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Life Is Better with You – Jen & Jeff’s Magical Wedding at Melrose Caverns

“Woah, woah, life is better with you. Woah, woah, life is better with you.” – Michael Franti.

If you really want the ear bug from this song, take a listen here. This was the song that Jen and Jeff played for their first dance. The cutest, sweetest first dance ever. And now that you’ve listened (and if you haven’t, go listen, because it’s awesome!!) and can hear it in your head, it’s seriously the perfect soundtrack for their magical day.

When I met Jen and Jeff back in January and then again for their engagement session I could feel their magical vibe right away. And their wedding at Melrose Caverns just outside of Harrisonburg, VA a few weeks ago had not only their magic but the love and magic of their friends and family. Think unicorns, dragons, crystals, sparkles, special momentos and a mystical venue! What an amazing day.

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All the incredible floral arrangements, boutonnieres, fans and other details didn’t come from a florist. They were hand made, just like all of the other decor, by family and friends.

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Each layer of this cake had special significance. It was also made by a family member. If I recall the bottom layers were in remembrance of beloved family and the top layer signified all the possibilities for the future. And how about the unicorn and dragon on top! And I had a slice of that cake. Let’s just say I’ve been craving more since then!

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All weddings are special for me. I always feel so honored that the couple wants me to capture their day for them. This one was a little more special because my own husband was second shooting for me! We got to work our own magic together. More magic!! And fun. Because the couple and their friends and family were that much fun. There were no nerves, no drama, just joy and tons of love.

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The ceremony was performed by a friend and every word had so much meaning. She even had them place seven crystals, each with a different meaning and significance toward their union, into a special box.

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Loved their little dance down the aisle and the path after the ceremony! Loved it!

This was also one of the larger bridal parties I’ve worked with and can I just say how awesome they were! Sometimes it takes a while to get all those portraits after the ceremony. They were patient and SO easy to work with. What absolutely wonderful people. And of course the officiant blew some magic fairy dust onto the couple!

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And then reception fun. So much reception fun. And Jen and Jeff changed outfits for reception shenanigans. Loved the sparkles on her second dress,his hat and both of their light up shoes!

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Oh and it might have been a little hot that day! Hence the Marilyn Monroesque shot:)

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Congratulations Jen and Jeff! I wish all the magic from your special day to continue every day for the rest of your lives!

 

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Wine Adds a Smile to Friendship and a Spark to Love | Paradise Springs Winery Wedding

“Wine adds a smile to friendship and a spark to love.” – Edmondo de Amicis

That quote needs no explanation. Obviously. The smiles, friendship and sparks of love are all in these images from Vicky and Rob’s wedding held at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA.

Vicky and Rob met at Paradise Springs where Rob is the head winemaker. So it was the most natural choice for them to step into their journey together as husband and wife here. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon with an amazing backdrop, vows at sunset and a rocking reception with a LOT of super fun people.

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Not to mention a gorgeous couple!

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A meaningful ceremony and then onto reception shenanigans!

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I may or may not have been having as much fun as the guests while I was working. Ok, I definitely was. I love watching what’s happening on the dance floor and catching the fun and energy. And I LOVE it when people engage with me. Those always make such fun images. So, yeah, get up in my face!

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Somewhere along the line one of the props from the photo booth made it inside and oh yeah! I wish I could remember what song was playing!

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And who doesn’t love some air guitar!!

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Here’s to Vicky and Rob! Thank you SO much for allowing me to capture your special day. I’m so blessed to have met you and I wish you all the best in your new life together.

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And all of this awesomeness was made possible by some amazing vendors!

Venue: Paradise Springs Winery

DJ: Randy Richmond from Bialeks Music

Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery

Wedding Gown: Casablanca from White Swan Bridal

Hair & Makeup: Steph and Sondra at Bridal Artistry

Flowers: Twinbrook Floral

Caterer: R and R Catering

Photo Booth: Facetime Photo

 

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