George + Reanna | Blacksburg, Virginia Proposal and Engagement Photographer

It isn’t every day that I get to photograph a proposal [but I wish it was]…  George set up a sweet fall photo shoot for himself and his girlfriend Reanna.  As we meandered our way around the Duck Pond at Virginia Tech, George dropped down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.  Her expression and reaction were so priceless that I got majorly teary eyed behind the camera.  They are such an adorable couple and it was an honor to be there to capture such an exciting moment for them on such a beautiful autumn day.

Natalee | Virginia Tech Senior Portrait and Graduation Photographer

I met Natalee a few years ago through mutual friends on social media.  If she looks familiar, you may have seen her giving her family a heart attack when I had her model wedding gowns for faux bridal portraits a few years ago [one of those photos are printed on my business cards still to this very day]!  We got together for some Virginia Tech graduation photos last fall when she was wrapping up her work on her bachelor’s degree.  Natalee and her beautiful yellow lab, Mia took a grand tour of Virginia Tech’s campus with me hitting all kinds of hot spots from Hahn Horticulture Garden, the Duck Pond, the Pylons, to Burruss Hall.  We wrapped it up by enjoying a couple of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks on top of the Kent Square parking garage, Mia loves that PSL almost as much as me!

Madison | Giles High School Senior Portrait Photographer

I am so in love with how Madison’s beautiful fall senior portraits turned out!  Madison was a senior at Giles High School when we took these photos last year and I am kind of embarrassed that I am now a full on year behind on blogging.  She and her mother took me to places in Giles that I had never been to before, stunning hidden treasures that I will never, ever reveal to you no matter how much you try to bribe me.  When we drove by this field of incredible tall grass, I knew we just HAD to come back and revisit that location.  The property owners were kind and welcomed us over to play in their yard.  We wrapped up at Cascades Falls where, despite Madison and her mother’s warning me to watch my step, I slipped down into the water up to my neck [I kept the camera above water, don’t worry, I have my priorities straight].  We had carpooled in their vehicle so I am extra thankful that they didn’t leave my swampy bottom behind when we were done.

Kimberly + Jon's Heritage Park Wedding | Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Kimberly and Jon’s wedding took place on a very rainy autumn day at Heritage Park in Blacksburg.  Fortune favored them and the rain stopped for the perfect amount of time that we were together on their wedding day, their officiant and groomsmen were ushering away puddles of standing water when I arrived.  After the couple’s very sweet first look, we headed to Virginia Tech to take care of their formal photos before the ceremony.  Their adorable daughter Raelyn was the flower girl who stole the show, as beautiful little girls tend to do.  Kimberly wrapped a charm into the handle of her bouquet that had her grandmother on one side, and her great aunt on the other side.  A section of their ceremony seating was reserved to commemorate their loved ones that have passed.  The music for their recessional was courtesy of Guns ‘n Roses, a surprise for the parents and grandparents.

Wedding Vendor Team
Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Venue: Heritage Park
Wedding Gown: DB Studio, David’s Bridal
Officiant: Christopher Birkl, Lynchburg, Virginia
Jeweler: Henebry Jewelers, Danville, Virginia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dark red long strapless dresses from David’s Bridal, Greensboro, North Carolina
 

Jancis + Jamie's Flat Top Lake Wedding | West Virginia Wedding Photography

Jamie and Jancis met in nursing school.  Their first conversation was about the hit television show Gossip Girl, they quickly became classmate friends.  As they soon discovered, they had numerous shared interests – between WVU tailgates and studying together for endless hours, they were always side by side.  Jamie proposed last spring by setting up an Easter egg hunt which had a surprise proposal as the final prize!

Last year I had the opportunity to go up to Flat Top Lake to check out their wedding venue for the first time and take some engagement photos for this gorgeous, sweet couple.  It was so nice to be back there again, the refreshing breeze across the lake and the canopy of trees provided us with a cool reprieve from the summer sun.  We returned to the dock of Jamie’s family boat house for their first look where I found Jamie getting a little teary eyed before he even laid eyes on his beautiful bride.  Jamie and Jancis are absolutely made for each other, the tears of happiness were streaming all day – from them, to their families, to my muffled sniffles from behind the camera, they’re just so damn cute!

For Jancis’ “something borrowed,” she wore the pearl necklace that her mother wore on her wedding day as well as her mother’s diamond earrings.  For her “something new,” she wore a beautiful lace BHLDN bracelet that her mother bought her.  Her “something blue” was a garter crocheted by her sister (who also made the bride’s beautiful birdcage veil).  Their “something old” was their cake server which was from the bride’s parent’s wedding.  A couple more sentimental details that Jancis pulled into her wedding day was wearing her grandmother’s watch and her grandfather’s class ring which was tied to the handle of her bouquet.

