Wes + Jess | Fall Wedding at Boxtree Lodge

October 27, 2021


Fall Rustic Wedding at Glenburn Farms | Roanoke Wedding Photographer

I don’t think I have ever photographed a wedding that had perfect weather before this day. The sun was shinning, the clouds were perfect, the temperature was absolutely divine and even when the sun went down it wasn’t bitterly cold! And I couldn’t choose a better couple to have these weather conditions. If you remember their engagement session earlier this year was VERY WINDY and the sky looked a little ominous. Ever since that day I have prayed for good weather. Now technically speaking I pray that for every EHP couple, but I’m so grateful my prayers were answered this day!

It’s also unusual that nothing goes wrong on a wedding day!! The only thing I knew about was actually something interesting with us!!! James showed up to where Wes and his guys were getting ready and you’d think they were a high profile celebrity!! Even though James proved to know Wes and have all the wedding day information, they wouldn’t let him go their their room to get ready photos!! After calling a few people to let him in, he managed to get some really cool shots on the Penthouse balcony!! But honestly nothing else went “wrong” at this wedding!!! And ya know why?! Jess & Wes put together an incredible vendor team!!!

You might remember reading about how Michael with Hand Tied Creations & Planning saved the day the last wedding we worked with him. Well he & Natasha with Top Shelf Events nailed it again! Having them there making this day come together seamlessly really made all the difference! So if you’re reading this and are just starting with wedding planning, just know that having a solid planning & coordinating team really makes a huge difference! Jess and Wes did so good putting together all the details! In fact, her bridal details were some of my favorite to style!! And I will love her forever because she had everything put together in one bag for me get started quickly! This makes my process of getting started really easy.

I will always remember this day for many reasons but I think my favorite moments were when Wes saw Jess at their first look and when Jess was coming down the aisle. I have brides asking me all the time if a first look ruins the moment when the bride comes down the aisle. And Wes will be my best example busting this myth! The first time he saw her his smile just says it all! Jess is so beautiful so who could blame him?! And to keep something as a surprise, Jess saved her veil for him to see at the ceremony! And his ceremony reaction is everything every bride dreams of! He was so strong at the first look not showing any signs of tears and I guess we were all just in the moment because his face says it all!! And I’ll never forget his reaction seeing these photos when we showed them their wedding gift from us, their sneak peek slideshow!!

I can’t wait for you to see my favorites from this fall mountain view wedding at Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, Virginia!

Check out their Shenandoah National Park Engagement Session on the blog here:

Vendor Highlights:

This Boxtree Lodge at Glenburn Farms wedding near Roanoke, Virginia featured some amazing vendors and the links to their websites are below!

Theme: Modern Rustic

Venue: Boxtree Lodge

Planning: Top Shelf Event Services

Pastor: Pastor Chris Cadenhead at Bonsack Baptist Church

Florist: Hand Tied Creations & Planning

Hairstylist & Makeup Artist: Brittany with Indulgence Salon & Spa

Live Band: The Radio Sparks

Videography: Myles Wickham

Dessert: Casey’s Cakes

Catering: Purple Door Catering

Dress Shop: Newfangled Bride

Rings: Spertners

Invitations: Zola

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulu’s

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Favors: Wildflower Seeds

If you are a photographer and have questions about this day or this location feel free to DM me on Instagram, I’d love to help!! 🙂

Until next time,


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Wes + Jess | Fall Wedding at Boxtree Lodge

Wes + Jess | Fall Wedding at Boxtree Lodge

Wes + Jess | Fall Wedding at Boxtree Lodge

Wes + Jess | Fall Wedding at Boxtree Lodge