Taylor’s Bridal Portraits | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer

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I met Taylor through Instagram, if you follow me and interact with me on there or any other form of social media, there is a pretty good chance we’ll become friends and end up inviting you to come model for me at some point. Some of the photos were taken at the greenhouses on the campus of Virginia Tech (right next to the Hahn Horticulture Garden) and the others were taken around downtown Blacksburg.  The necklace is from Chloe + Isabel; dresses are from Bliss by Monique Lhuillier and Nicole Miller.

Pink French Macarons from Mockingbird Cafe in Christiansburg

I never cook or bake (my oven was completely broken for almost 2 years and I got by just fine without it), but I was dying to try some food photography. Donna from Mockingbird Cafe in Christiansburg was so kind to whip up a batch of French macarons to photograph. Aren’t they gorgeous? They tasted just as heavenly as they look – I can neither confirm nor deny that I ate them all in one day. Styling and photographing food is a huge change of pace from portrait work (though I do get to practice a little of this at weddings), I would love to do more photos like this!

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

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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

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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!