I was slightly obsessed with Jancis and Jamie’s wedding reception décor – wooden farm style dining tables with Chiavari chairs, mix and match china at each place setting, pieces of vintage furniture, and tons of flowers, greenery, and succulents.  Speaking of beautiful woodwork, check out the wedding altar that the bride’s father built and the gorgeous garland on it handmade by the bride’s mother, what a talented family!

The sweet ceremony (where I cried some more happiness tears) was followed by a killer celebration.  We dined on amazing food from Pumpernickel Pickle, which I devoured before I even had a chance to photograph it.  Guests enjoyed dancing their butts off to some really great tunes courtesy of Top Notch Events.  I tried my first “West Virginia hot dog” which is a pastry kind of like an éclair from Spring Hill Bakery and it was INCREDIBLE, highly recommend.  By the end of the night we were all wearing a lifetime supply of glow sticks, we ventured out to an open field for their send-off of fireworks and a paper lantern release.

Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Flat Top Lake, Ghent, West Virginia
Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Washington, DC
Florist: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Officiant: Judge Joanna Tabit, Charleston, WV; Deacon Raymond Godwin, Elkins, WV
Hair: Kaylee Graves, Innovations Salon and Day Spa, Blacksburg, VA
Makeup: Kearston French, Bluefield, VA
Wedding Cake: Bride’s Mother, Natalie Durney
Pastries: Spring Hill Bakery, Charleston, WV and Jennah Durney, Bride’s Sister
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle, Salem, VA
Wedding Planner: Andrea Ferris, Roanoke, VA
Bride’s Wedding Band and Engagement Ring: John Cooke Jeweler’s, Charleston, WV
Groom’s Wedding Band: His late grandfather’s
Ceremony Music and Wedding Favors: Daryl Shawn, Pittsburgh, PA
DJ: Top Notch Events, Charleston, WV
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaid's Jewelry: Appalachique Jewelry by Aubrey Hostler
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Joesph A Banks, Morgantown, WV
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Transportation: Classy Limousine, Ashland, KY
Table Numbers: Carolyn Etherington
Table and Tent Rentals: Aztec Rental, Salem, VA
Beer: Big Timber Brewing, Elkins, WV
Restroom Trailer Rental: Tidy Inc, Salem, VA

Check out Jancis + Jamie's Flat Top Lake Engagement Photos too!

Joe + Mariëtte's Wedding at Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Wedding Photos

Joe and Mariëtte’s story began at Virginia Tech during the spring semester of 2012 when she was a sophomore and he was a senior.  They were in the same honors reading group that semester and decided to stay in touch after the course ended.  Frequent coffees and walks helped their friendship develop into a deeper relationship as they both moved on to complete graduate degrees.  Joe asked Mariëtte for her hand in marriage amidst falling snow at the top of a mountain while they were on a walk.  Post-wedding they’ll be living in Seattle, Washington and I’m absolutely green with envy, they might find me hiding in a box when they unpack their Uhaul!

Joe and Mariëtte’s wedding ceremony took place at the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech.  There were a couple of wedding crashers in attendance – two mallard ducks that wandered throughout the wedding party and then down the center aisle, which added an extra touch of whimsy to their garden nuptials.  Mariëtte wore a Casablanca Bridal gown purchased from Chantilly Lace Bridals in Blacksburg, Virginia and a beautiful custom purple, white, and blue flower crown made by Stonecrop Farms.  Her bouquet, also from Stonecrop Farms, was made up of snapdragons, delphinium, and rudbeckia [aka Black Eyed Susans] Joe picked up his blue suit from Suitsupply in Seattle, Washington and the bridesmaids dresses are by Paul Jones Clothing.  Their local pastor, Pastor Taylor Rollo of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony as Kevin and Elizabeth Matheson from Classic Strings Duo provided music.  At the reception, one of our mallard friends decided to crash again briefly.  The meal was catered by The Element at Mikie's 7th and was absolutely amazing [I was hungry when I wrote this blog post, hence the inclusion of tons of food photos] – grilled flank steak with Greek cucumber sauce was my favorite, but truly all of it was delicious.  Joe and Mariëtte dreamed of a wedding day where they could simply enjoy themselves, a stress free event filled with happiness, and that is exactly how it went.

