Chris + Taylor | Engaged

Mar 24

The 2017 wedding season is officially kicking off this weekend at Mount Ida Farm, you guys, and I’m SO excited to be back and at it!! Chris, Taylor, and I met up to take on their beautiful waterfall engagement session at Hollins Mill Park in Lynchburg a few weeks ago, and it was an absolutely stunning way to finish up their engagement photography. Back in October, we were able to find one of the few places that really seemed to shine brightly during peak foliage season in Virginia this past year. With the fluctuations in the weather, many of the seasonal favorites just didn’t look the same last year. (The weather certainly hasn’t cooperated with many of us lately, has it?) The plan was to do the first part of their engagement at Sherando Lake during the fall to get those rich, deep hues of orange, red, and yellow and then to do the second part of their session during the winter in hopes of some fresh snowfall. The winter, of course, didn’t perform this year, so, we took those figurative snow-less lemons we were handed and ended up with a gorgeous waterfall engagement session that perfectly complemented them as a couple.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the fall foliage at Sherando Lake, I’m pretty positive that Chris and Taylor’s photos will inspire you to do so. This park has the most quaint, little trails to explore, a perfectly rustic pavilion that has a bit of a ski lodge feel to it, and one gorgeous little island of trees in the middle of the lake. I had a blast getting to know Chris and Taylor that day, and their chemistry was just so spot-on.  See for yourself. 😉

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After holding out for snow as long as we did, I knew we needed a quiet, fabulous spot that would go perfectly with the red lace dress Taylor planned to wear. Luckily, Chris and Taylor were open to ideas, and the first thing I knew to suggest was a waterfall engagement. With the trees being bare and the water flowing over in the background, I knew it’d be perfect. So, after a little brainstorming, we agreed on Hollins Mill Park, and it was absolute perfection. It had rained all day, of course, but when it came down to photo time, we had that perfect diffused winter light to work with and not a drop of rain. About three-quarters of a mile up one of the trails was this gorgeous rock face where a small walking tunnel had been cut, so we took our chances with the rain and hunted it down. (Taylor, you’re a rockstar – walking nearly a mile in heels is no small feat!) It was the perfect way to end the evening and wrap up their engagement, and I am certainly excited to spend the entire day with them tomorrow at Mount Ida. Be on the lookout, because you’ll be seeing them here again next week!!

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