - Catelyn (sister and MOH)

Favors - streamers made my the bride and beer glasses are from Stable Craft Brewery

Sarah & Damien's Wedding Preview | Staunton Outdoor Wedding

Sarah and Damien are both such sweet, kind souls. They planned the most perfectly unique wedding that truly fit who they are as a couple. Everything about their wedding day was perfect, until it rained. It didn't last too long, but long enough to get us all very wet. They reacted so well because ultimately they were there to become husband and wife, not to have perfect hair or take hundreds of photographs, and you can become husband and wife in the rain or the sunshine! So they continued with their vows, guests raised umbrellas, the ring bearer caught rain drops in his mouth it was really a beautiful time full of color, love, and lots of raindrops! Enjoy this outdoor wedding preview, the rainy ceremony, and the gorgeous light that followed the rain! To all the future brides a little rain on your wedding day, even an outdoor wedding really doesn't change much and sometimes makes the memories (and some of the photos) even better.  Thanks for letting me share this special day with you and I can't wait to share more soon!!

Vendors

Dress, bridesmaids dresses, and suits- White Dress by Greta Kay

Hair- Kelly Howe Fabulous Salon

Flowers - Ellen Golaschevsky

Mariellyn & Carl's Wedding Preview | Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding

I've decided that golden hour at Cross Keys Vineyard is one of the best around!! You can see the blue mountains perfectly which is what brought Mariellyn and Carl all the way from Florida to get married here! Their wedding day finally felt like fall but it was still warm enough to be outdoors all day and just enjoy the weather and share in the love these two have for each other. They were surrounded by beautiful colors, flowers, and so many people that love them.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll also remember that Mariellyn and Carl buried a bottle of bourbon which they dug up on their wedding day to share with friends, such a fun southern tradition and wedding day celebration.

Here are a few sneak peaks to hold them over before they leave for their tropical honeymoon tomorrow!! I hope you two enjoy lots of bourbon this week!!

Special thanks to my second shooter Hannah Adams whose photos will be shared on the final blog post so you'll get to see more of the guys! And to the following vendors

Wedding Planner: Sara Kite, Faded Poppy

Flowers: Harmony Harvest

Officiant - Pastor Tim Cole

Photobooth - SillyShotz

DJ - DJ Ricky

Videographer - Yeattes Productions

Rings - Global Diamonds

Dress - Caryn's Bridal

Bridesmaids dresses - Azazie

Suits - The Black Tux

Hair - Linda Roop

Make up - Taylor Benson, Blue Ridge Esthetics

Cake - Country Confections

Catering - CrossKeys Vineyards

Invitations - WeddingPaperDivas.com

Wedding art and signs- Lauren Hagy Illustration and Fine Art

Cassie & Robert's Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding| Harrisonburg Wedding Photographer

After "meeting" over the phone and finally in person at a Cross Keys Vineyard bridal luncheon, I was so excited for Robert and Cassie's engagement session at the State Arboretum in Winchester. They were so loving and affectionate with one another it made their session so easy. Fast forward to a warm September day at Cross Keys Vineyards, their wedding day was finally here! I'm always so excited to see the dress and details the bride has chosen when I first arrive and Cassie's dress was no exception. Her dress was so beautiful on the hanger I spent at least 10 minutes with her dress alone! Then, it was the sparkly blue Kate Spade shoes that Robert bought her that stole my attention next!!

Cassie and Robert chose not to do a first look. However, they did talk to each other before the ceremony over the balcony which then led to some amazing bridal portraits as well. Cassie's dress was not only gorgeous, but it fit her so perfectly. She was simply stunning and you can see just how stunning by Robert's reaction to seeing her walking down the aisle. Their ceremony was so emotional, filled with both tears and some great reactions from Robert when he finally got to put on his ring! I loved watching these two become husband and wife and the joy on the faces of their friends and family spoke volumes.

After their outdoor ceremony, we took family and group photos but quickly snuck away to spend most of our time on bride and groom portraits. I always ask each couple to prioritize their photo time so they get more of the types of images they want and can also maximize their time spent with friends and family. Cassie and Robert wanted to do some of their portraits in the wine cellar and vineyards which is a perfect way to commemorate getting married at a vineyard. We also spent a few minutes in the gorgeous golden hour as the sun set over the vines, it was truly the most perfect light!!

Cassie and Robert's reception started with a lot of first dances, and a few more tears. Next they had a delicious meal followed by some fun games, cake cutting, and a lot of dancing. Mid way through the night they put out a s'mores bar on the outdoor patio just as it started to cool off a bit outside. Another hour or so into the night there was a taco bar for a "midnight" snack. Cassie and Robert chose a sparkler exit to end their night as they left for their next adventure..... an even more romantic honeymoon!!

Best wishes to these newlyweds as you begin your new life together as husband and wife!

