Grace and Andrew lives in West Virginia, but both of them met and were engaged in New Zealand (where Andrew originally lived).Both of them knew already that some of their guests would be travelling half-way around to world no matter where the wedding was going to be held so they decided on having a Bohemian barn wedding along the river banks of New River George. It was really important for them to maximize the wedding experience as this would be one of the few moments that their families from American and New Zealand would actually meet for the very first time. That’s why they thought of having a 3 day affair where everyone could enjoy and relax while in the process of getting to know each other. I really like all the Boho fabrics as well as other whimsical elements incorporated on the design. I also love the bride’s Grace Love Lace wedding gown which she bought all the way from the land down under. Here’s what the couple can say about their inspiration for the wedding:
Our idea of the wedding came from some of the things we both love while maintaining the rustic feel and the wooden settings while planning on the design. We tried to keep all the colors as soft and natural as possible. Basically, our goal was to let everyone feel the coziness of West Virginia and have a wonderful family bonding experience. You can see all the aspects of being eclectic, random, fun, casual, adventurous, and outgoing on the wedding which really defined what we are as a couple.
Many thanks to Keary Dee for providing all these pretty photos of the wedding celebration and best wishes to Andrew and Grace!
From Grace… I love everything that has Gypsy, Moroccan, and Indian styles so I incorporated these elements on the garlands and in the table settings. My sisters had so much fun gathering old bottles from the many antique shops in West Virginia and my brother made us this antler chandelier so that we could dance underneath it. I was also able to use some of the old items from my home and all of these had a great sentimental value to me.
The couple worked with Jessica Sloane and she was able to provide them with some design assistance even if she’s far away. This is a great idea for those who are about to get married on a remote location but couldn’t afford to hire a stylist to help with the designing chores for the wedding day.
Our most favorite part of the wedding – Exchanging our vows would have to be the most significant part of the wedding for us. I saw the emotion just by looking at Andrew’s eyes and word cannot express what it meant to me. I was happy to be married with my best friend. The silent moments we had as we both hold each other hands while the photographer was taking the pictures – that too was very awesome.
BUT… If we had to pick just one thing (it’s a bit tricky)… The good times that we had with both of our families, dancing barefoot at the barn, and listening to the Americana music – These are some of the things that really made the evening unforgettable!
Wedding advice – Be true to yourself and do what you feel doing. This way, you will be happy when look back and reminisce at all these things. This is your day! You can be whatever you want to be! Focus only on what really matters and accept the fact that some things wrong at the course of the evening.
Photography: Keary Dee Photography | Venue: The Confluence Resort, Hico, West Virginia | Rentals: Salvaged to Sassy | Floral design: Bessie’s Floral Designs | Wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace | Jewelry: Callisto Jewelry | Shoes: Walkaholics | Bridesmaid dresses: Free People | Hair + makeup: DIY | Groom Suit: Zanerobe | Catering: Gourmet on the Gorge | Music: The Wild Rumpus