In April, I hiked up to Stony Man Summit in Shenandoah National Park with Rachel and Brandon for their anniversary portrait session! These two lovebirds celebrate their fourth anniversary later this month so they put on their wedding attire and hit the trail in paisley and lace! The weather was perfect — 70 degrees, clear skies, and incredible colors over the valley as the sun went down.
Rachel and I are big planners when it comes to our hiking dates and mountaintop photo ops. We discussed options like putting her dress on at the trailhead or waiting until we reached the summit to make it easier for her to walk, and exchanged way too many texts about flower crowns. So, when I walked into Skyland, I was quite surprised to see her already dressed and ready to go with hiking boots under her dress! It was quite a scene: I was gasping at seeing her in her wedding dress once again and the barista was ooing, ahhing, and shouting “congratulations” from behind the coffee bar! We joked that it was their wedding day throughout the session and even toasted with champagne!
I’m so happy for these two as they celebrate another year as Mr + Mrs! And I’m very grateful for yet another opportunity to photograph one of my first wedding couples! These two have been with me since the beginning five years ago! Happy Anniversary, B+R!