the love story
Although COVID separated people from their family and friends, it actually brought Wesley and Haylee together. When Ohio started initiating shutdowns due to COVID, the local farmers market had to get creative in order to save their season and livelihoods. Haylee's passion for supporting local agriculture, love for her friends, and now free time in her weekend schedule allowed her to step in and help Brown Bros. Farms and VanScoy Farms grow their businesses during the pandemic. She helped them on the weekends at the drive-thru farmers market and helped create content and promote their online advertising campaigns. What Haylee thought would be a short term gig, ended up continuing for the remainder of 2020 and is how their love story began.
The Proposal!! Wesley was nervous all week trying to keep Haylee out of the loop on his surprise proposal..... He suggested that they go out to dinner for Valentine's Day a week earlier since it would likely work out better for their busy schedules and not be as busy as actual Valentine's weekend. Haylee and Wes had discussed that he wouldn't propose on a holiday, so this made Haylee start to wonder if something was up... but she didn't let on that she had any hunches. Before they went to dinner, Wes suggested that they go visit his Grandad's farm that he was in the process of purchasing to see the property since Haylee had only been there a couple times. As they drove back the lane on the property, Wes had his grandmother's tree (an Eastern Redbud) decorated with hanging pictures of the two of them, string lights, and a bouquet of flowers. The ribbon he used to hang the pictures from the tree was purple to match the blooms that usually emerge in May, but since it was early February with nearly 6 inches of snow on the ground, he had to improvise. As they got out of the truck and approached the tree, Wes had a bible in his hand that he had engraved for Haylee with her new soon-to-be last name and the verse "I have found the one whom my soul loves" - Song of Solomon 3:4. He nervously got down on one knee and pulled the ring off the bookmark in the bible and proposed to the love of his life. Even though Haylee had a hunch that it was coming, she cried tears of joy, saying yes to the man of her dreams. It certainly was a picture perfect proposal and more than Haylee ever could of asked for.
Haylee + Wes chose such a gorgeous venue when they selected Little Creek Barn! Everything is stunning from the bridal suites, the ceremony space, to the lower level reception space lined with windows to view the amazing property! Haylee sprinkled sentimental elements like glitter throughout her day :) I love that she took the time to make sure that so many parts of her day held meaning. Haylee wore a stunning sleeveless, fitted gown with a shear lace tattoo back that was completed with a gorgeous line of pearl buttons that ran from the nape of her neck halfway down her dress. The sweetheart neckline fit her perfectly and the long lace train was to die for. Her hair was beautifully pinned up and finished with a delicate beaded comb and a jaw droppingly beautiful beaded cathedral length veil.
Can we talk about Haylee's shoes???? Um these babies are gorgeous. I've mentioned before that there are brides that grin and bare the pain of heels and others that say "um no thank you, I'll take comfort." Many times though flats can be a little lack luster. Not these from Kailee P!! Holy moly I'm in love AND it get's better! The flower girl's shoes match... how cute is that?!
Haylee chose navy and copper as her colors and her florist had to search high and low for these toffee colored roses to represent that copper color but finally found the perfect ones! The blue thistles are also special since they are Scotland’s national flower and that reminds Haylee of the time she spent there.
This is the bible Wesley had made for the proposal with her new name engraved on it.
She wore beautiful drop earrings with a pearl on the bottom, her grandmother's pearl necklace, and a bracelet given to her by her mother. As I read the letter her mother gave her with the bracelet I can see she gets her sentimental ways honestly. In the letter her mother explained that the pearl bracelet belonged to Haylee's grandmother but that she had added a charm. The wing of the charm represented the wings that Haylee is growing as she starts her new life, the pearl, a rare and valuable treasure should remind her that her value can never be measured, and the blue drop represents the bittersweet tears that fall from her mother's eyes but as the precious metal wraps around the stone so do her arms around Haylee and she will never be alone.... ughhhhh you guys!! Stop making me cry over here!
Wesley’s ring is not just any ordinary ring it is made from a black walnut tree from his grandfather’s farm along with weathered Blanton’s whiskey barrel wood!
Haylee's fur baby Nessie came to visit and got all dressed up for the occasion!
If you read their love story you can tell that farming it a HUGE part of their life so instead of the typical watch given to the groom [not bashing watches as a gift at all, they are great too!!] Haylee had a custom LED sign made with the VanScoy logo and propped it up on a chair in the groom suite as a surprise when he walked in.
Wesley's tie tack belonged to his grandfather.
For Wesley’s birthday last year the couple took a trip to Kentucky to tour the Bourbon Trail. At their first stop they purchased a bottle of Blanton Whiskey and decided to open it on their wedding day.
The couple exchanged vows under a stunning chandelier in front of their friends and family. In place of a unity candle the couple had a tree ceremony, which in true Haylee fashion was not just any tree ceremony. The tree was an eastern red bud just like the one Wesley had proposed under and the mothers placed dirt from each Haylee's home and Wesley's home into the pot before watering the tree.
mr + mrs
Even though Haylee + Wes had opted for a first look and we took a few photos earlier in the day, we knew the real show stopper photos would be at golden hour! I want to say a GIANT thank you to all the guests for being so patient as we stole the couple away during the reception.... but as you can see it was TOTALLY worth it! <3
No box was left unchecked for the new Mrs. VanScoy as she planned their special day. The reception was equally as beautiful and full of special touches from a live band, foods provided from the VanScoy farm, to a popcorn bar complete with dog treats and tiny little doggie bags to take the treats home! Haylee if you ever want to get out of the grain business I'm pretty sure you would make a killer wedding planner!
Wedding Dress | Twirl
Florist | Petals & Gifts
Wedding Venue | Little Creek Barn
Hair & Makeup | A Cut Above Salon & Spa
Band | Will Freed Band
Videographer | AMEDIA Visuals
Cake | Cassidy's Country Cakes & Cookies; Rhonda's Cakes-N-More
Catering | In Good Taste Catering
Bridesmaid Dresses & Groomsmen Attire | Twirl