Weddings & Engagements: Destinations We Love

Traveling to new destinations for weddings is one of the best parts about being a wedding photographer, and Sam Stroud Photography has had the pleasure of traveling near and far to meet couples that have become special to us instantaneously. Today, we wanted to share some of our favorite recent destinations we’ve traveled to, along with a few photos of each. We hope you enjoy looking through these photos – they’ll probably make you want to take a trip this summer!


David & Allison: Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas – “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, “The City of Lights”, and for David and Allison, the perfect place to get married. It was a pleasure to shoot their ceremony at the Primrose Courtyard in The Wynn, which was complete with a stunning hanging floral backdrop and, of course, Elvis singing as the recessional occurred. The reception was just as exuberant, taking place at The Stratosphere (the tower on Las Vegas Blvd. that you’ve definitely seen before in person or in photos). This couple took the best parts of Vegas and created a beautiful day.



Peter & Caroline: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Just three hours away from our home base, Virginia Beach is the closest oceanfront to our team. We loved this engagement shoot with Peter and Caroline because we were able to highlight the couple and their love for the beach. They were willing to jump in the water and have fun with it, resulting in photos they can look back on for years to come. This shoot was one to remember!



Derrick & Taylor: Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s beauty goes without saying. Photographing Derrick and Taylor’s engagement session with the city’s red rocks in the background was so exciting, and choosing just a few photos to highlight is difficult because there are so many. Trust us, you’ll want to spend some time in Sedona after seeing Derrick and Taylor – they make the mountains look even better!



Mariana & Stephen: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is such a diverse city; you can stand facing the city and see its overwhelming splendor, and then you can turn around and see the glory of the Chicago River. This versatility made for a fun engagement shoot with Mariana and Stephen, who happen to look great at every angle the city has to offer.



Lillie & Stan: Colorado Springs, Colorado

It was a perfect day for an engagement shoot in Colorado Springs, and Lillie and Stan were awesome to work with. Their love for each other was put on display in front of one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S.A., and we felt grateful to be a part of it. Colorado Springs is definitely a favorite in our book.



Landon & Meghan: Charlottesville, Virginia

Our team frequents Charlottesville often, making it easily one of our most beloved places to shoot. Landon and Meghan’s wedding was no exception – they brought together some of the best parts of the city. Their ceremony was at the historic University of Virginia “University Chapel”, complete with stained glass windows and gothic-style pews, and their reception took place at  Mount Ida Farm’s Event Barn (another favorite in our book). We love Charlottesville and are proud to call it one of the most prevalent places we travel to.



So what do you think – where should we go next?