Blacksburg Wedding Photographer | Brooke + Joe's Backyard Wedding

Brooke and Joe held an intimate country rustic themed wedding ceremony in their back yard.  It was filled with giant, beautiful sunflowers and equally brilliant smiles despite the downpour that happened during the reception [which was quite a hit with their young daughter].  A little ways down the road from their wedding is a big red barn and even more sunflowers, the owners were kind enough to let us use the property as a gorgeous backdrop for their photos.

Joe proposed to Brooke by making a list of stops that included the place where they first met, first date, first kiss, and the hospital where their daughter was born.  He had Brooke’s friend drive her to around to each location and at every stop there was a friend or family member with a rose and a card for her.  The last stop was the duck pond where all of her friends and family were waiting to watch the proposal!

Wedding Vendors
Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Sunflowers which were grown by the groom’s mother
Officiant: Bill Brown
Hair: Sharmelle at Shear Mellagance Salon in Radford
Wedding Cake: Our Daily Bread
Cupcakes: BubbleCake
Wedding Rings: Zales

Vendor Feature: Stonecrop Farm, Florist in Newport, Virginia

I first fell in love with Stonecrop Farm when I saw them at the Blacksburg Farmers Market.  Like the true creeper that I am, I secretly took photos of the beautiful organic flowers they grew in my outings to the market [those are the ones at the tippy top of this post].  Finally we ended up actually working some weddings together - Jordan and Justin’s Beliveau Estate Winery Wedding, Valerie + Brian's Smithfield Plantation Wedding, Ina + Alfred's Virginia Tech Wedding at Hahn Horticulture Garden, and I believe there might be a couple more that I haven’t yet blogged.  I loved working with Gwynn so much, she is so laid back, sweet, and easy to talk to so I asked if I could come by and visit Stonecrop Farm in person to take some photos and she obliged and was kind enough to also answer some questions for me that might help you in your wedding planning journey:


Please tell me about yourself and Stonecrop Farm?

Bert and I met this fabulous guy in 1997 that was about to quit his job and start a farm.  This was a crazy notion… that you could just “become” a farmer at age 30 especially if you didn’t grow up on a farm.  Shortly after that we moved so that I could go to graduate school and Bert got his first job on a farm.  Another farm job followed that one and the next.  After several moves he finally decided he knew enough to run his own show.  We moved to his parents land here in Giles County and I became his intern.  That was 2003.


When and how did you get started in the flower business?

That first farm job that Bert landed was on a flower farm and the knowledge and interest stayed with him.  We grew flowers alongside the vegetables to bring more beauty and beneficial insect.  Then we started making and selling bouquets.  The flower part of the business has just kept growing as demand continues to increase the competition in the vegetable business becomes more threatening.


What is your favorite part of floral design for weddings?

I love a new challenge.  This past July we needed to create something for the stone hearth at Chateau Morrisette and — based on a Pinterest photo — we invented the flower waterfall.  I love being given free reign and a large color palette.  I also love getting to know my clients and then creating something that feels like it’s a great match for the bride.  Yesterday’s wedding creations were for a chef and pastry chef.  This very food oriented wedding inspired Bert to add peppers to the arrangement for the arbor.  And we snuggled asparagus spears into the bridal bouquets. 


What are some of your favorite flowers?

There’s something so exciting in every new season.  I love ranunculus and tulips in the spring and dahlias in the summer and fall.  This year delphinium belladonna bellamossa won our hearts.  The color is absolutely stunning and it still flowered even though it was drowning in the weeds.  Then there are sweet little additions like scabiosa, gomphrena, and nigella that really set our flowers apart from a florist arrangement


Do you have any favorite trends for wedding flowers?

I love the loose garden style that’s gaining interest. 


How would someone go about booking you for their wedding?

A phone call or email will start the process.  We sit down with clients and start the conversation, learning about their celebration and the styles that catch their attention.  We’re getting a lot of requests for 2017 weddings already, which is wonderful, but really tricky to fit in because we still have plenty more weddings for the 2016 calendar year.

[Why yes, this blog post should have happened about 6 months ago!  I’m caught red handed at letting the blogging slide again]


Do you have any tips or advice for couples who are currently in the wedding planning process?

