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Tashia + David {wedding} Confluence Resort, WV — Part 2

And here is Part 2 of Tashia and David’s amazing “bohemian/romantic with modern touches” wedding!  If you missed yesterday’s post, Part 1, go there first to read the full story of this West Virginia wedding day.

After Tashia and David exchanged wedding vows and sped by in their awesome Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle, we met them just down the road, back a lane, and in the woods, at their very own 5-acre plot of land.  Future plans for them are to build a home there and it truly is a beautiful space.  A group photo with said motorcycle.

Tashia and her bridesmaids.

David and his groomsmen.

The wedding party.  This group was one fun bunch!


When we were driving in towards the resort, we passed this field and knew that the resulting photos would be breathtaking.  (Though we were all picking seeds out of our shoes afterwards!)

And they had absolutely no qualms about driving that motorcycle into the field.

The evening light was so pretty and perfect.

A few more pictures with the antique car.

Everyone had such a great time that day!

Down the hill from the tent, there’s a pavilion and a barn.  They set up lots of spaces for people to mingle, hangout, and just have a great evening.  The typewriter….their guest book….and what a fabulous idea it was!

The barn had a bar outside and space inside for music and dancing.

Tashia and David’s reactions to the toasts. :)

Drinks, cakes, and other assorted yummy desserts.

They even had a bonfire.

The Patrick Sweany Band, out of Nashville.

And then everyone danced the night away.

Thank you Tashia and David!  Your wedding day was phenomenal!

Tashia + David {wedding} Confluence Resort, WV — Part 1

This wedding is what dreams are made of….LOVED every minute of it!  (Except for getting a speeding ticket on the drive over there.  Can that be a business tax write-off?  Ha!)  Anyway, Tashia contacted me early last year telling me that she and David were planning their wedding and it would to be held at the Confluence Resort in West Virginia.  (The venue is in Fayette County, near the New River Gorge and Fayetteville.)  And if you know nothing about this area, then I will tell you that the natural beauty is absolutely amazing!  Tashia also said that they were going for a “bohemian/romantic with modern touches” theme and I was very excited about everything!

Tashia and David had a sort of running joke that it was my job to make sure to take a photo worthy of the cover shot for WV Weddings magazine.  A picture from their friends’ wedding made the cover a couple of year ago, and they were determined to do even better.  Only a little friendly competition. :)  Well, even though we did not make the cover, I’m so proud and completely honored that Tashia and David’s wedding and RubySky Photography were still chosen to be featured (see their feature here) in the 2013 issue of WV Weddings magazine!!!  And actually, the editors chose one of our photos as one of ten “Cover Finalists” (the photo below), so we were so very close!  The close-up shot of the girls’ bouquets was also chosen to be included in the “Wedding Wows” section, under “bridesmaid bouquets”.  And….their wedding was chosen as an “Editor’s Pick”!  Yay!

It has been quite some time since I have split up a wedding on this blog into Part 1 and Part 2, but this wedding warranted just that.  There are just too many photos that I want to share….  So that means that you need to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of Tashia and David’s wedding!

The dress:  BHLDN’s Greenhouse Gala gown.

The vintage necklace:  a 1940′s-era silver bib necklace (a gift from David).

The shoes and the vintage brooch:  Yeah, about that brooch, it accidentally made it’s way back to Virginia in my camera bag and I had to mail it to her!  I’m so sorry again, Tashia!

The stunning location of Tashia and David’s “First Look”.  The beautiful mountains of West Virginia!

I love this moment of pure happiness.

They are so fun and sweet together.

LOVE these two shots.

DIY bouquets, made by Tashia’s friend.

The tented cocktail hour and dinner location.

“Welcome drinks” at the Cherri Bluff Overlook.

The ceremony site.  David painted Pablo Neruda’s poem, “The Queen”, on a six-foot canvas for their ceremony backdrop.

Tashia and her father arrived at the ceremony in a classy vintage Chevy.

This makes me smile.

I love a wedding with laughter.  And lovely light.

Their friend officiated the ceremony.  She was going to place her notes inside an old book, but the book was falling apart.  The next best thing….a cookbook!

Just a normal exit from their ceremony and then, “SURPRISE!”

LOVE.  LOVE.  LOVE.  They sped by their guests in a replica vintage Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle!!!

And that is only Part 1 of this amazing wedding.  There’s even more awesomeness, so please check back tomorrow! :)

Weddings Unveiled Magazine — Fall 2012 Issue {published}

Look at the loveliness that I found in my mailbox earlier this week — an envelope containing copies of the Fall 2012 issue of Weddings Unveiled Magazine:  The finest resource for inspired wedding style!  Weddings Unveiled is a gorgeous magazine and we were graciously invited to advertise in their publication.  First, the beautiful cover photo by Brooke Thomas of Weddings Unveiled.

And here is our lovely ad — it turned out so well!  (We’re on page 119 and many thanks to our lovely bride, Kim!)

Go out and get a copy today, or at least take a look through their on-line magazine….So much beauty in one place!

Ayame + Carling {elopement wedding} The Homestead

I first received an e-mail from Ayame saying that she just loved our work and that our style was just what she was looking for for her wedding!  And….they were having a non-traditional wedding — eloping at The Homestead luxury resort and spa in Hot Springs, Virginia!!!  How fun and exciting, and especially intriguing, as this would be my first time photographing an elopement wedding.  I was so very honored to be chosen to photograph their wedding day!

Ayame and Carling are from opposite ends of the country and they met while both working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  And now they currently live in New Orleans, so this was also a destination wedding for them.  They previously took a short vacation trip to The Homestead and knew that it was the perfect location for them to get married.  The Homestead is so classy and timeless, as are Ayame and Carling, but they also brought a joy and playfulness that was so refreshing to witness.

The view of the mountains was breathtaking, but more pictures of their ceremony later in this post….

I met Carling in the Crystal Room of the resort and he waited in anticipation of seeing his bride for the first time.

Ayame looked GORGEOUS!

They exchanged gifts before their ceremony.  This image of Carling is a peek into his personality and the great fun that these two share together.

A watch for Carling and earrings for Ayame.

I will say it over and over….Ayame was absolutely stunning!!!  And LOVE her dress and shoes!

This is such a pretty ballroom.

A few photos out on the front porch….

And I must say that I loved Carling’s bow tie. :)  My grandpa used to wear bow ties for special occasions and it always touches my heart when I see one being worn.

Pretty, pretty hair accessory too.

And THIS was the location of their ceremony….high on a hillside, by The Homestead Gun Club, with spectacular views!

Exchanging vows.

Exchanging rings.

What’s the first thing that you do after eloping?  Well, you take a picture, of course, and share it on Facebook! :)

Cute sign that they brought along and another picture for Facebook.  And aren’t they just the cutest couple?!

They were married on the fourth day of the month and Carling is the IV in his family to share his name.  We had to move from that location fast, as some bees were getting a little too friendly!

Back down at the resort, there were so many wonderful places for pictures.

LOVE the emotion and joy in this shot.

A funny little story here….The Homestead has a beautiful room with an indoor pool and it was so beautiful that we wanted to take a few pictures there.  Well, there was an older woman swimming laps at the same time and I think that she wasn’t quite sure what was going on. :)

Love these two shots of Carling in the library.

A little more fun….

Ayame and Carling, it was such a pleasure meeting both of you on your wedding day and sharing in your lives for a few hours!  It was such a lovely day!