Wedding Photographer in Virginia

Brooklyn & Bryan - Southern style wedding at Sorella Farms - Evington, Va

Brooklyn & Bryan - Southern style wedding at Sorella Farms - Evington, Va

How they met: Brooklyn & Bryan met at Radford College through a mutual friend and actually didn’t like each other when they first met. They hung out together a few times, then went separate ways for about a year, until he decided to contact her again which ignited communication between the two for a few months.

How he proposed: One night after having dinner together, Bryan asked Brooklyn to be his girlfriend at the Mill Mountain Star! I am so glad he did because the connection between them is so intense, as you can see in their engagement pictures that I took at Smith Mountain Lake - the place where they spend most of their time now and that they made their peaceful place.

Carley & Chris - Engagement - Tree picking - Dec 2017

Carley & Chris - Engagement - Tree picking - Dec 2017

Carley & Chris's story starts way before they were aware of it. Her brother and his cousin became close friends in middle school and they would often drop hints to them about the other.
It isn't until August 2016, when Carley reaches out to Chris asking him to meet for coffee for some career advice that they start getting closer. Towards the end of the conversation things get a little more personal, but Chris goes back to St. Thomas. 

Sara & Emory - Barn Engagement - Virginia - Nov 2017

Sara & Emory - Barn Engagement - Virginia - Nov 2017

Emory and Sara had been going to school together since 6th grade. They had maybe talked a few times here and there but never really got to know each other. Her junior year of high school she started talked to this girl, who happened to be best friends with Emory since they were in preschool. During the second semester of Junior year, this girl started inviting friends over to watch movies every weekend, but they were so shy they wouldn't even talk to each other. After a few months of awkward movie nights, she gets a notification that said "Your friend Emory Russell is on snapchat" with a button to add him as a friend. Shy Sara was totally out of character and added him AND snapchatted him and Emory responded to her snapchat almost immediately and they started talking back and forth, until finally one day he asked her to be his girlfriend.

They both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and had been talking about it, so Emory went ring shopping alone at first and got nervous that he would pick the wrong ring and brought her along the second time. They picked the same ring.

After a long day of driving and working that started at 4am, one night  she was falling asleep on the couch. Emory told her that they had to go to the chapel to get a hymnal book for his mom because she was playing the organ Sunday morning and needed to pick out songs to play. She agreed to go with him and thought nothing of it. They arrived at the chapel and the closet with the hymnals was locked, so they checked to see if the library had any hymnals. Emory started stalling at this point and she told him that they should just go back to the house because they had failed their mission. Emory told her to check the closet door one more time "because it sticks", so she checked the door (it was still locked) and turned around and Emory was down on one knee. It was such a sweet moment with the two of them in the chapel with the cross behind us. "It represents what our relationship is and what we strive for it to be in the future" said Sara.

Sara & Chris - Couple's portraits - Roanoke, VA

Sara & Chris - Couple's portraits - Roanoke, VA

I met Sara almost three years ago, it was a year before she got married.. She was looking for a wedding photographer.
We had emailed back and forth and we set up a final meeting since they had chosen a date and at that point I only had one date booked for 2016. And there you go, they had picked the only date I had booked!