smith mountain lake wedding

A trip to Lake Kerr || A personal post

Oh man! Weekends off can be SO nice and relaxing- ESPECIALLY in the middle of busy season! It's an extra treat to have some time off when everything else is so busy and booked! We were SO excited to head out to visit some friends and family at Kerr Lake in Clarksville, Virginia! I shot their sons wedding out in the area at the MacCallum Moore museum a few years ago and haven't been back to visit since! It's such a beautiful area! 

We lucked out with some decent weather- it wasn't too cold- but not too warm either! We bundled up and rode on their boat, had a campfire and a picnic on the beach, ate s'mores by the fire pit and looked at the millions and millions of stars! It was a great little getaway for a short weekend! 

I left my camera at home for a much needed break, but grabbed a few photos on my cell phone! 

2016 In Review : Thank YOU!!!

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I've been sorting through all these photos from over the past year and I am seriously so blown away by the AMAZING couples I had the privilege to photograph in 2016.  This was my busiest year yet, I cut off my booking at 25 weddings, which was the best decision for the year.  My goal starting out 2016 was to be intentional with taking time off, spending time with my family, friendships, and being able to give my time 100% to my clients.  I have plans to go through my 2016 goals and what that looks like for my 2017 goals later this week.  

I was really blessed with a year of weddings very spread out! This is an industry that has natural booking cycles of spring and fall for weddings, so being able to shoot weddings through January, February, July, etc. was a huge blessing to be busy throughout the year and spread out my time away on the weekends.  

I loved finding 1-2 of my favorite images from the weddings I shot over the year! Each and every one of these couples has become friends with me and I am truly so blessed and have learned so much from each of them! We shot at some amazing venues this year- new ones, like Pharsalia and Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I just wanted to thank each and everyone of these couples and their families.  It is always such an honor to be to be chosen to document the biggest most exciting day of your life- to be giving you the photos that you and your future generations will look at and enjoy for years and years down the road.  I love being a part of your wedding day, getting to know your families, and becoming friends with each and every one of you! Thank you so much for trusting me and supporting me and my family and my dreams! 

I am so excited for 2017- Cheers to another amazing year!! 

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Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographerbased in Central Virginia. Serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Farmville, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas. Currently booking a limited number of weddings and portrait sessions for 2017.  Available for travel world-wide.  

Ashley is passionate about capturing moments as they authentically happen to ensure a successful session that gives you time to enjoy each other and savor the wedding day moments.  Contact me today for additional information! 

Weekend Update || Smith Mountain Lake elopement & Charlottesville engagement session

Oh what a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe it's NOVEMBER and it's still warm enough to wear short sleeves and flip flops- and the leaves are just now hitting peak season! It's so amazing- can every year be like this? I know that the freezing cold is coming oh so soon, so I'm going to take advantage of this glorious sunshine for as long as possible!! 

This weekend was absolutely stunning.  The sunshine, the leaves, the sweet people!! I just loved every minute of it! 

It was such an honor to take some photos of Heidi Baker, the owner of The Trivium Estate in Forest, Virginia.  She is so gorgeous and we had so much fun catching up after a very busy wedding season! 

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On Friday, I got to be a part of a super special elopement out at Smith Mountain Lake.  I cannot wait to share more from this special day!! 

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Sunday, I met up with Andrew & Melissa out at the Ashlawn-Highlands in Charlottesville, Virginia. Goodness it is GORGEOUS there! I loved getting to know this couple and I am so excited for their Keswick Vineyards wedding next fall! 

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Charlottesville engagement and wedding photographer || Central Virginia Wedding Photographer ||

So much more from these gorgeous sessions coming soon!! Yay! I can't wait to share!! 

Charlottesville engagement and wedding photographer || Central Virginia Wedding Photographer ||

Ashley Eiban is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Central Virginia.  Serving Charlottesville, Smith Mountain Lake, Lynchburg, Forest, Richmond, Roanoke, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel world-wide.  Currently booking a limited number of weddings for 2017.  Contact me today for more information!  

Mark & Amber Smith Mountain Lake Elopement

Neither rain nor shine could hold this adorable couple down!! Mark & Amber choose to have a small, intimate elopement ceremony, with both sets of parents there, overlooking the gorgeous Smith Mountain Lake at the Mariner's Landing.  It really was the perfect setting! It started raining just as the ceremony started, but what a romantic setting it was! 

After the ceremony, we headed out to the docks for some photos when it started POURING! This couple was in such great spirits though and we got some amazing photos despite the rain and wind!! But, don't worry- the sun came out shortly after and we were able to get some amazing photos in the sunshine too! 


Venue: Mariners Landing at Smith Mountain Lake


Ashley Eiban is an elopement and wedding photographer based in Central Virginia- serving Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Richmond, Smith Mountain Lake, Farmville, Bedford, and surrounding areas.  Available for travel worldwide.  Currently booking weddings for 2016 and 2017. Contact us today for additional information!