One of my favorite weddings last year was at Khimaira Farm in Luray, VA. It’s been a little bit since I’ve shared a full wedding post with you so let’s go for it!

Travis and Heather were married in my absolutely positively FAVORITEST (!) venue in the whole wide world, Khimaira Farm, in Luray Virginia. I have to say… maybe it’s because we had our own wedding there and just being there gets us all nostalgic about our own wedding day, but I’d like to think that there is something beyond nostalgia that drives this element of magic to each wedding we photograph at Khimaira Farm. If you’ve ever been there, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about!

The wedding details from this event are my absolute favorite ever!  I am so happy that we were lucky enough to be chosen as their wedding photographers. Heather and her mom were a dream to work with, and listened to every suggestion I had while we were building the photography timeline for the day. This makes such a HUGE difference in how many pictures you will get, as well as how well the day will flow. There are so many options that they can use for their album, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what they choose for it! Enjoy the photos (there are quite a bit!), and let us know what we can do for you!

WEDDING VENDORS
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Khimaira Farm ~ Luray, VA
Getting Ready Venue: Shenandoah Woods Cabin ~ Luray, VA
Wedding Dress: Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique ~ Burke, VA
Tuxedos: Jos A. Bank
Florist: Vivian’s Flower Shop ~ Luray, VA
Catering: Main Street Bakery & Catering ~ Luray, VA
Cake: Bijou’s Sweet Treats~ Winchester, VA
Entertainment/ DJ: Josh Nichol at Khimaira Farm ~ Luray, VA
Photography: Swadley Studio ~ Martinsburg, WV

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The girls got ready at their cabin at Shenandoah Woods in Luray, just down the road from Khimaira Farm.

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When we all arrived at Khimaira, Heather wanted to check out her reception area. BREATHTAKING!!!

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Heather is a professional dancer and so I incorporated images that portray her love for dance.

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I’m obsessed with this shot of her and her bridesmaids, with her dance inspired shoes 😍

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More details from the barn reception…

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And OH MY GOODNESS, look at this dessert spread!!! SWOON!

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Sadly, Heather’s father passed away so he couldn’t physically be there. But during this special dance with her uncles, it certainly felt like he was there in spirit. Not a dry eye in the house (including my own!).

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So many amazing dance pictures!!! Someone PLEASE invite me to a wedding like this so I can partake in the dancing!!!

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If you’ve been here to the blog before, you’ve probably seen this shot we captured toward the end of the night. If not, here’s the story again… Khimaira has this awesome sofa that you can use for your photography. Everyone uses it during the day, so I wanted something different (as always, lol). I knew I wanted to do a night shot, but it was somewhat cloudy and completely pitch black (no moon to help with lighting). I knew if I opened the shutter long enough I could get a nice blue or purplish tint to the sky against the mountain in the field where they held their wedding ceremony, so that’s where I decided to do it. While Travis & Heather were busy dancing and mingling with their wedding guests, I recruited a big strong guy to help Jon carry this sofa down steps, around a house, through a garden, past roaming critters all the way to the middle of this field. You can’t tell from this picture, but trust me when I say it was pitch black. I used my phone’s flashlight to guide the way, but it was still pretty dark and hard to see holes in the ground. Once Jon & I set up the shot, we went and found Travis and Heather.  I was in control of exposure and posing, and Jon was in control of lighting the couple. It took us one song to pull them away and have them sent back on their merry way. When looking at the shots on the back of my camera, I knew we got the perfect shot, but it was still really small so I couldn’t see the stars in the shot until I got home and pulled it up. After I brought out the highlights and bumped up the background exposure, I was thrilled when I saw this amazing shot of the Milky Way in the perfect position behind them! It’s like it was positioned there just for them (perhaps her dad had something to do with that!). Thank you so much Heather & Travis for trusting us in the complete dark to give you something special from your wedding night.

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I couldn’t just choose one, so here’s another one!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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I loved shooting this wedding at the Barn at York Hill in Shepherdstown, WV and wanted to show off the wedding album from the day! If you haven’t checked out the GORGEOUS blog post from their wedding, be sure to click here ASAP!! I love this barn venue, and all the amazing photo opps around the property (including a fabulous bridal suite in the main house!). Enjoy!

Wedding & Reception Venue: Barn at York Hill, Shenandoah Junction, WV

Pre-Ceremony Venue (getting ready): The Clarion Inn, Shepherdstown, WV  

Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Aimee Peters (304)839-2053

Caterer: Catering by Margarita, Charles Town, WV

Baker and Cake Decorator: Sugar Whipped, Charles Town WV

Florist: Flowers Unlimited, Martinsburg, WV

DJ and Lighting: Club Atlantic DJs (304)839-2054

Limo: Formal Express, Martinsburg, WV

Lodging: Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown, WV 

Photographer: Swadley Studio, Martinsburg, WV

Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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I met Heidi at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA during a bridal show where she and her family were checking out vendors for her upcoming summer wedding. We instantly clicked, and I enjoyed every second I was able to talk to her, her mother and future mother-in-law! Ryan’s mom had me tearing up telling me about the intricate proposal that he had planned out involving an intensive scavenger hunt. I knew right away that this couple HAD to be mine! Even though they initially had another photographer do their engagement session photography, I was ecstatic when Heidi contacted me to meet up with her & Ryan to look at wedding albums at their new home in Stephens City. They added an engagement session on their wedding collection, and we brought their super sweet and beautiful dog, Madison, along to join in on the fun!

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Check out this closeup of Heidi looking into Ryan’s eyes… like a scene out of a movie!
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I loved the portraits of them in their Love Your Melon beanies!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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Sebastien and Hillary had their wedding reception at the Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club at Lake Frederick in Front Royal, VA this fall. They were married in Canada (where they live) earlier this year, but wanted to have a special reception for all of their friends and family in the Front Royal & Winchester area. The details were fabulous! They cloaked the Events Center at the Shenandoah Lodge in gorgeous white fall decor, which matched the modern navy blue walls, exposed beam ceilings and dramatic chandeliers beautifully. They only wanted one hour of photography for some simple family portraits on the Garden Terrace just before sunset, but you know I had to snag them away for a few minutes to grab some beautiful wedding portraits of the two of them at this gorgeous location! The sun went down before I had an opportunity to get newlywed portraits so I captured some beautiful nighttime images instead on the lakeside lawn overlooking Lake Frederick. I absolutely cannot wait to come back to this amazing lakeside lodge to photograph a full wedding! So many ideas… !!!!

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Thanks for following along on our photographic journey! If you would like more info on our wedding photography, use the contact form at the top of this page to request our exclusive wedding magazine. We also shoot senior portraits, newborns and headshots and would love the chance to work with you! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest to get updates on everything happening here at Swadley Studio!

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Here’s a quick sneak peek of my favorite image from Sunday’s wedding at Khimaira Farm in Luray, VA. It was pitch black outside, and we had to use flashlights to make sure we weren’t running into trees or holes in the ground while setting this shot up! To my surprise when editing this shot last night, we caught the Milky Way in the background! How incredible was that!?!

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