This earthy West Virginia mountain wedding sweeps me away with gorgeous wildlife (including a turtle ring bearer!) beautiful alpine blooms, and bright bouquets (blue and white hydrangea, sunflowers, dark purple statice, hot pink spray roses, white daisies, green hypericum berries, accented with hemlock pine and small pine cones). Jessica and Matt, a veterinarian and scorpion biologist, opted for a summit ceremony where guests took a chair lift to the top for some stunning views. Read below for their story.
From the Groom:
We met when we were both undergraduates at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I had moved to West Virginia from California to study scorpions with a MU professor. After working in his lab for a few years (where we studied scorpion DNA), the professor one day instructed me to go to the lab and meet up with a new undergrad. He wanted me to show her around and get her started working in the lab.
Now I’m not sure if my professor was trying to set us up or not, but I must say I was quite stunned with the student standing in the hallway by the laboratory door who was my beautiful future wife! It didn’t take long before we started spending time together outside of the lab. Jessica was studying to be a vet (which she now is), so we both had a passion for animals and nature. We really hit it off when we started taking weekend trips together… exploring the natural nooks and crannies of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia!
From the Photographer:
I knew before I even embarked upon this event that it was destined to be a stunner. However, nature does not always see things from that same perspective. Every outdoor bride’s nightmare is a downpour on her wedding day. This happened to us!! Dark skies, rumbling thunder, and sheets of rain!!! Guests were already on top of the mountain, awaiting Jessica’s grand entrance. She bravely opted to attempt to go through with the outdoor ceremony and jumped on the ski lift with her dad. I was in the lift chair in front of them and when our feet hit the ground of the mountaintop, the skies broke and the sun came out! It was better than a movie or a fairytale! The panoramic ceremony was simply outstanding as was the photo shoot that followed.
Photography: Melissa Perella Photography / Venue: Canaan Valley Ski Area / Bride’s Gown: Sophia Tolli / Cake: Handmade by groom’s sister / Favors: Homemade apple butter made by mother and grandmother of the bride.