If you’re not hiring a coordinator, find someone that is willing to help you out that can be your flower point person.   You don’t want to hire us to come early and install your pieces and hand off your bouquets AND stay until grandma arrives to hand her that wrist corsage.  Get someone that knows your friends and family to take charge of a few last minute flower responsibilities.


Anything else you’d like to add?

Pinterest has been great for putting lots of great ideas out there for brides to consider as their designing their celebration.  Remember that flowers like — and need — to be in water.  Those blossoms scattered loosely here and there look wonderful for a twenty minute photo shoot.  Not an afternoon in the sun and a long evening of celebration. 


Thank you Gwynn and Bert for your hospitality and for taking the time to answer my questions!  Here’s where you can find more of Stonecrop Farm: Website, Facebook, and Instagram and you can go visit them in person at the Blacksburg Farmers Market!

Blacksburg Maternity Portrait Photographer | Charmaine + Bryan

Charmaine is one of the most beautiful, talented, and sweetest people I have ever met.  She is the owner of CharMarie Salon in Christiansburg [check out the vendor feature I did shortly after her shop opened a couple of years ago] and one of my favorite beauty gurus of all time.  I discovered her through Twitter years ago and we were able to team up for some glamour photos [she did hair and makeup for Taylor’s glamour portraits and Ladonna’s glamour portraits], a boudoir session, and a “garden party” inspired styled shoot.  It is always an honor to work creative girlboss masterminds like her.

When Charmaine announced that she and her super sweet and supportive husband Bryan were going to have a little one I was so excited, I insisted on taking some maternity photos for her.  Despite the fact that she herself is a total creative genius, she was kind enough to let me take the lead and do the planning for her photo session.  I made her a couple of flower crowns – one of purple, blue, and green lacecap hydrangeas and one of pink and green spray roses and we ventured up to Mountain Lake in Pembroke, Virginia where Dirty Dancing was filmed.  A couple weeks before the shoot I had spotted the perfect little thicket of ferns for this radiant goddess.  Thank you Charmaine for trusting my vision and allowing me to commemorate this extra special time in you and Bryan’s lives!

Julianne + Adam’s Keswick Vineyards Wedding Photos

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer | Julianne + Adam’s Keswick Vineyards Wedding Photos

Julianne and Adam were married at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia on a bright summer day in July.  Julianne’s accessories were especially sentimental, her necklace and earrings are her grandmother’s 50th anniversary set and her garter was not only worn by Julianne’s mother on her wedding day, but it also is made from lace from her grandmother’s wedding gown.  Julianne wore a beautiful mermaid style wedding dress with lace overlay; the bridesmaids wore mint green sleeveless bridesmaid dresses; and the groom and groomsmen wore grey suits. 

This was my first visit to this particular venue and I was completely blown away by the beautiful property that was packed full of perfect locations for photographs, there was even a pool that was to die for.  Julianne and Adam’s eclectic wedding decor and bright, colorful flowers from Irvington Spring Farm further enhanced the scenery.  After the ceremony came the festivities where guests enjoyed wine from Keswick Vineyards, playing corn hole, trying to outsmart the jumbo Jenga set, taking photos in a photo booth handmade by the groom, and busting a move to Beyonce’s “Formation” followed by a sparkler send-off.

Charlottesville Wedding Vendors
Charlottesville, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, assisting for Corey Watkins of Skyryder Photography
Venue: Keswick Vineyards
Caterer: Southern Inn Catering
Florist: Irvington Spring Farm
Desserts: SweetHaus
Hair and Makeup: Briana B. Adams
DJ: Ricky Morris
Musician: Adam Carter
Officiant: Evan Wolfe
Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

2016 Christmas Mini Sessions

I don’t do a lot of mini sessions anymore, but since I had received quite a few inquiries for holiday photos and it was getting so late in the year that otherwise I’d never fit everyone in, I caved this year.  I’m so glad I did too, I love how these all turned out and I had so much fun with all of these families.  Jody the uber-talented mastermind from The Moss & Rose made me this GORGEOUS Anthropologie inspired wreath that was huge and so beautiful and the rest of the goodies I brought from home for two days straight of marathon holiday photos.