Amanda and Clay met in an anthropology class at Frederick Community College. “I told him I liked his Bill and Ted shirt and it was all downhill from there,” noted Amanda. The two have been together about 6 years.
The couple wanted to emphasize a feeling of community for their wedding, and decided the location would play a large role. They decided to hold their special day at Clay’s childhood home in Mt. Airy, where his mother still resides. “She has a beautiful property which she has put a ton of work into.”
The wedding party walked down a hill from the house to the pond and stood on the bank while the couple stood on the island in the middle with their officiant. After the two kissed, they rode off together on a 4-wheeler.
Amanda and Clay had six bridesmaids and six groomsmen in their bridal party as well as a ring bearer and several flower girls. They had 200 guests in attendance.
The couple chose hues of yellow and purple to decorate their reception. As the reception roared on, the couple decided to shake things up.
“Clay and I climbed a ladder to sit on one of the high beams in the barn later in the evening while people feared for our safety. Later, I grabbed some roman candles and rode behind Clay on the 4-wheeler as they went off. Quite the hootenanny.”
Clay is a bartender and Amanda is a housekeeper. The couple currently lives in Crested Butte, Colorado.
First dance: No One’s Gonna Love you (like I Do), Band of Horses
The proposal: He proposed to me during a morning picnic (which his mom and her friends set up early in the morning) on his grandma’s old farm, which is now Milkhouse Brewery.
Favorite part of planning: choosing clothes, buying flowers, designing invitations
Advice to other couples: Don’t get too serious or particular about the details
Venue: private residence
Photographer: JacqieQ Photography **
Hair and makeup: Kristen Smith
Music: Dan McGuire Group
Desserts: Made by bride and aunts
Officiant: Logan Hunter