Allysan and Alexander were married at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., on July 9, 2016.

As a photographer, there is something special about witnessing two people very much in love, their vows to share that love, and the joy shared by their families and friends during the course of the couple’s wedding day.

Allysan and Alexander are definitely very much in love, and on July 9, 2016, my wife Jennifer and I photographed their wedding day at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Having just moved to Morgantown, W.Va., from Elkhart, Ind., at the end of 2015, Allysan and Alexander’s wedding was our first here in West Virginia.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple, a more beautiful location, or a more unique and rewarding day.

Our day began in the bridal suite, where Allysan, her bridesmaids, and maids of honor were dressed in very colorful kimonos. Emma watched with glee as Bridget popped another bottle of champagne for some more mimosas.

The conversation was spirited, and I thought out loud that I needed to start shooting video, as there were some priceless moments of frivolity that would have been a hit on YouTube.

Allysan soon made her appearance in her dress that her grandmother had fashioned. Shortly after that, Alex got to see her for the first time when they both arrived at the mansion for pre-ceremony formals.

The reception was my first vegan meal that I’ve witnessed in my 16 years of shooting weddings. The mushrooms were outstanding.

The toasts were heartfelt and humorous. Little bottles of Maker’s Mark were provided for the occasion.

Dancing kicked off with Allysan and Alex’s choice of “Kiss” by Prince, and then the rest of the evening became a blur.

Truly, it was a beautiful day to be with everyone that participated in helping Allysan and Alex celebrate it.

Visit markashephard.com to view Allysan and Alexander’s wedding photos.

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