I am very excited to let you know that I’ve been asked to photograph the Whippoorwill Festival, July 11-14! I can’t wait to photograph the story going on at HomeGrown HideAways- it’s a celebration of natural living, traditional skills, and outdoor family fun. Can you tell I’m looking forward to it?! Here’s the description from the Whippoorwill Festival’s facebook page:
“The goal of the Whippoorwill Festival is to promote sustainable living in Appalachia by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a positive, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere.
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a diminished supply of fossil fuels. The festival is an all-volunteer, multi-day, low-cost event with simultaneous workshops, tent camping, healthy, home-cooked meals, well-known guest speakers, plus old-time and mountain music, dancing, and story-telling in the evenings.
Many Whippoorwill workshops are led by experts with years of skills and knowledge in technical and complex fields such as beekeeping, cob construction, and solar energy. In order to encourage leadership development in Appalachia, other workshops such as composting toilets, fermentation, and bicycle maintenance are led by young people and relative novices. Discussion groups allow participants to share their thoughts and experiences with each other in a less formal atmosphere.”
Photographs from the Festival will be available from my online store in the end of July if you are interested in purchasing images of your family being festive. :)
This poetic sentence, brought to you by Merriam Webster: “<with the gloaming came the familiar call of the whip-poor-will>”
See you there?
I met Cara at Berea Coffee and Tea to discuss her reception party. Cara explained that she and Dustin had already married- in the Dominican Republic on a beach: just them, the officiant and the sea. When I asked her why the Dominican Republic she said, “Well, we had visited several countries in the Caribbean, but never there. So we said, ‘why not?!’”. I knew right then that I wanted to photograph their post-wedding celebration. It was a lovely gathering of family and friends at Talon Winery, featuring cupcakes and a table with 60 pounds of jelly bellies! They had decided to ditch the traditional first dance, cake cutting etc. in favor of a relaxed party with a slideshow that Cara put together. The decor was gorgeous, and the early spring day was beautiful. Congratulations Cara and Dustin, and I hope you visit many more countries just because you’ve never been there before. :) Venue: Talon Winery
Flowers: House by JSD Design
Ashley and Ade had a warm winter wedding on the steps of the Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast. The Bed and Breakfast is just lovely itself, and Ashley created a whimsical, beautiful, fairy tale place with all of the vintage details she pulled together. As Ade said during the reception, “Ashley loves to surround herself with beautiful things, and this is all her!”I photographed this wedding along with Selah Photography.