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Wisp Real Weddings

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Kimberly and Dalin H. 7.23.17

Kimberly and Dalin, an adorable couple from Pittsburgh, were looking for a location to have their wedding that was far enough away to feel like they were on a getaway, but close enough to be manageable for their guests with a variety of needs.  The couple was also looking for a place in an outdoor setting that most of their guests had not visited before, that felt fun and relaxed at the same time: Wisp Resort was a perfect fit for their expectations.

About the Couple

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A lovely first dance on the Island in the Sky Bridge. Photo Courtesy Kristin Hurley.

The couple began dating on July 4, 2011, after meeting through a mutual friend when Kimberly met her hometown guy, while she was attending the University of Pittsburgh.  The two began dating and have had two darling little girls together since then. It was just after the birth of their second child that Dalin swept Kimberly off her feet and asked her to marry him in 2017.  Both of the children were important parts of their wedding at Wisp Resort, the youngest was the star of the dance floor for most of the evening.

The Wedding

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Kimberly and Dalin vow to be together forever.  Photo Courtesy Kristin Hurley.

Both Kimberly and Dalin enjoy the outdoors, therefore they chose to have their wedding in the mountains.  The couple loved the idea of having it in a place that could accommodate the ceremony, reception, and lodging in the same venue.  They were over-the-moon about their First Look photos taken by Kristin Hurley, who they gave accolades to for offering a timeline that was very helpful to them through the busy process.

The morning of the wedding, the reception area was decorated by Dalin and his family with little extras, such as: a sand ceremony table, centerpieces and wedding favors.  Friends of the bride provided flower arrangements, while Mountain Flour Bakery scattered homemade cupcakes around the couple’s wedding cake.  The couple loved the idea of having a baker within such close proximity to the venue, so they didn’t have to travel with the tasty treats.

From the Bride

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A little rain wasn’t going to bother this happy couple. Photo Courtesy Kristin Hurley.

Having a good friend of the bride and groom’s as the officiant really made the couple’s wedding day. Bob Maine did a fantastic job and has married quite a few couples over the years. His advice and expertise in the matter was and is still greatly appreciated by Kimberly and Dalin. He made them feel completely comfortable and the day seem to flow seamlessly.

One of our most memorable moments was too see “how many people came to support us. While Deep Creek is only 2 hours from Pittsburgh, where the groom is from, it’s still a 4 hour drive from my hometown. Our families took over the hotel lobby for the weekend and the houses rented were a pit stop for new adventures,” said Kimberly.  “It wasn’t what we had or didn’t have at the wedding and reception...the people that were there made the day and week special for us!”

Making Memories

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One of Kimberly and Dalin’s daughters celebrated on the dance floor. Photo Courtesy Kristin Hurley.

Before the wedding the bridal party had an evening out in the Deep Creek Lake. The entire group went to dinner at Pizzeria Uno’s and then danced the night away at the Honi Honi Bar. Kimberly said it was a fun way to relax before all the nerves kicked in on the wedding day. After the wedding, a few members from each of the families and number of friends, stayed at the resort to enjoy a relaxing extended vacation. Those who stayed a few extra days rented a boat out on Deep Creek Lake, zipped down the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort, and raced one another on go-carts at Smiley’s Fun Zone.


Photo/Video: Kristin Hurley / Cake: Mountain Flour Bakery / HMU: The Lake Salon / Attire: David’s Bridal; Men’s Warehouse / Jeweler: Kay Jewelers

Last Edited by Maggie Moran on Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Janelle and James H. - 6.17.17

About the Couple


First smile shared as newlyweds. Photo Courtesy Amerlee Christey Photography. 

Being from Morgantown West Virginia, it's easy to see how Janelle and James lead an active lifestyle in the mountains with plenty of hiking and biking options.  Who knew when they met on a blind date at a Starbucks that it would lead to wedded bliss!? The coffee must have been strong that day and after many other dates, they were engaged on a path along the shoreline in Bar Harbor Maine.

The Wedding


Guests gather for nuptials under the pavilion. Photo Courtesy Amerlee Christey Photography.

