If you’re ever invited to a wedding at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, go.
The venue itself is worth the drive, and it is the perfect space to wander, wonder and celebrate.
A fairytale vibe
Among many things, Laurée and Zack share a love of Tolkien so they found a way to elegantly incorporate elements of fantasy with their own style, which included non-traditional wedding parties and even “unique” bouquets. (Laurée’s sister and Maid of Honor carried her dog – an adorable puffball – instead of an actual flower bouquet).
And the florals! The Shenandoah Valley is already one of the most gorgeous places on earth. But Chevy Chase Florist outdid themselves, creating a magical feast for the eyes with a backdrop and canopy of florals that twinkled in the evening sun. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley became a setting for a fairytale. I am always just so enamored with a bride who chooses to walk herself down the aisle. In those last moments before she began, I stood with her as she took a few deep breaths, and then held her head up looking only forward. Just an amazing sight to behold — and look at how Zack watches her approach! Love, love, love!
The wedding cake was designed as a stack of favorite books, topping off of course with Lord of the Rings. It was such an unusual yet absolutely stunning masterpiece by Ambrosia Catering.
During the reception, guests were additionally enthralled by a visual and musical treat: the vibrant Lion Dance amazed with drummers and a ceremonial offering of good luck and fortune. It was fantastic!
This was my second time working with DC-based Little Black Book Events. I simply cannot recommend Vanessa highly enough if you are looking for one of the best in the business, someone who can keep your wedding day humming smoothly along with ease and calm grace. She can handle anything!
Many thanks to my co-photographers for the day, Monica Frisell and Brooke Lull for making the already beautiful occasion especially sweet with all of their hard work and gorgeous photos! The entire team helped to create one of the most memorable weddings of the year.
P.S. Are you having a wedding at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley ??? Please contact me, I’d love an opportunity to photograph there again!