Cope Environmental Center Wedding in the Woods
As a new year begins, some of you may have a new shiny diamond on your finger from either a package under the tree or a New Year’s proposal. So, I wanted to share Toni and Tony ( known as T squared to some) Cope Environmental Center Wedding in the Woods. They both love the outdoors, especially running and hiking the paths at Cope, so it’s only fitting a wedding in the woods would be the perfect spot for them to tie the knot.
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Having our children with us. My son walked me down the aisle, and my daughters were my bridesmaids. Dancing with Anthony to songs that were just perfect, and the beauty around us at both the ceremony and reception was breathtaking. The day was perfect. Having included our children in the ceremony and speak our hearts to them was my most favorite part of our day.
Advice for future bride and grooms
Make plenty of time for both of you to capture the moment together. I read somewhere (after my wedding) that the bride and groom should go off for 15-20 min by themselves and just breathe,talk, and laugh together. It has been such a crazy time preparing for the wedding, that time to breathe would have been so amazing. Also, a big one here for me is that pictures last a lifetime. Have as many captured as you can. Take personal pictures with your friends that came to celebrate with you. And with your parents.
Greet your guests together. We stood at the front of the line for dinner and greeted each guest as they got their food. That way I knew we wouldn’t miss anyone and everyone was acknowledged. And you could introduce each other to family or friends that you hadn’t met yet.
What were your songs?
During the ceremony we played You Say by Lauren Diegle which is such a beautiful way to describe not only how we should see each other as a couple but as God sees us individually. I loved sharing that with our families. We ended the ceremony with Keith Urban Somebody Like You. We walked into the reception and had our first dance to, Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud. This is “our song.” The lyrics are perfect for us.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything? More pictures, always more pictures, more personal ones….at reception…more candid shots with my peeps. LOL and private time with Anthony afterwards the ceremony. I would have loved that
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Antigua, St. Johns. A little cabin in the mountains on the Caribbean. It was the best of both worlds. NO TV, just relaxing, spending time together, walking, swimming, reading…enjoying the beauty around us.
The Cope Environmental Center offers six different options for rental locations on their property. The area Toni and Tony choose was the wooded area around the Three-Sided Shelter, which is next to the pond.
The property features over three miles of hiking trails meandering through hardwood forests, grasslands, over 12 acres of prairie, three wetlands, and two ponds, and a significant collection of conifers. Managed with sustainability in mind, the property is often left to its natural beauty to avoid excessive fuel use and habitat destruction. Trails are maintained with mulch from area holiday trees chipped by Richmond Power and Light each spring.
Cope Environmental Center Wedding, reception dancing
Venue:Ceremony at Cope Environmental Center, Reception at J & J Winery
Flowers: The Barn at Helm
Photography: Susanna Tanner Photography