I love this styled shoot at Swannanoa Palace in Virginia! Marie Violet Photography captures the romantic, fairytale-like palace and grounds beautifully. The doting bridesmaid holding the vintage mirror for her friend, the bride, is one of my favorite details in this shoot because it’s exactly what happens on a wedding day. The bride & groom is played by a soon-to-be-engaged real-life couple adding even more romance to this whimsical shoot!
“Swannanoa Palace in Afton, Virginia is by far the most breathtakingly beautiful places I’ve ever travelled. This palace (constructed entirely of white marble) is located high in the mountain range of Afton, Virginia, a quaint and charming city. The drive up the mountain is beautiful, but you’re rendered speechless once you reach the tree lined road to the palace. The grandness of this palace is magnificent . Nestled high in the mountains, the palace sits comfortably on 590 acres, and was constructed in 1913 as the summer home of a Railroad owner and his beloved wife. Our vision for this stylized wedding was a mix of old meets new, a modern take on a classic love story. Our goal was to simply create a modern day fairytale love story, complete with a beautiful princess gown that is soft and incredibly romantic. Our bride and groom are indeed a real life couple, and madly in love. They were the perfect pair for this love story as the are soon to be engaged and awaiting on Alan to complete his basic training for the US Coast Guard. This is a place where you can’t help but fall in love, or want to come visit if you’re in love, it’s truly that BEAUTIFUL. As we created our modern day love story, we wanted to bring in whimsical touches to our stylized wedding, the fairy violet mirror was a gift I picked up on one of my many travels and we loved the idea of our flower girl holding the mirror as our brides checks her makeup before walking down the aisle… Beautiful makeup, simple yet elegant updo’s and a beautiful bouquet of flowers added to the look and feel of our love story. We truly wanted our images to blend seamlessly with our opulent surroundings. One thing is for sure, a classic love story never goes out of style.”