Before I write a wedding post, I pull out a notepad and jot down a bulleted list of all the things about the wedding that made me smile, that were unique, and that made the wedding what it was. Today at my desk I began writing down my list for Mal and Andrew, each bullet a moment or memory representing this couple and their day. One bullet followed another, and then another, and then another… Their list was becoming pretty long.
A sampling of things I wrote down?
- Mallory’s bridesmaids toasting her before the wedding, one by one
- The sheer number of “goofy” shots we did during our photoshoots
- How good of a sport Andrew was when all the bridesmaids piled on top of him for a picture
- Fish hats and wigs
- The energy, swagger, and groove of the groomsmen
But there was ONE THING about this wedding that I couldn’t quite recall. I knew it was there, I knew it was awesome, and it sat on the edge of my memory behind a curtain. What was it? It took some time and focused distraction before it suddenly popped onto my mind’s stage, a shining star of a thing. I picked the pen back up and wrote in capital letters:
- WEST VIRGINIA
Mallory and Andrew are an outdoor couple. They camp, they kayak, they canoe. They’re favorite weekends are weekends outside. When I arrived to the wedding, Mal’s bridesmaids were laughing as they bandaged up her leg, fresh with a nasty patch of poison ivy. And also, Mal and Andrew live in West Virginia.
But that’s not why I wrote that down. I wrote down “West Virginia” with a huge, satisfied smile, because during the maids-of-honor speech, one of them noted how Mal had come to learn all the lyrics to the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. She then proceeding to start the chorus… and, you guys, everybody joined in. Underneath that tent, during that reception, everyone there began belting out this song, arms in the air, hands clapping, feet stomping… “WEST VIRGINIA, MOUNTAIN MAMA…TAKE ME HOME.”
It was nothing short of awesome.
Without further ado, I’d like to show off this unique, super fun, hilarious, full-of-love, AWESOME wedding that was the perfect celebration of an amazing couple: Mallory and Andrew.
Mallory’s bridesmaids were hilarious and fun, but also sweet as can be. Before they put on their dresses, with a little time to kill, they sat in a circle and each told the bride why they loved her and why they were excited for her, followed by a cheers.
Chris was with the boys as they got ready in the “man cave”.
Time for the dress!
Mallory’s mother watches as the bride comes into view…
One of my other bulleted points? When Mal and her father stopped at the beginning of the aisle, just before walking down it, Mallory looked around, smiled big and said happily, “Hi everybody!”
I should note that Mallory is the cutest.
One last kiss for Papa…
The bridal party was a blast through and through.
Best friends since childhood. I shot this image when Jess (on the right) was the bride and it was such a pleasure to do it again for Mallory.
Power punch for the new ring!
So, sometimes I tell bridesmaids to give me some laughter, even if it’s fake. A lot of the time fake laughter bubbles into the real thing.
Well. Never in my life has a group of bridesmaids been so completely, 100% on it. They had “laughing” down to an art. I was shocked and proud.
Again, Mallory’s aunt provided gorgeous reception scenery. Everything looked straight out of a magazine.
MR AND MRS!
The speeches were awesome, as previously mentioned:
Andrew’s best man had him rolling.
We popped out just before sunset for some photos of just the bride and groom. Did I mention how beautiful Mallory is?
Well, she is. Inside and out.
And as a couple: stunning.
Mallory and Andrew are both teachers, which makes them automatically remarkable people in my book. They’re both very sweet and loving, to others and so very much to each other.
We got back in time for an awesome night of dancing and hilarity!
The night ended with a giant group circle, swaying together and singing YOU GUESSED IT!
Take me home…
To the place…
West Virginia, mountain mama…
Take me home, country roads :)
Mallory and Andrew, all I can say is: wow. Your wedding was the kind of joyful experience that was written plainly on every guest’s face, all day long. The two of you are sweet, kind, loving, and awesome. Your festive, lighthearted, and silly spirits are contagious – together, you both glow. I know you’ll continue to shine that light for a lifetime to come.
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this celebration.
The amazing vendors that helped shape this awesome wedding:
DJ: Angela Kershner of AK Productions
Florist: Blooming Occasions
Venue: Walker’s Overlook
Decor and Design: Green Alley Designs
Videographer: Kristen J Ryan Studio (with a beautiful video of this wedding here)
Baker and Caterer: Beverly McDonald