On October 11, 2019, I returned to Lakeview Golf Resort in Morgantown, WV to film the wedding of Steven and Kaitlyn Gray. Memories flooded back as I pulled into the resort. I’d been there almost exactly three years before when dear friends of mine got married.
You see, I spent about two years in the Mountain State after college working as a TV news anchor. A dream come true for a fresh out of school, Broadcast Journalism student, right? Well to my surprise… it turned out to be a N I G H T M A R E. Before long, I was broke, sleep deprived, lonely and homesick, looking for a second job to pay the bills. I was miserable! That’s when God shined down a little light to fill my broken pieces.
In search of a babysitting job, I signed up for Care.com and in less than 24 hours I got a hit. Just two miles down the road, I found a family. Monday through Wednesday I’d finish up a 10 hour night shift at the station and head to see my favorite little girls. They truly got me through the toughest days of my life. Eventually, I quit my dreadful news job and moved back to Pittsburgh in the Spring of 2016. The only sad part about that day was leaving the Skidmores.
That Fall, my WV friends were getting married at Lakeview! They invited me back to keep an eye on the girls as they fulfilled their flower girl duties in mommy and daddy’s wedding. The wedding day fell just after I’d filmed my very first wedding in Pittsburgh, so of course, I had to bring my camera! Looking back on the shaky video I’d pieced together for Kim and Josh after their day is almost laughable, but it still brings tears to my eyes. I realized then that I’d found my calling!
As I arrived at Lakeview to shoot Kaitlyn and Steven’s wedding, I was full of emotion from the start. When I heard them read their vows, my heart simply melted. Their love is just so apparent and I’m honored that I could play a part in helping them to cherish the lovely memory of their wedding day forever.
Special shoutout to the amazing Brooke Mattingly, who drove in from Baltimore, MD to photograph the Gray wedding. I absolutely loved meeting her and pray we’ll have the chance to work together again!
Thank you Kaitlyn and Steven for trusting in my dream! It has been a pleasure to serve you!
Venue: Lakeview Golf Resort in Morgantown, WV
Coordinator: Rachel Whaley
Catering: Lakeview Golf Resort Catering Services
Photography: Brooke Mattingly Photography
Florist: Coombs Flowers
Cake: The Cupcakerie
Jeweler: Mountz Jewelers
Officiant: Rev. Brian Seders
Ceremony Music: Susan Seders
Reception Music: DJ D Rocker, Doug Stewart
Hair: KJS Cosmetology
Makeup: Amanda Vicinelly
Men’s Attire: Daniel’s Men’s Store
Bride’s Gown: MB Bride