Christine + Michael's Smithfield Plantation Wedding

Michael and Christine had a beautiful fall wedding at Smithfield Plantation at Virginia Tech, we were so lucky that the trees were still so brilliantly ablaze with color.  While Christine is a Blacksburg native, I was not able to meet her until the very day of her wedding because she was out-of-state working on her graduate degree.  I loved Christine's birdcage veil which she made herself, she also handmade her bridal bouquet out of balsa wood flowers and limoncello wedding favors. 

On the morning of this wedding, I plugged Christine’s parents’ address into my GPS and headed out to take the “getting ready” shots the morning of the wedding.  When the GPS announced that I was about to reach my destination I parked behind a long line of cars.  As I walked down the long driveway with my assistant photographer, we observed an ominous-looking tree full of vultures and hoped it was not a bad sign for the day.  We were greeted half-way down the driveway and ushered quickly into the home by a friendly woman who asked to take our camera bags (a strange sign as we were there for the sole purpose of taking photos).  As we glanced around we saw signs of a baby shower and realized that in fact, we had not arrived at our destination.  Her parents’ next door neighbor was having a baby shower on the same day of their wedding and we went to the wrong house!  We ran to the correct house mortified and laughing our butts off.

This wedding was my last wedding for 2012. Kind of bittersweet, it has been a great year of weddings all over southwestern Virginia and it was fun to ring out the last one with some Revolutionary War reenactors at historic Smithfield Plantation! Another exciting surprise was that there was barbecue served, I love barbecue and I love that I’ve been able to eat it at so many weddings this year – I see a catering trend arising.

Wedding Vendors
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Historic Smithfield Plantation
Reception Location: VCOM II at Virginia Tech
Hair Stylist: Kelli at Tivon in Blacksburg
Linens: Aztec Rental
Caterer: Due South BBQ
Cupcakes and Wedding Cake: Homemade by the bride and bridesmaids
Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal
Shoes: Nina
Jewelry: Maternal grandmother’s
Wedding Favors: Homemade Limoncello

This wedding was featured on The Knot.