Whitewater rafting, a white dress, and an adventurous love

Photographed by Brittany Anderson Photography

Colin and Nicole met when he moved in across the hall from her apartment in Morgantown and they began dating. A few years later, Colin proposed while he and Nicole were celebrating a West Virginia University football win. She said yes before even seeing the ring, as Colin was too nervous and forgot to open the box. Nicole and Colin turned their wedding into a three-day affair, beginning with whitewater rafting. Before the ceremony at Adventures on the Gorge, the couple shared a private first look—their favorite moment of the entire weekend.

The bride’s Sottero and Midgley gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a lace overlay on the bodice and flowy skirt. She paired the dress with navy wedges and carried a bouquet of lamb’s ears, succulents, and purple and white roses. The groom accessorized a charcoal tux with a white vest and tie. Colin teared up when the couple’s lab/collie mix, Ryder, made his way down the aisle to the altar. Because of their love of craft beer, they poured an oatmeal stout as a unity beer, homebrewed specifically for their ceremony by a longtime friend, Stephen Bader. During the reception, the couple shared their first dance to “I Choose You” by Andy Grammer. Guests could enjoy a three-tiered cake adorned with white and gray flowers. Koozies were given as favors that read, “To have and to hold and to keep your beer cold.” The entire wedding party joined the guests by jumping into the pool located at the reception site. WVU graduates Nicole and Colin decided “Take Me Home, Country Roads” would be the perfect song to end the evening. Colin is from Parkersburg and serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, while Clarksburg native Nicole is a physical therapist. The newlyweds now reside in San Diego, California.

Bride’s Gown : The Exquisite Bride, Gibsonia, PA

Bridesmaids’ Dresses : J.Crew, online

Hair : Chelsea Holtz, The Hair Hippie, Marietta, OH

Makeup : Merideth Dushkoff, Makeup by Merideth, Parkersburg

Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire : JoS. A. Bank, Charleston

Coordinator : Jessica Campbell, Lansing

Flowers : Garden Party, Bridgeport

Caterer : Adventures on the Gorge, Lansing

Cake : Cakes by Appointment, Charleston

Entertainment : DJ Wise, Keyser

Location : Adventures on the Gorge, Lansing