After a blind date gone just right, this West Virginian couple shares a beautiful spring wedding at their family’s farm.
photographed by Brittany Anderson Photography
Waylon Miller was waiting for the right partner. When his cousin’s wife set him up on a date with one of her friends, he had no idea she would be the one. Quinn Edgell was newly single when her friend said she should meet her husband’s cousin. He was a tall, red-headed Marine with a deep Southern voice and a good heart. Quinn thought he sounded too good to be true.
They met for coffee at Almost Heaven Desserts in Bridgeport. Although anxious at first, they immediately connected. “We talked for two hours and right off the bat everything kind of lined up just right,” Quinn says. They knew they wanted to see each other again and soon became a couple. It was the best blind date they could ever have asked for.
After dating for a little over a year, Waylon planned a weekend at The Greenbrier. During their last night, they had dinner, played chess, and walked around the grounds. Waylon wanted to propose at the spring house, but they couldn’t find it. “I kept asking the staff for the wrong place,” Waylon laughs. Quinn was curious about his insistence, but Waylon said he just wanted to take a picture for her mother since it was her favorite place. Of course, she believed him and did not expect what happened next. Waylon activated the timer, got to her side, and instead of posing for the picture, he got down on one knee and asked her to become his wife. In that moment, they could not have been happier.
THE FIXER UPPER
With five months until the wedding, they started planning right away. Thankfully, they didn’t have to worry about finding a venue. Waylon’s siblings had gotten married at their family’s farm, so they decided to keep the tradition and get married at the Miller Farm in Barrackville. Together, Waylon’s and Quinn’s families began clearing out, sweeping, and cleaning up the barn.
They refaced the front of the barn with redwood, and to preserve the wood, they used an ancient Japanese wood burning technique called “shou sugi ban.” Their families also custom built the bar they would use at the wedding. And during the months leading to the big day, their families built their ceremony site. Way up the hill of the farm, there was an old fallen-down barn. They got rid of the debris, hauled out wood they could salvage, and burned the rest to prepare the area for the ceremony.
A few months later, Quinn found her dress. She knew she wanted something that would make sense for a rustic wedding at a barn but also have the glamour that she wanted. She found a dress online and drove to Bridal Beginning in Pittsburgh to try it on. A vintage-inspired Wtoo by Watters Elise gown, it featured tiered cupcake layers of eyelash lace. “When I saw just how it was fitted to the body and how the eyelash lace looked, I could picture dancing in it to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in a barn.” It was the perfect dress for the wedding they envisioned.
THE BIG DAY
Up on the hill, overlooking the Miller Farm, the guests and bridal party were brought up on a tractor. It was a beautiful day for a wedding. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” They wore boho wildflower crowns created by Perennial Floral in Fairmont. Then, Quinn’s father walked her down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. “I will never forget being there with my father and seeing him all dressed up, proud, and ready to walk me down the aisle,” she says. “I can remember what the sun looked like on the hay. Everyone was up there and it was time, but here we were down the hill where no one could see us just yet. We were really in the moment.”
At the reception, the barn was the main attraction. They chose subtle, yet elegant, white and turquoise decorations to complement the barn’s grandeur. Instead of assigned seating, they wanted their guests to choose where they would to sit and dine together as one family. The long table had assorted vintage dinnerware that Quinn’s mother bought at various antique stores. There was antique glassware sprayed with turquoise paint, and they did their own chandeliers sprayed with the same color.
They also wanted to add a bohemian feel to the wedding and added deer antlers that they borrowed from their fathers and uncles. “It was a nice touch,” Quinn says. “Everyone had fun talking about the antlers.” They also decorated with pine branches, wildflowers, feathers, and about 200 peonies that came from Quinn’s grandmother’s flower bed.
When Waylon and Quinn walked in, they couldn’t contain their excitement. “Entering the loft as husband and wife was my favorite part of our wedding,” Waylon says. They finally got to share their first dance to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “It’s Your Love.” It was their favorite song. The one they always blasted at full volume while singing to each other. In that moment, it was theirs, but now it had a whole new meaning.
It was a unique DIY wedding. Their families worked together from beginning to end and enjoyed every moment of it. After a day of eating, dancing, laughing, and playing with Sturgill, their miniature donkey, they ended their night with a lantern ceremony. At dusk, with an open sky, everyone released their lanterns. It was a breathtaking view, the perfect way to end their unforgettable day.
Quinn LaRoux Edgell & Waylon Keith Miller
Barrackville | 5.20.17
Donita & Robert Edgell
Dana & George Miller
Brittany Anderson Photography
Bridal Beginning, Pittsburgh, PA
Riversong Spa, Bridgeport
Perennial Floral, Fairmont
Curley’s BBQ, Havelock, NC
Meg’s Country Kitchen, Cascara
Bake N Memories, Bridgeport
Sundown Entertainment, Clarksburg
The Mustard Couch, Morgantown
Weekend Project Studios, Pittsburgh, PA
Miss Emily’s Farm, Barrackville