WV Weddings Spring Summer 2020



audrey and chris met as 7th graders at Park Junior High School in Beckley. Neither had a clue that they would end up married almost 20 years later, but that’s exactly how their love story unfolded. Chris planned a trip to Northern California to celebrate Audrey’s 30th birthday. He popped the question at the Valley of the Moon Winery in Sonoma, California, and Audrey said yes. The couple chose Audrey’s family church—First Christian Church in Beckley—for their wedding ceremony. The bride was escorted by her father and walked down the aisle to “Clair De Lune” performed by a string quartet from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She wore a custom strapless trumpet gown adorned with a crystal belt, chapel-length train, and cathedral-length veil. She carried a bouquet of pink tea roses, white and wild blue irises, blue thistle, green hydrangeas, and Italian ruscus. The couple exchanged traditional vows before their presentation to guests as husband and wife. After the ceremony, they joined friends and family for a reception inside The Resort at Glade Springs. Decor for the event included the bride’s great grandfather’s collection of antique medical books, some of which were more than 100 years old. The couple carved a three-tiered ivory-colored wedding cake decorated with pink roses, Italian ruscus, and blue thistle. Guests were also treated to two specially crafted wedding beers made by the groom called Wedding Wit and Hazy IPA. Donuts were served as a late-night snack once the party began to wind down. The couple took a wedding trip to Barbados afterward. They currently reside in Tega Cay, South Carolina, where Audrey works as a clinical psychologist and Chris works as a continuous improvement project manager.


GROOM’S PARENTS Allison & John Yambrick PHOTOGRAPHED BY Lauren Love Photography

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