Six years after their initial meeting, Mathew proposed to Carissa in his restored 1952 Chevy on a trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The couple had 200 guests in attendance for their outdoor nuptials, including six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, two flower girls and a ring bearer. The couple was married in their country backyard, which includes 25 acres for their dairy cows and hay. “It was a very personal ceremony. The ring bearer drove a pedal tractor down the aisle. We tied a knot to symbolize the strength of our bond with God intertwined.” The bride wore her mother’s veil.
Carissa and Mathew decided on a fall color palette, and used their favorite color, red, throughout. The groom and his father built many of the wedding items, including the arbor. For dinner, the couple chose steak and a baked potato bar. “We also had a popcorn bar and made our own BBQ rub for favors,” Carissa shared.
“We were able to incorporate everything we love and enjoy our time at the wedding. We used many local vendors and they helped to make our day perfect.” The couple finished the night with a sparkler exit.
Mathew works for Adams Construction and Carissa is a Staff-Fellow Animal Scientist for the Food and Drug Administration. They currently reside in Middletown.
First Dance: “You Had Me From Hello” Kenny Chesney
Honeymoon: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
How they Met: at the 75-80 Dragway
Venue- private residence
Photographer: Ashley Jayde Photography**
Caterer- BBQ to the Rescue
Florals: Blossom and Basket**
Hair & Makeup: Poetically Brushed By Kim**
Rentals- Ted’s Rentals
Entertainment: Wildcat Entertainment
Videographer: Ohouse films, Mitch Osterhouse