I met Anne on the tennis courts in high school and heard about her for years after.  Everyone always commented on how kind Anne was.  Fast forward years and miles and I had the honor to photograph Anne and Sam’s engagements, Anne’s Bridal Portraits, AND their wedding at Firefly Winery.  Every time I see these two I feel such joy and sweetness.  When Anne emailed a few months after their son was born, I knew I would have to find a way down to SWVA to photograph their sweet family.  I’m so grateful for clients who become friends and let me be a part of their life.  Congrats to this sweet family.


They met in first grade and he invited her to his birthday party.

The beginnings of a beautiful love story, a love story between a boy and a girl but a love story so much more than that.

Caroline and Landon grew up in the mountains of Roanoke, Virginia and developed a friendship through years of school together and then Young Life.  They both fell in love and began their own stories with Him along the way.  When they were both students at JMU and Young Life volunteers they fell in love.

I had the honor to meet Caroline for coffee to talk about their wedding day and photography.  She knew many good friends of mine, including another Bride.  It was wonderful to hear the plans she and Landon were making as well as see the joy in the journey as she talked.

On the most pleasant July summer day these two promised to love and serve together on top of a hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was a beautiful day from Caroline’s smile to Landon’s laugh and goofing off with his future (my former) boss. I loved watching Caroline’s dad hug her and quietly take the day in and Landon’s father blow up their first grade photo and show it off at the reception.  It was in many ways a culmination of so much and the beginning of so much more.

I am so excited for what is ahead for them in Roanoke and the community there. Details and vendor information below.

Bride’s Dress:  Amrheins | Bridesmaid Dresses: Chantilly Lace  | Groomsmen Attire: JC Penny  | Groom’s Attire | Catering |

Flowers: Green by Design | Cake: Family Friend, Kelli Boyer |

Videographer: Friends, Ian Buchanan and Dan Luther | Make-Up: Taylor at Pure Spa 


Lizzie was a freshman when I met her. Full of spunk and fashion, even then.  I loved her desire for life and always loved when she was around for an event, a breakfast, or a high school football game.  It was a joy to spend time with her during her high school years and have significant conversations as well as share a lot of laughter along the way. Imagine my delight when she asked me to come to Roanoke, meet her fiancee, Franklin and photograph their wedding.  Truly an honor and joy to be with these girls on their wedding days.

Lizzie and Franklin met at Sewanee, but did not start dating until after they were both living in Nashville.  It was so fun to watch the Sewanee crew celebrate at the wedding since Sewanee holds a special place for me as I finish up my MFA from the School of Letters.  

Their wedding was a beautiful black tie affair with a ceremony at 2nd Presbyterian followed by a rocking reception at the Roanoke Country Club.  Lizzie looked stunning in her Oscar de la Renta gown and Franklin’s reaction when they first saw one another was so sweet and real, it made me fall in love with weddings and photography all over again.  One of my favorite parts of the night was the rap Lizzie’s sisters, also dear friends from their high school days, performed for her.  There are a few photos showing Lizzie and Franklin’s reaction that you have to see to get a feel for the rap.  Hilarious.What a joy to be there and see Lizzie and Franklin unite in marriage, see many wonderful old friends, and meet some new!

I am so grateful to have been a part of the day – and excited for these two as they build a life together in Music City.

I am deeply grateful for Carrie Michelle’s assistance and art as a wonderful second shooter and Andrea Ferris Events for all the amazing coordination.  Thank you so much! More information on the details of this day below.

I’m so excited to share a very special wedding!  Claire and Brett, our dear cousins and friends were married at the Zirkle farm on the most beautiful Virginia summer day!  It was truly a joy to watch the two of them soak in the love and joy of all their family and friends.  I am so grateful to have photographed this day – the details were so wonderful and the people the best!  Claire and Brett put together a gorgeous day for their family and friends!  Our farm is not a ready made wedding venue, so it required a lot of work for Claire to create beautiful pieces for the barn.  She worked with our good friend Jaime on the details of the day.  This is Wade’s family’s farm, and the same spot we were married, so it holds a very special place in our hearts! Brett’s father managed the farm for a very long time, and for Brett, it was sweet to be married where he worked with his dad for many years.  It was beautiful to watch Claire’s family jump in and create a beautiful space for the day, they are like an army of help and love.   It was extra special to have our family wine, Richard Bocking, served as well.   She even thought to put oriental rugs in the barn for  added texture and beauty!

The bridesmaids got ready at our house and I loved watching the space I’d envisioned for photos come to life with all these beautiful women buzzing around and getting married.  Claire’s hair and makeup was a work of art, so much so I have an appointment with her stylist at Gigi La Rue tomorrow! Everything about the day was fun and joy filled, from Claire’s amazing dress to watching Brett “get ready” with his groomsmen by swimming at his farm’s quarry.  Their first look and Bridal party cocktails were at my Sister in Law’s great house and it made the perfect spot for photos!  I also loved the adorable photo booth they had at the farm.  The Rosy Co. is a new business in the valley and very adorable and fun.

One of my favorite parts to the day was watching Claire and Brett, and Millie walk out of the ceremony together.  Their smiles were so big and right up against the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Joy was everywhere, and that’s the best for a wedding day!

They danced the night away in the barn, so fitting for this amazing couple. We love you Wightmans!

I had to sneak in a shot of this handsome man. 

Bride’s Gown: Ashley and Justin BridalFlower crown: GiGi LaRue Salon & AestheticsRobes: Plum Pretty SugarShoes: Jack Rogers | Hair: GiGi LaRue Salon & Aesthetics | Makeup: GiGi LaRue Salon & Aesthetics | Bridesmaid dresses: Vow to be ChicBridesmaid gifts:  Plum Pretty Sugar  | Groom’s Jacket: Mens Warehouse  Groom’s Shirt: Eddie Bauer | Men Pants: Wrangler | Florist: Nature Composed  | Stationery: Wedding Paper DivasCeremony venue: Zirkle Farm  | Reception venue: Zirkle Farm | Catering: 1752 BBQPies: The women of Shenandoah County  | Greenery: Fifty FlowersWedding favours (Koozies): For Your Party Central Virginia Rentals  | Entertainment: Konnection BandRings: Hugo Kohl