WV Weddings Spring Summer 2020



stephanie and matt had eyes for each other all throughout middle school and high school in Morgantown. But it wasn’t until after graduation that the pair became a couple. On a warm summer day, as the sun was setting on the banks of a Kentucky lake where the couple was vacationing with Matt’s family, he asked Stephanie to marry him. She said yes. The ceremony was planned for the next summer, and the location they chose was Stephanie’s family’s farm in Morgantown. Both families contributed to the setting, with potted plants grown by the groom’s mother and a wooden backdrop built by the bride’s father serving as décor. The mother of the bride made the wedding cake and the dresses worn by the flower girls. For her wedding, the bride wore a mermaid gown with beading and carried a lantern with cascading flowers as her bouquet. She wore a necklace that her late grandmother made for her from the tokens her late grandfather received from years of working at a local telephone company. The wedding party was delivered to the ceremony site by tractor and sat on quilts made years ago by the bride’s grandmother. The couple exchanged vows and planted a small tree together using soil from their childhood homes. A reception took place after the ceremony, and guests enjoyed music, traditional dances, and a conga line. A three-tiered white cake with white icing and blue sequins served as the wedding cake, and guests were also treated to a cookie bar and small jars of homemade salsa as wedding favors. The couple has settled into married life in their new home on the family farm in Morgantown, where Stephanie works as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and Matt works as an associate attorney with Mullens & Mullens PLLC.

BRIDE’S PARENTS Louise & Roger Henry GROOM’S PARENTS Shawn & Randy Ervin

PHOTOGRAPHED BY McKinzi Weese of Moments Captured

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