We're the Vaughan's! Megan, Mitch, our son, Maximilian and our rainbow baby girl, Marigold. We're a happy little family living in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. We moved to here in 2011, roots quickly grew and we're happy to call this state our home.
We primarily shoot weddings full time as a photography/videography team, but we also own the greenhouse. It's an extremely personal place for us, and although it was never built with the purpose of renting it out, we have opened it up for other photographers, artists and couples to use the space as they choose.
I used to joke about how I had a black thumb. I couldn’t even keep fake plants alive. It was always a running joke in our house. Succulents died the second I looked at them so there was no way I could keep anything leafy and green alive. For years, we had a plantless house and we were just fine with that.
Then we miscarried.
I decided I needed plants. Lots of plants. All under my control, all things I could keep alive. I never seemed to have enough. Each month we had a negative test, that day I’d go to a nursery or Home Depot or Lowe’s and get more plants. I’d take my time walking through the plant isles. I’d run my fingers across their leaves, waiting for one to call out to me. Sometimes I’d go with my son and let him pick one. Sometimes, I just wanted to go alone. This was an errand where I couldn’t be rushed. I needed to take my time and let the minutes, sometimes hours, in the company of plants work their magic.
In June 2017, I woke up with an idea. Greenhouse. I want to build a greenhouse. So we did. We designed it ourselves. It's not a kit just anyone can buy. We were outside for 7 months, just the two of us, placing each individual piece with our own hands. Our fingerprints are pressed into the wood. Our blood, sweat and tears are mixed into the foundation. I've touched every single leaf and petal of every single plant and flower that calls it home. The greenhouse is an extension of my heart and soul. It shows us that there is good that comes from the bad and is a reminder of God's promises and His Perfect Plan.
It's so much more than just a greenhouse. We found out we were pregnant with our rainbow baby the day it was completed. We found out the gender inside it's walls. Our family visits it daily and we play beneath the leaves. Couples have started their forever here. It's grown to be so much more.
Tucked within the trees, it's a truly magical place that brings joy, reflection and healing. And of course, a one-of-a-kind space for photographers and artists to work their magic, and for couples to begin their forever.