Highgate Carriage House was the perfect backdrop for Chasity and Sean’s wedding.
Chastity June Wood & Sean Thomas Moore | Fairmont | 6.30.18 | Photographed by Kuirsta + Seth
Three months before Chasity Wood and Sean Moore were scheduled to get married, Sean was in a serious motorcycle accident, breaking two major bones in his right leg. Chasity told Sean that he wasn’t getting out of marrying her even if she had to roll him down the aisle in a wheelchair herself. Sean, of course, had no plans on missing the big day despite being in a medical boot up until the day of their nuptials. His wedding day marked the first time Sean wore a shoe on his right foot after the accident.
the perfect dress
Sean likely felt little pain once he laid eyes on Chasity. Her wedding gown was one that she had admired for a long while. It was a piece in the BHLDN line, and, mere months before the wedding, it went on final sale. On a whim, Chasity ordered the gown days before an appointment she had to try on dresses at a local dress shop. She followed through with the appointment anyway and tried on half a dozen in person. She loved one of the dresses she tried on and was encouraged by her mother’s belief that there was no way she would love a mail order dress as much. So she ordered that dress, too.
The BHLDN dress arrived the very next day, and Chasity knew immediately that it was possible for her to love it more. She called the bridal shop where she had been the day before and apologetically cancelled her order.
An “Otherworldly” Venue
The couple chose the Highgate Carriage House for both their ceremony and reception. The bride had long admired the venue when she’d worked on other weddings there for her family’s floral shop, Perennial Floral in Fairmont. The family flower shop also created all of the floral arrangements and floral décor for the couple’s ceremony and reception.
Chasity describes the Carriage House as “castle-esque and otherworldly.” It perfectly fit the boho, whimsical theme that she and Sean had chosen for their big day. The grounds and fountain are beautiful, she says, and guests there feel transported to a different place and time.
Not only did the bride’s brother, Brandon Wood, introduce the couple, but he also officiated the wedding. Brandon works in vocational ministry, so filling that role on the big day was a natural fit for him as he guided the couple through the short ceremony and recitation of their own vows.
The guest list for their wedding was rather small, with about 80 people in attendance, and that was exactly how the couple wanted it. In fact, they only invited the people who were part of their everyday lives.
Color was Key
The bridesmaids wore gowns of different colors in styles of their own choosing. The colors—dove gray, rose quartz, windsor blue, and deep raspberry—were inspired by the flowers that the bride knew she wanted in the wedding. The groom wore a light gray vest over a white dress shirt and a dusty blue tie. His groomsmen wore gray slacks, suspenders, and matching ties.
The ceremony also featured three flower girls in floor-length, ecru dresses, and a ring “lion.” The ring lion was a 4-year-old boy named Shepherd who had been in a wedding previously and was very bothered by the fact that he was made to be a ring “bear.” This time, he said, he would rather be a lion. The bride and groom obliged.
Good Food was a Must
Immediately following the ceremony, the couple joined guests for a full meal catered by The Aquarium Lounge in Fairmont. Because their guest list was short, they wanted to ensure that those who shared their special day were treated to a delicious meal. The meal included beef tenderloin with a horseradish sauce, chicken piccata, red skin potatoes, and creamed spinach with parmesan.
The bride envisioned creating individual, miniature wedding cakes for each of her guests. Time and cost prevented that dream from becoming a reality, but once she tasted petit fours from Bonnie Belle’s Pastries in Nutter Fort, she knew she’d found the next best thing. Each guest was treated to two almond petit fours, each decorated with fresh flowers matching the wedding décor. A family friend, Val Weaver, made the wedding cake as a gift to the couple. Another family friend, JoAnn Nuzum, created a cookie table for guests as her gift to the couple, with decorated sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, West Virginia maple cookies, and other varieties.
The Icing on the Cake
The Wood-Moore wedding was centered on family and the people most special in the couple’s lives—even the bride’s late grandmother played a big role. When Chasity created the music play list for the wedding, she added the Golden Girls theme song so that, in that moment surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the day’s events, she would stop and think of her beloved grandmother. She heard the song play while taking photos between the ceremony and reception. It happened to be her family’s turn to take their photo, and she was standing right beside her grandfather when the tune carried outside from the reception area. She said she knew right then that her grandmother was there with them, and that moment was one of her most memorable on a day full of beautiful moments.
Written by Holly Leleux-Thubron
Photographed by Kuirsta + Seth
Perennial Floral, Fairmont
Aquarium Lounge, Fairmont
Val Weaver, Fairmont
Bonnie Belle’s Pastries, Nutter Fort
Bobby Dunn, Fairmont
Highgate Carriage House, Fairmont