Suppose you were to ask me to tell you one of the first words that came to mind when I think about weddings, and more importantly marriage. What would it be? Adventure. Since beginning my whirlwind love affair with shooting weddings, I’ve been given many opportunities to look back on my own marriage and think about everything we’ve been through since the day we said, “I do”. My husband and I are closing in on our 10th anniversary this May, and one of the greatest parts of being married is embarking on this incredible adventure with someone you love. Every year that goes by, there are new beginnings and new experiences we get to go through together, and this adventure is part of the inspiration for a boho, waterfall wedding styled shoot that I am SO excited to share with you today!
This shoot was simply a dream. One that Holly Burton and I conjured up over coffee in a dainty little shop in Rocky Mount, and together we drew up this crazy, beautiful idea. Bohemian, jewel-toned details. Pops of fuschia, purple, and teal. Wildflowers. An adventurous couple.
And one of Virginia’s beautiful waterfalls.
A waterfall wedding? I know I’d be all for it! Oh, if my husband and I were doing this all over again…
I knew the perfect couple, too. They are adventurous, they are spontaneous, they love the outdoors…and they have a gorgeous love. When I went to them, hinting at being our models for the shoot, they immediately said yes, and as if fate stepped in, they even had private access to the perfect waterfall. And it wasn’t until we pulled up to the location that day did I realize it was the same waterfall I took my husband to for our second anniversary. How about that.
After a few months of collaboration, we had the perfect team of wedding vendors and an incredible shoot ready to go. As we hiked up on the private side of the falls, we hiked up over some rocks and knew we had found the perfect spot to shoot. Holly and I looked at each other, and our jaws dropped. After weeks of rain, the falls of Falling Spring in Covington, Virginia were not disappointing. It was roaring, gorgeous, and everything we had hoped for. Exactly what I pictured for a waterfall wedding here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
And an adventure it was. (A huge shout to my husband for taking that incredible aerial shot of Falling Spring!)
A huge, huge, huge thank you to Jordan and Austin for being such incredible friends, for spending a Saturday with us, and for braving one crazy cold, windy day for me. I am truly thankful for friends like you. Another humongous thank you goes to my husband, who spent his Saturday carrying camera gear, driving, and helping Holly and I with our “fake” waterfall wedding. Haha! (Shall I get mushy and gush over you and tell you how much I love you!?!?)
And now for this incredible team of wedding vendors that I would recommend to any of you in a heartbeat. I gave you all a few ideas and a color palette with which to go wild. To go with what you envisioned for this shoot, and honestly, it could not have turned out more crazy beautiful than it did. You all have amazing talent, and I am beyond thankful for your help in this. I love you all!
Hair & Makeup Artist // Makeup By Holly B (Holly Burton)
Floral Design // Elle Emme Floral Atelier (Lindsay Brown)
Wedding Gown Boutique // AmRhein’s Brides & Formals (Lindsay Brown)
Wedding Gown Designer // Maggie Sottero
Catering // Pumpernickel Pickle (Sarah Pendleton)
Cake Designer & Desserts // For The Love of Sweets (Aleisha Daniels)
Tablescape, Chairs, & Linens // Pumpernickel Pickle (Sarah Pendleton)
Wedding Invitation Suite & Branding // Ribbon & Ink (Katie Durski)
Jewelry // Initial Outfitters (Shari Martin)
Axe Lapel Pin // Wertz Natural (Justin Wertz)
Groom’s Attire // Express Men