Blacksburg Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, assisted by Jared Ladia
Wedding Venue: Hahn Horticulture Garden
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Chantilly Lace Bridals
Groom's Attire: Suitsupply, Seattle, Washington
Florist: Stonecrop Farm
Officiant: Pastor Taylor Rollo of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Caterer: The Element at Mikie's 7th
Engagement Ring: Goodman & Sons Jewelers, Hampton, VA
Wedding Rings: Robbins Brothers, Seattle, Washington
Violin Duo: Kevin and Elizabeth Matheson, Classic Strings Duo
Bridesmaid Dresses: Paul Jones Clothing
Invitations: InkAndVeil, California City, CA
Rentals: Aztec Rental

Blacksburg Children's Photographer

A little brotherly love and a lot of fall foliage!  I had a quick photo shoot with these cuties at the Virginia Tech duck pond before going trick or treating.  Their mom said they probably wouldn’t be willing participants in this endeavor, but since my maturity level rivals that of a 2nd grader, it was nothing but rolling around in the leaves and smiles for us.  If I’m not dirty, exhausted, with rib pain from laughing when I get home at the end of the day, then did we really even go out and take photos at all?

Sonya + Ram's Engagement Photos at Virginia Tech's Hahn Horticulture Garden

Sonya contacted me shortly after Ram asked for her hand in marriage to take some photos for their Save the Date cards.  She sent me photos of two beautiful dresses, one a vibrant pink and one that was indigo – we couldn’t decide which one was the winner so we had to use both!  The Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech provided the perfect scenic backdrop that they had envisioned – natural, but not too rustic and very romantic (hello string lights and beautiful flowers).

Little J in Her Mommy's Wedding Dress

What little girl doesn’t love playing dress up?  And the most coveted dress to play with of all time is of course your mother’s wedding gown.  Little J’s parents are Virginia Tech alumni, they returned to Blacksburg to compete in the Hokie Half Marathon and realized it was also the perfect opportunity to have photos taken!  They were married at War Memorial Chapel so I photographed Little J inside and on top of the Chapel at the Pylons.  It was freezing cold and she couldn’t even walk because her tiny frame could not maneuver in all of the beautiful layers of the gown, but the sparkle never left her eyes and the smile never left her face.  After all, it isn’t every day you get to wear your mama’s wedding dress at the very place where your parents tied the knot.  So sweet!

Lauren + Michael's Chateau Morrisette Wedding

Virginia Winery Wedding Photos

Lauren and Michael met in graduate school at University of Southern California in Los Angeles where they were both teaching sections of the same class.  He recognized her at a coffee shop on campus later on and chatted her up.  As for the proposal, one night as they were about to head to dinner, Michael asked Lauren if he could see her hand while he was holding a Band Aid.  She gave him her right hand, he said “Wrong hand”.  When she handed him her left hand, he put the Band Aid (with her favorite Disney princess, Belle from Beauty and the Beast) on her ring finger, and asked “Will you marry me?”  Obviously she said yes or we wouldn’t be here looking at photos of their gorgeous winery wedding!

All week long the weather report was threatening thunderstorms, but I made a promise to Sally at Chateau Morrsiette that I would bring the sunshine for Lauren and Michael’s wedding and I totally delivered on that promise.  It was such a gorgeous day on the Blue Ridge Parkway!  The very first time I spoke to Lauren, she told me that she and Michael wanted their wedding day to feel intimate and comfortable, as far as I could see, that vision was achieved.  It truly felt more like a warm gathering of friends and family from around the country than a typical wedding day.  How handsome is their “best dog”, Raymond the Corgi-Chihuahua in his little bowtie from Rover The Pet Boutique?  Now let’s talk about the show stopping, jaw dropping, incredible flowers from Mark Frye of Creative Occasions.  He was kind enough to send me this coveted bouquet recipe: Coral Charm Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Free Spirit Roses, Peach Stock, Pink Astilbe, Peach Hypericum berries, Green mini hydrangea, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Ilse Spray Roses, and White O’Hara Garden Roses. 

Wedding Vendor Team
Floyd, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, Assisted by Jared Ladia Photography
Venue and Catering: Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Planner: Sally Truslow of Chateau Morrisette
Florist: Mark Frye, Creative Occasions
Officiant: Kanta Bosniak
Hair: Lauren Metro, Love at First Curl LLC
Makeup: Amanda Stump McCoy, Makeup By Ravishing
Cake Baker: On The Rise Bakery
Jeweler: Fink’s Jewelers
Band: Jeff Todd and band, Roanoke, Virginia
Wedding Gown: Christos, purchased at The Wedding Atelier in New York, NY
Wedding Invitations: Minted
“Best Dog” Attire: Rover The Pet Boutique