September 22, 2018
Hunter and Lauren’s stunning King Family Vineyards wedding will forever go down as one to remember. When you plan a King Family Vineyards wedding, you’re planning a wedding with gorgeous Shenandoah Mountain views, so when Lauren texted me on the Sunday before their wedding day with news of Hurricane Florence, it’s completely understandable. Hurricane Florence threatened the entire length of the Virginia and North Carolina portion of the Appalachian Mountains with an average of two feet of rain, with the heaviest of it hitting Saturday, for most of the week.
And you can bet Lauren and I giggled over Hunter’s use of “the force” to keep that storm away. My youngest daughter, who’s also obsessed with Star Wars, may or may not have sported her best socks in an attempt to help.
Around Thursday, it looked as though the storm was taking a turn. And it did.
Somehow, the “over two feet of rain and catastrophic flooding” didn’t happen here in Virginia, and Hunter and Lauren were able to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that even though the rain was still going to happen during their mid-September King Family Vineyards wedding, a hurricane was not going to come through and ruin it.
The day of the wedding, I showed up to a nervous Lauren and completely relieved and laid back Hunter. Lauren, working alongside Alana Futcher, the most amazing planner with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working, just wanted their day to be perfect after all that worry that filled their last week of planning.
And you guys, it was. It was perfect.
At one point during the week, I remember telling Laurent that it’d be perfect if after all of this, we’d get some foggy blue ridges, no rain, and a warm, tropical breeze for a little movement in the air.
And what did we get?
Just that. It didn’t rain an ounce until after 95% of their portraits were done. That little bit of rain only lasted for about five minutes and we were back outside for some more time just the two of them. I mean, what more could we have asked for!?
Oh, I know.
For Hunter to drop to his knees when he saw Lauren for the first time.
We got that, too.
It was truly such a perfect day, and after all the stress of figuring out what to do when a hurricane threatens your day, they needed every bit of the amazing day they had.
And right now, they’re honeymooning in Hawaii. I’d say they deserve it. Thank you so much, Lauren, for your friendship and to the both of you for choosing me to be there for you guys that day. It’s been such a blast getting to know you both through this last year, and I can’t wait for the many times (I hope!) we see each other again! Congratulations, you two!!!
Photographer // Melissa Durham Photography
Second Photographer // Andrew Worley of Elle Meredith Photography
Wedding Planner // Alana Futcher of Chancey Charm
Venue // King Family Vineyards
Officiant // Claire Frances of Sacred Ground Ceremonies
Floral Designer // Foxtail Cottage Floral
DJ // Matt Davey of Bowtied Weddings
Caterer // C & O Restaurant
Cake Design // Cakes by Rachel
Donuts // Duck Donuts
Hair & Makeup Artists // Transformation Artistry
Wedding Gown Designer // Madison James
Bridal Boutique // Kleinfeld Bridal NYC
Bridesmaids Dresses // Azazie
Groom’s Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Attire // Men’s Wearhouse
Jeweler // Mervis Diamond
Party Rentals // MS Rentals
Calligraphy & Signage // Stephanie Sell of Stell Creates
Invitation Suite Designer // Lauren Harbin (the bride!)
Wedding Weekend Watercolor Print // Brittany Rawls Art
Videographers // Silver Streak Media