Danielle met Michael when she was part of the Marching Virginians and he was on the Virginia Tech football team, he even asked her to be his girlfriend on the 50 yard line of Lane Stadium. Naturally they chose Virginia Tech as their engagement photo location ending up in Lane Stadium rocking Michael’s official #67 jerseys. I was very happy that I had a chance to meet Danielle at a bridal expo last year and even more excited when she told me that I was going to get to photographer her and Michael’s wedding at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. I’ll be sharing those photos really so make sure you check back!
A Fairy Tale Wedding, Complete with a Castle in Asheville, North Carolina
I met Danielle at a bridal expo last fall and we hit it off immediately. By the time I went home she had added me as a Facebook friend and we chatted almost daily about her wedding. This spring I photographed Danielle and Michael’s Virginia Tech engagement session at Lane Stadium and Hahn Horticulture Garden and spent weeks and weeks eagerly anticipating their wedding at Biltmore Estate. How absolutely amazing is Danielle’s blush pink Maggie Sottero “Divinia” wedding gown? She actually won that dress through a contest held by Lynchburg bridal boutique, Celebration Bridal.
A few words from Danielle about their love story…
Michael and I met over a Summer Session at Virginia Tech! There was only one major dining hall serving with an already limited student population, so naturally we met around food. To be specific, it was the whole milk section!
After a year and a half of dating, Michael took me on a surprise trip to the Biltmore Estate. I had always wanted to visit the estate and gardens, and he had chose the perfect spring weekend! After touring the house, walking the gardens, we went up to the Diana statue where he got on one knee and purposed! He was so nervous, he almost forgot to pull out the ring! It was adorable. The thrill of it all was that my best friend from school and drove down to be our surprise photographer! She popped out of the bush almost instantly in tears. It was great to have a friend present! We finished a wonderful day together, going back inside the greenhouses and down to the barn to visit the horses and goats. Rachel soon left after all pictures were taken, to finish with Michael having reservations at the Inn at Estate for dinner with a bouquet of roses waiting at the table. It was such a lovely day, and will always be a great memory!
Upon deciding location, the Biltmore Estate was our first choice! We went for a small and intimate vibe, inviting only our closest family and friends. Our theme was vintage romance, creating a candlelight night amongst the people we love most. The ceremony took place in the Conservatory Greenhouse. It turned out very lovely, many plants and beautiful lights as well as a 12 foot wooden arch covered in roses. After a trolley ride to the Winery, we proceeded to the Champagne Cellar for our reception. The day was beautiful! More fairy tale than we could’ve ever asked for or dreamt of.
Blacksburg, VA Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue, Cake, and Catering: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
Wedding Gown: Blush Pink Maggie Soterro “Divina” which the bride won from Celebration Bridal, Lynchburg, VA
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson Women’s Gown Pump
Florist: Flower Gallery of Asheville, Asheville, NC
Makeup: Wendy Balance of Blush Asheville, Asheville, NC
Hair: Amanda Prince of A New You Salon, Marion, VA
Wedding Planner: Nicole Bloom of Two Sweet Sparrows, Asheville, NC
Officiant: Terry Wellbourn, Greensboro, NC
Bride and Bridesmaid Jewelry: BHLDN
Ceremony Music: Ron Clearfield and the Asheville String Trio
Dress Alterations: The Gilded Thimble, Bedford, VA
Invitations, Programs, and Guest Book: Shabby Scrap
Videographer: Donnie Bales of Bear Creek Studio, Marion, VA
Robert and Jennifer’s wedding took place at Selah Springs in Riner, Virginia back in July. This was my first time visiting Selah Springs, it is such a gorgeous venue (I fell madly in love with their mix and match China) and it fit the style of their wedding perfectly. It feels like this summer was filled with rain, as soon as Jennifer started to walk down the aisle it started to rain. We had to take all of their photos in the rain, but they were such good sports you can hardly tell. Jennifer’s Maggie Sottero wedding gown was to die for, the train was so voluminous it would barely fit into the limousine. One of my favorite parts of their wedding day was that Robert started tearing up when Jennifer was walking down the aisle, so sweet! I also love that they included their dog Beaux in the wedding ceremony. Make sure you also check out their Claytor Lake engagement session and Jennifer’s bridal portraits.
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Venue: Selah Springs in Riner, Virginia
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero from Chantilly Lace in Blacksburg, Virginia
Flowers: Best Wishes
Officiant: Dustin Montgomery
Hair and Makeup Artist: Martha Boboli at Meredith’s Salon in Christiansburg, Virginia
Cake Baker: Our Daily Bread
Groom’s Cake: Horton’s Cakery
DJ/Entertainment and Transportation: Russell Brewster
Choreographer: Lane Mattox of Sapphire Ballroom and Dance Center
I met Natalee through Instagram earlier this year. She’s a gorgeous girl and an fierce athlete. How amazing are her eyes? Her hair and makeup was done by Kaylee Graves; the first necklace is from Sabika, second necklace is from Chloe + Isabel. These bridal portraits were taken in Hahn Horticulture Garden on the campus of Virginia Tech as well as in the greenhouses next to the garden.
If you couldn’t tell by the two different wedding dresses in these photos, this is a faux bridal session so if you are Kaylee’s friend don’t get freaked out that you missed the memo :) I bought some wedding dresses earlier this year to play around with for photo sessions. Kaylee is a hair and makeup artist so she usually spends her time behind the scenes… It is always nice to get her beautiful face in front of my camera. The first necklace is vintage, it belongs to Kaylee’s mother, the second necklace is from Chloe + Isabel . The second wedding gown is by Winnie Couture. Lace edged veil is from Simply Bridal. These photos were taken at the Hahn Horticulture Garden on campus at Virginia Tech and in the green house adjacent to the garden.
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.
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!