Stephanie & Aaron | A Homegrown Backyard Wedding

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Some months ago, Stephanie and Aaron buried a bottle of bourbon in Aaron’s childhood backyard, as a gift to the rain gods to keep the weather sunny on their wedding day. The bottle remained at the foot of the quarry even as the weather forecast threatened a 100% chance of precipitation on the week of their wedding. The two tossed the rain plan anyway, and said, “Rain or shine, we’re getting married here.”

With help from the Darling Event, and a ton of elbow grease, friends and family transformed this Roanoke backyard into an amazing venue — tent, homemade dance floor, a ceiling of twinkle lights. Though I love every single wedding I’m fortunate enough to attend, my heart skips a beat when I’m shooting a backyard wedding — because as I’ve mentioned before, my husband and I were married at his childhood home and it’s my favorite type of wedding! The history, the coziness, the familiarity; even the wedding china was from the family. Aaron was lucky enough to grow up in this amazing house with an enormous wilderness behind it, in the middle of a gorgeous city.

I’m really excited to share a giant handful of my favorite images from Stephanie and Aaron’s day, and looking forward even more to showing you some of their amazing portraits among the Blue Ridge Mountains we took the day after. For now, here is this very special, homegrown, backyard wedding in Virginia…

If you are friends and family of Stephanie and Aaron, you can view their gallery and order prints here.

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More credits: The Darling Event (coordination); Tree Gigante (floral); Les Cheveux (hair/MU); BHLDN (dress); catering: friends & family potluck

Amy & Roland | Classic Wedding at Mercury Hall

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Amy’s 1930s-style glamour-cut gown, lavender tea rose centerpieces, and a ceremony in the little white chapel known as Mercury Hall, made her and Roland’s sweet wedding feel like an updated classic. And while the ceremony had to be moved inside due to rain, the sun came out for a tiny sliver of a moment, and we had some gorgeous portraits out in the back lawn.

As always, Greenbelt DJ brought the best tunes, and the party rocked all night until Roland and Amy were sent off with sparklers. Here are just a few of my favorite shots from this wedding.

If you are friends and family of Amy and Roland, view their full gallery here.

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More credits: Mercury Hall, Central Market, Greenbelt DJ, Maris Malone Calderon (makeup)

Jenny & James | Vista West Ranch Wedding

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If you looked out the window during Jenny and James’ wedding, you would have seen torrents of rain. Sheets of it. It roared over the metal rooftop at Vista West Ranch and saturated the dry grass.

Texas, Memorial Day weekend, 2015. (It made national news.)

But if a touch of rain on your wedding day is good luck, Jenny and James held their wedding on the motherlode of auspicious days. They were wed safely indoors with their golden retriever Kobe as ring bearer; chowed down on East Side Kings and Tiny Pies; danced and dipped all night amid flickering lights.

The outpouring of love, the sweetness of family, the joy of friends, was palpable on this stormy May night.

If you are friends and family of Jenny and James, view their full gallery here.

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More credits: Vista West Ranch; East Side King; Coordinate This; Tiny Pies; Lovely Leaves Floral; Leap Productions (videography); Complete Weddings + Events (DJ)