They had the same social circles, but Jocelynn and Matt remained strangers. When they finally met, a storybook wedding unfolded.
Jocelyn Jean Clark & Mathew Thomas Fike | Oakland, MD | 7.21.18 | Photographed by Kuirsta + Seth
No doubt you’ve heard the old adage, “Good things take time.” That was certainly the case with Jocelynn Clark and Matt Fike.
They both grew up in Preston County, he in Bruceton Mills and she in Kingwood. They both went to Preston County High School. They both went to WVU, and even lived in the same apartment complex for a time. They had mutual friends. And yet, until January 2013, they never met. “Didn’t even know each other existed,” Jocelynn says. “I knew his mom because she was a teacher at the high school, but I didn’t even know she had a son.”
It wasn’t until she moved to Charleston and went back to Morgantown for a friend’s birthday that their paths finally crossed. Jocelynn and her friends were celebrating at Morgantown favorite hangout Bent Willey’s when she ran into Matt. “We hit it off and danced the night away,” she says.
They had their first date not long after. Then came Valentine’s Day. In 2013, the holiday fell on a Thursday. Even though they were three hours apart, that didn’t stop Matt from spending it with Jocelynn. “He drove all the way to Charleston from Morgantown to surprise me with flowers and cupcakes. In our vows, we both said that was the moment we knew we had something real,” she says. – ❤ –
They continued dating, and Jocelynn eventually moved back to Morgantown to be closer to Matt. As they neared their fourth anniversary in 2017, he planned a weekend trip to Washington, D.C. They spent their Saturday visiting museums and monuments before going to a concert by one of their favorite country singers.
The next day, as they were getting ready to head home, Jocelynn suggested they go to brunch. Matt had other plans. He said he really wanted to stop by the Jefferson Memorial first. “I was like, ‘Sure—but I’m hungry.’” They got to the columned monument and walked around for a bit. Jocelynn had no idea what he had planned next. “We’d been there a while when I turned around and there he was on one knee,” she says. “Totally caught me off guard.” Matt had even hired a photographer to capture the moment.
They started planning their big day right away. Jocelynn had long admired the work of Shinnston wedding photographers Kuirsta and Seth Williams. She contacted them to see when they would be available and, now with a date in mind, started looking at venues.
One of the first places she visited was The White Barn at Lucas Farm in Oakland, Maryland. The venue was just getting up and running, and it showed—the yard was a muddy mess, and they had just installed the floors. “We were a little nervous,” Jocelynn says.
They kept looking but nothing struck their fancy. So they returned to the White Barn for an open house. The space had come a long way since their first visit. “It was beautiful. It was a blank canvas we could customize ourselves,” Jocelynn says. – ❤ –
When it came time to buy her dress, Jocelynn had an idea of the dress she thought she wanted. “Pinterest and Instagram—they’re dangerous. I had fallen in love with Hayley Paige dresses. I really wanted the big poofy dress.”
But when she got to The Vow bridal boutique in Morgantown, the big poofy dresses didn’t work out like she hoped. “I’m 5-foot-4, so those gowns just swallowed me up.” She did find another dress she liked, though. It was on a mannequin in the shop’s window, and was covered in sequins and lace overlay. It had a sweetheart neckline and a low scooped back. “We put this cathedral length veil with it, and I was sold.”
Her bridesmaids were all diferent sizes and body types so, rather than making them all wear the same dress, she let them pick out their own on the website Azazie. There were only two rules: the dress had to be floor-length, and it had to be cabernet-colored. “Otherwise I was like, have at it,” Jocelynn says.
Matt’s sartorial selection was similarly easy. “I knew I’d go to Daniel’s since forever,” he says. He and Jocelynn went to the Morgantown menswear shop early on a Saturday morning to pick out what he and his groomsmen would wear, settling on a navy suit with cabernet-colored vests and ties for the groomsmen and a champagne-colored vest and tie for Matt.
