WV Weddings Spring Summer 2020



erin and eric’s paths might never have crossed had it not been for a well- intentioned matchmaker named Chet. A mutual friend of both, Chet told Erin, a Cross Lanes native, that he had a friend that she just had to meet. The pair met, hit it off, and started dating. Their relationship was on and off for a few years until they realized husband and wife would be the best fit of all. Eric, a Charleston native, proposed beside a backyard bonfire on a warm November night in 2017. The couple chose the University of Charleston as their wedding and reception venue. The couple shared an emotional first look before the ceremony started, which kept them both from “ugly crying” at the altar. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. She carried a bouquet that included charms honoring the memory of her late grandmother, grandfather, and aunt and wore a fit and flare lace gown with beading and her grandmother’s pearls. The couple exchanged traditional vows and almost forgot to kiss at the end, admitting that they were caught up in the moment. Their wedding was full of personal touches, including the invitations they made by hand on a vintage printing press in their basement and the guestbook they fashioned out of wood. The couple joined family and friends for a reception following the ceremony. They enjoyed lively music, a memorable father–daughter dance, delicious foods, and a lemon-flavored wedding cake that guests are still talking about. Guests were treated to hand-dipped chocolate marshmallows topped with purple sprinkles as wedding favors. The couple chose an Eastern Carribean cruise for their honeymoon. They returned home to Charleston, where Erin works as an accountant and Eric works as an electrical engineer.

BRIDE’S PARENTS Denise & Joseph Deegan GROOM’S PARENTS Susan & Jack Conner PHOTOGRAPHED BY Photography by Mandi White

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