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The wedding day takes so much planning, and sometimes couples don’t have the time to fit an engagement session into their plans … if that describes you, then why not think about planning a fun anniversary shoot? Even though Michael and Candace had engagement photos taken before their wedding, they still took the opportunity to take some time out for fun with Sabrena Deal of S Carter Studios.

Here are Sabrena’s words about the session …

I took Candace and Michael’s engagement photos, wedding photos and they have been in a couple other weddings that I shot. I was so excited when Michael called just before their one year anniversary because he wanted to surprise his bride with another session to celebrate. Her very favorite book is Anne of Green Gables, so we both worked together to create a very “Anne and Gilbert” like session. She had also just found out that she has a gluten intolerance, so I treated them to gluten free cupcakes with hand made flags to add a sweet touch to their beautiful images. Candace was thrilled when my husband and I snuck up on them during their picnic (see the first image).

Thank you again, Sabrena, for this cute session … I love the Anne of Green Gables idea. How unique, and it turned out so fun! Congratulations on your anniversary, Michael and Candace, and I wish you many more happy years together.

  • Crystal - This is super cute, Sabrina! Good job. 🙂

  • Candace Lumpkin - Sabrena is a photography genius! If in any doubt about feeling comfortable in front of the camera use S. Carter Studios – all of our photography sessions have been a complete joy! Love you Sabrena thank you so much for being part of our lives and capturing our special moments with such beauty.

One thing I adore about living in Lynchburg is the old buildings … whether they are downtown or in the historic district, the beauty and antiquity in these structures is one thing that makes Lynchburg such an amazing place to live. Adam Barnes of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography created such a stunning combination of the new and old, the stunning and the devolving (yet, quite intricate). His use of light is also unparalleled … how refreshing to just let a bride’s beauty combine with the simplicity of sunlight in a once grand hall. Enjoy Rachel’s unique bridal session.

Thank you again, Adam, for sharing, and Rachel, I wish you a wonderful wedding day! You make a gorgeous bride.

  • amanda gray - Soooooo gorgeous!!

  • Charissa Gil - Where were these taken? The location is amazing and I have been wondering for ages where this is.

This posting is long overdue, but it’s never too late to relive a fun memory. I really enjoy getting together with the vendors of Hill City Bride, and I am always looking for an excuse to have a great time together. Well, in January (I did say this was long overdue!) I decided to have a Lady Photographer’s Tea inviting all of Lynchburg’s female photographers.

This first set of photos comes from my friend, Liz, of Sincerely, Liz: Photography

I love the decor at Ploughcroft along with their delicious English tea. They do a great job of creating a fun experience for all.

We played an icebreaker game using “cootie catchers” that I made with questions specific to photographers. It was a fun way for the ladies to get to know each other.

Below is Amanda of AM Photography (who won our door prize of an adorable camera necklace donated by Pamela Topping), and to the right is Thomasina of Photography by Thomasina taking a photo of her own.

Lovely ladies Allegra of Allegra’s Studio and Crystal of Crystal George Studios had a fun time at the tea.

And here I am with my dear friend, Liz .. thank you so much, Liz, for taking some photos of our day!

 The next set of photos is taken by Allegra of Allegra’s Studio. The first one is of Karin of Red Chestnut Photography.

 Below is Stefany of Stefany Tyree Photography.

We had such a wonderfully, fun group of ladies at the tea!

Meridith (who since has had her baby!) of MDK Studio and Sarah also had a fun time!

Nicki Ahrens of Live Simply Photography chatted with Sabrena Deal of S Carter Studios.

Below is me (Jennifer) being “me” and showing off the cootie catchers and Crystal of Crystal George Studios.

Meet Kristin of Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography with her adorable daughter, Violet.

A glimpse of Johanna with Jo Birds Photography with her cutie, Ella, and Jill from the News & Advance.

I adore this little collage that Allegra put together … thanks again for a wonderful time, ladies (and let me know if you want to get together again … I’m always up for an excuse for a fun time!!).

What fun it is when weddings are full of details and color! The navy blue paired with the fun, colorful accents makes for such a great, summer celebration. From the personalized hanger to the great ring shots, this wedding is full of flair, and their reception was at the train station in Farmville … how cool is that?? Get ready for colors that make you smile and a sweet bride and groom photographed by Heather Cheatham of Visions by Heather.

Thank you again, Heather, for this great wedding, and Kevin and Megan … have a wonderful lifetime together. Congratulations!

Reception: Farmville Train Station
Wedding Dress: Caryn’s
Wedding Party: Caryn’s (Men) and Land’s End (Women)
Flowers: Denise Pugh
Hair: Stacey Stratton of Genesis
Reception DJ: Lee Scruggs

Have you heard? The Trivium is now open under new management, and we are so excited to have them on board as a vendor with us.

The Trivium is located on 221 and is a beautiful white antebellum that is a great location for a wedding, reception, or even just a party. The new owner of The Trivium is Heidi Baker, and she is so thrilled to be able to get this beautiful location up and running again.

In college, Heidi had two options for her future career. She either wanted to be a CEO of a corporation or an event planner. After spending a year working for a company in Annapolis, she was able to see the demands of a CEO and decided event planning was a much better option.

Heidi and her father were on the lookout for an old farmhouse that they could turn into a wedding venue and as she says,  “Fate stepped in because in September, I was casually flipping through the Real Estate book and saw The Trivium.” She mentioned this find to her father, and the next thing she knew, he was calling her and telling her to come look at it. “Naturally, I fell in love with it. We knew it would be a huge undertaking, but we saw the potential and decided to buy it. I never thought I would own and be running my dream business so young, but I am so blessed that I am,” she says.

Since the purchase, Heidi has been working hard to renovate The Trivium by working closely with Interiors by Moyanne to create a fresh and contemporary look that will appeal to more brides. She put herself in a bride’s shoes and asked herself … what would she want when she was getting ready for her big day?

Heidi had to find a way to make sure the men were catered to as much as the women, so she created a “man cave” for the groomsmen, complete with a 42″ flat screen TV and an 80’s classic arcade game system. Heidi also made some changes in the ballroom to create a more elegant feel by adding new chandeliers and stage curtains. “I really wanted to create a wedding venue that has that historic charm but with a bright and fun atmosphere,” she said.

Now you must be wondering what exactly The Trivium can offer a bride. Well first of all, it can offer a beautiful location for her wedding or reception or even both. The Trivium allows the bride to customize her day by allowing outside vendors to have fun extras on the wedding day! The staff at The Trivium understands the importance of the big day, and they do everything to make sure the bride has a stress free time.

Heidi’s vision for the future would definitely be a booked up schedule as she and the staff at The Trivium have worked hard to create a wedding venue for the area that is different than the others. The biggest challenges so far that Heidi has faced is making sure people understand that The Trivium is once again open and is now under new ownership and management. They are working to make sure to create a unique atmosphere of fun and elegance for the whole wedding party.

Why not schedule a visit to The Trivium? Heidi would be more than glad to show you around the property so that you can see all that this wonderful venue has to offer. Call her at 540.586.2823 today, and tell her that Hill City Bride sent you!

*Photos compliments of Anand Vissa*

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