Photographed by Kuirsta + Seth
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]larksburg native laiken and jonathan, of bridgeport, thought they would just be getting an evening of great music when they attended a Brad Paisley concert with friends. Instead, they each found a partner for life. They began dating and, 15 months later, during a hike near a cave known as The Cathedral on a vacation to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Laiken turned around and saw Jonathan down on one knee. He presented her with an engagement ring that had been zipped inside the back pocket of his swim trunks.
Their wedding overlooking the Gravity ski trail at Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center also highlighted adventure: The wedding party and guests rode the lift to attend. Chairs were set up to create an aisle, and the bride’s father and groom surprised Laiken by building an arch—from which they hung an antique chandelier—to serve as the altar. Laiken’s A-line Galina gown featured a sweetheart neckline, dainty straps, and lace that covered the top. She carried a silver and light pink brooch bouquet made by her mother with a silver and pearl handle. Jonathan paired a black vest and white shirt with his black tuxedo. After the couple exchanged traditional vows, everyone rode the ski lift down the mountain and to the reception at Bear Paw Lodge at Canaan Valley Resort. A buffet meal included sirloin steak topped with crab-stuffed shrimp, Cajun shrimp pasta, and fried chicken. The simple, two-tiered cake with off-white icing was vanilla with blackberry filling, but guests had the option to sample two smaller red velvet cakes with a variety of fillings. Attendees danced all evening to songs spun by a DJ and enjoyed the warmth of a large, blazing fire pit. After a sparkler send-off, Laiken and Jonathan left for their honeymoon cruise to Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. The couple lives in Bridgeport. Laiken is a sales agent for State Farm, while Jonathan works for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.
Bride’s Gown David’s Bridal, Pittsburgh, PA
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Show Me Your Mumu, online
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire Oliverio’s Bridal and Prom Boutique, Clarksburg
Ceremony Music Matt Pauley, Charleston
Flowers Oliverio’s Florist, Bridgeport
Caterer Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center, Davis
Cake Bake N Memories, Bridgeport
Entertainment Matt Pauley, Charleston
Photo Booth Shifoto, Coal City
Ceremony Weiss Mountain, Davis
Reception Bear Paw Lodge, Canaan Valley Resort
& Conference Center, Davis