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.


Hollyfield Manor Wedding Photos | Julia & Brian

Filed in : Weddings

This blog post is a day late, but it’s DEFINITELY not short on images! This is partially because Julia & Brian AND their friends and family are extra photogenic. It’s also partly because Hollyfield Manor is an absolutely beautiful venue! There are SO many little spots that are perfect for photos. Julia & Brian looked […]


The Weekender

Filed in : Personal

Wedding Countdown: TWO MONTHS! I did get heart palpitations writing that. NO BIGGIE. I feel really lucky that we happened to have had a REALLY fun weekend right before we get into the busiest weekend we’ve EVER had at the Mill. Since it’s a holiday weekend, we have weddings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. BUT […]


Wedding Update: We Mailed Invitations!

Filed in : OUR WEDDING!

Wedding Countdown: 73 days Just yesterday, we hit a big wedding planning milestone — we mailed the invitations! I got to go pick them up from Chloe last Wednesday, which was AWESOME because we got to catch up. She brings so much light wherever she goes. And truly, I cannot say enough about what a […]


Rockville, VA Wedding | Erin & Jeb

Filed in : Weddings

True story: I had never been to Rockville before Erin & Jeb’s wedding this past Saturday. After a few hours there though, I can see why Jeb wouldn’t want to leave! It’s such a sweet little community full of people who seem like the absolute best circle of friends a couple could have. I started […]


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How I Use Essential Oils: From a Beginner & a Skeptic

Filed in : Essential Oils, Non-Toxic Living

I got my YoungLiving Essential Oils premium starter kit (psk, as they say in the “biz”) on March 23rd. That means I’ve been using and studying oils for almost 3 months now. And when I say “studying,” I mean STUDYING. I’m a learner, and to be honest, I was skeptical of essential oils. There’s so […]



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