Mr. & Mrs. Rappold

WV Wedding Photographer

I absolutely loved these two! When Alexis first contacted me and explained how they met and where they were getting married… I squealed with excitement! I sent her a reply basically begging her to meet up with me lol. Here’s what she said that had me so excited, “JD, and I are planning a New Years Eve Wedding. The most interesting part of our wedding will certainly be the venue. We have chosen to get married and have our reception at the South Charleston Memorial Ice Arena”. Skating has always been a large part of their lives. JD and Alexis first met when at the skating rink, she was five and he was eleven. Due to their age difference at the time, they did not get to know each other. However, after JD returned from college four years ago, their coach urged them to skate together as a pair. They’ve been to nationals twice, scoring in the top 10. This sparked a great friendship and they won each others hearts. Figure skating brought them together and so it was to be… A Wedding on ice! They originally thought about getting married in a church and doing a reception in Huntington, but those plans changed after JD jokingly suggested they get married on ice. The more they thought about the idea, they knew they could make it work. When guests arrived at the arena, they discovered half of the ice covered with mats to fend off the chill from the frozen surface below their feet, dressed up aluminum chairs and music playing on a system normally used for calling out hockey players’ names. JD set aside his hockey pads to become a figure skater with Alexis a few years ago, he was well aware of the strangeness of the scene. “It’s not a normal sport, so why have a normal wedding?” Some gifts for the couple were decorated with a pair of skates and table assignments were denoted with purple signs containing ice hockey and skating terms, such as “Death Spiral” and “Zamboni.” They performed a first skate (their take on a first dance) to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.” The non-traditional wedding lasted into the New Year, giving the couple an evening they would never forget. “I never really thought of myself getting married on an ice rink,” said Alexis. “But it is a dream come true.”

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