Mark & Ashley: A Mountain Elopement Shoot | Ravens Roost | Virginia Wedding Photographer

It's been sitting in my "edited" box for months. I keep wanting to share it but the opportunity hadn't presented itself until now... when spring is upon us. Therefore, I want to share some warm, sunshine sunset shots up on a mountain to make your mouth water.

Ashley & Mark were married back in June 2017 and shortly after their wedding, we decided to make a trip to Raven's Roost to take adventurous pictures in their wedding attire. BRILLIANT IDEA. With a little bit of a drive & no hike involved, I was able to be in the middle of those gorgeous blue mountains without working so hard for it like I normally do when hiking McAfee Knob. Let me tell you, I'll gladly make that drive for this view (and I think everyone else would too). When we arrived, the overlook was packed but when a bride walks up in her dress, people tend to move out of your way pretty quickly and watch from the sidelines.

The snuggled, they danced and that veil was an adventure in itself but, it was worth every bit of hassle for the final rays of sunshine that kissed their cheeks. And that dress.... UGH! Ashley's silk slip dress with a lace overlay from Allure complimented her cathedral veil and Mark's navy blue suit for a summer's eve. There's nothing like the golden glow from a Blue Ridge Mountain sunset and this shoot proves it.

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Bill & Davi: A Foggy Mountain Top Proposal | McAfee Knob | Virginia Proposal Photographer

Y'all, I honestly don't know how to put Bill & Davi's McAfee Knob proposal into words. Every time I try to write something, I end up erasing it because it's not good enough.

To start, I first heard from Bill like most of my proposal inquiries, through email. He & Davi live in Northern Virginia and were planning on traveling a couple of hours to hike the majestic McAfee Knob, while also spending the rest of their weekend in Roanoke, Virginia. Little did we know though... that the weather was not going to cooperate with us the day we had planned. Though the rain started to pour & the fog seized to lift, we started our separate treks up the mountain towards a cloudy, wet abyss. 

The entire way up, the fog would clear at times & then thicken again. I have to point out, having my brother come hike with me last minute was a great idea because it was like scene from a horror movie. The woods were gorgeous and green but, you add mud & fog into that beautiful picture and it paints a very scary situation. When we finally arrived to the top though, we were soaking wet, freezing cold and the knob was barely visible at times. The fog varied at times to where you could see it for a couple of seconds & then the next, it had disappeared into the mist. Needless to say, this was the first time I had ever been to the summit alone (except my brother) & absolutely no view!

Bill & Davi made it to the top shortly after we did and my mind started to panic. "I have a camera, they hiked in the rain to the most beautiful view (with NO view) & we are the only people on this rock! She's going to know!! How do I hide while also getting pictures through the ferociously thick fog?!" But Bill couldn't wait long enough for me to even hide... Within seconds of being up there, he popped the question! It was perfect & it was definitely worth it! I've once heard the quote, "it's not about the view but about the journey" and I have to agree. Bill & Davi, I hope that you have many more journeys like this to come!

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