It's Memorial Day weekend and we find ourselves winding down the beautiful country roads of Weston, West Virginia. We come upon the sprawling Stonewall Resort nestled lakeside among the Appalachian Mountains. Here we meet Maribeth, our beautiful bride, and West Virginia native. In the bridal suite all of the wedding preparations are already underway, with nervous energy and excitement in the air. She looks gorgeous as she gets the finishing touches with a few last bobby pins into her updo. We even find her adorable miniature puppy happily greeting every new guest in the suite.
From there we head even deeper into the mountains, through the heart of historic downtown Weston, and to Lamberts Winery. Upon arrival we are led to the stone cellar where the instant aroma of new wine overwhelms our senses. This cellar is also serving as the bridal suite, with Maribeth's stunning white dress hanging along the rows of bottled wine. The winery is an intimate setting hosting around 100 guests, but offers so many splendid venues in one. We take advantage of the beautiful backdrops provided by the natural stone buildings and lovely string lights illuminating the ceremony space.
Maribeth and Craig join together their love and promises of a new life together in a traditional and romantic ceremony. Dinner is promptly hosted in the reception hall next door where we are greeted by the sounds of acoustic guitar and served delicious foods and local wine. The cake cutting is truly a SMASH hit, and luckily the bride and groom have a fantastic sense of humor, (and fantastic taste in cake!) The reception commences with dancing and merriment, and yes, more wine! This time in a slushy variation that is exactly what we need to quench our thirsts after this hot summer day.
As the sun begins to set the guests enjoy an array of entertainment from lounging about in porch swings, to playing corn hole in the yard. After the last dance we usher our couple out into the night to adventure off into their new lives together through a sparkling firework exit.