A Big Meadows Lodge Shenandoah Wedding

Sam and Clara's Big Meadows Lodge Wedding on Skyline Drive

When Sam and Clara contacted me about photographing this wedding, I was completely and totally thrilled. 1. I absolutely LOVE the Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas... I went to college at JMU where I fell in love with the mountains, so any excuse to go back and photograph that gorgeousness and I'm THERE. And 2. I had never shot a same sex wedding before, but have always wanted to. It's one of those things that you don't know how to advertise for when you haven't done it before. And it had been nagging me ever since Virginia legalized gay marriage. Some photographers are not supportive of that, so I wanted to make it abundantly clear that I DO without prospective clients having to wonder if they're wasting their time before they fill out that contact form.

So this wedding was very special for me personally to be a part of. It's an honor when any client chooses you out of a sea of photographers to document one of the most beautiful, CRAZY days of their lives... but this was especially meaningful.

You can immediately tell how happy Sam and Clara are together. I met them both individually before the ceremony, and they were all jitters and nervousness. But after the ceremony? When they were together, they were peacefulness and happiness itself. Clara had told me before the ceremony, she'd be fine once she saw Sam, and she was completely right! They brought out the best in each other, and made my job ridiculously easy... you'll see when you see the photos! They're incredibly natural, which is seriously hard to do when someone you've just met is posing you and telling you to look at the camera and then ignore the camera. I know it's incredibly difficult for me to let go and pretend I'm not being photographed.

Aside from Sam and Clara themselves, the sweetest thing about this wedding were the friends and family who attended. I wasn't able to stay through the entire reception, but while I was there, every guest stood up and said something for the newlyweds. You could tell how happy everyone was for them and it was the perfect way to end the day.