This West Virginian couple celebrates love, family, and friends at the beautiful Via Vecchia Winery in Columbus, Ohio.
Written by Demi Fuentes Ramirez | Photographed by The Oberports
Katie Wise and Andrew Pelfrey’s story began in 2012 during their senior year at Marshall University. Katie took classes with many of Andrew’s friends, and they introduced her to Andrew one night at The Union—Huntington’s most popular college bar. Katie and Andrew found that they had many things in common—along with many differences. “I was much more laid back,” Andrew admits. “It was something I fought for a long time. However, it was exactly why I fell in love with Katie, with how alive she is. Her intense love for others—and the little things in life—is unparalleled.”
In March 2016, Katie was hosting a wedding shower for a friend, and Andrew knew that it was the perfect opportunity to surprise her and finally propose. She was already dressed up and, most importantly, she had her nails done. Once Andrew picked her up, he told her they had to go to his parents’ house because it was his grandmother’s birthday. When they arrived, Katie was a bit confused since there wasn’t a single car there. That’s when Andrew took her hand and led her to his parents’ backyard, where there were beautiful bouquets set up, some champagne, and a black kitten with a ring on its collar. It was a simple proposal, but perfect in every way.
Andrew and Katie wanted a fall wedding. They just needed to find the venue that fit with what they envisioned. They looked at several places, but none of them felt right. When they visited Via Vecchia in Columbus, Ohio, Andrew immediately knew that it was the ideal venue for their wedding. “His face lit up and he was so excited,” Katie says. “We love vintage things and we love to travel. It just felt like you were in this European village, and we loved everything about it.” The old brick warehouse provided a historic feeling that tied in perfectly with what they wanted.
The couple then chose colors that complemented the season, the venue, and their love. Because red is symbolic of love, they wanted to choose deep colors to represent the deep love they felt for each other. They contrasted the dark colors with the bridesmaids’ neutral colored and fleur-styled BHLDN dresses, the groomsmen’s soft pink dress shirts and burgundy ties from The Tie Bar, and the floral arrangements done by Caroline Waller from Passiflora Studio in Marietta, Ohio, which included an assortment of pink, white, and burgundy flowers, hints of eucalyptus, and burgundy, pink, and gold ribbons.
For her dress, Katie wanted an Anna Campbell gown. The designer’s dresses are handmade, and it’s one Katie always admired. She took a trip with her mother to visit a trunk show at Washington, D.C. She tried two beautiful Anna Campbell dresses, but they weren’t the right ones for her. When she tried the third one, she fell in love with it. “It felt so right,” she says. “I never thought the top would be something that I would gravitate toward, but it still had that classic elegance with the lace, and I loved the tight bow in the back. It was this perfect blend of classic charm with a little bit of a modern touch.”
An Unforgettable Day
Katie and Andrew didn’t want a traditional ceremon and chose to focus theirs on their love, their family, and their future. They had an Irish reading that was symbolic of how they felt for each other and what they hoped for their relationship. They were married by Katie’s first boss, Drew Ross, someone who has had a positive effect in her life, and they wrote their own vows. The ceremony was simple, beautiful, and unforgettable.
At the reception, the newlyweds first wanted to thank everyone who had come from far away to be with them on their special day. The couple visited each table and spent some time with every one of their guests. For dinner, Creative Cuisine provided dinner rolls, braised short ribs, parmesan, crusted chicken, macaroni and cheese, sautéed vegetables, and kids’ meals for the children in attendance. For dessert, guests enjoyed delicious vanilla bean wedding cake with buttercream frosting and a yellow wedding cake with strawberry filling, buttercream frosting, and chocolate drizzle. After dinner, guests enjoyed the rest of the night dancing to the Bluewater Kings Band’s music.
In the end, their wedding day was a celebration of love, family, friendship, and togetherness. Everything from the venue to the colors to the decorations was planned out to represent Katie and Andrew’s love.
Stacey & Jeff Wise
Teresa & Larry Pelfrey
Photographed by The Oberports
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire
Belk, Charlotte, NC
The Tie Bar
Leda Anderson, Events Held Dear, Columbus, OH
Stationery and Favors
MUG and PIA, Wilmington, NC
The Bluewater Kings, Columbus, OH
Caroline Waller, Passiflora Studio, Marietta, OH
Creative Cuisine, Columbus, OH
Short North Piece of Cake, Columbus, OH
Got Ya Covered Linens, Columbus, OH
The Bluewater Kings, Columbus, OH
Via Vecchia Winery, Columbus, OH