Vendors

Second Shooter - Kara Lofton

Flowers- Faded Poppy

Wedding Coordinator- Ariel Watters

Dress-Kleinfeld Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Impressions

Suits-Lapel

Hair and Make up- SAS Salon

Cake and favors- Jessica Cisler J Maries Home Cakery

Catering - CrossKeys Vineyards

Invitations- Minted

Brittney & Cody's Wedding Preview | Red August Farm Wedding

Brittney and Cody were only the second wedding at the new wedding venue Red August Farm in Waynesboro, VA. I was so excited when they chose me to be their wedding photographer and to have the chance to do one of the first weddings at Red August Farm! I was even more excited when Brittney started sharing her wedding vision with me!! She nailed the boho vibe in her mostly DIY wedding. This blog post may seem like their actual wedding blog, but in fact it's just a wedding preview which goes to show just how much I loved everything about their wedding, like EVERYTHING!! Enjoy this preview and come back soon to see the full wedding blog next month for even more amazing details not shown here (yes there are MORE)!

Vendors shown in this blog post feature; Flowers by The Faded Poppy, Cake by Bijou, Rentals by Valley Heirlooms, Dress by Amanda's Touch; designer: Lillian West, Bridesmaids dresses by MuMu Weddings Suits by Amanda's Touch, Hair & Makeup by Sophia and Noelia Nunez,  Cakeby Bijou's Sweet Treats,  Caterer by Sourdough Pizza Company

Jennie & Ryan's Church Wedding | Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables Reception

Jennie and Ryan were so much fun to work with throughout their wedding planning! She is from New York, while Ryan is from Texas, but they both love horses and watching Jennie feed them was entertaining! This fun loving couple chose a traditional Catholic church wedding and a more laid back yet formal wedding reception. The wedding party got ready at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton which is one of my favorite local hotels! Then the guys walked to the church taking a few portraits along the way with my amazing second shooter. The ladies skipped portraits until after the ceremony because it was drizzling just a bit outside. Their Catholic ceremony was beautiful and at my home church St. Francis of Assisi in Staunton. The stain glass windows and vaulted ceilings are always so beautiful and make the perfect setting for becoming husband and wife.

After the ceremony we took a bus around downtown Staunton for portraits. I LOVE taking photos downtown, there are so many unique spots and cool buildings to use. In fact we got a little turned around on some of the one way streets and ended up finding this beautiful brick building so we jumped out and took photos there before getting back to our original destination. Actually, twice we just stumbled upon unplanned yet amazing spots and hopped out for a quick photo!

Next it was off to Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables for cocktail hour and the reception. The best part of receptions at Hermitage Hill is that guests get to feed the horses carrots during cocktail hour. This is always so much fun to watch and all guests young and old love feeding the horses! The grounds at Hermitage Hill are also beautiful and we took a few more portraits before the reception started. Jennie and Ryan chose to use the colors blue and green for their wedding decor. They also added a few pops of color in their floral arrangements but chose to keep their reception decor simple because they loved the overall look and feel of the space just as it was. To end the night Jennie and Ryan hired a live Motown band to play at their reception. This band was so much fun to listen to and watch. The guests danced all night! I love the dance photo where just about every single guest was "getting low" and a few of the guests even did some impromptu singing with the band. It was a very lively reception and the perfect ending to a perfect wedding day!

Vendors

Second Shooter: Sarah Featherstone

Wedding Coordinator and flowers: The Faded Poppy

Dress: Anna Meier

Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo

Suits: Bonobos

Hair and makeup: Hi Tech Salon and Spa

Catering: Hanks

Invitations: Minted

Band: The Groove Spot Band & Show

Reception venue: Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables

Inna & Peter's Wedding Preview | Veritas Winery Wedding Venue

Inna and Peter are just one of those couples! They have chemistry that is apparent when you first meet them and if you saw their engagement session you will know what I mean! I had so much fun spending the day with them at their Veritas Winery wedding this weekend. It was a warm day, but the sky was filled with beautiful clouds which let us take pictures all over the vineyards. Veritas has so many unique details and their reception room is so beautiful! It has such a warm glow to it and the white fabric draped along the ceilings and walls add to any wedding decor.

Inna had so many sparkling gold details for her wedding day. It started with the gold Jimmy Choo wedges a beautiful dress with so much detailing,  and then she changed into a different dress for their first dance. Speaking of their first dance, they took dance lessons before the wedding and they did an amazing job! The night ended with Inna and Peter being lifted into the air for a traditional Hora dance. Be on the lookout for their full blog post soon!!

 

Vendors:

Coordinator and flowers: Sara kite

Dress: ricca sposa

Bridesmaid dresses: Davids bridal

Hair and makeup: the spot beauty shop

Catering: Veritas

Invites: vistaprint

Favors: Honolulu cookies

Shuttles: easy riders bus co

Videography: Kelley van dilla

Dj: Dennis payne

Cake: pearls cupcakes

Donut truck: carpe donut

Photo booth: Shane showker

Dance lessons: Amy hontos dancemasters in petersburg

Second Shooter: Nikki Trent

Cassie & Robert's Wedding Preview | Cross Keys Vineyard Wedding

Cassie and Robert were married this weekend at Cross Keys Vineyard in Mt. Crawford, VA. It was such a beautiful day, the sky was full of clouds and it wasn't hot or cold..... just perfect for an outdoor wedding. I know Cassie and Robert are off on their tropical honeymoon but hopefully they will get a chance to peak in and see a few highlights from their wedding day.

