I first met Sarah and Scott last October when we did their engagement photos. I was so happy and felt so blessed to be a part of their wedding day last weekend at Mountain Lake Hotel (where Dirty Dancing, one of my all time favorite movies, was made). Sarah’s wedding dress was custom made. Her something old and something borrowed were her grandmother’s pearl bracelet, something new was her wedding dress, and her something blue was her garter. I made sure to snap a photo of her shoes even though she decided to go barefoot instead. I loved the handmade decor behind the alter which had a beautiful view overlooking Mountain Lake. Sarah’s brother played the music for the ceremony.
This might sound a bit silly, but I have no idea what to title this post. When I was first approached by Laura and she mentioned the word “fiance” I instantly thought engagement photos. After a couple follow up e-mails I found out she wanted more of a focus on the animals (their two dogs and their horse Jackson). Once I arrived it ended up being more like two hours of me indulging in the company of many horses which are one of my favorite animals, but I almost never get a chance to be up close to them. Laura was surprised by my willingness to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, but I assured her it was out of child-like ignorance that I walked straight up and put a camera into their faces and started petting them and not from experience. Horses probably kick people like me and sit on them for not knowing better than to stand back, luckily that was not my experience at all! One did nibble on my fingers a bit, but I am pretty sure that it is because she liked me as much as I liked her. So big thank you Laura for inviting me out to spend an enjoyable, unseasonably warm winter afternoon to take your engagement photographs, pet photographs, and/or horse photographs, I had an amazing time!
Meet sweet little Baby S, 3 months old. I met up with this cutie pie and her mother over the weekend for a mini-session that was so much fun that it turned into a full length session. I rarely have the opportunity to photograph little girls, it seems that I usually photograph boys so when I saw two boxes goodies, one filled with frilly little girl clothes and another filled to the brim with sweet little girly accessories I could hardly contain my excitement! It was so much fun playing dress up with Baby S and she was such an excellent sport through all of her wardrobe changes. Tutus, tulle, pearls, rhinestones, feathers, and bows – I even got a chance to try out my brand new lace from Karly’s Kloset that I had gotten in the mail a couple days earlier.
Last weekend I met Lauren and her fiance Brad for a short engagement session that they won during my holiday giveaways back in December. The first diptych photos was taken at the putt-a-round at Cox’s Golf Driving Range where Lauren and Brad had their first date. Then we headed to a location with a more natural feel. After taking a few photos together, I heard some bottles clanking together and when I glanced down the hill there were a couple girls hanging painted glass bottles in a tree. They were gorgeous, quite the find and by the time we made it to the bottom of the hill it started to rain, but we continued to take photos anyway. Things cleared up a bit just long enough for us to run back to our cars. Thanks for taking a look, and thank you Brad and Lauren, it was nice to meet you in person finally!
To say that Emily and Brett were fully willing participants in this engagement session would be a little bit of a stretch… Katie and I met up with Brett and Emily at Mill Mountain Coffee in Blacksburg a little over a week ago to discuss the details of their wedding and wedding photography. It just so happened that I had a few exposures left over on the roll of 35mm film that I started the day before for an engagement session so I begged them to let us do a few ice breaker photos use up the roll of film and get more comfortable with each other before their wedding in September. Thankfully they were down for our unplanned, and extremely-mini engagement session in a, how do I put this delicately… less than attractive area of Blacksburg.
More fun stuff… I was talking to Emily online later on about the name of Katie and my wedding photography business and how we were struggling to find a good one. Emily suggested Katiebird and Hollybee Photography and we both LOVE it so thank you Emily for giving us a name!
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Margarita and David in person this past Saturday for engagement photos and to discuss plans for their wedding this summer! Katie and I met this lovely couple for breakfast at Panera then moved on to The Oaks Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast in Christiansburg where they were nice enough to allow us to roam around the inn and outside ground freely to take some engagement photos. It was a cold and rainy day, but we still managed to get TONS of beautiful photos. I’m so glad we had a nice indoor location to shoot, I loved the blue floral and paisley wallpaper from that first photo so much.
Margarita and David went to the same high school, but did not meet until after college. They were so adorable together and completely willing to play along with the crazy ideas that Katie and I had… such as having them jump into a claw foot bathtub. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with them and I can’t wait to see them again at their wedding in June!
Katie and I have made a joint Facebook page for when we photograph weddings and engagements together. Hopefully it will be up and running soon with even more photos from our engagement session with David and Margarita, “like” the page so you don’t miss them!
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This wedding was from back in August and I realized that it never got a proper blog post (being that this blog did not exist yet) so I want to share this beautiful summer wedding with you now that it is cold and dreary out. Erin and Mike were married at Sinkland Farms in Christiansburg, Virginia. The venue was perfect for their country themed wedding with their ceremony overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains followed by a gorgeous reception in the barn pavilion where I fell madly in love with their chandelier made of antique mason jars and vintage glass bottles. With a 50% chance of rain we were all keeping our fingers crossed that the weather would hold out… and it did! At least it held out until right before the kiss. There’s nothing quite like the sound of rain on a metal roof.
Here is the video that I put together from their wedding day. It’s the very first photo+video slide show that I have ever put together, but I had so much fun doing it and I cannot wait to make more for the weddings that I will be photographing this summer:
There are more photos from this wedding on my Facebook page if you are interested!
New Years Eve was a busy day for me! In addition to the Buchanan’s maternity portraits, I got together with my new wedding photography business partner, Katie of Katie Estes Photography and her husband Brandon for a Virginia Tech couples session. Katie and Brandon are former Virginia Tech alumni who have returned to the area to take more classes. I am so happy to have a photography buddy in town again. We roamed around the Duck Pond on campus, Sandy Hall, the Newman Library, and the pylons at War Memorial Chapel. You can see a few more of the photos from this couples session over on the Holly Cromer Photography Facebook page!
And if you are getting married in 2012, Katie and I still can accept a couple more weddings at our special rate ($750 for two photographers + wedding photo booth), check out this blog post for more information.