Photographed by AMPD Photography

This Elkview couple incorporated their love of the outdoors into their wedding.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]aron and Katie, both from Elkview, lived across the Elk River from each other growing up, and their parents were already acquaintances. But they didn’t get to know each other until they studied at West Virginia University in 2013. A year after they started dating, Aaron took Katie to view the Christmas lights in Elkview and, when the couple returned to Aaron’s parents’ house, they were met by their families and strings of Christmas lights that spelled out, “Marry Me?”

Their July wedding was held at The Barn at Woodridge in Sistersville, overlooking a beautiful mountain ridge. The bride and groom wanted both of their families’ pastors to officiate the ceremony, which included communion with their parents. Wedding colors included navy and yellow, a subtle nod to the couple’s alma mater.


The festivities were decorated with wildflowers handpicked by the bride and her family, who also cut tree stumps from their land around Elk River to use as centerpieces. On the stumps, Katie added simple details like Mason jars and lemons. Katie donned a gown purchased from Oliverio’s Bridal and Prom Boutique in Clarksburg, and her friend, Mariah Wolfe, did her makeup. She has been wearing cowboy boots all her life, and Katie knew her wedding would be no exception. She walked down the aisle wearing a favorite pair.

At the reception, guests enjoyed a white wedding cake with a willow tree topper and cupcakes and received jam and jelly favors from The Barn at Woodridge. The couple honeymooned in the West, in locations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and the Grand Canyon.