Jeremy + Daphne's New Year's Eve Wedding | Mountain Lake Wedding Photos

Jeremy and Daphne have been together for ages, even longer than we have been friends [which has also been a hell of a long time considering that we all went to high school together]. So, it was a huge honor to ring in the New Year photographing their Mountain Lake Lodge wedding! Mother nature gave them the wedding gift of a beautiful layer of snow atop the mountain which provided a stunning backdrop for winter wedding photos. Their ceremony was originally planned to take place by the gazebo where Baby first takes lessons from Penny in the movie Dirty Dancing, but due to the snow, we all snuggled up close inside of the Lodge to stay warm instead.

Daphne wore a beautiful long sleeve lace wedding gown with buttons down the back and the same veil and headpiece that her mother wore on her wedding day. Her bouquet was cascade style with white roses and calla lilies stretching elegantly to nearly reach the ground.  Their wedding reception took place in Mary’s Barn. It was filled with string lights and I loved their light-up marquee letters that spelled out Daphne & Jeremy over the fireplace that was behind their sweetheart table. Guests enjoyed snapping fun photos in their photo booth which was provided by Swell Booth. We all danced the night away to the amazing live band, The Ruckus until we counted down till midnight and retired back to our cabins and hotel rooms at Mountain Lake Lodge.

Wedding Vendors
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue, Lodging, + Catering: Mountain Lake Lodge
Photo Booth: Swell Booth
Musicians: The Ruckus

Mountain Lake Lodge Styled Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographer

In September, Mountain Lake Lodge hosted their annual Wedding Open House.  A few of the popular locations for weddings to be held, such as the ballroom and Mary’s Barn, were set up with vendors so couples could find their perfect wedding day team while touring their venue!  Once the open house was over, a few models arrived to have their makeup done by Jessica Hall from Glam House Day Spa and we gathered a few vendors together for a styled shoot.  We selected dresses, a jacket, earrings, and a veil from Chantilly Lace; wedding bands, engagement rings, and bracelets from Kent Jewelers; and flowers from Stonecrop Farms and Radford City Florist.  The scenic overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains provided the perfect backdrop for our photo shoot and is another beautiful location at Mountain Lake for couples to tie the knot.  I am sneaking some non-wedding related photos in here from where I got silly with the events team from Mountain Lake during the shoot.  If your professional team headshots don’t include a cheerleader pyramid then you should act up next time because real smiles are the best smiles.  I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with this fabulous group… all of the vendors and models were so much fun to hang out with and I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon than creating beautiful images with wonderful people.

Southwest Virginia Wedding Vendors

Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Venue: Mountain Lake Lodge
Bridal Boutique: Chantilly Lace
Jeweler: Kent Jewelers
Makeup: Jessica Hall, Glam House Day Spa
Florists: Stonecrop Farms [Flower crown and matching bouquet] and Radford City Florist [Pink and purple bouquet]

Derek + Sarah's Mountain Lake Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographers

Virginia Wedding Photographers | Mountain Lake Wedding Photos

Sarah and Derek met after her freshman year of college.  They have been together for nearly a decade.  He proposed to her at a winery, she was totally surprised when he popped the question!  Their wedding took place at Mountain Lake Lodge with their ceremony at the gazebo and their reception taking place at Mary’s Barn.  Sarah’s “something blue” was her wedding date embroidered into the back of her wedding dress.  Her “something old” was her grandmother’s diamond in her engagement ring.  Her “something new” was her diamond earrings.  For her “something borrowed,” Sarah held a piece of lace from her grandmother wrapped around the handle of her bouquet of red and white roses, gerbera daisies, and ferns.  Following the ceremony I was able to get the newlyweds to face their deathly fear of snakes to get some photos out in the woods.  Guests danced their butts off at the reception, if you couldn’t tell by the plethora of dancing photos.  NattieCakes in Roanoke baked their delicious marbled wedding cake.  I was happy to see that they did smash it a little bit, folks have been very polite with their cake smooshes lately and I really want to see someone get a full on Mrs. Doubtfire face full of sugar one of these days.  At the end of the night, Derek and Sarah left Mary’s Barn with a glow stick send off.

Wedding Vendors
Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Southwest Virginia Wedding Venue and Caterer: Mountain Lake Lodge
Wedding Gown: Essence of Australia from Studio I Do in Roanoke, Virginia
Officiant: Gerald Harper
Hair and Makeup Artist: Salon 700
Cake Baker: NattieCakes
Wedding Planner: Rachael Kieffer with Mountain Lake Lodge
Jeweler: Kays
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse

Elizabeth + Mohammed's Mountain Lake Wedding Photos | Virginia Wedding Photographers

Virginia Wedding Photographers | Mountain Lake Wedding Photos

Elizabeth and Mohammed were married in an intimate ceremony at Mountain Lake Lodge.  Following the ceremony, where they said vows to each other sans wedding officiant, they sawed through a log -  a German tradition.  It rained for part of the day, but luckily we were able to get out onto the beautiful grounds and woods at Mountain Lake for some photos of the bride and groom.  I love how colorful their wedding was.  Elizabeth found her light blue dress with colorful floral embroidery on Amazon, it looked so good with her red hair!  The coral, red, and orange rose petals that Mohammed spread for the wedding ceremony matched the flowers on her dress perfectly.

Wedding Vendors:
Southwestern Virginia Wedding Venue: Mountain Lake Lodge
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer