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.


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Savannah Bachelorette Party

Filed in : Personal, Travel

My Savannah bachelorette party was absolutely perfect for me, so I wanted to share everything we did, saw, and ate!


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The Weekender #160

Filed in : Personal

I’ll be honest, there’s not much to write about the weekends when you’re in quarantine! The Weekender posts started as a way to share sneak peeks on Mondays after I shot weddings on Saturdays. Now, I’m not really shooting weddings these days (I should PROBABLY write about that next . . . ), and our […]


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"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 […]



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