Billy + Halie

Sam Stroud


All the details from the couple!

How did you all meet?

Billy and I met through mutual friends at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). He had seen me in a dining hall and asked to be introduced. We officially met in Lane Stadium at a football game because his fraternity’s season tickets were next to my sorority’s, and we began dating very soon after that.

What made you decide to have your wedding at Shadow Creek?

Shadow Creek is the only venue we ended up touring! We knew we wanted something rustic, like a barn or a winery, and we did not have much time to plan. We scheduled a visit at Shadow Creek soon after we were engaged, and I started crying picturing our day on our tour of the venue (Lori probably thought I was crazy).

I love so much about Shadow Creek, but the flexibility of the venue is so ideal. You can design your day however you want- whether you are having a large, elaborate, fancy wedding; or a smaller, low key, casual event. That flexibility allows for the venue can fit into anyone’s budget. Being able to choose your own vendors ensures so that no two weddings are alike, and you can essentially create your own vision. We had a few unconventional ideas, like we wanted a food truck for dessert, and Shadow Creek accommodated for that. The fire pit, horse, bathrooms, and bridal suite sealed the deal for me. I have had so many friends get married at Shadow Creek since I did, and no two weddings have been the same.

What was your favorite part of the day?

The coolest part of my wedding day (aside from marrying my husband) and a frequently overlooked part of a wedding is the fact that this is likely the only time that every single important person in your life will be in one room, to celebrate you. That was so special!

What advice do you have for other couples getting married?

There is no need to stress over the little details of the wedding day. I stressed and worried so much over minute details that I think I took a lot of the enjoyment out of what should have been a really happy and exciting time… and then the day comes and whole thing is all over in a few short hours. It came together perfectly, and sometimes I look back and cannot believe how beautiful it was, but that is not how I expected it to be. I worried way too much, but wish I had just had faith that it would all come together exactly as it did.

Also, take a deep breath and SOAK IN YOUR DAY. It will be over in the blink of an eye.

Vendors who helped make your day wonderful:

I absolutely adored all of my vendors! I ended up with one heck of a super-team.

Photographer: Sam Stroud Photography
Planner: Ashlee Virginia Events
Signage: Leah Letters 😉
Catering: Purple Onion and Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken Food Truck
Florist: Sophie Felts, SOPHIE + CO.
Makeup: Joanna Bednarek, The Highlight


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