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Nick & Sarah ⎜ Fishersville, VA Photographer

As guests arrived at Barren Ridge Vineyards, the excitement and love was tangible, taste-able. Friends and family of Nick and Sarah lingered before being seated in the rows of white wooden chairs, sometimes catching a glimpse of the wedding party. The ceremony took place among the grape vines on the first day of May. The newness of the month and the exquisite warmth echoed the celebratory atmosphere.

The reception that followed felt like a party. The new Mrs. requested “Wagon Wheel” for her new husband—a sure crowd pleaser that got everyone dancing and singing. Conversation flowed easily. Snippets of Nick and Sarah’s lives floated in the evening air. School stories were shared (Nick and Sarah were actually middle and high school classmates, before finally becoming sweethearts post-college) but the most often told story was of their engagement. Every girl sighed over the proposal setting on top of the cliffs of Hilo, Hawaii. We all knew that Nick and Sarah would be happy together: in an exotic or homey setting, in the heat of May or the chill of November, in sickness or in health. As long as they both shall live.

Matt & Annie ⎜ Blacksburg, VA Photographer

Annie & Matt were due for a picture update in their life. And of course their Mom could always use new pictures of her good looking children. Portraits are few and far in between for these siblings. After graduating from Tech, Matt moved out to Colorado—which explains why they haven’t had pictures together in four years! So celebrating Annie’s college graduation at our alma mater, Virginia Tech, we got some lovely pictures of two auh-mazing people. Make that three cause Matt’s sweet girlfriend Becky joined in too!

Dan & Ashley ⎜ Blacksburg, VA Photographer

My junior year of college my housemate, Ashley, and I shared a room. When we first moved into Hassel House (the brick house filled to overflowing with hokie girls), Ashley and I caught up on summer happenings over the boxes and whirl of the fan, well fans plural, it was miserably hot moving in! Obviously, at some point the conversation turned to boys. Ashley had spent the summer sending and receiving letters from Dan, while she was working at a Young Life camp. Her excitement and the smile that lit up her face as we chatted about him over the next few weeks, made it no surprise when their first date came later that fall. Living with Ashley was such a privilege—she is by far and away one of the sweetest girls I know. More than that, I got to see how her personal relationship with Christ changed her day-to-day life as well as affected her relationship with Dan. Looking back at those adorable nights of watching Ash debate over the perfect date outfits, coming back bouncing after holding hands, and then floating after their first kiss—it shouldn’t surprise me how perfect they are for each other. Dan and Ashley, you both are amazing and your friendship is a true blessing. Much thanks and love!