Art designers Kristina Murrill and Douglas Hawley enjoy a warm and relaxing fall wedding at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in Malden.

Written by Demi Fuentes Ramirez • photographed by Lauren Love Photography

Wedding photographer Lauren Love has done her fair share of weddings, but she’ll never forget Kristina Murrill and Douglas Hawley’s special day. From the venue to the décor to the candid moments, Lauren Love enjoyed every second of the day. “It was one of my favorite weddings ever,” Lauren says. “Not only for the beautiful details, but for the photojournalistic moments that happened throughout the day. Kristina and Douglas have impeccable taste—everything was absolutely stunning.”

Kristina and Douglas are both art designers. They met back in 2010 while taking an art course at Marshall University. Six years later, Kristina surprised Douglas by buying him tickets to see the Chiefs on Christmas day in Kansas City, Missouri. What she didn’t know was that Douglas was planning his own surprise for her. He had taken the diamond from the ring his father gave to his mother and designed a ring just for Kristina. They arrived at Kansas City two days before the game. During their first night, they decided to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. When they were leaving, while walking down the steps, Douglas got down on one knee and proposed. It was a romantic and intimate moment for them, one Kristina will never forget.

Douglas and Kristina knew they wanted to get married in the fall because they loved the season in West Virginia. They quickly began scouting for the venue. “I kind of had this vision of evening time, a garden setting, and string lights,” Kristina says. But none of the places they had seen were right for them. A friend recommended J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in Malden. Once they arrived, Douglas and Kristina knew it was the perfect location for their wedding.

The Big Day

When their big day finally came, Kristina and Douglas weren’t nervous. “We were both fine,” Kristina says. “We thought, ‘whatever happens, happens. At the end of the day we are going to be married.’ And then, everything fell into place.”

For their ceremony, Douglas and Kristina built the arch they would be married under. But they didn’t want a typical arch. Instead, they built an A-shaped one. “We live in an A-frame house,” Kristina says. “It made sense and it represented us.”

The couple decided to keep their ceremony very traditional. Kristina chose a wedding gown that fit her personality—it was simple and elegant. She was escorted down the aisle by her father to Bon Iver’s “For Emma.” Douglas’s mother read “On Marriage,” a poem by Khalil Gibran, and 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, and they were married by a minister who was close to Douglas’ father.

After the ceremony, Douglas’s mother took a moment to talk to the bride and groom. While Douglas was in high school, his father passed away. He was a minister who loved rainbows. He always used them as a symbol during his sermons. Douglas’s mother took a moment to tell the couple that right before the ceremony, a rainbow appeared—and it was upside down. A smiling rainbow. Douglas was speechless. The couple took it as a sign that his father was there giving them his blessing. Later on, when Lauren Love was editing their pictures, she found that she had captured that moment when his mother told them about the rainbow. To her surprise, the camera had done a rainbow lens flare. It was indeed a sign and a blessing.

At the reception, there were no assigned seats–creating a more relaxed and casual evening. For dinner, they opted for tacos and a salsa bar. For dessert, guests were treated to mini pumpkin and pecan pies and blackberry fig bread pudding with white chocolate glaze. Guests also helped themselves to warm apple cider and sat around a bonfire. Fall and love was definitely in the air.

Malden | 10.21.17

Bride‘s Parents
Chuck Murrill & Deanna Gillispie
Groom‘s Parents
Pamela Hawley Grady & the late Forrest “Woody” Hawley
Photographed by Lauren Love Photography

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Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire
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J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, Malden
J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, Malden