With their love of the outdoors and mountain scenery, Janelle and James chose to hold their wedding ceremony at the White Water Pavilion on top of Wisp Resort.  The open air pavilion features dramatic pine beams with a contrasting steel frame and sweeping mountain views.  One of the other selling points for the couple was the idyllic bridge over the man-made river to the pavilion on an island.  The ceremony was laden with garden and floral accents which lead to the traditional theme of the wedding.  

The reception was held in the Mountain Mist Event Tent at the base of Wisp Resort where coral and pink flowers were complements by navy and golf accents.  Guests nibbled on mini crab cakes and spinach and goat cheese tarts before the main entrees of New York strip steak and bourbon BBQ chicken were served.  The dessert finale were stunningly decorated cupcakes and a 2-tiered wedding cake.  

From the Bride


Taking in the majestic mountain views. Photo Courtesy Amerlee Christey Photography.

Janelle and James held a 'first look' before the ceremony at the top of the mountain, then descended the mountain via chairlift.  "That was actually very relaxing because it was a 14 minute ride where we got to spend together, just us, before the rush of the rest of the day set in," reflected Janelle.  

Making Memories


Husband and wife for the first time. Photo Courtesy Amerlee Christey Photography.

The couple hosted a relaxed rehearsal dinner at the near by Mountain State Brewing Company where they spent time with family and friends.


Photography:  Amerlee Christey Photography / Cake/Dessert:  Lolita Cupcreations / Florist:  Rooted by Design / Make-up:  Casey Phillips / Hair:  Jori Covington / Decorator:  Janelle, Bride / Bridal Shop:  David's Bridal / Tux:  Jos A Banks

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Savannah and Ritchard D. - 6.3.17

Even before getting engaged, Savannah and Ritchard discussed many different wedding venues: Wisp Resort always sat at the top of their list because of its convenient location and the appeal of its many unique ceremony and reception sites.

About the Couple


Newlyweds share their first sunset. Photo Courtesy Derek and Diane Photography. 

The couple are from the Cumberland Maryland area which is just a short distance away from Deep Creek Lake and Wisp Resort.  In February of 2017 Ritchard flew from Virginia, where he was stationed with the Army, to Ohio, where Savannah was attending school, in order to surprise her with a romantic proposal. When Savannah got dressed up to go out she had assumed it was for a girls’ night at a vineyard. She never expected to end the night engaged and then married just three and a half months later!

The Wedding


Savannah says, "I do." Photo Courtesy Derek and Diane Photography.

Savannah and Ritchard both desired an outdoor wedding and the Mountain Top site, with its stunning views, proved an ideal location for their nuptials. Following a rustic ceremony, in which the bride’s brother took his ring bearer duties literally by wearing a bear costume, the newlyweds and their guests headed down the mountain for a cocktail hour in the McHenry Lodge with hors d’oeuvres selections of bacon wrapped scallops, crudités, and tomato bruschetta.

The reception was also held in the McHenry Lodge. Savannah’s aunt Dawn proved an invaluable asset in bringing all her ideas together for a rustic-themed wedding with daisy accents. Before dinner they celebrated with a sparkling Moscato toast. Guests dined on New York Strip Steak and bone-in bourbon barbeque chicken. A family friend baked the wedding cake and cupcakes, incorporating Savannah’s beloved daisies into the design. During the cake cutting Ritchard decided to throw his piece of cake at Savannah right away but she got the last laugh when she smeared her piece of cake all over his face.

Once the reception wrapped up the bridal party and friends drove down the road to the lakefront Honi-Honi Bar to continue the festivities.

From the Bride


First kiss on the mountaintop.  Photography Courtesy Derek and Diane  Photography.

“We loved having all of our close friends and family together from Minnesota down to Texas, each person made our day extra special.”

Making Memories


Sparklers fly as the newlyweds exit their wedding. Photo Courtesy Derek and Diane Photography.

That weekend some guests visited Swallow Falls. Savannah and Ritchard spent another week in Deep Creek Lake and even managed to fit disc golf at Wisp Resort into their schedule.


Photo/Video: Derek and Diane Photography / Cake: Penny Vaughn / Florist: Harvey’s Florist / Decorator: Ritchard’s Aunt Dawn / HMU: Brooke Dayton, Trevor Warner, Lacy May / Attire: Potomac Bridal, Weddington Way, Men’s Warehouse / Jeweler: Diamonds Direct

Last Edited by The Wisperer on Thursday, August 16, 2018