Savage River Lodge Wedding Inspiration : Emily + Vance

February 22, 2016

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

My inspiration for this styled photo shoot came from my love of the forest, specifically the look and feel of the forest on a bright sunny day. When you’re in the thick of the trees, the ground is covered in dead branches and crushed leaves. There’s a darkness to it – a moodiness. But, when you look up into the canopy of the trees, you see bright colors – lush greens, and animals happily jumping from limb to limb. The sun shines through the leaves and everything is beautiful, light, and airy. It feels alive. The darkness from the forest floor and the light and airy feeling from the canopy above mix together to create a magical, relaxing, and comforting feeling when you walk through a forest. This feeling – this incredibly powerful feeling of warmth and magic was exactly what we tried to recreate with this shoot.

While outdoor weddings among the trees are becoming more and more popular, we wanted to showcase various aspects and locations to inspire couples around the world. The shoot was based in Frostburg, Maryland at Savage River Lodge – a stunning treasure hidden in the woods and rolling hills of Maryland. We photographed on the hills surrounding the Lodge, at New Germany State Park, and inside one of the Lodge’s luxurious yurts. This styled elopement featured our amazing models, a real-life married couple made up of an actor, Emily, and an acting coach, Vance. Their genuine love for one another shines through in each and every photograph. Just try to look through the images or watch the video without feeling moved by their love.

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

New Germany State Park wedding
Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

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Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Savage River Lodge

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers Best Photography Veronica Varos

Video by Pictory Productions:

Location: Savage River Lodge
Models: Emily Shaffer, Vance Barber, and Margot the pup
Photography: Veronica Varos Photography
Coordination: Bliss Events Ltd
Dresses: Glitter & Grit
Hair and Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty
Video: Pictory Productions
Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral
Dress designers: Tulle NY, Daughters of Simone, Rebecca Schoneveld
Brides styling: Erin Szymanski at Glitter & Grit
Mens designers: Life/After/Denim, Descendant of Thieves, Original Penguin
Grooms styling: Julia Weiskopf at Jack & Jules
Menswear provided by: Jack & Jules
Brides shoes: Seychelles
Grooms shoes: Timerland
Shoe stylist: Lauren Khan
Table & Chairs: Found + Made Co.
Fabrics, Candles: Silk and Willow
Cake: Bella Christies
Necklaces and bracelets: Studebaker Metals
Cuffs: ModEvil Studio
Rings: Frost Finery
Invites, Menues: Parris Chic Boutique

Jessica Schilling 22:17 February 23, 2016 Reply
This is so gorgeous! I love the natural settings and how intimate the set is!
Anton Chia 17:07 February 27, 2016 Reply
I really like the smoking pics!
Isabelle 14:02 February 28, 2016 Reply
you've captured this wedding with an amazing and unique eye. It's truly amazing.
Darren Gair 15:10 February 29, 2016 Reply
Beautiful set Veronica
Marcela 04:06 March 1, 2016 Reply
I love outdoor weddings! Great job, they're a stunning couple.
james fear 15:35 March 1, 2016 Reply
One of the smoke OMG! Too good xxxx
Teresa K 00:05 March 2, 2016 Reply
So stylish, romantic, and...inspirational! Amazing work Veronica!!
Albert Palmer 22:05 March 7, 2016 Reply
Love the style of this shoot - and your processing is absolute perfection!
Victoria 14:20 March 8, 2016 Reply
Ahhhh killing it as usual!
Kim 00:26 March 10, 2016 Reply
Damn! These are amazing! Love love love the shots where she's wearing his flannel shirt. And that enormous bouquet is to diiiiie for. <3
Mercedes 00:33 March 18, 2016 Reply
Drop dead gorgeous!
Dom 20:00 March 31, 2016 Reply
The best compliment I can give to this shoot is before I read the text I didn't even know it was a styled shoot! Very natural.