Rustic Elegance Wedding at The Seclusion


May 6, 2023

This rustic elegance wedding at The Seclusion features the sweetest groom reaction during the ceremony, carefully selected family heirlooms, wildflowers, and one of my favorite sunsets at The Seclusion in Lexington, Virginia.

Corey & Kayla’s Modern Rustic Seclusion Wedding | Seclusion Wedding Photographer

We are back at the iconic Seclusion in Lexington, Virginia! We will be here a few times this year but I’m extremely excited to share more from this spring wedding because it’s the first Seclusion wedding in a few years that hasn’t rained on the wedding day!!! You read that right! It actually felt a little strange not planning for rain that day. And I’m so glad it didn’t because the sunset views really are worth the entire experience!!

Kayla and Corey decided on a traditional timeline for their day which ended up working out perfectly timeline wise! We had more time than usual for some more unique bridal portraits of Kayla in one of the coziest nooks at a venue I’ve seen! This seating area with mirrors is so beautiful so I’m glad she was up for some more portraits than I normally get in this space!

While we waited on the boys to get ready for photos (the girls beat them getting ready) we grabbed some more stylized photos with the ladies! Her bridesmaids were so much fun to hang out with all morning! They were so efficient and calm in the bridal suite jamming to some Tswift! Speaking of Taylor Swift, don’t miss Kayla’s custom tumblr in her bridal details!!

I had the best time playing around with her sage colored wedding invitation and wild flowers!! I get so inspired by bridal details, that’s why I start the day with them actually!! The more creative and inspired I get, I find that reflects in my work the rest of the wedding day!! So if you’ve ever wondered why photographers focus on details, that’s a reason why!!

We’ve worked many rustic and elegant weddings at The Seclusion but we’ve never had a sunset quite like this one to photograph our couple in front of!!! This is easily one of my favorite Seclusion photos we’ve ever taken!! I bet you can’t guess whose photo it is??- James or Emily!

While there were some things Kayla and Corey had to navigate before their ceremony and during cocktail hour, I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out!! I bet you would never have known her dress actually ripped during cocktail hour if I hadn’t have told you!! The iconic sunset photo with Corey lifting her was taken after her bustle ripped (someone stepped in to pin and sew up the hole)! But you can’t even tell in their golden hour portraits! It worked out though because Kayla had a surprise dress change during the reception to dance the night away in!

I know we always want our wedding days to be perfect but when something does go wrong, I’m glad our couples are flexible and able to still have fun despite what’s happened!! I’m grateful for their carefree and laid back personalities navigating some problems that day. It was truly an honor to be by their side that day and a part of their story in this way!! I’m so sad it’s all over because we will miss working with these two!!

Please enjoy this rustic elegance wedding at The Seclusion in Lexington, Virginia!

Here are the wedding vendors, unique details, and shops this couple invested in for their Seclusion wedding day:

Wedding Theme: Rustic Elegance Wedding at The Seclusion

Wedding Colors: Sage green, gold and spring flowers (blush pink, blue, greens)

Planner & Coordinator: Beauty In Order Events

Hairstylist: @fvithxblondies

Makeup Artist: GorgJess

Invitation: Minted

Robes: Target

Bridal Jewelry: Etsy

Ring Shop: Christopher Williams Jewelers

Bridesmaids Dresses: Revelry Silver Sage

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Wedding Dress Shop: The One Bridal Salon Designer: Watters

Reception Dress Shop: Show Me Your Mumu

Seamstress for Wedding Dress: The Alteration Shop in Staunton

Florist: Fleuressence Floral Design

Videography: Scott Woofter Films

Venue: The Seclusion

Officiant: Seth Hankee

Catering & Bartending: Lexington Catering Company

Ice Cream Truck: Rookies

First Dance Song: Growing Old With You by Restless Road

DJ: Level Up Entertainment

Transportation: Albemarle Limousine

If you are a photographer, a wedding vendor, or a couple getting married soon and have questions about this wedding day please feel free to DM me on Instagram, I’d love to help!! 🙂 We love working with Seclusion couples and enjoy these mountain views many times each year!! If you are getting married there and need a photographer, please reach out HERE! I hope you enjoyed the recap of this rustic elegance wedding at The Seclusion!

Until next time,


Emily Hancock Photography is based in Central Virginia. This husband and wife photography team specializes in wedding photography for couples who are classy but also like to have fun. They preserve those candid moments on one of the biggest days of your life so you can relive your day through timeless images. Please reach out HERE if you’d like to learn more about their wedding photography services. They offer wedding day coverage as well as weekend packages! While you’re here, be sure to look at other Virginia and Destination weddings featured on the blog.


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I’m Emily! James, and I are a husband and wife wedding photography team based in Lynchburg, Virginia. We specialize in weddings & engagements and serve our EH Couples in Virginia, South Carolina, and beyond!

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