Salubria | Scottish Styled Wedding Shoot | Historic Home in Virginia

I am forever thankful for this wonderful community of creatives I’ve met through this journey as a photographer. I’ve done quite a few styled shoots, by myself or with one other person. But as soon as it becomes a joint effort with other creatives in different fields (florals, cakes, jewelry, etc.) it’s just an entirely different ball park.

This shoot was inspired by how much I missed Scotland and how much I wanted to photograph a wedding in the Scottish Highlands. After that, it all sort of fell into place. I found this BHLDN dress months ago, and shortly after that I found Salubria. Ace and I connected on Instagram around the same time, and I had been working with Jen (with Flourish and Root) and Bijou’s Sweet Treats for quite some time now. Jen and I met up a couple times to discuss this shoot - she and I had worked on a project together last year, and I knew I wanted to make this one even better and put months of planning into it. She and Kat helped me SO much with pulling it together in the days leading up, and the day of.

I had been traveling for 3 weeks before this shoot - between photographing a wedding in Maine and an elopement on the West Coast, I came home and immediately helped with a local community of women pull together an event on Saturday, and then pulled this shoot together on Sunday.

It went SO well for just happening so suddenly all there at the end. I’ll admit I was terrified, considering all of my own time I was putting into it as well as everyone else’s that I was asking to come along with me somewhat blindly.

I’m emotional now thinking about it all, and I am so very thankful for everyone who believed in this idea enough to help me with it and to actually pull it together with me.

If you are planning a wedding and are looking for some vendors to create something STUNNING for you, I have a list :


Photography : White Sails Creative
Videography : Sage & Silhouettes
Floral Design : Flourish Root
Hair & Makeup : Hairpins N Lipstick
Cake : Bijou’s Sweet Treats
Venue : Salubria
Styling & Set Up : Flourish Root
Dress : BHLDN | Anthropologie
Groom’s Suit : Harris Tweed
Bridal Jewelry : RU.ST
Paper Suite, Calligraphy, & Design : White Sails Creative
Models : Molly & Michael


and Johnny :) for helping me with all my crazy ideas and loading up the car with stuff and unloading it and loading it all back up and moving all the furniture around wherever it was needed.

AHH.

Photography : White Sails Creative
Videography : Sage & Silhouettes
Floral Design : Flourish Root
Hair & Makeup : Hairpins N Lipstick
Cake : Bijou’s Sweet Treats
Venue : Salubria
Styling & Set Up : Flourish Root
Dress : BHLDN | Anthropologie
Groom’s Suit : Harris Tweed
Bridal Jewelry : RU.ST
Paper Suite, Calligraphy, & Design : White Sails Creative
Models : Molly & Michael

Tori | College Senior Portraits on Whitetop Mountain | Abingdon, Virginia

I am all for having portraits taken for fun. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an annual present to yourself, a celebration of graduation from high school or college, or a freaking breakup. Portrait sessions are SO MUCH FUN. You can make it feel like an REI shoot for an ad or like your a winter goddess, or both like Tori did.

We (quite the group of us) met up by 5:30am, and drove an hour to this winter wonderland to make it JUST in time for sunrise. It was cold, we had blankets and coats and a nice warm car to run to inbetween shots and locations. The ice was a struggle (and a little terrifying), but it was all pretty freaking worth it.

Also, I love my mountains up here in the Shenandoah National Park, but Whitetop Mountain blew me away. I’ve been hearing and reading about this spot for quite some time now, but I didn’t realize just how magical it was. Look at those layers! I want them painted on my wall. I’ve decided I am now going to travel down to Abingdon as much as possible.

Thank you to Tori, Ali, Matt, and Johnny for being troopers (;

Kristina and Josh | Winter Engagement Session | Shenandoah National Park

Here is what this photo shoot was made of :

Laughing. A lot of it.
Black ice and some swearing.
Staring into the sun.
Cold breath.
Some more laughing.
Titanic impersonations.
Greatest Showman Soundtrack.
Disney Soundtracks.

And then to top it all off, we got stuck up on Skyline Drive and had to drive all the way back (about an hour) to another exit where Johnny picked me up.

And that’s how you make new best friends!

To be perfectly clear, I did listen to The Greatest Showman soundtrack over and over while editing these. It was important I did so.