A ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, is a pretty spectacular vacation. But the pristine beauty and deep powder probably paled in comparison to the surprise in store when Samantha, originally from Monongah, and Matt, a Fairmont native, returned home to West Virginia. Matt had planned on proposing on the trip, but the ring didn’t arrive in time. Instead, he settled for the couple’s kitchen.
The setting didn’t matter to Samantha, who enthusiastically agreed to marry Matt. The couple chose a lakeside ceremony on Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, Maryland. The bride was escorted by her father to the altar, where she and Matt exchanged their own vows, exchanged rings, and combined soil from each of their parents’ homes to plant a braided hibiscus.
For the wedding, Samantha wore a spaghetti strapped boho gown with lace and a cathedral-length veil. She also donned a pair of pale blue heels from BHLDN that perfectly matched the hand-dyed silk in her bouquet. Shyla Yoder arranged the flowers and décor for the event, which included wild greenery, vintage floral china, and glassware in light blue, green, rose, and mustard.
A reception immediately followed the ceremony and the dancing and celebration lasted well into the night. There was a life-sized Jenga game on hand for entertainment, a bottle of Fireball with attached GoPro camera, a Polaroid guest book, and so much more.
The couple left the party by running through a tunnel of flames and jumping into the lake together to celebrate their new beginning. They took a wedding trip to London, Paris, and Rome before returning to Fairmont, where Samantha works as a registered nurse and Matt as a coal miner.
Kathy & Tim Scritchfield
Photographed by Megan O’Dell, Wild and Wonderful Photography
Bridal Beginnings, Pittsburgh, PA
Show Me Your Mumu
Zoanna Moore/Zoie Moore, Fairmont
Katelyn Hollar, Clarksburg
Daniel‘s of Morgantown, Morgantown
Daniel’s of Morgantown, Morgantown
Leslie Montgomery of Mill Creek & Co Events, Deep Creek Lake, MD
Shyla Yoder of Love, Shyla, Bridgeport
The Historic Stonehouse Inn, Farmington, PA
Cheyenne Westfall, Bridgeport
Bryan Robertson DJ Service, Ridgeley
The Mustard Couch, Morgantown
At Lake‘s Edge, Deep Creek Lake, McHenry, MD