Oleg & Veronica: Natural Tunnel Wedding

Oleg and Veronica are a super fun couple with a love of Star Wars, Star Trek, super heroes, Game of Thrones and one other. They met at University of Virginia’s College at Wise where Oleg was an exchange student and Veronica was on the golf team.

Oleg’s proposal was one of the sweetest ever. He called Veronica to tell her that he was fixing dinner for her at his apartment after a late day at college. She knocked on his door, let herself in, kicked off her shoes and sat her book bag down – Zombielike. Veronica looked up and Oleg handed her a puppy, overwhelming her because she loves dogs so so much. Oleg said, “I bought her a little puppy collar.” Veronica looked at the collar and realizes there is a ring around it. When she looked away from the dog, Oleg was already on one knee. That’s when he asked her to marry him and, of course, she said “Yes!”

Their wedding at the Cove Ridge Center at Natural Tunnel State Park was perfect for them and their fun-loving friends. Since Oleg’s parents live in Russia and could not be there, they were connected via Skype by one of the guests. They had their laptop connected to their big screen television and had a wonderful seat.

As self-proclaimed geeks, they incorporated a lot of the things that they love into their day. Darth Vader held the pen for guests to sign the book; Veronica’s bouquet was anchored by a lightsaber; the cake toppers were Katniss Everdeen and Dean Winchester; and the cake itself was a masterpiece of sugar sculpted Millennium Falcons, a fondant dragon and Spiderman, Batman’s Gotham City and Game of Thrones. It also tasted amazing!

Sunset at the Gazebo overlooking Rye Cove provided an awesome photo opportunity to end this best day ever! Every time I look at them it makes me smile because this couple is so happy. ♥

Venue: Natural Tunnel State Park
Coordinator: Debbie Miller
Hair: Meg Stockard
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxes/Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Made By Hands Floral
Catering: Renda Keith
Cake: Jo-Rita Clayton

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Olivia + Craig = Engaged

Olivia messaged me about shooting a small engagement session at her dad’s farm in Manville with a ’50s model Ford truck, and, before we knew it, we were meeting to discuss her wedding photos as well. The farm, truck, dogs and this couple were just perfect and we had such a good time.

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Craig stood Olivia up the first time they were supposed to meet after he failed to show up at a UT football game where Olivia’s friend was going to introduce them. Olivia had plans after her Air Force career ended, was totally independent and didn’t really care.  A few months later the two started texting and finally met in person. They fell in love and had a long distance relationship for a year and a half while Olivia finished out her active duty service time.

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Craig is a firefighter and we incorporated his retired helmet into the session as a backdrop for Olivia’s gorgeous engagement ring. He proposed at the end of June and totally surprised her with the ring, as she was beginning to think he just didn’t want to get married. She thought her birthday gift was going to be something for her 4-wheeler. He did good, didn’t he?

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Hank and Sarge are the couple’s two fur babies and they braved the heat for some great photos. Can you guess which dog goes with which name?

(Hank is the Pomeranian and Sarge is the German Shepherd.)

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The farm, the truck, the sun setting for some awesome sun flare and this gorgeous couple made for some of my favorite all time engagement photos. According to Olivia, she and Craig are truly country outdoors people. They four wheel, fish, go to the lake, raise chickens, hike, camp and love their dogs!

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The love that these two have for one another can be seen so much in this session and I am looking forward to their October wedding at The Barn at The Allandale Mansion. 

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