my name is shalese


and I've always loved to write things down.
I'm a writer, photographer, wife, and dog mom.
I run a wedding venue in Orange, Virginia, and whenever I have free time and a cheap plane ticket, I'm planning our next trip.


empty grocery store shelves during quarantine

"Will My 30th Birthday Pass in Quarantine?" and Other Questions

Filed in : Personal

We are living in unprecedented time, folks. The Coronavirus has halted travel, left Italians on lock down, crashed the stock market, made toilet paper disappear, and is now threatening to bankrupt creatives, wedding vendors, salons, restaurants, and more. “Social distancing” is a constant topic. The situation, to put it simply, is serious, but I’m trying […]


8 Day Ireland Itinerary

Filed in : Travel

When I was planning our trip to Ireland, I could only find 2 or 3 good itinerary blog posts. It was so hard to figure out things like, “So if we drive from Dublin to Kilkenney, can we see these three things, then move on to Cork? Or do we spend the night in Kilkenney?” […]


8 Days in Ireland

Filed in : Travel

Robert and I always joke about the soundtracks to our trips. When we were in Italy, it was “God’s Plan” and “Him and I” by Halsey & G-Eazy. Without a doubt, the soundtrack to our 8 days in Ireland was news about the Coronavirus. As we road tripped across the country, we listened to Irish […]


mountain view wedding venue

The One Where We Got Married

Filed in : OUR WEDDING!, Personal

This one has been a long time coming. 🙂 My favorite photographer already blogged our wedding, but I wanted to share even MORE of my favorites and talk about the whole day from my point of view. There’s SO MUCH that goes into a wedding, and after working in weddings for going on 8 years, […]


The Weekender

Filed in : OUR WEDDING!, Personal

Return of the Newlyweds Days Married: 16 The newlyweds have returned! After one very long travel day (we left our resort at noon and got back to Orange at 3:00am), we are back from the honeymoon and boy do we miss having all of our meals cooked for us! haha I have to say, that […]



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