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Amanda & Jake

Amanda and Jake are married!  Yay!  And what a beautiful wedding it was! For their colors Amanda chose mint, shades of pink and gold. (I always love pink bowties on the guys!)  I photographed Amanda’s sister’s wedding a few years ago and was thrilled when Amanda asked me to photograph her wedding as well.  Amanda and Jake were married at the lovely Cross Keys Vineyard in Cross Keys, Virginia and the weather just couldn’t have been better for an outdoor wedding in April.  Getting married out of doors in April can be a little tricky but they hit the jackpot on their day… low to mid 70s and no rain at all.  These two met through a mutual friend and they knew it was something special when their first date lasted 6 hours over dinner and drinks! Amanda and Jake, you make the sweetest couple and I am so glad that I was able to witness your commitment of love. I wish for you many exciting, happy, and wonderful years together.  Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day!

Love,

Gayle

 

 

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Congratulations Amanda & Jake!

Venue | Cross Keys Vineyard, Cross Keys, Virginia

Catering | Cross Keys Vineyard

Florist | Stephanie Driver | Evergreen Florist

Cake | Nancy Cornwell

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaid

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Warehouse | Joseph Abboud

Ceremony Guitarist | Rafael Scarfullery

DJ | AP Andres

Invitations | Minted

6x6x30 Art Show

I was one of 27 artists chosen to be part of a local art show at the Spitzer Art Center in Harrisonburg, VA.  The show is called 6x6x30 where the artists were to complete 30 pieces of art in 30 days and each piece of art had to be 6 x 6 inches in size to hang on the wall.  I was thrilled when I found out that I was chosen to participate in this unique show.  Being a photographer, I decided that I would take, edit and create 30 photos of random people (and pets) in the local Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area.  I love people so I decided to walk up to random people on the street and in local businesses and chat with them a little about themselves and the project and ask them if I could take their picture.  I loved every minute of this project!  I chose to finish each photo in black and white focusing on my subject’s eyes.  I am intrigued by the saying “Eyes are the Windows to the Soul”.   This is the space where your true identity dwells and allows others to see your light shining dim or bright.  The opening for the show was March 6 and we had a terrific turnout for the show.  All of the art in the show was amazing and I am not sure how some of the other artists completed what they did in 30 days.  Some of the paintings were incredible!  Enjoy some of my photos that are in the show followed by some photos of the actual opening of the show.



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Here are some photos of the actual show opening on March 6th.

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Dutch

Meet “The Dutchmann”, nicknamed “Dutch” a new half Arabian horse that I have on trial for a few months. I have decided to retire my wonderful quarter horse, Coosa, who I have owned and ridden for 17 years!  Coosa is now 21 years old and I can still ride him, but he is starting to show some signs of wear and tear so I thought it would be best to retire him from endurance competition. I had been looking for a new horse that I can compete in endurance rides and found Dutch from a wonderful lady in North Carolina.  Dutch used to be a show horse and his owner, not showing him anymore, thought he would make a great trail/endurance horse. Dutch and I did our first trail ride a few days ago and he was perfect on the trail!  I am hoping that he will work out for me.  Here is a picture of sweet Dutch.

 

 

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Joy & Marshall

Joy and Marshall are engaged! These two both grew up working on family farms in the Shenandoah Valley and were both in the 4H club. They first met when they were participating in a 4H livestock judging contest. Marshall showed cattle, sheep and hogs through FFA and Joy showed hogs through 4H and FFA. With all of their time spent working on farms, they both agreed that their engagement shoot had to take place on a farm! We met at Marshall’s family cattle farm in Weyers Cave, Virginia where he grew up and where he currently works. It was so interesting to me to see and hear all about this large cattle operation that Marshall helps to run. It was a cold day for an outdoor photo shoot but the sun was shining and we were able to warm up a bit in Marshall’s truck as we drove around the farm from one location to another. Joy and Marshall make the sweetest couple and I loved hanging out with these two and learning more about their farming experiences. Enjoy some of my favorites from the farm.

 

 

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Jordan & Taylor

Douglas and I invited our sweet nieces, Jordan & Taylor, to go with us to our mountain land for a short photo shoot in the woods and a fun winter picnic. They were so excited that we were going to roast hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire right in the middle of the winter.  How exciting.  Well, it was a little cold so the photo shoot didn’t last long and down the mountain we went to sit by a roaring campfire to warm up and have dinner.  What a fun time we all had! Thanks Jordan and Taylor for being the most cooperative little models ever!

 

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OK, enough of that photo shoot.  Let’s hang out by the fire!

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Christmas in Williamsburg

What a wonderful time Douglas and I had when we visited Williamsburg, Virginia a few weeks ago during the Christmas holidays. Douglas graduated from William and Mary College so he was excited to go back to his Alma mater and reminisce about the good ole days. We took our bikes along and rode all over the W&M Campus and then through colonial Williamsburg checking out the beautiful Christmas decorations.  I was immediately attracted to the colonial Christmas wreaths hung on the doors of the homes. The wreaths were so simple and natural and many were made using fresh fruits.  Enjoy some of my favorites.

 

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Memory Lane Vow Renewal

This sweet “Memory Lane Vow Renewal” styled shoot took place at the lovely Cross Keys Barn in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My daughter-in-law Brooke, with North Star Events, did it again! Jill and Charlie have been married for 33 years and were thrilled when Brooke asked them if they would be so kind to model for her Memory Lane Vow Renewal styled shoot. Jill and Charlie’s original vows were handwritten on fabric and hung from a beam alongside gorgeous flower arrangements sitting on wine barrels and apple crates. Some of their photographs of the two of them years ago were placed inside of mason jars and helped line “memory lane” along with floating candles and rose petals. These two decided not to see each other in their wedding attire beforehand and decided they would like to do a “first look”. They were both so adorable during the first look when Jill tapped Charlie on the shoulder and he turned around and saw his beautiful bride of 33 years in a beautiful wedding gown. I think they might have been just as excited the second time around! After their vow renewal, Jill and Charlie went downstairs to enjoy delicious cupcakes and to toast 33 happy years of marriage with champagne in their original “bride” and “groom” toasting glasses from their wedding. Jill and Charlie, Congratulations on 33 years of marriage and I wish for you 33 more years of happiness together!

 

 

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Congratulations Jill & Charlie!

Event Designer | North Star Events

Venue | Cross Keys Barn

Dress | Bridal Impressions

 Makeup | NB Makeup

Hair | Brianna Adams

Cake | Buttercream Dreams

Flowers | Flowers By Rose

Suit | Classic Tuxedos

Invitation | Sweet & Sassy Designs

Vintage Rentals & Furniture | Valley Heirlooms

Models | Jill & Charlie Martorana