I am so excited to share this gorgeous Highgate Carriage House West Virginia Wedding with you! Seriously amazing venue!
Staci and Don are the sweetest. You might remember them from their cute country engagement session. 🙂 One of her biggest worries about their wedding day was rain. And, they ended up having the most beautiful fall day.
And Don with his guys.
How did you meet?
We met sophomore year at WVU at a party
How did Don propose?
We rented a cabin in New River Gorge, WV for a long weekend. We went zip lining all day, came back, and I was trying to relax a little before getting ready for dinner. He was outside with the dogs and was very persistent that I come out into the yard because there was (allegedly) a baby deer out there. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals but a fawn in the woods is not going to get me to jump up off the couch and run. After about 10 minutes of this, I finally go outside to look. He then said something to the effect of “oh I forgot to tell you that I got the dogs new tags.” As I read, “will you” and “marry me” on their tags, I turned around and he was on one knee. The best part is that he recorded the whole thing!
What are you most excited about for your wedding day?
Seeing his face when we see each other for the first time. I’m excited for the wedding but I’m more excited to just start our lives together after the wedding.
What do you love the most about your man?
That’s tough. I love how patient he is with everyone, including me.
What they love to do together:
Team trivia, binge watching shows, skiing, ice skating, Town Hill Tavern, hanging out with the pets, Pirates games, Steelers games, WVU football games, WVU basketball games (anything WVU), & country concerts.
Their gorgeous ceremony!
Quick story to share here… I don’t want to take away from Don and Staci, but I can’t not share this amazing story.
A Resurrected Marriage.
I was chatting with Don’s dad at The Sip Station, and I don’t even know how we got on the subject. I think I might have asked how many years he and his wife had been married (left of photo below). He went on to tell me their story. It is equally heartbreaking and uplifting.
They were married… and then ended up getting a divorce. They ending up losing one of their children. The tragedy of that brought them back together, and they ended up getting REMARRIED! He said they spent about 20k to get divorced.
You are not on an island.
They’ve attended the Weekend to Remember a few times. Josh and I have been and it is amazing. But, what I loved about what he said… He said he thinks that if more married couples would talk about their marriages, their hardships… it would make a huge difference. I think there is so much truth in that. Talking about problems TOGETHER, but also in COMMUNITY. I think so often, we think we are the only ones struggling through something in marriage, when the truth is, we aren’t alone, we just feel like we are. Of course there are extreme circumstances, but generally speaking as married folks… we walk through so many of the same hardships. And, we aren’t meant to walk through them alone.
Isn’t that in part why we get married in the midst of our friends and family? They are witnesses of our vows, and are cheerleaders for our marriage. They are our support system. Let’s let them be supportive.
And their outdoor reception. Love all of their signage and their clear tent!
The Sip Station!
They had the Sip Station come for the majority of the reception. It was a hit! They served coffee beverages and snow cones. The coffee was PERFECT for a fall night!
Thank you Staci & Don!
Venue: Highgate Carriage House
Wedding Planner: I Wish
Florist: Kim Floral
Caterer: Fish Hawk Acres
Hair: sister, Michelle
Makeup: Courtney Holdreith
Tent Rental: All Occassions
Beverage Truck: The Sip Station
DJ: Cyn City