Today I have a charming rustic wedding submitted by C. Tyler Corvin Studio. Sarah & Matt are such a cute couple and I Iove the pictures of them setting on the end of the dock, so adorable.
From the Photographer: Sarah grew up working at the camp and was basically like family to the owners. When looking for a wedding location Camp Mont Shenandoah doesn’t traditionally open their camp for weddings but this was “family.” The wedding day was beautiful and weather was perfect. The only exception was that the horses on the family farm had gotten loose a couple time and the brother, in his suit, had to go corral the horses. The couple met while both at William & Mary. They both loved the outdoors and nature and so we got a lot of pictures with nature involved. There friend (a groomsman) did all the floral arrangements including the flowers on the cake. The reception was held in an old performance room/gym that even had the basketball court markings on the floor.
From the Bride, Sarah:
How did you meet?
We met as undergraduate students at the College of William & Mary. Matt’s friend was dating one of my friends who invited a bunch of us to one their parties. We hit it off, and Matt invited me back to be his date at an eighties prom-themed party. I found out later that he had a back-up date in case I didn’t show. Matt thought he was pretty smart, but really he was just lucky that I showed up! It may seem unlikely that a marriage could be the end result of meeting at a party in undergrad, but you never know how life will turn out. We happened to be in the right place at the right time.
What was your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style:
We planned the wedding on our own and with our families. Planning a Virginia wedding from California put us at a slight disadvantage, but we were extremely fortunate to have two sets of parents that helped us meet with vendors, visit sites, and constantly relay information to us. Our outdoor wedding was inspired by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, sustainability, and local flavor. A lot of our ideas and materials also came from scouring wedding blogs and searching the depths of Etsy. Matt’s groomsman is a local flower provider and worked with us to get lots of local, seasonal flowers, and my mom put in a ton of effort to design and arrange the decorations.
What was your Favorite memory of the day?
My favorite memory was the moment I had before walking down the aisle. Until then, it hadn’t hit me that everything we had been planning and dreaming was suddenly turning into reality, and I realized: This is it. Everything turned a little blurry around the edges, and I all I could see was Matt at the end of the tunnel. I could hear beautiful music in the distance, and I was aware of the many faces in the crowd; I could feel all of their support like a foundation. My dad and I both started to lose it as we walked together. It was the most wonderful moment of letting go of any reservations, to walk into a brand new future.
Do you have any advice for other brides?
My advice for other brides is to select vendors that will be invested in the happiness and success of your wedding day. You will get a sense in the interview if the vendor is burned out with their job and will only treat your interaction as part of business. We had a mixed bag of vendors, but the ones that we were really happy with were the ones that took time to sit down with us for questions, paid attention to the small stuff, and even showed up early on our wedding day. A few of these vendors were relatively new and inexperienced, but they were so enthusiastic that they went above and beyond their duties.