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Sometimes you need to just disappear, welcome to The Greenbrier Resort located in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.  As you can see from the image above, it is full of color, flowers and space to energize your spirit and mind. We took the bunker tour the best part of our stay sorry no pictures allowed.

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Trail rides one of the many adventures

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Lots to see and do, shopping for something in the garden.

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Spring House, take a stroll around the grounds.

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Charming shops to visit.

Intimate and Elegant Wedding in Middleburg, Virginia

A wonderful and timeless group of memories created by Middleburg Photo.  Christie and Brendan are now happily married and living in Middleburg, VA, and we were thrilled to be part of their big day.  The timeless beauty of one of Middleburg’s most prestigious country inns creates a gorgeous setting for any wedding.  Enjoy Christie’s narrative of their intimate wedding and let us know how we can help make the most important day of your life even more memorable. Shop local!…   Joan S.

Brendan and I met as high school freshmen on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where we both grew up. Though we didn’t date for years, we stayed in touch (and interested!).

 

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In 2007, after a romantic declaration of love, Brendan came to join me in Middleburg, Virginia, where I had been teaching middle school for the last year. He finally proposed in August 2014, and we knew that we didn’t want to wait through a long engagement to commit to each other officially!

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We didn’t spend time looking at venues, because the Goodstone Inn had become incredibly special to us since moving to the area, and we knew that we wanted to spend the most important day of our lives there.

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The gorgeous scenery, decadent food and wine, and amazingly personalized service make the Goodstone a truly special destination – even though we only live 5 minutes away!

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We invited only our closest family members and friends and were able to celebrate an emotional and elegant weekend with our 35 guests, nearly all of whom traveled hundreds of miles to join us. The ceremony was especially moving – we wrote our own vows and included our siblings as groomsmen and readers and our nieces as flower girls. We were married by a close friend and colleague, and my cousin even traveled all the way from Australia to be a bridesmaid!

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We were privileged to work with a few vendors that inspired many of the aesthetic details of our day. Our stationer, Rachel Merkle of Miss Merkle Design’s, eye for color and pattern helped determine the shades that we incorporated throughout the weekend.

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Her day of signage also created a connection between the bar, the dinner tables, and the other tables set up throughout the Manor House.

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Holly Heider Chapple’s floral designs were soft and classic and tied together our color scheme with our love of all things culinary by incorporating a variety of herbs alongside the blooms.

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My dress, hair, and makeup and Brendan’s custom shawl collar tuxedo felt perfect in the timeless atmosphere of the Goodstone, and our violette wedding cake with blueberry puree and blueberry buttercream was the perfect end to an exceptional meal.

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Goodstone’s Executive Chef, Johnathan Leonard, even prepared a selection of personal sized pies to surprise our guests with later in the night (the wedding was March 14, 2015 – 03.14.15 – Pi Day).

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Throughout the evening, our photographers, Karen and Doug from Middleburg Photo captured the mood beautifully and looking through their work still takes our breath away!

 

 

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Here’s to another beautiful set of timeless memories from Middleburg Photo.  We are wishing Brendan and Christie all the best in their new life.  Looking forward to hearing from you… Joan S

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Vendors –

Venue & Catering: Goodstone Inn
Flowers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers
Bride’s Dress: Oleg Cassini
Engagement and Wedding Rings: DeScenza Diamonds
Hair and Makeup: Jacquelyn Rodriguez of Enlightened Styles
Groom’s Attire: Puritan Clothing (Tuxedo by Samuelsohn)
Paper: Miss Merkle Design
Music: Piemonte Strings and Olivera Music
Cake: Le Gateau de Leveque
Photography: Middleburg Photo [http://www.middleburgphoto.com/]

 

Holiday Birthday

by Karen Monroe

Every year Doug gives me  a birthday present that I adore, time to escape see new lands, get inspired, its the best present, a holiday for just the 2 of us.

The village of Stonington Connecticut.   Doug capturing the last rays of the day, fun to put down the big camera and try out the cell phone.WP_20150803_19_47_01_Raw

The Inn at Stonington

The Inn at Stonington  A treasure, this seaside Inn combines luxury with a feeling of being in your own private home, can’t wait to visit again.

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Lighthouse at Stonington

Lighthouse at Stonington

 

Hope Springs

Hope Springs  was filmed at the Inn.

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Sunflowers

Middleburg Life August

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Published Middleburg Life-Cover

We are excited that our photograph of Howard Allen was published on the cover of the August issue Middleburg Life.

Howard Allen has been photographing Middleburg both famous and not so famous horses and people since 1955.  “Unforgettable Times” will be available at a book signing September 5th at the National Sporting Library Museum.  It was a honor to take his famous photograph for the local community newspaper, Middleburg Life.  Photo by Douglas Gehlsen.

 

Chicago in August

Chicago at sunset

Chicago at sunset

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An exciting city for any photographer to capture!  We took a trip on the local tour boat with only one camera  (Doug’s new Fujifilm X100s)  at sunset,  just a fantastic compact camera that takes Wow images.  Can’t wait to see this as a metallic print or on metal.

View from our hotel window

View from our hotel window

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse