An Uninvited Guest

Chlöe and Eric’s September 2, 2017 wedding was a true DIY family affair. From the amazing tablescapes put together by her mother to the reno work on the barn by her dad, this Labor Day wedding celebration was going to make full use of all the gorgeous views at River Chase, their family-owned wedding venue just outside Harpers Ferry, WV. An outdoor ceremony overlooking green meadows down to the Potomac River. Cocktail hour in the newly constructed patio site alongside the old bank barn. Mom and sisters of the bride created beautiful handcut program fans to place on each chair – after all, it was going to be hot! Labor Day always is, right? (Photos Sweet Caroline Photography)

Paper program fans

All was ready for Chlöe and Eric’s big day!

And then the night before the wedding, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey showed up on the radar. By Saturday morning we were dealing with a downpour and plummeting temperatures. With no clearing in sight before ceremony time, we scurried to create an intimate indoor wedding ceremony inside the barn.


As the temperatures continued to drop, we made several phone calls and texts to guests advising cold weather gear. Meanwhile inside the house all efforts were being made to keep the bride and everyone else calm (there may have been champagne involved) as we moved forward with our rain plan.

And then our luck turned. The rain let up long enough to allow for a precious first look and some gorgeous group photos before the ceremony was to start.



Guests were invited in to the barn and sat at their dining tables while immediate family were seated on the dance floor. What followed was one of the sweetest ceremonies we’ve ever witnessed.

Wedding Ceremony

I do!

After the ceremony the rain continued to hold off and guests enjoyed cocktail hour (which included signature craft brews  from brother-in-law Jon’s Solace Brewing Company) while admiring all the pretty details of this charming wedding.


Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner by local fav Catering by Margarita.


Music was provided by  DJ Pedram of Exclusively Entertainment. This was Pedram’s 7th wedding with this family and that warranted a special recognition!


Toasts followed, and a little musical surprise for the bride from her bridesmaids.

The storm held off until the end of the party but by then no one cared about a little rain.


Chlöe and Eric headed off two days later to the Dominican Republic for a relaxing honeymoon.  Just in time for Hurricane Irma, but that’s a tale for another day…

A very Happy First Anniversary to Chlöe and Eric!

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