I couldn't imagine a better way to kick off the Fall season than with Katie and Adam's beautiful wedding at Lovewell Lodge just outside of Blacksburg, VA. Maybe July isn't really Fall, but I'll take any day in the mountains, all the same.
We met in the Spring, when the weather was crazy and unpredictable. Our family went out to the mountains to Lexington, Natural Bridge, Roanoke, and Blacksburg - driving all over on a bit of a tour to find beautiful locations for camping and hiking, and literally chasing waterfalls (I had a whole list to find). We were supposed to have their engagement session at the top of a mountain, but a freak snow storm (I thought it had quit snowing at this point in the year) closed the road to our spot. We found a back up location and ran around in the chilly mountain air. If you don't remember seeing it on the blog, you can find it HERE.
I probably say this about every couple that I work with - how kind and warm they are. And it's true, each time. Every wedding that I'm invited to photograph, they somehow manage to make me feel like a long time friend, welcome and so cherished, just like each and every one of their guests. Katie and Adam were no different, of course. As I sometimes do, I came early to their venue to look around and brought my tiniest babe with me, Finn - born just shy of 8 weeks prior. He was all tucked in a ring sling, sleeping away, when I found Katie. She was so excited to see that he was with me and the joy on her face in that moment, thinking of it now brings tears to my eyes. That's the kind of amazing that Katie is.
There are always things... moments throughout weddings days that stick out when I think back. Their custom vows to one another, who they spent their time with getting ready, the lace that Katie's grandmother made set out everywhere to remind them of her, the way Adam's best man looked at him as Katie walked down the aisle, and the way Adam couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the night after kissing his bride. We couldn't have had a better day.
Full list of vendors at the end... and a big thank you to Andrea for coming all the way out here with me. A few of her photos are mixed in as well.