Cloverlea | English Garden Styled Shoot by Rhiannon England

The first time I ever set foot on the property of Cloverlea, I was blown away by the grounds, the house, and the incredible view of the mountains. I was second shooting and hadn’t yet started my own journey with my business. The wedding was for a woman named Trish. Her and her husband tied the knot in front of a gorgeous reflecting pool. Little did I know that a number of years later I would be organizing and executing an amazing styled shoot with that same woman on that same property!

Trish approached me a while ago to discuss some ideas she had for photography packages for Cloverlea (she works for the University of Lynchburg ,who owns the property, and helps run their observatory programs). We had plans to meet up and kind of do a walk through of the property so I could photograph the grounds and do some promotional photos for one of their upcoming observatory events. On the Monday of that week, Trish calls me and pitches the idea of pulling together a shoot since the weather looked like it was going to be amazing. I was totally in! We started planning immediately and by Saturday, we had managed to execute what I believe to be a pretty exquisite looking editorial shoot!

We could not have pulled this all together without the time, talent, and willingness of the vendors involved to hop on our crazy train haha! You guys are amazing <3

Venue: Cloverlea Farms

Dress: Celebration Bridal

Styling: Trish Cerulli and Rhiannon England

Jewelry: Hill City Bride

Stationary: Cor Graphic Design

Hair & Makeup: Emily Harris of Body Works Day Spa and Salon

Cake: La Bella Torta

Modeling: Azariah Helland & Joshua Person

Florals: Cheryl’s Secret Garden

Frances & Tyler by Rhiannon England

I got to know Frances and Tyler when we did their engagement session back in April. Instantly loved them! So fun and easy going, plus the bride is from my home state of New Jersey so how can you beat that?!

Their wedding day did not disappoint! All throughout you could feel the love and excitement that everyone had for the bride and groom. So many loved ones came together to celebrate their union. Frances was doted on by her amazing brides maids, and Tyler spent the whole morning laughing and carrying on with his best buds.

Tyler and Frances decided to do a first look (highly recommend from a photogs perspective by the way <3). After they saw each other for the first time, we summoned the wedding party for some amazing group shots!...which were quickly post-poned when a thunderstorm blew in before I could even click my shutter once... haha Thankfully, we had plenty of time and only had to wait it out for about 30 minutes before the sky opened up into a beautiful blue! Crisis averted!

Their ceremony was held down by the gazebo at the pond on the Trivium Estate grounds. Sweet, hand written vows were shared and the love birds tied the knot! The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour on the porch and lawn. The previous rain storm cooled everything down beautifully and guests were content to mingle and chat outside before the official start to the reception.

Laughs and merriment were continued in the ballroom after formal introductions were made. The remainder of the night was filled with great food, dancing, live music, cake smashing, toasts, jokes, sunset portraits, and even a spontaneous performance from the bride that was “hot and fresh out the kitchen” ;)

All in all, a fabulous day!

Venue: The Trivium Estate

Catering: Benjamin's Restaurant

Cupcakes: Kissed Cupcakes

Florals: Bloom by Doyle's

Band: Steve Freeman Band

Christian & Ellen | Engaged | Forest Virginia Engagement by Rhiannon England

And here is part two! We finally landed a bright and sunny Sunday to do the outdoor portion of Christian and Ellens engagement photos. The wind was INTENSE, but we were able to shoot in between gusts and get some marvelous shots that didn't include Ellen being strangled by her own hair haha!

Ellen & Christian | The Edge | Lynchburg Virginia Engagement by Rhiannon England

This engagement blog will actually be two parts and I'll explain why. I know Christian and Ellen through the martial arts gym I go to, The Edge. Super fun couple! They are both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belts and incredibly skilled in Muay Thai as well, so naturally we had to bring those elements into their engagement photos. We had to split their session to two different days due to rain, one indoor location and one outdoor. They wanted to do some photos inside the edge which is where they met and also where Christian proposed. Best. Idea. Ever. They turned out so unique! 

Rachel & Jason | Wood Farm Brewery | Lovingston Virginia Engagement by Rhiannon England

These guys have such style and class. They are both dance instructors and compete in salsa, swing, and bachatta competitions all across the state! I've known Jason for a while, and just recently got to know his beautiful bride to-be while doing their session. We went out to Wood Ridge Farm Brewery, their favorite place to go and grab a nice pint (which I had never been to before and of course got lost trying to find). Who knew you get such killer shots at a brewery?! Instantly sold. I need to take all of my couples to breweries now. Plus, beer. Enough said.