WV Weddings Spring Summer 2020

burning love—take two A cocktail hour followed the ceremony, allowing Amanda and Jordan time for pictures together with their families and with the wedding party. They served mini pepperoni rolls in homage to the bride’s West Virginia roots and pierogies as a nod to Jordan’s Pennsylvania heritage. Dinner included a buffet-style meal with classic foods like beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes. Nikki Miller, a college friend of the bride, offered to make the couple’s wedding cake. She made a beautiful cake, Amanda says, that fell victim to the hot temperatures of their July wedding date. There was a mad dash on the day of the wedding to find a suitable substitute from a nearby Walmart, or at least parts that Nikki could use for repairs. She still managed to present a gorgeous miracle cake, and Amanda didn’t sweat it. She knew well enough as an event designer that things can and will go

Guests joined the couple for a reception in a greenhouse that the bride‘s parents built just for the occasion. One highlight

of the reception was a rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with guitar accompaniment by the bride.

wrong in every wedding, no matter how well- planned it is. Guests danced the night away, ending with a chorus of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” as Amanda played guitar. She says that, when the song ended, guests were cheering and still wanted more. So Jordan, ever the performer, joined in for another rousing rendition of “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley—fueled almost entirely by liquid courage, the bride recalls. The pair planned a honeymoon in Cambodia and Thailand but didn’t depart until six months after their wedding. Amanda says the trip was incredible, with time spent first in Cambodia, then in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. The last five days of their adventure allowed them to finally relax at an idyllic island resort off of Phuket, which the bride describes as heaven on Earth.

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