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A Northern Virginia Elopement Surrounded by Horses | Flint Hill, VA

Darla + Paul | Married


Late October is one of my favorite times of the year. Fall is in full swing with cooler days, changing colors on the trees, and gorgeous sunsets. Not to mention it's the best time of year for a glass of red wine at a winery, cute sweaters, and all things pumpkin spice.

Turns out late October was a favorite time for Darla and Paul. They knew that the month of October was important to them and that they wanted to be near mountains as they said 'I do'. Their plans may have shifted due to the pandemic's influence on social gatherings but their end result was simply breath taking.

Darla found an AirBNB in Flint Hill, Virginia, that was an old cabin in the middle of open pastures for horses and nearly panoramic views of the mountains in Shenandoah National Park. She shared this day with her fiancé, Paul, and her sister and brother-in-law. The only vendors in attendance were myself and the officiant. Which, when you think about it, is such an honor.

Darla and Paul exchanged their vows under one of two trees in the open fields surrounding the cabin. It was surprisingly warm that day and the shade of this expansive tree was welcomed. Their nuptials were brief but meaningful and as they exchanged 'I do's' you could see the horses walking around the field.

Our time together was spent walking the fields with those horses, finding various spots to take photos. Darla and Paul were so enamored with each other that genuine emotion was so easy to capture. The photos that came from their elopement are some of my absolute favorites and the gorgeous scenery offered so much in the way of variety.

A pond divided by a grassy bank created a phenomenal space for wide open shots with perfect clouds, warm colors in the foliage, and mountains creating perfect lead lines on the horizon. I asked these two to pretend like they were sharing their first dance and as Paul spun Darla around the breeze blew her skirt perfectly.

Wishing these two a marriage as perfect as their wedding day! Congratulations to Darla and Paul!

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