Jessica + Bill’s Chateau Morrisette Wedding | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer

Paper lantern ceremony decorChalkboard sign "Come as you are and stay as long as you can we are all family so there 's no seating plan", pink floral arrangement on a wine barrelAdorable flower girl at Chateau Morrisette in Floyd, VirginiaPink bridal bouquet with roses, baby's breath, and magnolias with the bride's parents' wedding photo affixed to the handleFlower girl updo with braidBride and groom at Chateau MorrisetteChateau Morrisette winery bridal portraitsChateau Morrisette winery wedding sparkler exit
I loved meeting Bill and Jessica when they came up all the way from Orlando, Florida for their engagement session back in the fall! It was so nice to see them again, Chateau Morrisette was looking much more lush in June than it was back in November, plus there no gloves necessary or attack possums this time around.

Their wedding day was filled with sweet, sentimental details. Jessica carried a photo from her parent’s wedding day pinned to the handle of her bridal bouquet. A memorial chair was reserved at the ceremony to honor those who could not make it that day. At the reception framed photos from family members’ weddings sat atop a wine barrel.

Bill and Jessica’s wedding decor was so beautiful – in addition to the centerpieces (which were mostly handmade by the bride along with her friends and family), I also fell in love with the paper lanterns at the ceremony site, and the floral archway arrangement above the fireplace at the reception site was to die for – so gorgeous in fact that I saw it was left up for a performance of a Midsummer Nights Dream that was held there the following day!

Wedding Vendors
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue and Caterer: Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Planner: Sally Truslow of Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Gown: Alfred Angelo
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers and Gifts, Blacksburg, VA
Officiant: Nora Kuper, Floyd, VA
Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Pauli of Unique Creations on Main, Christiansburg, VA
Cake Baker: Our Daily Bread, Blacksburg, VA
Wedding Jewelry: Thomson Jewelers, Orlando, FL
Ceremony Music: Scott Perry, Floyd, VA
Reception Music: Cory Cook, Lakeland, FL
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal, Tampa, FL
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Ocala, FL
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Justin + Stephanie’s Coffee Shop Couple Session


I love Stephanie, she is one of my favorite people to have model for me and she is one of my favorite people to hang out with (I even forced her to come along to OBX for my family vacation this year). Not only is Stephanie wonderful, but she also has a wonderful boyfriend named Justin and they are just perfect together so I asked them to come out and meet me early one morning for coffee and so I could take some photos of them as a couple at Lucie Monroe’s coffee shop in Christiansburg.  Please take note, Justin is wearing stormtrooper socks.

Michael + Samantha’s Chateau Morrisette Wedding | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer

Bride getting ready in cabin at Chateau MorrisetteChateau Morrisette bridal portraitJune wedding at Chateau Morrisette in Floyd, VirginiaPink, green, and white bridal bouquet made with roses, baby's breath, and alstromeria (pink tiger lilies)Winery wedding photosChateau Morrisette wedding sparkler exit
Samantha and Michael live in Florida so I did not have a chance to meet them until their wedding day. The ladies got dressed and ready in an adorable log cabin right next to the Chateau Morrisette Winery where the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses hung from a Native American style arrow. The gals sipped mimosas and Red Bulls as they worked on each others hair and makeup. I loved how Samantha’s lace Allure wedding dress complemented the long, lavender, chiffon and lace Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dresses.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get the groom and groomsmen in the spirit of having their photos taken on the wedding day, but this group of guys had a great time! They had great ideas for locations and poses all around the property with the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background being one of their favorites.

Their wedding was full of sweet, personal details like the wedding ring that Michael wore which was made from his late mother’s wedding band. The beautiful floral arrangements were handmade by the bride and her family. Then after being announced into the reception, Samantha, Michael, and his daughters danced to a mash-up of Macarena and Wobble Baby (later on in the night DJ Rey Deskin showed everyone how to do the “wedding wobble”).

Wedding Vendors:
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue, Caterer, Cake Baker: Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Planner: Sally Truslow of Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Gown: Allure purchased at Patina in Roanoke
Officiant: Steve Tilley of Henry, VA
Jeweler: Betchel’s of West Palm Beach, FL
DJ: Rey Deskin of Rocky Mount, VA
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo in Boynton Beach, FL
Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Gray Suite from Men’s Warehouse in Wellington, FL
Invitations: Minted

Jordan and Justin’s Wedding at Beliveau Estate Winery | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer


There are venues that I love to work at again and again, but it is also nice to break out of your comfort zone and get to explore new locations! Beliveau Estates is practically in my back yard so it is kind of crazy that the first time I went there was for Justin and Jordan’s wedding. As you can see from the photos, the view out there is immaculate [and I think the route we took through Catawba might be my new favorite scenic drive when I need to clear my mind].

