S some people spend years, decades even , planning their future wedding in their minds. They might not know yet in their daydreams just who they’ll exchange vows with, but they know every flower, the colors of the linens, and the feel of the day. But when both of the people exchanging vows work in the wedding industry, every detail matters. Beyond being a moment in time that they will remember for the rest of their lives, it’s also an opportunity to express themselves together creatively in a medium that they love.
let love grow A mutual friend introduced Jeni and Kevin when Kevin took a weekend trip home from college to Martinsburg. The two went on a few dates, but nothing much materialized, and Kevin went back to school in Morgantown and Jeni attended Shepherd University. When Kevin graduated fromWest Virginia University in 2002, he returned home, and the pair started dating officially. Jeni worked as a financial adviser for 10 years. Meanwhile, her hobby as a florist and gardener grew into a successful floral and event business. Westvirjeni grew to the point that Kevin eventually quit his sales job to join Jeni as a business partner. She got into event design and developed a style she describes as whimsical, bohemian, asymmetrical, and artistic. Kevin handled all of the mechanics, build-outs, and a good bit of the heavy farm work needed to grow their flowers. Nearly two decades into their life together, the couple became clear that they wanted to get married. There was no grand proposal—just two people in love who decided on forever.
That moment in time and that opportunity proved to be a breathtakingly beautiful one for Jeni Peterson and Kevin Walker, both floral design professionals and event planners living in Shepherdstown. And even more than the flowers, a weekend surrounded by family and friends was the most important detail that this couple planned.
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