I thought that this wedding, photographed by the incredibly talented Amanda Kraft, was just too pretty to resist. And, since I get so many emails from brides looking for ways to design a lovey but simple outdoor affair, I thought this fit the bill perfectly…

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Here are some details from Melissa, the bride…

Rob and I exchanged vows at Laxmount Farms in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania on May 25th, 2008. After meeting at a college party we began dating and after two years, Rob proposed to me just before we returned to my hometown for the holidays.  It was a total surprise!  Another two and a half years would go by before we would finally tie the knot!

Because Rob is from Raleigh, NC., I really wanted to share my hometown of Lancaster, PA with his family.  Lancaster is a small town built on traditions and values, and I included those aspects in the wedding with a horse-drawn carriage ride for the Bride and Groom to the reception and the setting amongst beautiful Lancaster farmland.  The wedding was held on a Sunday during Memorial Day weekend so that everyone had plenty of travel time.
 
We chose our officiant as a recommendation from friends, who were married in August 2007.  After getting to know Ted (Reverend Edward Mingle), we realized what a blessing he was! Not only did he lead a thoughtful and personal ceremony, he inspired many in the audience with his message. His personal relationship with us was instrumental in my parents becoming members of his church! He answered our family’s prayers in many ways.

Our wedding was all about a casual, but elegant feel with a true expression of our personalities and backgrounds.  We had the perfect weather – 75 degrees and sunny- and we took advantage of that by having the ceremony and cocktail hour outdoors, and all of the guests commented on the amazing view.

So much more to come!