Lauren and Paul’s Athena Farm and Vineyard wedding was an absolutely beautiful day filled with love and the unification of two families. The couple met when they were in middle school and reconnected seven years later. Lauren reached out by saying “happy birthday” because she had always remembered his birthday, and the rest is history!
Athena Farm and Vineyard Wedding
I absolutely loved their wedding venue being at Athena Farm and Vineyard. The venue is located in beautiful Beckley, West Virginia, and it provides SO many stunning backdrops. Everything from, a rustic barn, rolling hills, and even a newly renovated home on the property. Everywhere you looked was a new backdrop, the possibilities were endless for Lauren and Paul’s big day. Paul was the manager of the venue for five years, so it was an effortless decision for them to get married there. We all couldn’t have asked for better weather for the outdoor wedding, and I am glad I packed some sunscreen for myself! It was my first time photographing there, and I certainly hope it’s not my last!
Lauren and I couldn’t stop talking about how perfect all the colors were with the flowers and dusty-rose bridesmaids’ dresses being matched perfectly. Of course, Paul could not stop being in awe of his gorgeous bride, Lauren.
A sentimental first look
The couple chose to have a more private and sentimental first look. Paul was definitely very nervous leading up to the moments before seeing Lauren for the first time. After their first look, the couple immediately felt relief and happiness. They choose to share their vows in private. I’m grateful I was able to capture moments of them during this time while still giving them the space to be fully present in their special moment.
It is weddings like this that make me fall in love with being a photographer all over again. From the moment I get to meet the couple and hear their love story to the moment I get to send over the photos, I absolutely love what I do! If you are looking for a photographer to capture your special day, get in touch! I can’t wait to hear what you have planned.
Photography: Andrea Cooper Photography
Venue: Athena Farm and Vineyard
Dress purchased from: Unbridaled