When I first spoke to Tommy & Jessica about their wedding, it was mainly Tommy that had all the questions and wanted to make sure everything was perfect. When I met with them in person, it was Tommy who had the timeline ready to go and all the other information I needed. I later found out that this isn't normally how Tommy is. During his brother's speech at the wedding, it became very clear to me that this was really because Tommy was making sure their wedding day was perfect for Jessica.
Jessica & Tommy have been together for about five years now and they met how most of us meet in today's world, online. These two are made for each other which is crystal clear when you find out that their favorite dates together consist of shooting guns at the range, golfing, sitting on the deck together, or attending local trivia nights and Tom Petty concerts.
These two are a couple after my own heart. They have two dogs who are very clearly their fur children. The dogs even got to take a trip to the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, WV when Tommy & Jess went for a walk through. Over coffee at a meeting, we discussed their dogs and their trip to the hotel where Tommy & Jess were both equally excited over the hotel having food and water bowls waiting alongside treats for the furry little ones.
Tommy proposed on the beach during a family portrait session and Jessica and Tommy's mom were both equally excited and surprised. Having photos of the occasion made for an extremely memorable day.
I asked them each what their favorite details about each other were and they both had the perfect responses. "Tommy is smart, funny, caring, and a great coach. I love watching him work with his wrestlers and turning them into well rounded adults. He never fails to amaze me. He is calm, rational, and quick on his feet. He is the love of my life I’m so very lucky to be his bride. "
"Jess is smart, funny, and beautiful. She is always willing to jump on board for a trip or adventure, but also willing to veg out on the couch or porch with a beer. She takes her job seriously and is very good at it, but can turn it off for a night out where we can pretend to be dumb college kids. She loves animals as much as me, which makes me think we are going to end up with a farm full of 50 dogs. I waited a long time to find someone to spend the rest of my life with and she was well worth the wait. "
Tommy & Jess were married at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia. This venue was absolutely stunning. The hotel rooms where the couple got ready provided gorgeous lighting and backdrops for photos. Jessica's room was actually two floors which meant we could keep all the bridal party shenanigans downstairs and keep the upstairs clean for bridal portraits. If your hotel doesn't have this option, having a second room for your portraits is always a great idea! This keeps the clutter out of your wedding photos.
They chose to have a first look which is always my recommendation. For this reason, they were able to spend a little more time together on their wedding day and get most of their wedding day portraits out of the way and enjoy their reception.
The Blennerhassett Hotel offers a tented ceremony in the garden followed by a gorgeous hall for the reception. There's a nearby park that you can take a ferry to as well. If you're looking for a unique venue in West Virginia for your wedding, you've found it!
Chelsea Hellen Photography is a professional wedding photographer located in Morgantown, WV, but is willing to travel wherever your special day is. Contact Chelsea via email at firstname.lastname@example.org today to see if your wedding date is available. All wedding packages include engagement portrait sessions and prices start at $1,800.