WV Weddings Fall Winter 2020



molly and matt lived in the same apartment complex at West Virginia University. Fate brought them together again five years after their first meeting, and they began dating. In 2014, Molly, a native of Grafton, accompanied Matt, originally from Pittsburgh, to the first FreeFall Music Festival at Snowshoe Mountain resort. They returned to the festival four years later, and Matt proposed in a wooded area near the festival venue. A year later, they returned to Snowshoe Mountain resort, but this time to exchange wedding vows. As the couple planned their wedding day, they tried to infuse a “West Virginia folk feel” to the day. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and met Matt at the altar. She wore an off-white floral gown with blue floral shoes for the ceremony and carried a bouquet of burgundy, navy blue, and off-white flowers. Bluegrass music played throughout the ceremony as the couple exchanged personal vows. A cocktail hour followed, with custom cocktails named after the couple’s two beloved cats, then guests descended the mountain via ski lift to the reception area at The Boathouse. The bride changed into a gold sequin gown for the reception and danced with her new husband to “Sea of Love” by Langhorne Slim and Jill Andrew. The duo performed a routine choreographed by their dance instructor, Arthur Murray of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Instant cameras were available to guests, and they enjoyed a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table, a fire pit and s’mores, and Millie’s Ice Cream. The couple postponed their planned honeymoon trip to Spain and Morocco because of COVID-19. Instead they returned home to Canonsburg, where Molly works as a grants coordinator and is pursuing her doctoral degree and Matt works as a photographer.

BRIDE‘S PARENTS Marli Duncan & Frank Jenkins

GROOM‘S PARENTS Jill & Gary Sunday PHOTOGRAPHED BY The Oberports

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