Photographed by Brittany Anderson Photography

While searching for a venue that would fit their 350-plus guest list, this couple found a unique way to show off their hometown of Clarksburg.

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]arah, an assistant manager at Victoria’s Secret, and Joe, an MBA student at West Virginia University, met in 2009 while the two were in college. Both are from Clarksburg. In 2014 Joe proposed privately before a surprise engagement party at Muriale’s Italian Restaurant, where the two had worked together and had become friends.

angottiportraits142The couple was married at Jackson Square in Clarksburg, a new public area that features brick designs and decorative lighting. They had been searching for a space in their hometown that would fit their entire 350-plus guest list. Both come from large families with deep ties to their hometown and the community and wanted to make sure Clarksburg had a featured role in their nuptials.

On the wedding day, which Sarah planned herself, the bride wore an Oleg Cassini gown with a fitted trumpet skirt and subtle pink flower appliquies and lace. Flower arrangements created by the bride, her mother, and a friend included peonies, hydrangea, and shrub roses in various shades of pink, white, and cream. Bouquets were wrapped with pink satin ribbon and pearls. In lieu of a traditional unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom gave their new mothers-in-law roses.

Later, guests enjoyed the couple’s five-tier white almond wedding cake filled with raspberry and featuring white lace details, pink rose accents, a pink satin bow, and a gold letter A topper. The evening ended with a sparkler send-off, and guests went home with goody bags filled with chocolate chip cookies and classic Italian wedding cookies. The couple honeymooned in Rivera Maya, Mexico.