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Hope + Kirk: Shenandoah Mountains Engagement | Virginia Adventure Wedding Photographer

January 8, 2018

Hope and Kirk’s Shenandoah National Park engagement session was just breathtaking.

There’s something completely captivating about the time I spend in the Shenandoah mountains. The feeling of being so small amidst the grand beauty of these mountains – there are really no words to describe it. To get out and enjoy it in the winter gives you a whole new perspective. The vast, bare ridgelines, the cold, clean air, the gorgeous warm hues of dormant trees and dried grasses. It’s entirely different from the normally lively green that blankets them most of the year.

Then add in a couple like Hope and Kirk.

Bring them to a place as breathtaking as the Shenandoah mountains, capture their excited, sweet love with this grand beauty surrounding them, and you have something so incredibly magical that you find yourself staring at your computer screen going, “when can I go back!?” Right now. Let’s just go.

Hope and Kirk met 8 years ago as freshmen in college, and during our 4-hour coffee date, Hope told me that through the relationships she’d found herself in, Kirk always took the time to wish her a happy birthday. It wasn’t until about two years ago, when they reconnected, that everything fell into place. Hope is an occupational therapist and Kirk is a special education teacher, and though life kept them busy, what started as a friendship turned into what was meant to be. Hope gushes over Kirk and his family, and it’s simply beautiful to watch her light up when she does. “He’s so easy to love!” She spoke about his momma and his family and how she adores them. And when I asked what she envisioned for their wedding day, she immediately responded that Kirk was what she’s looking forward to the most. The start of their forever.

Of course, we talked about their engagement session, and she looked at me and explained that they had to have the mountains.

Well, then you get the mountains.

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You guys, I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have been introduced to such amazing people. Hope and Kirk, I’m so grateful to have couples like you in my life, and I cannot WAIT for your wedding day!!!

Hope and Kirk will be celebrating their wedding day at Oakhaven Properties in Pelham, North Carolina this June!! Stay tuned!!!

  1. Abbi Hearne

    January 8th, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Wow these are so gorgeous! I love how you handle harsh light. And that blue hour is stunning!!

  2. melissadurham

    January 8th, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you so much, Abbi!! Hearing that from you makes my YEAR! I used to be so afraid of harsh light, but sometimes it’s completely unavoidable, especially when your background is as beautiful as this! So, I just go with it now. (And Hope’s eyes are just PA-POW! so that helped, too! lol)

  3. Meri

    January 8th, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    these are gorgeous! i love that you can see her breathe! bbrrrr!

  4. melissadurham

    January 8th, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    RIGHT!?! All three of us loved that we could see her breath when they were dancing! (And thank you!!)

  5. maggie

    January 8th, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    3 outfit changes oh my gosh they are stylish!!! these are beautiful. you nailed that harsh light!

  6. melissadurham

    January 8th, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you so much, Maggie! I loved that Hope wanted to switch her casual outfits up – it definitely helped give them a variety of looks!

  7. savannah

    January 8th, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I always forget that there’s mountains out East! What a lovely Shenandoah national park engagement session.

  8. melissadurham

    January 8th, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    !!!!!! Then you need to come shoot out here!! Our mountains are different for sure, but they’re gorgeous!!

  9. Jessica

    January 8th, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    This Shenandoah National Park engagement session is so well done! I love the outfit changes and they look like such a lovely couple!

  10. Jessica Christie

    January 8th, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    That babe is hair goals for sure!! And I am obsessed with her fur in the last set! Amazing work!

  11. melissadurham

    January 9th, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Girl, she’s just goals. LOL I love her to death. The fur is actually her grandma’s and it worked PERFECTLY with her dress, didn’t it!?

  12. Cambria L Shelley

    January 8th, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    these are stunning!! I’ve never been to Virginia but now I’m dying to go- you killed it!

  13. melissadurham

    January 9th, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Thank you so much, Cambria! Virginia is definitely a beautiful state, and our mountains are definitely gorgeous! (You should see them in the fall at peak!!!)

  14. Melissa

    January 9th, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Hope’s eyes are so piercing! They’re just amazing. And I haven’t ever been to the Shenandoah mountains but I have always wanted to go. Gorgeous work!

  15. melissadurham

    January 9th, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Aren’t her eyes GORGEOUS!?! And she’s SUCH a sweetheart! As far as the mountains go, Shenandoah National Park is a MUST. Unbelievably beautiful!

  16. sydney

    January 9th, 2018 at 7:24 am

    What a gorgeous engagement session at Shenandoah National Park!

  17. melissadurham

    January 9th, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Thank you so much!

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