Here Comes the Bride
Formal weddings always bored Meghan Huddleston, so when she and childhood friend-turned-sweetheart Fred Allen got engaged two years ago, she decided to ramp up the energy — and the decibels — for their fall wedding.
Meghan, clad in a lacy gown and black Converse tennis shoes, roared into her wedding at Cumberland County’s Twin Oaks Farm clinging to her father on the back of a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blaring from nearby speakers. They hopped off the bike and took a traditional walk down the aisle between two sections of 100 guests seated on bales of hay borrowed from a local hardware store. The couple exchanged vows under a canopy of pin oaks, then rode Fred’s Harley to the top of the hill toward the reception in their hometown of Dillwyn.
“I wanted something really fun, laid back and original,” says Meghan, who combed Pinterest for inspiration. “He and his parents and me and my parents all ride [motorcycles], so we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding.”
And so they did.
Her four bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried orange raffia-tied calla lilies, while the groomsmen were outfitted in black suits with orange ties — Harley-Davidson colors. The cake, perched atop a stump, was black and white, topped with a bride and groom on a motorcycle.
Meghan and Fred rode his bike into the reception as “Rooster” by Alice in Chains shook the Dillwyn rescue squad’s community room. They chose the more subdued “At Last” for their first dance.
“It was a bargain wedding,” says Meghan, who crafted the programs and decorations and laughed about her “redneck wineglasses” made from Mason jars. ”We wanted it to be inexpensive, country,
vintage, Harley. It was a lot of fun.”
Reception: Dillwyn Rescue Squad community room
Catering: Grady’s Barbeque
Dessert: Lisa Word of Cake’s the Word
Music: D.J. Randy Lesueur
Bride’s dress: Bridal Elegance
Hair and makeup: Kim Ragland
Groom’s attire: Strutz
Photo booth: ShutterBooth