Kate + Doug | Edgewood Country Club | Charleston, WV | WV Wedding Photographer

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Kate and Doug were married at Edgewood Country Club in Charleston in a classic ceremony that reflected their elegance, taste for vintage vibes, and mastery of details.

Kate wore a stunning Hayley Paige gown fromt the Vow Boutique in Morgantown (one of my favorite dress designers). Her jewelry was from Joyce’s Jewelry, her lovely invitations from Paper Makes Me Happy, and the flowers and bouquet by Wildwood Waters (probably one of the most talented florists in the area in my opinion). Alyson Biggs Films was the videographer and Kerith Richards coordinated.

One of the things I appreciated about this wedding was how close Kate and Doug were to their bridal parties. There was clearly a lot of love between everyone, and documenting those supportive relationships is important to me – it’s a huge part of why I do what I do.

Kate and Doug love the show Mad Men and sort of all things 1950-esque. In fact, for their engagement shoot, they chose to have an in-home Mad Men styled session that I’ll get around to blogging about one of these days. So their wedding also included lots of little nods to classic style. Doug and his groomsmen wore tuxedos. Kate gifted Doug a champagne saber (a total mystery to me until Doug unwrapped it – see photos), and they served a four-course sit-down dinner at their reception.

I know I say this all the time, but my favorite weddings are when couples know their own style and OWN it. I am outdoorsy, but that doesn’t mean YOU have to love hiking at 3 am to see the sunrise. Want to have an in-home Mad Men styled engagement session? Do it. Want to have a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings themed wedding? PLEASE book me to photograph it. Don’t be afraid to ignore Pinterest and just do what you want to do because you want to do it. Remind yourself: there is no right or wrong way to get married. In the end, it’s really about celebrating your commitment, your relationship, having a fabulous time on your day.