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!
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!
This was my first chance to take Virginia Tech graduation photos for one of the members of the Hokie cheerleading squad! We started out at Amber’s favorite bar, Big Al’s, made our way around campus from the iconic Virginia Tech sign on Main Street to Burruss Hall. Amber is very outdoorsy, so we found a more rural feel out at Heritage Park with fields of grain and an old barn. We went back to campus to meet up with Amber’s cheer partner for some stunts then wrapped it all up on the Pylons in front of Torgersen Bridge.