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Simply, absolutely, and 100% GORGEOUS – This one is so magnificent, I will cut to the chase and let the images speak 🙂  Special thanks to Katelyn, Elijah, their families & wedding party, Jessica Molony & crew at Adventures on the Gorge, Bessie’s Floral, The West Virginia Photo Booth Company, and  Pathway Media Productions!  As a veteran wedding photographer, AOTG has long been a favorite venue of mine – I could not possibly be more pleased to share one of West Virginia’s finest weddings of 2017!  Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Dantzler:

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Allison and JB’s wedding day at the historic Frederick Hotel in Huntington, WV beckon to a far away era – as I shot this day, I constantly felt as if we had been transported back to the 1920’s!  The Frederick is a favorite landmark of mine in my hometown and it is a glorious setting for a wedding – the interiors are authentic and stunning and the surrounding streets and sidewalks are some of the best spots ever, especially for black & white shooting.  I had the joy of working with Allison’s family in the past for her sister’s wedding at Stonewall Resort and being reunited with this group was one of the happiest days of this year!  One cannot find nicer people anywhere 🙂  And I LOVE JB’s enthusiasm for photos – many guys have to be wrangled into photos, but this one was engaged, excited, and thoroughly enjoyed the process, which is one of the best compliments that my crafty can receive.  And lets visit the color palette – the lavender and deep blue is downright dreamy.  Spurlock’s Flowers (special shout out to my dearest Matt Reynolds and crew!!!!) provided stunning arrangements and bouquets – I could not get enough of documenting these blooms!!  Shelley and Kellie of Simplicities were 5 star coordinators – these are two ladies who work hard, have tremendous attention to detail, and take absolutely perfect care of their clients during the course of a busy event.  Music by Joshua Ruby of Bravo Live is always a treat – I love seeing Josh’s smiling face anytime I arrive for event set up!  The dance floor is guaranteed to stay packed throughout the night! Speaking of the dance floor, the groomsmen had some HILARIOUS moments with props, posing, and dancing 🙂 The West Virginia Photo Booth Company kept guests in costume and having fun throughout the evening.   I have been so excited for the reveal of this vintage inspired wedding that I have butterflies – lets wait no longer for an array of my favorite moments!!  Congrats, happiness, and love to Mr. and Mrs. Lageman and to all of their family members and guests!!

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The gorgeous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV was in majestic bloom for the engagement session of Kate and Louie.  I love the happy and easy interaction of these two – Kate glows in the presence of Louie and the twinkle in his eye when he sneaks a glimpse at Kate is absolutely priceless!  I immediately felt so comfortable with this couple when we first met months ago for their wedding consultation – they are dedicated physicians who are making a difference in our community and they are genuine, fun people as well!  I could not be any more thrilled to be documenting their Charleston, WV nuptials this upcoming weekend!  A few of my favorite highlights from our afternoon at The Greenbrier:

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June 24 was a classically beautiful early summer day in Huntington, WV – a perfect backdrop for the nuptials of the lovely Jena & Jeff!  I had been looking forward to documenting this wedding since our engagement session the previous autumn.  These two are superbly down to earth, happy, and easygoing people – not to mention beautiful in front of the camera!  I had a blast hanging out with the ladies during preparations – the flower girls are some of the cutest ever!  After nuptials at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, we adjourned to Guyan Country Club for portrait ops on the grounds and a very festive reception inside the ballroom.  Chicago based duo Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos were absolutely awesome entertainers and the staff/management Guyan are some of the best people around!  I had a great time working alongside two of my favorite videographers, Abby & Nathan Saylors aka The RC Saylors.  Jena and Jeff’s friends and family were a five star group – people truly enjoyed the company of one another and danced throughout the night, a perfect celebration!  And the sparkler exit – Wow!!!!!  Some of my favorite memories of the day:

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Memorial Day weekend was a magical time at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV!  I had been looking forward to documenting the nuptials of Kassie & Tyler for over a year – these two are such appreciative, friendly, humble, and hardworking people.  Pair these excellent qualities with one of my favorite venues, plus an incredible host of family and friends and the result was a spectacular wedding weekend!  I love the special and sentimental touches of family throughout the day – this was a group of parents and siblings who truly love Kassie and Tyler and worked diligently to ensure that their time at Stonewall was absolutely perfect.  I loved the “Letters to the Bride” book that Kassie’s dearest people crafted for her – she will be able to look at these stories and well wishes decades from now and smile!  I was very impressed that even some wedding day showers did not dampen the spirits of anyone – we made great use of the beautiful covered cobblestone entry way and roamed around the resort grounds the next day for additional bride & groom footage (a super fun way to snag some wonderful location shots without wedding day time constraints!)  I could not be any happier to wish this couple the happiest of futures and unending love – thank you for collaborating with me and special thanks to all of your family and friends!!!  A few of my favorites from the weekend:

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