Walker + McKinley’s Glade Creek Farm Wedding

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I’m Kellie.
 A wedding and senior photographer, wife, and mama who has loved serving joyful clients for almost a decade. I photograph wherever life takes you, but my heart and home are in small town Bristol, VA.
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West Virginia Wedding Photographer | Glade Creek Farm Wedding | Kellie Holden Photography

Bride + Groom

Walker and McKinley’s celebration was the perfect Glade Creek Farm wedding! Walker and McKinley actually went to preschool together, but reunited at the end of high school! It was so special to see that their wedding day was finally here! Their friends and families talked about how they just knew they were made for each other, and it is so evident how much they love each other. These two made us smile, laugh, and remember why wedding days are so joyful. And the best part? We got to capture it all and meet their sweet friends and family!

From the moment I had a consult call with Walker, I knew their wedding day was going to be a dream! Walker mentioned to me that she wanted their wedding day to be whimsical and fairytale like, and she accomplished just that! Between her wedding dress, the color palette, incredible weather, and the stunning venue, it was truly a day to remember!

Glade Creek Farm Wedding

Glade Creek Farm is a beautiful wedding venue in the heart of Cool Ridge, West Virginia. When we first drove up to the venue, I was SO excited to explore this West Virginia wedding venue! We first noticed a church chapel setting for a ceremony followed by a barn area for the reception. In between these two settings are acres of stunning landscape, greenery, and open fields. For a photographer who loves creating a variety of images on a wedding day, I knew this Glade Creek Farm wedding was going to be beautiful from start to finish.

First Look

One of my favorite moments of Walker and McKinley’s Glade Creek Farm wedding was their first look. Walker and McKinley had a completely private first look so they could focus on each other, and afterwards read their vows. When I asked Walker if she had a vision for her first look, she mentioned that she loved the pathway right outside of the bridal suite. Since the lighting was perfect, I was so excited to help her vision come to life. Once McKinley turned around to see his bride, he burst into tears in between smiling so big. They were both beyond excited to see each other, and you could just tell any nerves they had disappeared. Once they finished reading their vows, it was time for some bride and groom portraits, as well as the ceremony!

The Ceremony

The ceremony was another one of my favorite moments of this Glade Creek Farm wedding day! Glade Creek Farm’s chapel was built with repurposed wood, and the sides of the chapel are completely open to allow for better airflow. Not only did that make the perfect ceremony spot for an August wedding, but the light that poured in from the sides made their ceremony images that much more elevated. The lighting was stunning!

Walker and McKinley had a very short and sweet ceremony planned since they read their vows earlier in the day. Once these two were at the alter, they quickly exchanged rings and a kiss and were back down the aisle. They ended their ceremony with the perfect photo opportunity with all of their friends and families lined up in front of the chapel. Their guests tossed flower petals and cheered as Walker and McKinley walked down the middle, and it was such a joyful celebration of their marriage!

The Reception

Once we finished up more bride and groom portraits, bridal party photos, and family formals over at the chapel, it was time to have some fun at their barn reception! The reception area was beautifully decorated with strings of lights, gold and green accents, and many colorful floral centerpieces. As soon as Walker and McKinley entered their reception, they went right into their first dance! These two were so excited to have some fun and dance, and this was the perfect way to set the scene! Once they finished their dance, it was time to eat, cut the cake, and DANCE the night away! Walker and McKinley had the perfect playlist set and their guests did not disappoint in joining in on the dance party!

Thank you

Walker and McKinley, thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting us to capture the most special day of your lives. It was truly a joy to see you both become husband and wife. I hope you enjoy scrolling through some of my favorites from your big day!

If you like what what you see, book me today for your Glade Creek Farm wedding!

Interior and exterior church chapel glade creek farm wedding

Glade Creek Farm wedding chapel

Ring box on invitation glade creek farm venue

Close in details wedding ring and invitation with glade creek farm chapel

First Look!

Before and after first look glade creek farm wedding

Groom emotional at Glade Creek farm wedding

Groom near tears as first look glade creek farm wedding

Husband and wife react at glade creek farm first look

Couple shares private vowels with rustic barn glade creek farm in the background

Dogs pose with newlyweds near glade creek wedding venue

Once Walker and McKinley did their first look, they had to bring out their fur babies for a few photos! Sadie is on the left and Boozer is on the right!

Newlyweds and dogs share kisses on brick path cool ridge west virginia wedding venue

Newlyweds smile at west virginia wedding photographers camera

Bride looking into distance beside of glade creek farm venue

Rustic barn in background near glade creek farm

Groom looking into distance while adjusting watch at cool ridge wedding venue

Individuals of bride and groom taken by west virginia wedding photographer

Black and white bride at glade creek farm wedding venue

Husband kisses wife on temple at west virginia wedding venue glade creek farm

Exterior view looking inside church chapel glade creek farm wedding venue

This open air church chapel was designed with social distancing in mind, but let me tell you this is a wedding photographer’s dream for lighting purposes! Between the white reclaimed wood, the chandeliers, stained glass, and open air sides, it allowed for stunning bright photos that perfectly compliment my photography style!

Church chapel Glade Creek Farm wedding

Bride and groom first kiss glade creek farm cool ridge west virginia

Glade creek farm wedding exit with crowd cheering outside church chapel

This type of exit was Walker’s idea! She wanted all of her guests to be included in these photos as opposed to waiting until the very end of the reception. This is a great idea for a unique type of exit photo!

Glade Creek Farm groomsman in front of mountains

Bridal Flower arrangement near cool ridge west virginia

Bride smiling with bridesmaids at glade creek farm wedding venue

Groomsman at Glade Creek Farm Wedding Cool Ridge West Virginia

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Couple kiss in front chapel at glade creek farm cool springs

Chapel at glade creek farm wedding

Exterior view rustic barn wedding glade creek farm

Rustic barn wedding glade creek farm

Barn reception at glade creek farm

Table decorated at cool ridge wv wedding venue

Tables decorated for country reception at glade creek farm cool ridge

Reception Glade Creek Farm wedding
Husband and wife embrace with west virginia mountains in distance

The sun stayed behind the clouds all day long, and I was SO excited to see the sun come out during golden hour!!!

Brides bouquet behind head of groom in hay field near west virginia wedding venue cool ridge

Golden Hour walking bride and groom in field of Glade Creek Farm

Bride looking down while groom kisses brides temple at west virginia wedding venue glade creek farm

Bride and groom pose on mountain during golden hour near West Virginia wedding venue glade creek farm

Bride leading Groom through field near Glade Creek Farm wedding venue

Husband and wife share kiss with west virginia wedding photographer

Mountains of Cool Ridge West Virginia Glade Creek Farm Wedding Venue

Bride and Groom in Glade Creek Farm field with mountains in background

Newlyweds holding hands and bump hips near cool ridge west virginia wedding venue

Bride and Groom dancing at golden hour in cool ridge WV wedding venue

Couple kiss at sunset with glade creek farm in distance

Couple share sunset dance with west virginia wedding photographer
Special thanks to these vendors who made this Glade Creek Farm wedding possible:

Ceremony + Reception | Glade Creek Farm
Dress Store | Studio I Do
Dress Designer | All Who Wander
Hair + Makeup | Tru Envy Salon
Florist + Decor | Narrow Gate Greenery
Planner + Coordinator | Lamie Events
DJ | Abe One
Catering | KC's Catering
Cake | Soleia Simmons
Bridesmaids Dress | Azazie
Groomsmen Attire | The Tux Man

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