As I drove from my home outside of Frederick, through West Virginia, and back into Virginia, the rain poured. Not a heavy downpour, about the heaviest downpour I have ever seen. I passed Luray Caverns and thought, “Man, this wedding’s going to be a washout!”
Luckily, Travis and Sara’s Cross Keys Vineyards wedding was full of love, family, beautiful details, rumbling clouds, and by the time the wedding rolled around, no rain!
As part of my 2015 goals, I decided to second shoot a few weddings– a “second shooter” is hired by the lead photographer to provide additional coverage of the lead’s events. This year I am shooting over 30 of my own weddings, so I didn’t know if I could fit in shooting for others, but I’m so glad I did! I think we wedding photographers can rely too heavily on our old faithful shots, poses, even jokes! I’m so happy Jackalope Photography asked me to be the Robin to her Batman so I could continue to push myself creatively.
One of my favorite parts of this wedding was the venue. Awesome selection, Travis and Sara, on picking Cross Keys Vineyards! This venue is for wine lovers looking for vineyards and a Mediterranean style. The ballroom is nice, but personally, I would host my wedding on the huge patio surrounded by stucco arches and cafe-style string lights.
Finally, if you’re wondering, yes. These guys are big hunters! I grew up shooting, so it was fun to surprise these guys with my riflery knowledge.