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.


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 […]


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 […]


Great Marsh Estate Engagement Photos: ME AND ROBERT!!!

Filed in : OUR WEDDING!, Personal

A few favorites from Robert & I’s engagement session at Great Marsh Estate with Heather Chipps Photography!


Main Street Station Wedding Photos: Mark & Adrienne

Filed in : Weddings

This is my first wedding back at Main Street Station in AGES! And I have been STRUGGLING to blog it because WordPress is NOT cooperating this week, but I am determined to share Mark & Adrienne’s day!! There were some very important family members who weren’t able to make it to their wedding last Saturday, […]


Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

Filed in : Personal

When I declared to my parents last week that reducing waste was “my new thing,” my dad laughed and said, “NEW?!” He had a point. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been bothered by waste. Before I could drive, my dad sighed about hauling my bin of soda cans and plastic bottles to […]



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