Ellen found me through a past client Ashley, who just happens to be her fiancée’s sister…I love when this happens…because it’s confirmation of a positive experience with Melody Gillikin Photography something I aim for with all my clients aka friends 🙂
…and a referral is the BEST word of mouth marketing ever!
When I met Ellen and her momma we immediately hit it off…and within a matter of hours they booked me for their wedding. The wedding was originally supposed to be in Va Beach, with the reception at the Aviation Museum in Pungo but since they are in the middle of downsizing and possibly closing Ellen and Ben did not want to take any chances so they decided to relocate their 2014 wedding back to Roanoke VA…where they are both from…they of course were heart broken because you see Ben is a flight instructor and they really wanted to have their reception at a hanger with airplanes large enough to accommodate their long guest list….but in the end, it’s going to be just as beautiful at the grand ballroom in Roanoke because they are the cutest couple…so fun and so in love….
I had not met Ben before the session, but as soon as we met we felt like old friends…it’s like I have known them both forever….
The three of us hit some of the coolest places in Roanoke (including the airport) where Ben is the flight instructor .
I am so EXCITED about shooting their wedding next year because the location is gorgeous! Simply beautiful!!
Here are the highlights from our fun e-session (more like a mini road trip LOL!) around Roanoke…that included…..their high school alma mater ….along with trains, planes and automobiles…and we topped it off on a mountain top with a star, so very cool
….we had an absolute BLAST!
This is where they fell in love….Cave Spring High School Sweethearts..
I asked them to both tell me one thing that attracted them to the other and something they love about each other…I did not let them see this until now…but this was NO surprise to me…when they both said the same thing…
I mean really…look at those smiles..how could you not love them!
Then we headed off to down town…..
Where we found the rail road tracks….I LOVE rail road tracks!!..Especially when a train arrives 🙂
Gahhhhh….We Jumped here quickly when we saw the train arriving… could not have been better timing.
Then it was off to the airport and Landmark Aviation where Ben is a flight instructor to find our planes….this was so awesome…to see Ben in his element…
Hotness! Jet Set Hotness!!
They love Disney….and so what is more appropriate than incorporating the upcoming new move Planes…by Disney in this segment!
Bling and Planes…a fun combo..
The sunset over the mountain was BREATHTAKING….
So we captured a Silhouette..
Before we lost all light…we went to Mill Mountain where the Roanoke Star resides..It was breathtakingly beautiful from up there….
You can see this star at Mill Mountain anywhere in Roanoke at night high up on the mountain…it’s pretty awesome!
Ellen and Ben….You are a match made in heaven. I can’t wait until your wedding next June…