For our very first WV Wedding Venue Spotlight, we’re excited to tell you more about The Confluence Resort!
The Confluence Resort (or The Confluence, as we like to call it) was one of the very first venues I ever experienced, way back before adding the “Ober” onto the “Port” when I was flyin’ solo. When I shot there first in 2009, it was also the Confluence’s first year at this wedding thing. Imagine everyone’s surprise when one of my photos from my first Confluence wedding (and one of my first 10 weddings I ever shot!) made the cover of WV Weddings Magazine in 2010!
Our wedding businesses have both grown a lot in these last 8 years, and it’s been wonderful to drop by Hico, WV for visits each year to see the property evolve.
Here are a few of our favorite things about this gorgeous venue
The beautiful, remote setting
It’s somewhere in between an hour and an hour and a half from us in Charleston, and located about 15 minutes-ish from our favorite small town in WV: Fayetteville. No matter which route you take to get to the Confluence, you can’t avoid at least a few miles of gravel roads. And we love that about the place. We love how remote it is. It always feels like you’re on “Confluence Time” out there- no city noises, just birds chirping, bugs buzzing, and dogs barking. Couples usually have their ceremony on the Cheri Bluff, a giant rock protruding out of the mountainside. It’s a truly gorgeous spot to exchange vows. Then guests just walk back up the hill for the cocktail hour and reception, and often head back down the opposite side of the hill for some fun barn after-partying.
Have we mentioned we love dogs? We love photographing them, we love rubbing their bellies, we love giving them “scritches”. And we love that dogs are welcome at the Confluence, so couples can bring their canine buddies with them to share in the wedding weekend memories.
The staff is great
Pervis Major is good people. He just gets it. His family’s awesome too (see below photo, which is seven years old). He’s there to chauffeur your elderly family to the Cheri Bluff for the ceremony. His experienced staff moves chairs between the ceremony overlook and the reception tent quickly and efficiently. They usually have a spare golf cart or two for couples to use when we take photos.
It’s not easy owning so many acres of land and weathering natural disasters- we remember his beautiful peach trees got wiped out after a disastrous derecho storm tore through West Virginia in late June a few years back. In fact, our view of ceremonies has changed so much since we first started shooting there in 2009. What used to be a rock surrounded by trees is now a rock with a window-like view of the mountains. Mother nature has left her mark on this land, but it’s still as beautiful as ever.
And Pervis has put a lot of work (and money) into upgrading the facilities over the years. What once used to be a tent on a hill from a rental company is now a much nicer, semi-permanent wedding season tent- no more tent rental companies to coordinate with. And just within the last few months, Pervis upgraded the surface under the reception tent.
If you are outdoorsy and love the idea of a remote venue that’s only 15 minutes away from one of the best small towns in the state of WV, then this might be the venue for you. See below for even more photos from one of our very favorite West Virginia wedding venues: The Confluence Resort!