Jessi & Austin | Lake At Cedar Hill Summer Wedding | Linville, Virginia

Jessi and I met when we were younger and danced at the same studio through highschool. Then Jessi and I were in the same public speaking class in college my first semester, and we just keep bumping into each other throughout life. Every time I see her or hear from her, it’s an instant mood-lifter. When she reached out asking me to photograph her wedding, I was thrilled because Jessi and her family have always been a happy presence throughout my life. The idea of photographing such incredible people on their WEDDING DAY was just too much. I also photographed their engagement session - a freezing sunrise on Lake Arrowhead in Luray. It’s one I share a lot of photos from, so I’m sure you’d recognize it - Jessi & Austin’s Engagement Session Blog.

The expectations of this being a ridiculously joyous day did not fail me - this was one of the most fun wedding days I’ve ever photographed. It was stunning - the mismatched plates, the weather was so warm and breezy, and the dancing was just incredible. I keep reminiscing on this day as if it were my own wedding, it was just that wonderful.

I’d like to shout out this venue, too. They are pretty new and they are AMAZING. I cannot recommend this place enough. Look at this ceremony location?! And the light in the reception barn?! I just can’t wait to go back here!

Emily & Hoyle | Shenandoah Valley Winter Engagement Session

Sometimes
there’s this magic light
and it goes so well with certain
locations
and outfits
and people

and when they all mix together like this

I die.


It all comes together more like a piece of artwork than I ever expect photography to accomplish. This is one of those shoots. An odd mixture of hanging out with friends I felt as if I’d known for so long, laughing and exploring, but also creating art. I cannot wait for their wedding.