It was a very warm October day in Purceville, Virginia. It seemed that Summer was refusing to give up its hold on the land. Even the leaves were refusing to turn to their brilliant reds and golds of Fall. Despite the lack of color, the view from Hillsborough Vineyards was breathtaking. A hazy glow covered the distant hills. The golden grasses swayed in a summer-like breeze. The grape vines, newly harvested, were still green with vibrant life. All around us, people enjoyed wine and cheese and chocolate. Soft music played.
I knew Katelyn and Jacob right away by their description of the exuberant German Shepard that bounded down the walkway. Young and careless, he almost upended a guest's wine glass, but who can harbor anger long against such a creature? We talked briefly about the weather, the wine, and made our introductions. The light was then perfect, so we began.
We photographed as we walked among the vines and grasses of the winery. Their dog joining us for brief moments. Katelyn and Jacob are a natural couple. Their love was evident as they comfortably posed on a blanket amongst the vines and trekked into the waist high grasses. Katelyn's beauty was magnified as Jacob twirled her through the foliage like it was already the first dance of their wedding day. I was sad when the light finally dipped behind the hills, but enough remained for a romantic toast to end a beautiful day.