Having shot the engagement session for Mark and Amanda, I was eager to capture their wedding day and that day finally arrived.
They chose the charming Shenandoah Woods in Stanley Virginia with the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop of their ceremony.
Mark and Amanda took full advantage of the Shenandoah Woods property by renting their cabins to accommodate the bridal party, using the Pavilion for their rehearsal dinner, and the Scenic Pond for their First Look and group photos.
We joined the couple as they were prepping for their big event. Amanda and Mark were both very excited to meet for their First Look. Their faces lit up to see one another.
The bridal group mirrored their energy, as you can see from their group pictures. They even brought their dog into the session.
One of the most touching moments prior to the ceremony was the Father of the Bride’s expression when he saw his daughter in her gown. The bridesmaids had hidden her while he approached her for a big reveal; he was moved to tears.
It was a beautiful moment. The Ceremony Bench at the Pavilion looks out onto an idyllic farm cornfield. Their ceremony was short and meaningful. The Page County Sherriff, John Thomas, presided over their union.
One of the great things about the Pavilion is that it is delightful on its own and allows itself to be customized for a more rustic or elegant affair. The venue was decorated with the couple’s own personal touches using the West Virginia Old Gold and Blue colors as well as a matching array of flowers by The Art of Occasions. Hank’s Smokehouse catered a fantastic spread of Southern BBQ.
Every wedding is unique, individualized by the couple holding the celebration. I am especially moved when those personalized touches show the special bonds between the families. For Mark and Amanda, this included a few special gifts from the family to the couple. Mark’s family and a close family friend were able to incorporate his grandmother’s spirit through a handmade bouquet.
They used her collection of brooches to create a sparkling bouquet for Amanda. Not only did Mark’s family make a special gesture to them, Amanda’s family also built an arch to frame their ceremony. It is those acts of love that make weddings unforgettable. Not only was their day a celebration of the love they have for one another but also where they learned to love so deeply; from the example set forth by their families.
The couple surrounded by their family and friends danced the night away on a very comfortable Shenandoah evening and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.