Wedding Photography

Manville Community Center: Chad & Emily’s Fun Family Wedding


Chad and Emily were married at a unique location in Manville, VA, the Manville Community Center, which was a Gate City area high school many years ago. It is an integral part of the community where Chad grew up and his family plays an important role in raising money for the updates that have taken place the past few years. The community all came together and made the valley feel even more like home to Emily. She looks forward to their children knowing that they were married there and their connection to it.

The couple met five years ago when they both worked at Pal’s, a local fast food restaurant well known throughout the area. It took a while though because Chad worked dayshift and Emily worked nights. According to Emily, she was totally into him but he wasn’t so sure about her and thought that she was crazy! She must have done something right though because he kept every single note that she left him at work.

Chad says that he feel in love with Emily when they were swinging in the park and she almost fell but caught herself. Swinging at their wedding was coincidental but pretty neat after I discovered this fact when I was gathering information for their post. For Emily, it was when Chad was telling her a story on their first date and laughed. It was such a real laugh that it made her realize how easily she could fall in love with him. She says that he has a heart of gold and makes her a better person every single day.

Chad is an only child and has a very close relationship with his parents. He used his dad’s wedding ring during the ceremony and now wears it to connect their two marriages. It is a wonderful loving symbol of the happy marriage that his parents have and the love that they have for one another, their son and new daughter.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your love story! ♥

Venue: Manville Community Center
2nd Shooter: Wanderlust Imagery, Ginger Gilmer
Hair: Shear Love Hair Studio, Staci Taylor
Makeup: Cori Baker
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Moon Tuxedo
Flowers: Made by Hands Floral
Catering: Smoke-n-Pig’s Stillhouse
Cake: Sam’s Club


Bridal Session, Photography

Latosha’s Allandale Mansion Bridal Session

A bridal session is such a great way to prepare for your wedding day. Consider it a dress rehearsal and a chance to see what works and does not work. It is also another opportunity to wear your beautiful dress, and what bride doesn’t love that?

I loved going to beautiful Allandale Mansion for Latosha’s bridals because it is such a classic place to shoot this important session. Inside the mansion and outside on the grounds give a wide variety of choices for portraits. Her mother and matron of honor were there to fluff her gown and veil plus get a first look of all the gorgeousness.

Latosha asked me to hold off on sending the link to the final images to her mom because she gifted a canvas from the session to her on her wedding day. It was an emotional moment! We also took a similar photograph of one of the pictures of her groom, Rafael, on their wedding day so she can have a canvas grouping of the two.

I am looking forward to editing the wedding and sharing with everyone in a few weeks! It was amazing! ♥

Dress: David’s Bridal, Knoxville