Photography, Wedding Photography, Weddings

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


Couples, Photography, Wedding Photography, Weddings

Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration

Melissa Baskette and her husband, Bill, owners of Piney Rose Designs Vintage Rentals, hosted this mid-century modern wedding styled session. Her description of the event had me at first reading: “A fun mid century modern styled session, model wearing a gorgeous vintage 60s wedding dress. Styled stations will be set up. Think vintage trailer camper and lawn flamingos in front! Colors are coral pink, teal blue, and metallic gold.” I had to be a part of this shoot!

If our models look convincing, it’s because they were engaged and this shoot was the perfect opportunity for them to practice for their own wedding day, which was only weeks away.  (As of this writing, they are now happily married!) The bride was perfectly styled in her vintage gown with expertly coiffed hair and makeup. The groom brought his own 60s vibe with white shirt, dark suit and dark rimmed glasses.

Several photographers showed up to take advantage of this wonderful event. We have all shared our photos and one of them has even been published. Seeing how each of us interpret the same setting is a bonus of photographing together at a styled shoot. I personally enjoy standing back and taking it all in, using the session to learn more about posing couples during a wedding.

I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed shooting them! ♥

Venue, Styling and Rental Pieces: Piney Rose Designs Vintage Rentals
Additional Rental Pieces: West Main Antiques and Variety Shop
Hair Stylist: Monique Short-Silva
Make-Up Artist: Hello Beautiful – Esthetics
Cakes: Wedding Cakes by MeMe (
Florals & Veil: Paula Markel