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?

Chris + Leah’s Virginia Tech Engagement Session | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer

I met up with Chris and Leah at Smithfield Plantation one afternoon for their engagement session back in the spring. It had been raining all weekend, but since they drove up from North Carolina we couldn’t easily reschedule so we decided to try to squeeze the session in anyways. The clouds parted and we got a couple of hours rain free to take photos, it worked out perfect (and as I was driving away, it started pouring again). Chris and Leah are such a sweet couple and I am so happy that I got to take wedding, engagement, and bridal photos with them!

Lily + Jonathan’s Sinkland Farms Wedding | Blacksburg, VA Wedding Photographer

Jonathan and Lily met at Radford University. They knew each other for 4 years throughout Army ROTC and both commissioned and graduated from Radford University. When Jonathan proposed to Lily, he sent her on a scavenger hunt around Radford to their favorite places and date locations that led her to the proposal location atop of a train trestle over the New River (where they had went on their very first date).

When Lily first told me that her wedding party consisted of 9 bridesmaids and 9 groomsmen, I have to admit I was a little intimidated. I’d never seen such a large wedding party before, but on the day of the wedding I was completely blown away by how close and intimate it felt. Lily and her bridesmaids got ready at Hotel Roanoke where I felt like I was welcomed into a huge slumber party of ladies doing each others hair and makeup.

While I would call the style of Lily’s wedding decor vintage eclectic, she told me the theme of her wedding is “Goodwill” because that’s where most of the decor came from. Almost every detail of the wedding day was put together by the bride and her friends and family – from the floral arrangements and bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas to the lace tablecloths, chalkboards, and repurposed vintage picture frames that made up the decor of the reception space.

I also took some bridal portraits of Lily earlier this year, you can check those out here.

Wedding Vendors:
Blacksburg, VA Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Dress: Casablanca, purchased at The Newfangled Bride in Salem, VA
Officiant: Brian Waters, Providence Presbyterian Church in Christiansburg, VA
Cake Baker: Our Daily Bread in Blacksburg, VA
Caterer: The Chicken Bus
DJ: Seay Entertainment of Martinsville, VA
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mix and match bridesmaids dresses, each bridesmaid chose her own dress around the color scheme Lily sent them
Groomsmen: Pants from Old Navy, Bow Ties from The Tie Bar
Wedding Venue: Sinkland Farms
Bride and Bridesmaid Preparation Location: Hotel Roanoke

Lily’s Bridal Portraits | Blacksburg Wedding Photographer

Lily is such a sweetheart with a great sense of vintage style! For example the dress she wore for her bridal portraits was a vintage piece and I got an even better ideal of what a master of antique treasures she is at her wedding where she designed every single last detail herself, most of which was thrifted. She also handmade the birdcage veil herself!

Eva’s Virginia Tech Graduation Photos | Blacksburg, VA Senior Portrait Photographer

So this gorgeous girl might look familiar as her face has graced my blog and website a few times before. Eva is a major sweetheart, I’ve been shooting with her longer than I’ve had a blog for my photography. It was bittersweet taking her Virginia Tech graduation photos, while she is a pleasure to be around, graduation means that she’ll be leaving Blacksburg sooner than later. Thankfully she’s still around, in fact she has done a wonderful job assisting me with two weddings already this summer!

I’ll be sad when she finds a “big girl job” elsewhere, but I know that Eva will go far. She’s intelligent, beautiful, and kindhearted. She’s not bad at being on the other side of the lens either.

Eric + Becca’s Engagement Session | Blacksburg, VA Wedding Photographer

Eric and Becca were the winners of a Facebook contest I had for Valentine’s Day this year, they won a free engagement session! Becca and I went to high school together, we were both in 4H, and if I’m not mistaken I think we were even in the same youth group for a few years. They are a super laid back and fun couple, we spent the entire time goofing around, making faces, and laughing hysterically. We started out at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech and worked our way down to the Duck Pond. It was a beautiful day for photos.