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Thad & Jane’s Dolly Sods Wilderness Wedding

I will never be able to properly express how much I LOVE this wedding and how very proud I am to have documented it.  Thad and Jane are avid backpackers who reside in the Washington, DC area.  For their wedding weekend, it was very important for them to be immersed in nature and to go off of the beaten path – this was not merely a couple who wanted to wed in a pretty setting, but a pair of distinct individuals who truly wanted to infuse authentic nature and unspoiled territory into their love story.  I adore working with couples to whom I feel that immediate, organic connection – as if we are reading each others’ minds!  When documenting a wedding, I always incorporate architecture, random details, and slices of elements that tie into the story.  I was joyous in knowing that these two would appreciate the bumblebees, panoramic skies, and flirtatious deer peeping out from the leaves.  Jane, Thad, and I share a love of turtles and their wedding ultimately saved the life of a box turtle:  After the wedding, I went trekking out to shoot a few more flora and fauna images and spotted a lively turtle fella crossing the road in my lane.  He caught a ride with me as a I drove to a couple of settings and was then released in a state park, far from traffic, and, yes, heading in the same direction that he was originally travelling 🙂  How can you not love a wedding that is this stunning, featuring two of the best people on the planet, AND is eco/animal conscious?!!  I could literally write a novel about my experience on this weekend, so I will move along to the eagerly awaited visuals.  A HUGE thank you to Jane, Thad, and their wonderful friends and family!  And their dog, Sadie!  Now let’s reveal one of the most extraordinary nature weddings anywhere this summer:  Jane & Thad at Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest.



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  • Kathryn Joerger

    Hi! Is there anyway you could please tell me what venue is in the photographs for THAD & JANE’S DOLLY SODS WILDERNESS WEDDING? I’m looking to marry in the same area and need a venue for reception.
    Also looking for a photographer and I love your photos so much!

  • Hi Kathryn! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Jane and Thad’s wedding took place at Dolly Sods Wilderness in northeastern West Virginia. The reception took place at Canaan Valley Resort, which roughly adjoins the wilderness. This is a gorgeous and affordable area/venue with so many unique areas for photography, it would be difficult to shoot them all! Please feel welcome to contact me directly via email @ Thanks again! Melissa

  • PS – I shoot destination weddings all over – I have New Orleans, NYC, and coastal NJ on my upcoming map 🙂 Nature/eco/outdoors are my specialty – I go anywhere and everywhere 🙂

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