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A Wedding Story, Locally Grown

Being a native to this area, when it came to planning a wedding I knew I wanted something that embodied all the wonderful and magical elements of Pocahontas County, West Virginia and the surrounding area.  The perfect setting was the Inn at Mountain Quest, a 1905 farmhouse that sits on acres of beautiful farm land.

Beyond its striking exterior, it’s the details which make the Inn a jewel, such as the 20,000 volume, two-story library, the collection of kaleidoscopes and antiques from around the world, Chef Andrew’s use of locally grown and raised foods, the dozen or so horses (including ones that have been born on the Inn’s farm), goats, long-horn cattle, dogs, and cats that call this place home, just to mention a few.  But even more, and what is most guests’ favorite aspect, are the Questrooms; each of the Inn’s twelve rooms are themed and decorated to offer an unique experience, from the Safari room with its vibrant and warm Sunset-colored walls and silky mosquito nets, to the Sea room boasting two waterbeds, nautical colors, and lighthouse decor.

During the weeks before, I had spotted an earthy, antiquish-looking necklace in the Artisan Co-Op in Green Bank created by Anja, a local artist.  As my bridesmaids and I dressed, I put on this beautiful black pearl necklace and my transformation in a bride was complete and it was time to enjoy a few celebratory glasses of wine before the big walk down the aisle.

For the ceremony, we set-up the white and gold chairs on the front lawn and, as we said our vows, we were framed by a brick walkway, the large wooden door, and white pillars which open up in the main dining room.  After the I Dos, family and friends proceeded into the dining room where they enjoyed a variety of wines such as Blackberry Merlot, Niagara, and Blueberry Trill from the local Lambert’s Winery, located in Weston; the wines were handpicked by the Jim and Debbie Lambert to compliment Mountain Quest’s menu of locally raised grilled trout with roasted garlic, barley marinated pork tenderloin, and chicken breast with tarragon sauce.

Finally, the wedding party welcomed guests to the back lawn where the reception took place under a white, billowy tent.  Round tables causally decorated with large, white Gerber daises, chocolate napkins, and old-fashioned muth jars filled with honey from my own beehives hugged the dance floor.  Just outside the shelter of the tent was a warm campfire where kids could roast marshmallows and enjoy smores.  We sat down to an amazing dinner, followed by a dessert which included a four-tier spice and white cake with yellow fondant patterned to resemble honeycomb created by The Bakery of Lewisburg and apple, pumpkin, and shoo-fly pies baked by Chef Andrew of Mountain Quest.

In hindsight, the wedding was nothing less than magical.  It was incredible to be able to share this experience with family and friends in such a wonderful setting, supported by so many local entities.  Special thanks to everyone who help make the wedding so wonderful!

Pictures by Blackbird Studio, Lewisburg, WV.

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