Photographed by SS Photography

This couple made their wedding day unique by adding a vintage flair to their outdoor ceremony.

Chad, a clothing buyer from Fairmont, and Stevie, an attorney from Rivesville, met at their home church in Fairmont during the summer of 2012 while working at vacation Bible school.

Chad proposed the following spring while helping Stevie move home from college for the summer. During the move, he carried a moving box into Stevie’s room that she didn’t recognize. When she objected to the unfamiliar box, he insisted she open it anyway. Inside, Stevie found an engagement ring as well as one photograph of a young couple and another of an old couple—a symbol of the long life together that lay ahead.

They were married at Virlynda Farms, a private farm in Morgantown, in a sweet, personal outdoor ceremony. The wedding had a vintage English garden theme, complete with charming bouquets filled with peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Guests were seated on hay bales arranged in a long, spiraling row, so that the bride passed each and every guest as she walked down the aisle.


The bride wore a gown with an ethereal tulle skirt and delicate lace sleeves, while the groom chose a tan suit with navy blue elbow patches and piping at the pockets. The reception was especially whimsical: It was hosted in a mock playhouse village where guests could buy penny candy at the general store, stop by the malt shop for ice cream, lock a friend in jail, go to class at the schoolhouse, or get hitched at the miniature church. For cake, guests had their choice of iced lemon and raspberry, chocolate, or carrot cake with cream cheese icing. The couple even had special cakes made for the friends who hosted the wedding.

At the end of the night, each guest took home jars of jam topped with vintage-style fabrics. The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Bride’s Gown: BHLDN
Planner: Sharon Vincent, Fairmont; Cathy Gower, Fairmont
Flowers: Tammy Walker, Fairmont
Caterer: Michelle Layman, Fairmont
Cake: Monica Travelstead, Rivesville
Groom’s Cake: Connie Eddy, Rivesville
Location: Private residence, Morgantown