As they were checking out, Matt noticed a basket full of blue socks covered in gold Flying WV logos. “We’re big WVU fans. I was like, ‘Man, these are cool! They would be a good present for the guys.” – ❤ –
In the weeks leading up to their July 2018 wedding, Matt and Jocelynn kept a close eye on the weather forecast. “It was supposed to pour,” she says.
The White Barn had an alternate location ready for the ceremony, but it just wasn’t the same as getting married beneath the pergola in front of the property’s gorgeous man-made lake. But as their wedding day dawned, it turned out their worries about bad weather were for nothing. The day turned out to be beautiful—60 degrees in the middle of July.
“There was a chance of rain all day, but the rain held off until right before the reception,” Jocelynn says.
Before the ceremony, Matt and Jocelynn exchanged letters. They discovered that each was almost identical. “We mentioned all the same things in our letters. We talked about that Valentine’s Day. We talked about our dog Lexi. We talked about how we loved each other,” Jocelynn says.
Now it was time for the ceremony to begin. The mothers were escorted to their seats, Matt and his groomsmen were standing with the minister at the front of the congregation, and Steven Vance, the violinist Matt and Jocelynn hired, was playing an instrumental version of Eli Goldin’s “Love Me Like You Do.” All Jocelynn had to do was descend the stairs at the back of the barn, where her father and grandfather were waiting to escort her.
Unfortunately, this was the part she was worried about. The stairs were steep and her dress was fitted, so she could only move her legs so much. There were no handrails, not that it mattered, since her hands were filled with a bouquet of roses, peonies, lilies, and eucalyptus. “I practiced at least five times that morning,” she says.
She took a deep breath, then her first step, and another, and another. Before she knew it, she was at the bottom, and headed up the aisle.
When it came time to exchange “I do’s,” the couple chose to recite their own vows. “The traditional vows are nice, but they didn’t quite fit us,” Jocelynn says. Then they planted a tree in soil they had collected from their respective childhood homes and watered it together.
After their first kiss as husband and wife, they walked back down the aisle to James Taylor’s “How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You).” – ❤ –
The reception included a Protestant blessing by Matt’s pastor and a Catholic blessing by Jocelynn’s Aunt Crystal. Her sisters Jenna and Samantha gave speeches, as did Matt’s best friend. The couple had their first dance to “To Know Love” by Little Big Town.
Matt’s dad, who runs a sports bar at Snowshoe, provided the night’s refreshments—and gave Jello shots to anyone who participated in Matt and Jocelyn’s money dance. Vance, in addition to providing music for the ceremony, serenaded the couple and then went from table to table playing requests for guests.
Archie’s Barbeque of McHenry, Maryland, catered the dinner. Guests dined on pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and the bride’s favorite; mac and cheese.
The Cupcakerie in Morgantown provided dessert. Matt and Jocelyn cut a small two-tiered cake decorated with white buttercream icing, lace overlay, gold sequins, and flowers. “But then, for everybody else, we had cupcakes,” Matt says. Half were plain white cake, Matt’s favorite, and the rest were chocolate, Jocelynn’s pick.
The couple honeymooned at a resort in Tulum, Mexico. They’re now making their home in Morgantown, where he works as a civil engineer, she’s an occupational therapist for children, and they’re both enjoying their happy-ever-after.
It brings to mind another old adage: “Some things are worth waiting for.”
Written by Zack Harold
Photographed by Kuirsta + Seth
Corrine Clark & Chris Missimer;
Samuel Collins, Dianna Collins
The Vow Boutique, Morgantown
Daniel’s of Morgantown
Daniel’s of Morgantown
Jenna Clark, Morgantown
Madison Corley, Makeup Artistry, Oakland, MD
Jaclyn Pheasant, Dream Creations Event Planning, Morgantown
Perennial Floral, Fairmont
Archie’s Barbeque, McHenry, MD
The Cupcakerie, Morgantown
Steven Vance, Allison Park, PA
The family made strawberry jelly
The White Barn at Lucas Farm, Oakland, MD
Paper Hearts Invitations, Morgantown, WV