Photographed by Photography by Amanda

On family property in Hendricks, this couple held a cheerful and rustic wedding.

Taylor, a geologist, and Emily, a geophysicist, met in graduate school at West Virginia University. Taylor proposed during a perfect summer afternoon on the piece of property where his parents are building their new home. He suggested they go fishing in the pond and there, on that beautiful piece of land, dropped to one knee and asked Emily to marry him. She, of course, said “yes.”


The bride is from Hendricks and the groom from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They held their wedding on the bride’s parents’ property in Hendricks, which made for a cheerful, scenic backdrop for the day. The bride wore a simple lace dress with a ribbon sash and carried a cascading bouquet of white flowers and lush greenery dotted with spots of soft pink. The groom chose a casual, spring-appropriate ensemble of gray pants and a tie, complete with leather suspenders.

The decor was elegant but rustic, with touches of burlap and moss, as well as plenty of liveflowers. The dried-moss centerpieces were particularly special, as they were made by the bride herself in the months leading up to the wedding. To incorporate the groom’s love of hunting and fishing Emily carefully chose a color palette—green, gold, pink, and brown—inspired by native brook trout and incorporated pheasant feathers into the bouquets and decor. The three-tier cake was distinctly unfussy but beautiful, with layers of white cake spackled with white icing and covered in live flowers.

Guests had fun posing in the wedding’s photo booth and dancing the day away. They took home favors of coffee from Black Fork Coffee Roasters, the coffee-roasting company that Emily and Taylor run as a side business. For their honeymoon, the couple spent four days backpacking in Dolly Sods.