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Silver Lake Mill Engagement Session | Dayton, VA


Esther and Stephen's engagement session took place in the tiny town of Dayton. Stephen grew up just a short walk from this cute town and it's just five minutes up the road from us too!


The story goes that back in the day the lake that lies just on the edge of the town of Dayton needed a name. Back then, the local paper ran a contest for any local who wanted a chance to be the one to name the lake. They could write a story or poem about the lake and include the proposed name in their story and send it in to be published. Marlene's great aunt wrote a poem and submitted it as one of the contestants and (surprise!) was selected as winner! Marlene still has memories of visiting her aunt in her young years and reading this poem which always hung on her refrigerator.


With all this fun history this little town is special. We were excited that Esther & Stephen choose it to be a part of their story. We love capturing winter sessions here and when a location has a mill with a water wheel MAGIC happens!


Locations: Silver Lake Mill and Dayton Virginia


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We are Marlene and Darryl, a travel obsessed, Home Goods loving couple that photographs joyful brides in Virginia and beyond. Thanks for stopping by!

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