Justin and Jordan met at Steppin’ Out, Jordan said “We looked across a room and smiled at each other. The rest is history.” Justin proposed at a gazebo in Nellie’s Cave Park (where we took their engagement photos). He handed Jordan a bunny with a card, got down on one knee and faked her out by handing her a carrot that he had stashed in his sock. While she was distracted, he pulled out the ring and asked Jordan to be his wife.

Jordan’s “something blue” was the tag on her TOMS shoes, Justin, the groomsmen, and most of the bridesmaids also wore TOMS shoes (a company that donates shoes to kids in need whenever a pair is purchased). For something old and borrowed, Jordan wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace. Justin and Jordan’s close friends Patricia, Austin, and Josh performed live music at the reception. The entire day was an intimate celebration, very laid back and very filled with love. I brought my dear friend Eva along to assist with photographing the wedding, and I know for a fact that we both cried at a couple of tender moments we witnessed.

Wedding Vendors:
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue and Caterer: Beliveau Estate
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero; purchased at Chantilly Lace in Blacksburg, VA
Wedding Shoes: TOMS
Florist: Stonecrop Farm
Officiant: Reggie Tuck
Hair: Eclipso, Misty Queen in Blacksburg, VA
Cake Baker: bubblecake
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix and match from J. Crew
Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Banks in Christiansburg, VA
Wedding Invitations: BeaconLane in Chicago, IL

Jordan and Justin’s Nellie’s Cave Park Engagement Session | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer


Jordan and Justin chose to have their engagement photos taken at sunset at Nellie’s Cave Park in Blacksburg. Justin proposed to Jordan at the gazebo in Nellie’s Cave Park at sunset so the location and time of day was very special to them. I’ll post the full proposal story in a few days when I share their Beliveau Estate wedding photos, keep your eyes peeled!

Chris + Leah’s Smithfield Plantation Wedding | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer


I met up with Leah and her bridesmaids at the Oaks Victorian Inn in Christiansburg where the ladies were working on applying makeup in their ADORABLE matching Plum Pretty Sugar pajama sets. Some of the makeup they used was even handmade by one of the bridesmaids, Alaina and as a lover of all things crafty, I thought that was pretty amazing! Speaking of amazing, there are no words for how madly in love I am with Leah’s Justin Alexander wedding dress, the lace detailing is so perfect, you really have to see it in person to get the full appreciation. I was so excited Mother’s Day weekend when I first saw the dress in all its glory for her bridal portrait session.

The ceremony was very intimate, Chris’ cousin and sister performed live music prior to the ceremony. His other sister read scripture during the ceremony. Before the ceremony, Reverend Tuck had Chris and Leah write letters to each other. Their messages to each other were used to create a deeply personal ceremony. At the reception we enjoyed live music performed by a local band called Awesomesauce and a delicious cake by Grrreat Cakes that was adorned with beautiful roses and peonies.

Wedding Vendors:
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Planner: White Peonies Planning and Events, Allie Burgin Mannon
Wedding Venue: Historic Smithfield Plantation
Bride and Bridesmaid Getting Ready Location: The Oaks Victorian Inn
Groom and Groomsmen Getting Ready Location: Comfort Suites
Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander; purchased from Ellie’s Bridal Boutique in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Florist: Best Wishes
Officiant: Reverend Reginald Tuck, Blacksburg, VA
Hair: The Bridal Pros [Jen and Mary Anne]
Makeup: Some makeup handmade by bridesmaid Alaina
Cake Baker: Grrreat Cakes, Susan Lyons of Blacksburg, VA
Caterer: Classic Caterers, Richard Perry of Floyd, VA
Jeweler: Susan McLauchlan Jewelers, Ashland, VA
Band: Awesomesauce
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo, Springfield, VA
Groomsmen Attire: Alfani Red from Macy’s
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

In case you missed it…  I also photographed their Virginia Tech engagement session and Leah’s Smithfield Plantation bridal portraits, check them out!

Leah’s Smithfield Plantation Bridal Portraits | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer


I met up with Leah and her mother on Mother’s Day weekend for some bridal portraits. We planned on taking photos at Smithfield Plantation already, but due to the rain we were limited to only working inside the house. Even without being able to wander around on the grounds, the beautiful interior of the historic house with its huge windows ended up being an amazing backdrop. I love how these photos turned out and I am so madly in love with Leah’s Justin Alexander dress!

Did you happen to see the post with Leah’s Virginia Tech engagement photos the other day?