WV Weddings Fall Winter 2020



belleville-native courtney was a blushing belle when she met Zanesville, Ohio-native Zach through a mutual friend in June of 2018. Through eight months of dating, their love spanned three states, and Zach proposed to Courtney in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where the two had travelled to attend a church youth rally. Courtney found out that dreams really do come true when the couple said their “I do’s” on the bride’s grandparents’ farm in Washington, where Courtney had always dreamt of getting married. She planned the wedding with the help of her mother, Tracy, and every detail was thoughtful and personal. The ceremony took place in a green pasture overlooking the Ohio River. Lining the pasture were John Deere tractors belonging to the bride’s grandfather. Flanking the aisle were doors from a friend’s childhood home, and at the end of the aisle was an arch built by the bride’s father, who escorted her down the aisle. The bride wore an off-the-shoulder, mid-sleeve, ivory-colored lace mermaid gown and matching lace veil and carried a bouquet of white and merlot-colored flowers. The reception took place in an 80-foot open pole building decorated with white tulle and vintage lights. Guests gathered near the farm’s 100-year-old milk barn, and, in full fall fashion, helped themselves to coffee, s’mores, and a popcorn bar. They dined on comfort foods—pork and chicken BBQ , pasta salad, baked beans, and hot rolls—then enjoyed a three-tiered white wedding cake decorated with cascading burgundy flowers and topped with a grapevine heart. Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Sugarcreek, Ohio’s Amish country, and then returned to Elizabeth, where Coutney works as a cosmetologist and Zach is a United States postal worker.

BRIDE’S PARENTS Tracy & Jim Kemp

GROOM’S PARENTS Nancy & Donnie Watts PHOTOGRAPHED BY Jennifer Steele Photography

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