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


Wedding Photography

Craig & Olivia: Allandale Barn Autumn Wedding

Craig and Olivia’s October 21st wedding was everything I had hoped it would be and more. When I shot their engagement session in July, I knew their Allandale Barn wedding would be beautiful and it was perfect. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family on a beautiful, sunny day in East Tennessee.

The bride wore her great grandmother’s watch and attached a locket to her bouquet with her grandparents photograph in it. She arrived at the ceremony in her dad’s vintage Ford truck which was also featured in their engagement photos. Craig’s retired fire helmet was part of the cake table decor and every time I see it, I think of what a brave and selfless person it takes to be a firefighter.

This couple and their guests danced into the night and ended with a bubble send off before flying to Jamaica for their honeymoon. Thank you Olivia and Craig for choosing me as your photographer, and congratulations on your marriage! ♥

Venue: The Barn at Allandale Mansion
Coordinator: Denisa Harper
Hair: Lari Harper
Wedding Dress: Galina Signature at David’s Bridal 
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal 
Shoes: Corral Boots
Tuxes/Suits: Regal Tuxedo
Bouquets: Gregorys Floral
Centerpieces and Decor: Debbie Shaver
Catering: Backdraft BBQ
Cake: Patty Cakes East TN
DJ: Phantom Entertainment
Lodging: Meadowview Convention Center