Back in November, Jeffery and Lauren came to Blacksburg from Louisville, Kentucky for their engagement photos. It was FREEZING cold with an extra frigid relentless breeze whipping around everywhere. It is Blacksburg after all. We turned blue and purple and still made it look good. Don’t they look warm? It is from the love.
Come back soon to see photos from their wedding at Mountain Lake Lodge this spring!
I met up with Taylor and Mel at Radford Coffee Co. to multitask - a little caffeine infusion and an adorable starting point for their Radford engagement photos! We enjoyed our hug in a mug and played a little bit of chess before heading to another local hot spot, Bissett Park. Mel and Taylor’s wedding took place just over a week ago so I figured I better blog their engagement photos from months ago so I can share their super gorgeous wedding as soon as possible – stay tuned!
Lauren and Eli are alumni of Virginia Tech who are now living in Colorado. They met when they were students, both working at Virginia Tech Union. Eli oversaw smaller, indie concerts and Lauren was his assistant [though they didn’t really connect until a couple of years later]. After graduation, Eli moved to Nashville and Lauren headed up to Chicago to attend graduate school. They reconnected and made a long-distance relationship before Lauren decided to move to Tennessee and live together. He flew up to Chicago to drive Lauren and her two screaming cats back to Nashville.
Four years later, they went to Chicago for a music festival. Eli insisted that they stop at Millennium Park for photos. He proposed to her there at the exact same spot she took him to show him the city and explain why it is so special four years earlier. He had made a note on his phone that night saying it would be “the” spot for a proposal one day.
I’m so happy that they made time for an engagement shoot with me while they were visiting Virginia for the holidays. We met up at Virginia Tech campus which we had almost completely to ourselves and wandered around in the cold and empty alleyways of Blacksburg dodging the occasional drizzle. Finally, they indulged my weird desire to take engagement photos in a parking garage in front of car headlights. They will be getting married on their 5 year anniversary in New Orleans and returning to Blacksburg for a reception at Bottom of the Stairs that I am super excited to be attending!
Arnold and Ruby’s wedding took place on the Chesapeake Bay in Reedville, Virginia. Their loved ones came into town from all over the globe to enjoy their celebration: Philippines, Dubai, Los Angeles, Texas, New York, and Northern Virginia. When I first spoke to Ruby, she said that she wanted me to capture the true essence of the wedding – love, togetherness, and family. They first met when they were introduced by family and friends. Arnold proposed to Ruby in France at the Eiffel Tower. Ruby wore a stunning cap-sleeved dress from Gowns by Carina and a pair of her mother’s earrings.
Their families are made up of many talented individuals who helped make the event a smashing success. Ruby’s daughter, Angela Hassan [La Fleur Du Jour Flowers] was the florist putting together the most amazing purple, white, cream, and blush floral arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Her son, Jay Mitra, who works for a film production company in the Philippines was the videographer. The cake was made by her niece, Chef Katrina Pascual, who is a renowned pastry chef, also from the Philippines. Other delectable delights included cookies from Poochie’s Bakery and pies from Mom’s Apple Pie. Pinstripes in Georgetown, Washington DC catered the event. Rental décor, seating, plates, and flatware were provided by Party Perfect in Richmond, Virginia.