Hey there, beautiful souls!
Grab your coffee and cozy up, because we’re about to dive into the heartwarming journey of K and L’s Wedding celebration at the Mountain Valley Retreat Center. From heartfelt vows to enchanting decor, this day was all about creating unforgettable memories with a touch of nature’s magic.
A moment K was really looking forward to when anticipation met reality, Logan’s nervous excitement turned to awe as he saw his radiant bride. Staged on the front walk of the house, with K’s mom Kris and sister Celanire looking on, it was a blend of tears, embraces, and shared joy that truly captured the essence of their love story.
MVRC was the perfect choice for K & L. Having their families and friends stay on-grounds made the most sense for this wanderlust couple. Their guests were coming from places all over the country! It hosts a large big house with plenty of rooms, a charming Bridal suite, kitchen and several dining areas. The indoor bar that would be alive with excitement and laughter throughout the evening, and several additional cabins on the grounds, not to mention the charming arboretum! A serene space nestled among the trees with leaves blowing on a gentle breeze where K & L exchanged vows. With mulched pathways winding through the woods, wooden chairs nestled amongst the trees, and a touch of mountain views in the distance. It was the perfect stage for their “I do” moment in the August heat. The shade helped us all a ton too. 😉
A white tent adorned with twinkling lights, vases of flowers gracing the tables, and photo prints from their engagement session adding a personal touch. K and L’s vision? Minimal elegance that allowed the beauty of nature to shine alongside the love they shared.
So then how-about about those must-capture moments per K’s request!
The vows, oh those vows, were seamlessly woven together with a surprise Harry Potter prank that had everyone grinning. Thomas, the mastermind behind the prank, cleverly incorporated a Harry Potter-covered Bible, a nod to K’s childhood memories with her Dad. But that’s not all—Logan’s vows had a touch of humor and sincerity as he confessed that “Kaitlyn is the only one who could make him talk in front of a crowd“. Now that’s love, my friends!
Now, let’s talk about food, I mean who doesn’t love some delightful food?! While we took the bride and groom and her mothers family to grab a couple photos on the knoll, with rolling clouds and a peak at mountain ranges in the distance, a cocktail and appetizer hour post-ceremony set the tone. There was finger foods, a beer keg in on the lawn, drinks and cocktails from the indoor bar. Followed by a dinner that included airline chicken, roasted red potatoes, whole roasted carrots, green beans and a colorful mountainous side salad. The best part? The food services were provided by none other than K’s own coworkers, making it all the more special.
When speeches transported us through time, from hiking and traveling adventures to college days. Each word echoed the sentiment that Logan had found his heart’s true match in K. And K had found the one with whom she would gladly, and wholeheartedly continue to explore all of the National Parks together.
As we wrap up this journey, one thing is certain—K and L’s day was a masterpiece of love, laughter, and cherished connections. And to K’s words, the favorite part of working together with HR+L was the ease and guidance provided throughout the process.
So, my dear friends, let’s raise our cups to K and L, to their magical day at Mountain Valley Retreat Center, and to the journey that lies ahead. Here’s to capturing every moment, embracing the warmth of community, and embarking on new adventures that life has in store.
With love and storytelling magic,
Mel Matheney – Your Storytelling Photographer
Copyright 2023 Melissa Matheney
Honey Ridge & Lace Photography, the Home of Find Your Roar (FYR is the piece of HR+L that encompasses Birth and Intimate images) is story telling and empowerment photography business in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.
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