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Virginia Mountaintop Elopement at Raven’s Roost Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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An elopement at Raven’s Roost in the middle of fall? Heck yes! If you’re looking for a sign to do whatever the heck you want for your wedding, you’ve found it. A private elopement just the two of you is an amazing alternative to a traditional wedding that will surely give you a memorable story to tell. This couple planned an elopement week getaway along the Blue Ridge Parkway with newlywed portraits on Raven’s Roost Overlook, one of Virginia’s most popular scenic spots for proposals, engagement portraits, and even small weddings.

Planning their Virginia elopement

Sarah called me months before their elopement trip to ask about photography options and location recommendations. I put together a package for them including wedding hair and makeup, a beautiful bouquet, and two hours of photography coverage for their newlywed portraits. It’s always a joy to be able to include my vendor friends in my work! We chose Raven’s Roost for their elopement portraits because it’s easily accessible and has incredible views in the fall. The leaves hung on just long enough for us to get beautiful foliage in the first week of November.


Raven’s Roost is one of the most popular locations for mountain top engagement photos in Virginia. And, there’s a reason why photographers love it! The overlook is easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It boasts clear views of the entire Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountain range. The layout of the small park allows for a surprising variety of backdrops, and there’s no better place to catch a Virginia sunset with your sweetheart.

Vendors who made this elopement possible:

Staunton Virginia Wedding Photographer: Jo Mahaney

Staunton Virginia Hair and Makeup Artists: Bonitas Salon

Harrisonburg Virginia Wedding Florist: One Last Avocado Floral Design

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