When a wedding somehow manages to be laid back, casual, and relaxed, yet boast some of the most stunning florals, chic fashion, and gorgeous details, it is no small measure. So when I saw that this charmer on the family farm was planned by the couple themselves, I knew I was dealing with two special people. Two special people who chose a very special (and talented) photographer to capture their big day, Alison Conklin Photography. Needless to say, you will need to check out the full image gallery. ASAP.
Hilary was looking for a soccer team to play on after college. Her roommate and friend suggested a friend’s team that needed more women players. Three games into the season, she went down during a play and tore her ACL. Richard helped her off of the field, continued to check on her during the game, and offered to drive her home. She didn’t take him up on his offer, but they started emailing each other and continued for a couple of weeks. She finally got up the courage to ask him on a date. They went on their first date the night that she drove home to her parent’s to have surgery on her knee.
We fell in love with the beautiful outdoor setting of our venue, which features a natural spring and reflection pool. In addition, the family connections made it a special place: we were married by Hilary’s uncle, who married Hilary’s parents at that same historic spot over 30 years ago.
A simple, peaceful, child-friendly, meditative, and happy-picnic-ky party with close family and friends is what we wanted. We tried to keep it simple, with enough small handmade touches to reflect our personalities and our relationship. We didn’t have specific colors, per se, but started with greens and yellows and incorporated warmer tones of red, orange, and pink in the flowers and table settings.
A few special touches from our day included tree planting with our guests on the Hertzler Farm. We planted 500 native saplings, contributing to Hilary’s father’s efforts to restore the local habitat on land that for several generations served the Hertzler Dairy.
One thousand origami peace cranes, made by us and our guests. When mailing our paper invitations, we included squares of paper and instructions, asking our guests to cultivate peace while folding, and to then mail the cranes back with their RSVPs. We floated the peace cranes in the spring, affixed them to the place settings, and generally decorated the reception site with them.
At our ceremony, we had a family friend of Hilary’s (and accomplished local cellist) play cello. Among other special requests, Estelle Hartranft, of Harrisburg, PA transcribed a piece written for classical guitar (Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”), an instrument that Richard and his father play; and a piece from Brazil, where Richard’s mother is from (Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5”).
In lieu of a guestbook, photos of the two of us over the past 9 years, on which guests wrote well-wishes and other notes.
Photography: Alison Conklin Photography / Florist: Davis Florist / Dress designers for bride & bridesmaids: J.Crew / Makeup & Hair: Bride / Groom & Groomsmen suits: Zara, Henry Davidsen Tailors, Perry Ellis, Banana Republic, & Stacy Adams / Stationery: Bride / Entertainment: West Philadelphia Orchestra / Pies: 14 Acre Farm / Wedding planner: Couple / Caterer: 14 Acre Farm / Ceremony Location: Donegal Presbyterian Church / Reception Location: Hertzler Family Farm / Bride’s Shoes: Faryl Robin Shoes from Anthropologie / Rings: Ruth Tomlinson