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]

Ann + Ian’s Claytor Lake Wedding | Southwest Virginia Wedding Photographers

Ann and Ian met at a beer festival where they were introduced by mutual friends that were dating.  He popped the question on Christmas morning.  Ann and Ian’s wedding ceremony took place at the Claytor Lake State Park Gazebo.  Their beautiful fall floral arrangements were courtesy of Stonecrop Farm in Newport.  After we were finished taking their formal photos, we took a boat to the reception at Claytor Lake’s Water’s Edge Marina where guests were lined up along the pier to welcome the newlyweds which was a first for me, more boat arrivals please!  The food was incredible; between the cake from Mockingbird Café and the amazing banana pudding from Hethwood Market I was riding a major sugar high throughout the entire reception.

Wedding Vendor Team
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Southwest Virginia Wedding Venues: Claytor Lake State Park
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Florist: Stonecrop Farm
Officiant: Derek Lester from Blue Ridge Church
Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Caldwell of Meredith’s Salon
Cake Baker: Mockingbird Café
Caterer: Hethwood Market
Jeweler: Blue Nile
DJ: EZ Entertainment
Invitations: A Little More Rosie

Erin + Eric’s Chateau Morrisette Wedding

Chateau Morrisette Winery Wedding Photos

Erin and Eric met in 2011 while they were on a camping trip.  Eric proposed on Erin’s birthday while she was sneaking another piece of birthday cake [a girl after my own heart].  Their wedding took place at Chateau Morrisette Winery with an outdoor ceremony followed by an indoor reception in the Morrisette Room.  Erin wore her grandmother’s ring and her grandmother’s blue barrette for her walk down the aisle.  She carried a gorgeous pink, orange, white, and green bouquet prepared by Stonecrop Farm with poppies, dahlias, zinnias, and more.  Their reception had games, an Elvis impersonator that serenaded each table, and ended with a sparkler exit.

Chateau Morrisette Wedding Vendors
Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue, Catering, and Wedding Planning: Chateau Morrisette
Wedding Dress: Sincerity from Sasha Babettes Gowns in Bridgeville, PA
Florist: Stonecrop Farm, Newport, VA
Officiant: Kanta Bosniak
Cake Baker: Copper Hill Cakes
Jewelry: Family Heirloom; Reeds
Bridesmaid Dresses: Sasha Babettes Gowns in Bridgeville, PA
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Warehouse


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!

Valerie + Brian's Smithfield Plantation Wedding

Wedding Photos at Smithfield Plantation at Virginia Tech

Valerie and Brian met in the summer of 2010 when they worked together at Zeppoli’s, an Italian restaurant in Blacksburg.  Brian was working in the kitchen as a cook and Valerie was working as a server as she finished up her last semester as an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech.  In August of 2014, they took a vacation to Acadia National Park in Maine.  Brian proposed when they went to see the sun rise on Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East coast and the first place that the sun touches on the East coast at sunrise.

Valerie is a huge Harry Potter fan, I was so excited when her officiant, Dianne Friedman, incorporated a Dumbledore quote into the ceremony that I had her email me over that portion so I could include it in this blog post:

As Albus Dumbledore said to Harry Potter, speaking of the power of love: “There is a room in the  Department of Mysteries that is kept locked at all times. It contains a force that is at once more wonderful and more terrible than death, than human intelligence, than the forces of nature. It is also, perhaps, the most mysterious of the many subjects for study that reside there. It is the power held within that room that you possess in such quantities and which Voldemort has not at all." [Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]

Wedding Vendors
Blacksburg, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Wedding Venue: Historic Smithfield Plantation
Wedding Gown: Melissa Sweet from David's Bridal
Florist: Stonecrop Farms, Newport, Virginia
Officiant: Dianne Friedman
Hair and Makeup: CharMarie Salon
Cake Baker: Our Daily Bread
Caterer: Two Trees Catering, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
DJ: DJ Wayne Vaught, Rich Creek, Virginia
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal Versa Dress
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse
Invitations: Zazzle.com