Jenny + Chris || Romantic Wilderness Wedding

Romantic couple embracing during golden hour sunset

From the first time I talked to Jenny over the phone, I knew that her wedding to Chris was going to be one for the books.  To start, it was at Wilderness Adventure, a place that is very near and dear to my heart.  When I first moved to Virginia, it was for a job as a backpacking trip leader for their year round and summer camp programs.  I spent a few years working there in a wide variety of roles before eventually ending up as a photographer in Roanoke.  So, needless to say, I have quite a lot of love for their venue, and was very excited to get to know the couple that choose such a unique place for their wedding!

Jenny actually told me that she had stumbled across Wilderness Adventure in a Martha Stewart article, which led me to consult google and find out what on earth Martha knew about an outdoor adventure center/wedding venue in southwest Virginia!  The article is titled “18 Summer Camp Wedding Venues for Kicking Back and Getting Hitched,” which is really a very good description for a wedding at Wilderness Adventure!   The neatest part of the story, in my opinion, is that Jenny had actually found the article years earlier while researching wedding venues for friends long before she and Chris got engaged.  Something about it really captured her interest, and when the time came to plan her own wedding, she knew just what she was looking for!

When I arrived on their wedding day, I was immediately greeted by a group of her guests tubing on the the creek that runs along the property, and then managed to get some photos of other guests riding the zip line before the wedding festivities began - just to give you an idea of what I mean!  Jenny got ready in the Main Lodge, the focal point of the property, which is an expansion of the original 1800’s-era farmhouse.  There are so many things I could say about being with Jenny & her friends while they were getting ready, but the main thing that stands out is how absolutely fun and enthusiastic they all were.  They were also incredible at helping out - anything she needed was immediately taken care of - from steaming the dress (and veil!) to getting a walkie-talkie so Jenny could talk to Chris in a different building.

The wedding ceremony itself was so dreamy and romantic, held under the willow tree by the pond surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.  As Jenny explained to me, “It’s like if Jane Austen went camping!”  Capping off the evening, the reception was a serious party - complete with countless twinkle lights, killer dance moves, plus a popcorn maker and cigars. 

Some of my highlights:

  • Bubbles for the recessional

  • Jenny’s Cathedral Veil!

  • The amazing flowers

Jenny & Chris, you and your amazing guests were such wonderful people to spend a day with! Thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer, and  congratulations!

Wilderness Adventure wedding venue
Wilderness Adventure wedding venue
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet flowers
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet flowers
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet flowers
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet flowers
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet flowers
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet and veil
Romantic rustic wedding bouquet veil and details
Romantic rustic wedding gown cabin lodge
Romantic rustic wedding gown cabin lodge
Bride gets makeup done in cabin with gown
Bride drinks mimosa while getting ready in robe
Bridal makeup black & white
Bride uses walkie talkie to talk to groom in cabin
Bride fluffs gown wearing robe
Bridesmaids help bride into gown
Bride laughs while getting ready black & white
Bridal portrait in romantic & rustic cabin
Bridal portrait black & white in romantic and rustic cabin
Bridesmaid helps bride put on sneakers
Grooms details tie whisky shoes
Grooms details tie cufflinks
Grooms details tie whisky shoes
celebratory wedding cigars and fall leaves
Groom adjusts tie
Groom and groomsmen relax in rustic cabin before wedding
Groom adjusts jacket
Groom adjusts cufflinks
Groom relaxes at rustic cabin before wedding
Groom and groomsmen walk to ceremony
Groom and groomsmen walk to ceremony
grooms boutonniere
groom buttons suit jacket
Romantic first look on scenic bridge over pond with rustic gazebo
Romantic couple at first look on rustic bridge over pond with gazebo
Romantic bride and groom embrace at first look
Romantic couple dance in gazebo over pond
Bride shows off sneakers to groom at romantic first look
Bride and groom first look
Bride and groom stroll along bridge over pond for romantic first look
dapper groom holds romantic bouquet
wedding party by the pond
bridesmaids laugh with romantic bouquet
groomsmen strike a pose
bridesmaid carries brides train through grassy field
romantic cathedral veil
romantic ceremony under willow
romantic flowers line aisle
Romantic flowers on arbor
Romantic wedding ceremony under willow tree by pond
Groom and officiant laugh
bridesmaid walks down aisle
bridesmaid walks down aisle
adorable ring bearer walks down aisle with here comes the bride sign
bubbles down the aisle
bride and father walk down aisle with rustic lodge in background
groom watches bride walk down aisle with bubbles
emotional guests watch bride walk down aisle
bride and father walk down aisle with rustic lodge in background
bride and father walk down aisle with romantic cathedral veil
romantic rustic wedding venue wilderness adventure
romantic wedding ceremony under willow tree at wilderness adventure
joyful bridesmaids watch romantic wedding
romantic wedding ceremony with emotional bride
romantic wedding ceremony under willow tree at wilderness adventure
cathedral veil draped behind bride
romantic cathedral veil blows in wind during ceremony under willow tree
first kiss as husband and wife during romantic ceremony
happy couple embraces after romantic ceremony
walking down the aisle after being announced as husband and wife
walking down the aisle after being announced as husband and wife
wedding party strolls through field to cocktail hour
bride and groom embrace at wilderness adventure
cathedral veil blows in the wind as bride and groom embrace at wilderness adventure
cathedral veil blows in the wind
romantic bride and groom kiss under arbor at the willow tree by the pond
romantic bridal portrait under arbor at willow tree by pond
brides rings while holding bouquet
bride holds romantic wedding bouquet
bride enjoys romantic wedding bouquet with rings
bride strolls across wet grass wearing sneakers and wedding gown
bride and groom embrace with romantic veil
bride and groom kiss with romantic veil black & white
bride and groom kiss under romantic veil
bride and groom romantically canoe on pond surrounded by water lilies
bride and groom romantically canoe on pond at wilderness adventure
bride and groom kiss golden hour susnet
bride and groom stroll holding hands by barn golden hour sunset
bride and groom hold hands romantically by lodge cabin golden hour susnet
bride and groom embrace and laugh golden hour sunset
romantic pavilion at wilderness adventure
reception tables at wilderness adventure
romantic and rustic flowers on barrel with candles at wilderness adventure
rustic reception tables with burlap
romantic candles and flowers

Photographer: Molly Hagan Photography

Second Photographer: Paige Lucas Photography

Videography: Aerial Illustrations

Venue & Catering: Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

Florals: Boswell Gardens

Gown: Oleg Cassini

Suit: Generation Tux

Hair & Makeup: Erica Toney, Brides by E

Entertainment: DJ Luccio

Dessert: Cupcake Cottage

Rentals: Aztec Rental