Laura Sue Mercer & Stephen Hansford Sutherland

Photographed by Callie Lindsey Photography


Stephen surprised Laura during a scenic hike to the Ravens Rock overlook at Coopers Rock State Park by arranging friends to videotape the proposal while he got down on one knee and asked for Laura’s hand in marriage. He presented her with a vintage-inspired pear-shaped diamond ring he designed at Kuehn Sisters Diamonds in Morgantown. She quickly said yes. They were married at a private residence at Sheridan Ranch. The bride wore an ivory mermaid-silhouette Allure Couture gown with Swarovski beading. The groom sported a light gray three-piece suit with pale aqua tie and socks. The bridesmaids dressed in Levkoff and Dessy chiffon floor-length gowns in blush and Victorian lilac. The groomsmen complemented them in light gray three-piece suits with blush and Victorian lilac ties and socks. A gathering of white and blush roses, fresh lavender, white ranunculus, and baby’s breath made up the bride’s bouquet, while jars of fresh flowers hanging from shepherd hooks outlined the aisle at the outdoor ceremony. The couple said their vows beneath a large birch arch covered with fresh flowers and ivory fabric. Escorted by her future father-in-law, the bride was met halfway by her mother, who walked her to her future husband while a violin and cello duo played “A Thousand Years.” Pastor George Boyle of Morgantown performed the ceremony and Father Andy Switzer gave a reading of scripture. Large white tents with string lighting made for a beautiful reception setting. The couple’s first dance was to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Guests enjoyed a country-style barbecue. A two-tiered buttercream wedding cake topped with fresh flowers and pearl trim beading was accompanied by an assortment of vanilla, Oreo, Key lime, orange creamsicle, red velvet, and s’more cupcakes. After a honeymoon to Aruba, the couple returned to Morgantown, where they reside.

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BRIDE’S GOWN

MB Bride & Special Occasion,
Greensburg, PA

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES

MB Bride & Special Occasion,
Greensburg, PA

Coni & Franc, Morgantown

FLOWER GIRL’S DRESSES

Macy’s, Charleston

GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE

Ptak’s, Uniontown, PA

OFFICIANT

Pastor George Boyle, Morgantown

PLANNER

Debra Mullins, Morgantown

CEREMONY MUSIC

Hot Metal Strings, Pittsburgh, PA

FLOWERS

Bella Fiore Floral, Morgantown

CATERER

Joe and Kerri Campbell, Morgantown

CAKE AND CUPCAKES

Lolita’s Cupcreations, Morgantown

ENTERTAINMENT

TK the DJ Entertainment, Connellsville, PA

RENTALS

MPE Rentals, Morgantown

VIDEOGRAPHER

Gonzalez Videography, Morgantown

LOCATION

Sheridan Ranch, Morgantown

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