Matt and Tara: Simple Love in Huntington

On May 14th I arrived at a rustic lodge outside of Huntington, WV to find a hurried groom meeting with his DJ and directing guests so his bride could get ready in a stone cabin nearby. After a quick check in, I sensed he had enough on his plate and headed up to the ceremony site. A circle of stone benches that was originally a fire pit was decked out so the guests would surround the couple, how adorable is that?! Guests huddled under blankets and wrangled flower girls and the "ring dogs" (who both very excited and very well behaved), and we were ready! A single violinist played us down the aisle, and we all took our placed on a raised platform lined with greenery. And then Tara...

I will never get over the look in a couple's eyes when they first see each other down the aisle. Matt's smile couldn't have been bigger if he tried, but the star was Tara. She looked incredible even for wedding standards and could not take her eyes off her groom. These two were truly in a world all their own. Their vows had everyone laughing (Matt taped his to cardboard) and tearing up as they spoke of never being bored together and making a home for themselves in their adopted state of Florida.

When I first sat down to talk with these two over Skype it was like I was looking at a younger version of myself and my husband. They wanted a simple, non-religious outdoor ceremony, they were a tad geeky, and so in love! They are an example of how you can do it your way: without the caterer, reception hall, without thousands of flowers, glitter, and tons of guests. All that mattered to these two was that they were married, the party was just a nice bonus!

Weddings allow me a perfect excuse to take a mini family trip, and while the original plan of camping was cancelled due to weather we still got out. We stopped in to a huge farmers market in Charleston, went to a "real" mall, and The Huntington Museum of Art. The museum even had a greenhouse with a Koi pond Finley loved and a room where kids could color and play! Did I mention how much I love my job?

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