New River Gorge Wedding Photography – Felix + Erica | Part 1

Felix and Erica are rock climbers. They met rock climbing at a local Pennsylvania crag, they got engaged halfway up Pingora, a mountain in the Wind River Range and they planned their wedding at one of their favorite rock climbing destinations, the New River Gorge of West Virginia. Besides rock climbing, they enjoy traveling, cooking, wrestling and going on adventures. They’re a lot like Christian and me.

Felix and Erica were regular climbing partners of ours when we lived back east. We’ve climbed with them at the New River Gorge on a number of occasions and they’ve visited us twice here in Colorado. So, it was an honor that when they invited us to their wedding, they also asked if I’d be available to photograph it.

Their wedding was a three day affair at the Confluence Resort. This location was perfect as it offered family members houses on site and climbing partners a place to pitch their tent. I was even able to bring Savannah dog. So yea, it was awesome. Friday was a night for entertaining human tricks and outdoor games, on Saturday Felix and Erica had a short ceremony, complete with a shot of whiskey, and a super fun reception. Sunday was brunch and then I took them over to the New River Gorge proper for a couple’s session in their wedding attire. Did I mention this wedding was awesome? See for yourself.

New River Gorge Wedding Photography - Confluence Resort
Walking to their ceremony site!
Wild Flower wedding arch - West Virginia
Ceremony details. Erica’s grandmother decorated this arch using wild flowers!
New River Gorge Wedding Photography - ceremony at Confluence resort
Their ceremony consisted of reading some vows, a ring exchange, a hand shake and a kiss.
Shot of Whiskey at the Wedding ceremony
And lets not forgot the shot of whiskey, to be shared on every anniversary! Such a cool idea!
Groom Details at Confluence Resort Wedding
Felix’s details including a mountain tie clip!
New River Gorge Wedding Pictures
Another fun couple’s shot!
Confluence Resort - West Virginia Wedding Photography
Couple’s photos by the barn!
Confluence resort Ceremony Overlook
Photos at the overlook where the ceremony was held!
Confluence resort - succulent decor
Succulent and floral decor on the reception tables
Succulent cups for bride and groom
Cute me and you succulent cups!
Cookie table at confluence resort
Cookie table including both regular and gluten free treats! Delicious!
Wedding Favors - New River Gorge Wedding Photography
Favors for guests, and I couldn’t help but use them for a ring shot!
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Christian, Savannah Dog, and I at the ceremony. We clean up nicely!
Crate stacking and life size jenga at a west virginia wedding
Late night entertainment included a bonfire, crate stacking, a ring toss and life size jenga!
New River Gorge Wedding - Confluence resort
Some late night cigar fun with the guys!
New River Gorge Wedding Photography - Rock climbing at the Bridge Buttress
Preview of Part 2, the rock climbing session at the New River Gorge
New River Gorge Wedding Photography - Rock Climbing Wedding
Kiss at the top of their climb!

Are you having a New River Gorge Wedding? If so, you should know that Rayna McGinnis Photography travels and depending on the time of year and package booked, travel fees may be waved.

The awesome West Virginia wedding vendors who made this possible:

New River Gorge Wedding PhotographerRayna McGinnis

Catering –  Rollin Smoke BBQ

Dress Shop: Modcloth

Suit: Indochino

Wedding Bands: Amazon and Etsy (btw, Felix designed Erica’s ring!)