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Mel + Brian An Elegant Blue Valley Vineyard Wedding | Delaplane, VA


When we arrived at Blue Valley Vineyard on Saturday, it was HOT. Like 105 degrees, heat advisory, dripping sweat right when you get step outside kind of hot. It was one of the hottest days we’ve had here in VA so far this month but one of my favorite things about Mel and Brian’s wedding day was that not one person let it bother them. No one mentioned the heat, not a single guest complained, and everyone was so full of joy to be celebrating alongside Mel and Brain. And you would never be able to tell when looking at the photos!! It was so beautiful and I loved every second of it! Then, right as the outdoor ceremony began, clouds rolled in and cooled it off just for them. As we finished up portraits, the clouds got a little darker and within SECONDS of finishing up…the sky opened up into a huge downpour that cooled off everything just in time for more sunset portraits during the ceremony. Everything was perfectly timed!!!

Mel and Brian’s wedding day was amazing in so many ways. These two and their families are so much FUN, Drew and I were laughing almost the entire day! We couldn’t have asked for a better couple (or vendor team!) to work with!

Mel & Brian: I hope you two are enjoying every second of your amazing honeymoon!!! Enjoy some of my favorites from your big day!

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Mel is an earth science teacher and lover of rocks and geodes…so she incorporated them into her wedding details and I LOVE every detail shot because of it!!!

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The color of these bridesmaids dresses…in love!

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So much joy!!!

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Daddy-Daughter first look…so sweet!

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Those mountain views, though!!!

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Thank you so much to the incredible team of vendors who made this day happen:

Venue: Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery

Hair: Jewel Hair Design

Makeup: Makeup by Shirin

Florist: Everlasting Flowers

Planner: Diane Hernandez of Whimsy Events

DJ: MSE Productions

Caterer: Amphora Catering

Gown Designer & Retailer: Mori Lee from Formal Envy

Transportation: Choice Limousine

Dessert: Donuts by Amphora

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  1. Such beautiful colors! And love the incorporation of rocks and geodes and how they were more than just for looks, they were meaningful to the bride!

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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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