TERACYN + DUSTIN: CLARKSBURG, WV WEDDING

By all accounts, this day should have gone all wrong. One of the bridesmaids woke up with the flu and had to miss everything, the ceremony had to be moved inside because it was just too hot and sticky outside, the forecast predicted thunderstorms right at the time they had planned a sparkler sendoff – but with all of that, on top of normal wedding mishaps, this day was pretty much perfect. Teracyn and Dustin are so laid back and so in love that truly nothing else mattered. The whole wedding took place in the gymnasium attached to the church Dustin works at, they had a taco bar for dinner with everything served in crockpots and mismatched bowls, and we had a sparkler sendoff before it got dark. We went out for a first look in the hot, muggy, midday sun and bugs kept crawling into the tulle layers of Teracyn’s gown, so Dustin made a game of trying to catch and let the bugs out. We couldn’t take sunset shots because of the rain, so Teracyn kicked off her shoes, ran out into the rain, and we made our own sunset with the headlights of a car. There were hiccups throughout the entire day, but none of it mattered because the day was about love and nothing else. While big, beautiful weddings with perfectly curated decorations and picturesque venues are gorgeous and Pinterest-perfect inspo, they’re not always relatable or attainable. Weddings aren’t about the flowers or dresses or menus, they’re about the people in attendance. They’re about the bride keeping a journal starting after the couple’s first date and presenting it to her husband on their wedding day. They’re about the biggest tears when walking down the isle and the biggest smiles when you walk away at the end of the night. They’re about dancing with your parents and eating too many cookies and sweet moments stolen with your forever favorite person that will stick in your memory forever. Weddings are about love in it’s purest form, and this day was a beautiful reminder of just that.


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