 

Vendors

Flowers- Faded Poppy Wedding Coordinator- Ariel Watters Dress-Kleinfeld Bridal Bridesmaids Dresses- Bridal Impressions Suits-Lapel Hair and Make up- SAS Salon Cake- Jessica Cisler Catering- CrossKeys Vineyards Invitations- Minted Favors- Jessica Cisler

Jessica & Walt's Wintergreen Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jessica and Walt chose one of the most beautiful locations on the east coast for their wedding day! Wintergreen Resort has so many picturesque spots for an outdoor wedding. The Blue Ridge mountains in the summer are full of greenery, but still look blue which is what makes them so beautiful. I love that they chose the mountains as the backdrop for their first look and ceremony. Mountain weddings are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Jessica and Walt chose beautiful colors of gray and yellow to accent the mountain scenery. So many perfect details for a summer wedding.

Their wedding day started at the Wintergreen spa for hair and make up and then back in the lodges for the final touches. The girls' lodge was full of light and rustic details. The flower girls were so sweet getting into their tulle dresses with big bows. Walt sent Jessica the sweetest wedding day gift and Jessica wore another very special bracelet for her wedding day, a gift from her late grandmother. The bridesmaids wore beautiful yellow jewelry to match their gray dresses and the guys looked so amazing in their yellow accented bow ties and pocket squares. Walt even added some yellow Converse sneakers to his wedding day wardrobe!

Jessica and Walt had their first look at the highest overlook at Wintergreen. With the mountains just peaking up in the background they had the sweetest first look. They laughed, kissed, talked, and shared a few sweet private moments before saying "I do". Jessica and Walt chose to do all their portraits before the ceremony so they could enjoy cocktail hour with their friends and family. Their cocktail hour was outside on the terrace again overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the ski lifts at Wintergreen.  They had games for the kids and adults and some delicious looking appetizers too.

The reception was held indoors at the Skyline Pavillion. The tables were decorated with beautiful yellow flowers, lanterns, and wooden table numbers. There was a cupcake table filled with a variety of flavors, including chocolate bacon cupcakes! The room had a large dance floor which was filled with glow sticks late in the night and a lot of dancing! The entire night was full of energy and laughter and ended with a sparkler exit that almost didn't happen due to a few sprinkles! The guests were then invited to an after hours party which I'm sure just became more fun as the night went on.

I'm so excited to be doing a few more weddings at Wintergreen this year. Mountain weddings are unique in so many ways and they have a scenery that cannot be matched. I hope you all enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed taking them!!

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue- Wintergreen Resort-  http://www.wintergreenresort.com/

The Faded Poppy- http://www.thefadedpoppy.com/

CCS Events-Planning- http://www.ccsevents.com/services.html

Prime time Sounds DJ- https://www.primetimesoundndj.com

Buttercream Dreams-  https://www.facebook.com/Buttercream-Dreams-LLC-103438683048182/
Second Shooter- Sarah Whitmore, Sarah Thomas Photography

Men's accessories by- http://www.mrkleankut.com/mens-accessories.html

Jess & Logan Outdoor Wedding | Charlottesville Wedding Photographer

Jess and Logan planned the most beautiful outdoor wedding. They lived and worked on the farm in Charlottesville for several years and wanted to be married there before moving off the property. The property at Oakencroft is breathtaking. There are mountain views and open fields for miles and it's the perfect location for an outdoor wedding. They chose a spot on the top of a hill for their ceremony and reception. Guests were invited to camp at the property just down the hill from the festivities. Outdoor summer weddings can be tricky to plan. There was an 80% chance of rain for ten days leading up to their outdoor wedding. The day before the wedding the chance of rain dropped to 20% and there was not a single drop of rain the entire day!! We did trade the rain for some very sunny and warm weather for their June wedding, but I'll take that over rain any day!

Jess, Logan, and their friends were a blast to work with. They were full of laughter and energy throughout the whole day and night. Their portraits show how much fun they were truly having and their wedding reception even included the limbo! Jess and Logan chose the wedding colors of plum, lavender, and sage to compliment the outdoor farm venue.  The bridesmaids and brides"man" also wore the most beautiful plum dresses and tie to compliment the groomsmen and their sage ties. They filled their reception with sage greenery and pops of plum flowers. Their naked cake and whoopie pies topped off the night along with an amazing sunset and a high energy sparkler exit. If you are planning a June wedding, or an outdoor wedding you will want to check out all the details of this blog post!!