Thursday, September 18, 2014

meredith + joe - pilot mountain state park engagement

last month,  i met up with meredith & joe at pilot mountain state park. they chose the park for their engagement session as they spent many of their earlier dates getting to know one another at this very location.  its such a beautiful place - so quiet and peaceful. 

when we arrived early that morning, we were the only people there other than the park rangers & groundskeepers. we were glad to be there early also because it was much cooler when we started out! we hiked a few of the trails to find some of the best views & even found a field of wildflowers. the sun wasn't in the right spot to show the knob of pilot mountain, unfortunately. however i suggested an anniversary/family session in the future in the early evening when the sun will be on the other {correct!} side! 

this coming saturday, meredith and joe will be married at tanglewood manor in clemmons, nc.  ever since i met this super sweet couple, i've been really looking forward to their big day!  it may be my birthday on saturday, but to me that means i get to eat cake twice - wedding cake AND birthday cake!  

stay tuned for wedding photos to follow in a future blog post!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2014




















Monday, August 25, 2014

blake + justin - blue ridge parkway engagement session

last fall, terry and i drove up to virginia to meet blake and justin at the entrance to the blue ridge parkway for their engagement session. we followed each other along stopping at various locations and scenic overlook areas. it was such a beautiful afternoon, relatively mild until the sun started to set and then the wind picked up. we were all chilled to the bone, once we wrapped things up!  however the location was perfect - and really suited them, as blake and justin both work for the virginia department of forestry. so naturally, they are both into the great outdoors & wanted their session to reflect that. i was thrilled when they suggested the park as a location!  they are getting married this coming weekend at king family vineyards just west of charlottesville, virginia and i can't wait to work with this fabulous couple again - they are so much fun and easy going!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2013














Wednesday, August 20, 2014

keswick vineyards wedding - laura + christian

laura & christian's wedding was held on a balmy november afternoon in one of my favorite places, keswick vineyards. laura had such a timeless look about her, her gown was so elegant with a victorian look to it.  i absolutely loved her birdcage veil and her gold sparkly shoes {and their daughter, who was also flower girl got to wear a matching pair!}.  christian looked handsome in his off-white jacket, brown trousers, bow tie & suspenders.

the bridesmaids wore a gorgeous shade of emerald green & the groomsmen wore tan & brown plaid jackets with leather elbow patches, brown slacks, & suspenders. jenny and i overheard the guys saying when they heard the news of the couple's engagement, they knew they'd get to wear the cool plaid jackets!  the guys also got to wear "special" socks - be sure to take a closer look at them in the photo below!

 the couple exchanged their vows under an arbor decorated with such gorgeous flowers. the scenic views of the vineyards & the mountains in the distance, still blanketed in fall color, made for a nice backdrop.  laura & christian did a wine box ceremony which was only fitting with their wedding festivities being held at a vineyard. i think this is such a great idea too!

after the ceremony was over, once the wedding party & family photos were complete,  i joined cindy the owner at the vineyards & the couple for photo ops around the property which is always a treat. jenny joined the guests for the cocktail hour to take some candids of the guests and of the gorgeous venue & all of the details they put their heart into. i loved the Russian nesting dolls incorporating christian's family heritage into the decor.

dinner and dancing were held under the big tent. the food was incredible, barbara of barb wired & her team kept everything running smoothly throughout the evening, and the dj rick haggard always knows how to throw a good party.  rather than a wedding cake the couple chose to cut & feed one another a donut from the carpe donut truck, which they had there onsite. jenny and i agreed this is one of the coolest things we've seen at a wedding!

the couple's daughter brielle played a big part in their day too. i loved how her highchair was placed at the sweetheart table with her parents - so, so cute! and on that note, the happy couple just welcomed their second daughter, baby girl malina, born on august 31st. congratulations to the entire family including the proud grandparents!

laura & christian's wedding was the last of 2013 for me - and what a great way to close out the year. stay tuned for our 2014 weddings coming soon - its been another busy season and we haven't even gotten through fall & the holidays yet!


venue {ceremony + reception} - keswick vineyards
celebrant - lisa rogers
caterer - 20 south catering
food truck/desserts - carpe donut
floral design - lacy's florists
wedding planner/coordinator - barb wired events
hair & makeup - studio FBJ weddings
bride's wedding gown - jeanette's bridal
music - rick haggard, DJ 
video - jillian's video productions
tent - sperry tents
thanks to jenny for co-shooting!

all images © elizabeth larson photography 2013