West Virginia Wedding at Creekside Resort: Kerri and Caleb
“Our wedding at Creekside was like a fairytale—beautiful surroundings and lovely people make this a place of joy we will always remember. Thank you to everyone who made this weekend amazing! West Virginia will always be our home and Creekside will always be in our hearts. “
Caleb & Kerri Taylor
What a beautiful May weekend for a wedding celebration — and what a beautiful couple!
Caleb and Kerri heard about Creekside from a friend and fellow chef at The Greenbrier Hotel, where Caleb is a chef in the intern program and Kerri works in event hospitality. The couple wanted a unique rural setting for their wedding — and of course excellent food and service were important to them! Because of their creative talents in the field, they also wanted to be involved in the creation of certain details of their wedding. Caleb carved a beautiful ice sculpture, as a surprise for Kerri, which was displayed in the Sky Room during the reception. Kerri was able to be involved in doing her own flowers with her mother and friends, as well as having some friends from The Greenbrier help with her cake and music, which was part of her wedding day dream.
Their Friday evening rehearsal on the wedding island was followed by dinner on the front porch of the Farmhouse overlooking Indian Creek. Guests enjoyed roasted pork loin with sautéed apples and onions, scalloped potatoes and local asparagus, followed by strawberry rhubarb crisp and ice cream. After a candlelight dinner, guests gathered down by Indian Creek as more friends joined the wedding party to watch the bonfire, roast marshmallows and share stories.
Kerri and Caleb’s wedding day was beautiful in a way only a May day can be. After breakfast, guests staying at the resort enjoyed walks along the creek and through the gardens or just relaxed at the Farmhouse. At the appointed time, everyone made their way to the wedding island to be seated under the island’s canopy of trees. The footbridge and wedding arch were simply adorned with white tulle and pots of white flowers. Rebecca Campbell played traditional country folk tunes on the violin as guests were seated and the wedding procession began. Kerri wanted all the magic of a storybook wedding so she and her father rode from Creekhouse to the wedding island in a white horse-drawn carriage. Kerri and Caleb had one attendant each and a lovely, traditional ceremony presided over by the Reverend Hugh Wilson. The music of Indian Creek, with sunlight glinting on the rippling water, was the backdrop for the ceremony.
After the ceremony, guests proceeded to the Mountain Lodge for appetizers and drinks on the lower decks, while wedding party pictures were taken. Bob Brown of Brown’s Photography kept the wedding party entertained with his dry humor as he led them around the farm with the horse and carriage for shots by the pond, in the fields and by the creek.
As the bride and groom stepped down from the horse and carriage at the Mountain Lodge, the real party began. After guests were seated for dinner and the new couple was introduced, it was time for a sparkling wine toast. Music was provided during dinner by David Hill on keyboard, as guests enjoyed chicken breast with tarragon cream sauce, local vegetables and garlic whipped potatoes. Dinner made way for dancing as the stars came out with twinkle lights and torches lighting the decks of the Mountain Lodge. The wedding cake, made by Caleb and Kerri’s friend, Greenbrier pastry chef Thierry Delournex was a beautiful work of art.
The evening wound down slowly as guests enjoyed lingering with a glass of wine and happy conversation on the decks watching fireflies twinkling over the meadows and tree-lined cliffs. After an evening of reconnecting with friends and family, everyone joined in to sing the last song — always a favorite with those who love this place—“Take Me Home Country Roads.”