Rebecca + Ryan | A Charleston WV Wedding Story

Rebecca & Ryan dreamt of a snowy January wedding.  During our bridal consultation she told me their dream involved a couple of inches of snow to create beautiful photographs.  I’m not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical.  Right around this time last year we had a giant snow storm.

The week of the wedding Rebecca & I obsessively text one another planning what we would do if it snowed, rained or was sunny.  Mid-week it was apparently to us that a little bit of rain would occur.  We were armed with  a game plan going into their day.

Upon arriving at the church it became apparent that Rebecca truly had her heart set on snow.  Her absolutely jaw dropping dress had a shimmer down the entire train to match the shimmer coming off snow.  She had her Grandma’s fur shaw to contrast her dress.  She had made sure everything was perfect.  When she walked down the steps of the house she turned backwards, glancing at her dress and declared, “This is what a dreamed of!”

The wedding went off without a hitch at St. Agnes Catholic Church.  Rebecca never stopped smiling at her handsome groom.  The readings were perfection.  It was the perfect wedding.

By the time the ceremony ended we had conceded to the fact it was going to rain all day.  Our timeline forced us to be out of the church thirty minutes after the ceremony ended and Rebecca wanted outside photos.  Thankfully for us the WV State Capitol was open despite it being Inauguration weekend.  We managed to stay (mostly) dry by hiding out under the awning for the majority of their formal photos.

Finally I decided if it was going to rain all day… and they weren’t going to have their snow… that they WERE going to have something to remember their rainy day.  We pulled out the beautiful clear umbrella Rebecca had brought “just in case.”  I won’t lie to you they (especially Ryan) thought I had lost my mind when I sent them out into the absolutely pouring rain at dusk to stand in 40 degree temperatures.  I could read the look on his face and it definitively said, “Who is this crazy lady you hired to do our photos?”  (I ran home after the wedding to edit the photos so they’d understand why I made them stand in the pouring rain.  They understand now and love the rain photos.)

After dodging rain and having to get a little creative we settled in for the last few hours of their day at the Clay Center for the Arts & Science.  The reception was absolutely stunning with the most unique cake topper I have seen in a long time.   It was a fabulous party!

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Thank you Rebecca & Ryan for being the most patient, laid back and fun loving couple on earth.  Many people would have allowed the disappointment of Mother Nature not playing nicely with us to ruin their spirits but you never stopped smiling.  It was a small obstacle to overcome but it was your first MARRIED obstacle and you overcame the rain with grace & patience.  I have no doubt you’ll have a fabulous life together and hopefully for your 1st anniversary Mother Nature will play nice and snow for you.  Congratulations!


A very special thank you to Jeremy at Party Time DJ Services for being so fabulous during the wedding.  We were on a tight timeline and he kept things upbeat & flowing amazingly well.  And to Brittany Paul from Brittany Paul Photography for being my assistant for the day.  It was not an easy job but you stuck with me and I’m grateful.

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