Photographed by The Oberports

Inspired by their passion for red, and each other, this ruby wedding is sure to warm your heart.


[dropcap]H[/dropcap]urricane native Mandy and Charlestonian Todd met at the city’s ArtWalk through friends. Years of being acquaintances turned into years of dating. They spent the morning of July 4, 2015 on the porch of Mandy’s family camp in Green Bank. While watching the rain and listening to the creek, Todd professed sweet things with a familiar ring. He didn’t have to pick one out, as Mandy is a jeweler at Calvin Broyles Jewelers. Red is her favorite color, ruby her late mother’s birthstone, and Todd’s a ginger. Inspired by all the crimson, Mandy designed a rose gold, ruby, and diamond set of rings for the red wedding. Todd is the Director of Photographic Services at West Virginia State University, and the only photographers he considered were The Oberports. For their venue, they chose the beautiful and historic WVSU Capitol Center Theater, where they had enjoyed film festivals. Black Sheep Burritos & Brews was just a walk away, convenient for a winter evening wedding reception. As a nod to his parents and late father, they chose Leap Day so they could share their anniversary. To surprise his mother with the date, they had nutcrackers made in their likenesses to add to her collection. Personal and unique touches were important, so they had best friend Mia Ross officiate. Todd’s niece Gabbi and Mandy’s cousin Laurel were excited to carry the rings. During the ceremony, Todd’s mother, Kay, and Mandy’s Aunt Bobbie placed roses onstage in memory of their parents. Mandy created a red crystal brooch bouquet that began with her grandmother’s pin. Friends crafted art in the forms of lettering, bows, painted cake topper and invitations, and lighted wreaths. Mandy’s Aunt Kay sewed ring pillows from remnants of her red lace bespoke dress from The Dressmaker’s Closet. Red velvet cupcakes covered in red glitter were placed on vintage red vinyl records. The couple honeymooned in Key West, Florida. Now, Todd will only have to remember their anniversary every four years.



Bride’s Gown: The Dressmaker’s Closet, Charleston

Groom’s Attire: JoS. A. Banks, Charleston

Caterer: Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, Charleston

Cake: Hollypops, Scott Depot

Invitations: ARTalachia, Charleston; Jeff Pierson Illustration, Charleston

Posters: Signs and Engraving, South Charleston

Favors: Mountain State Honey, Parsons

Ceremony: WVSU Capitol Center Theater, Charleston

Reception: Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, Charleston