Khimaira Farms Wedding | Cassie + Daniel | Melody Gillikin Photography

There is nothing more beautiful than a Khimaira Farms Weddings in the fall they are drop dead gorgeous! As if the venue was not pretty enough with the mountians surrounding the venue, the rolling hills, and the massive amount of details that are everywhere, then you add in the fall colors and you have the most picture perfect setting for a fall wedding.

Cassie and Daniel, your day could not have been more perfect!  You brought West Virgina and Virgina together in perfect harmony!  The weather was beautiful and despite the time change where we lost an hour of sunlight we made everything work, and to top it off Mother Nature gave us a GORGEOUS sunset with an array of deep beautiful colors.

I fell in LOVE with your families, you all treated me as if I were family and that makes my job that I love so much even better.

Thank you for bringing me along on your destination wedding to the mountians of Virginia to tell your love story! I hope you enjoy reliving your day, because it was one to remember!

Welcome to Khimaira Farms and the wedding day of Cassie and Daniel.

Their story began on the grounds of the beautiful Khimaira Farms.

When you drive up to where the girls are getting ready and it looks like this, my jaw dropped between the front fiew and the view off the deck I could totally see myself living here!

And when you step inside and it’s just as beautiful and filled with laughter and love with Jess and Paula of the Posh Pair doing hair and makeup, you are off to a great start!

Man this view just GETS me! So beautiful!

The moment you put your dress on for real is magical.

So radient and happy! Both of you.  I adore you both!

Kaiti, Cassie’s Matron of Honor was the only one of her girls allowed to see Cassie’s dress so we made all the other girls wait outside while she dressed

then made them close their eyes until she was ready.

Their reaction was priceless!

Her Daddy’s reaction was equally as precious!

Off to get married!

Meanwhile the boys were getting ready across town.

The drive to back to Khimaira Farms from the cabin was beautiful!

Cassie wanted to have a peek of the hall and a few photos with her girls before being tucked away as guests arrived.

How cute is this photo of cassie with a goat when she was little, and now being married on a goat farm!  Talk about history playing itself out full circle.

Linda and her crew at Khimaira definitly know how to decorate for a wedding!

As friends and family start to arrive a harpist and a floutist start to play and the mountians made a joyish sound! I LOVE the Harp.

Young and old were all smiles!

I could not hear the conversation that Daniel’s parents were having just before walking down the isle but these photos made me laugh too.

Eline, you were so beautiful! You just shined!


I love to see a bride smile all the way down the isle! Cassie, your smile like your heart shined the entire day!

And when Daniel laid eyes on you walking toward him,  he never took them off of you!

Can we all just say OH MY….that backdrop is amazing…and the overcast skies made the colors and mountians just JUMP out at you.

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That glance and smile when you realzie you are MARRIED to the love of your life!

What a fun bridal party!   Kaiti and Nic did this at rehearsal and promised to do it again 🙂 and they nailed it again.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly and Mr. and Mrs. Papuga you both did fabulous jobs raising such amazing kids! Congratulations, you both got winners for new sons and daughters!

It would not be a Khimaira Farms Wedding if at least one goat didn’t come out to see the bride and groom, and attempt to eat her bouquet.

The sun was setting quickly because of the end of Day Light Savings Time, so we had to work quick but man did it pay off! With every location change the sky burst into the most beautiful array of colors matching the colors of fall.

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Reminds me of Gone With The Wind.

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Oh the dramatic sky!

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Let the party begin!  West Virginia Style…

Groomsman Nick O’Neal wrote and sang Cassie and Daniels first dance song!  It was so pretty!

Cherish these moments!

Cassie and Daniel did not want to do the traditional cake cutting and tosses so they could spend more quality time just enjoying family and friends, and I thought that was cool!

So we had fun just shooting details!

 The DJ kept the floor dancing we stole away for 15 min to do some night portraits.

I always encourage my couples to make time for these photos in their timeline because they will reget NOT having them more than they regret taking the time to do them.

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The moon was beautiful and full!

Better than fireworks! Beautiful real moonshine for the West Virginia lovers wedding!

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Back to party the night away!

And no mountaineer wedding would be complete with out a last dance and singing Take Me Home Country Roads, before the exit!

You absolutley had the best day ever! and so did I!

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Papuga.

Thank you for asking me to tell your love story! It is a beautiful one!

Cassie and Daniel, may you have many adventures toether that take you places you never imagined, but let the roads you travel always lead you home.

The Vendors and friends who made their day perfect!

Venue | Khimaira Farms

Brides Gown | The Boutique by B. Belle

Groom’s attire | Mens Warehouse

Rings | Mervis Diamond Importers & Midtown Jewelers

Flowers | Vivian’s Flower Shop

Catering | Hanks Smokehouse

Cakes | Bijou’s Sweet Treats

DJ | DJ Josh Nicol

Hair and Makeup | The Posh Pair (Jess Barbini & Paula Stone)

Photography | Melody Gillikin Photography









  1. Diane Pancoe

    January 12th, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Wow! Pictures are amazing! They truly capture every precious moment of the day.❤️

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