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Bright, Colorful Pennsylvania Wedding at Aldie Mansion

Colorful as all get out and packed with personality, you can’t look at this Aldie Mansion wedding from Lindsay Docherty Photography and not smile. And I’m talking about one of those big, goofy grins. Because this gallery is overflowing with happiness, and you can see just what I mean right here.

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Spring
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From Lindsay Docherty PhotographyGabi and Kristof had so many flourishes for their Aldie Mansion wedding to make it all theirs. So much creativity and musical references.

We started pictures at Gabi’s parents’ house in Doylestown. Gabi, the ever stylish one, donned bright red lipstick and a gorgeous lace sleeved overlay over her wedding gown. I love that sleeves are coming back into fashion and Gabi managed to seamlessly blend several eras into the day. The bride herself was stunningly vintage. The sapphire and diamond bracelet and earrings that she wore fit with her engagement ring perfectly.

The bridesmaids wore deep blue chiffon dresses with bright red patent leather pumps. Gabi had a pair of the same heels herself. Her navy blue petal-fold invitation was also beautiful. It was a trifold with pops of vibrant colors (you’ll see a trend here really soon!).

Gabi (a former journalism major) laid out an awesome wedding newspaper for the guests and also had a fun wedding madlibs floating around.

The weather was fabulous. Right up until about 30 minutes before the ceremony was due to begin. Then one drop. Then two. Then many more. The group made the decision to move the outdoor ceremony up 15 minutes to try to beat the rain.

At fate would have it, the rain stopped as her parents walked Gabi through the front courtyard of the mansion.

A friend officiated the ceremony. The couple is very into music (note the groomsmen’s Jerry Garcia ties). My absolute favorite part was Gabi’s vows to Kristof. The entire thing was lines from songs (see quote at bottom of post). You could hear the realization run through the crowd as they listened.

The Aldie Mansion ballroom was like I had never seen it before. There was color everywhere! Boldly patterned linens adorned every table and each was topped with clusters of flowers grouped in the colors of the rainbow sitting in milkglass containers. It was so bright and happy.

Gabi and Kristof entered to a room full of enthusiastic guests and danced their first dance to “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin. Both were mouthing the words through the song. As you can imagine from this crowd who loves music, the night was a blast. There was much dancing, singing (Gabi can seriously sing!), cigar-smoking, glass-smashing, and all-around having a phenomenal time! It was a fantastic day and I loved being a part of such fun!

Photography: Lindsay Docherty Photography | Videography: Grant Harrison | Florist: Doylestown Floribunda | Cake: Ann's Cake Pan | Invitations: Lauratek Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: For Her And For Him | Catering: Jeffrey Miller Catering | Hair Stylist: Chelsea At Essentials Salon And Spa | Band/DJ: Best Of Both Worlds | Lace Jacket: Maridadi Couture | Makeup: Jen At Salon Zen | Newspaper Printer: Park Press | Wedding Dress Shop: The Wedding Shoppe In Wayne | Wedding Venue: Aldie Mansion

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Rustic Fall Wedding with Vintage Details

This vintage shindig has a serious way with color and it’s all thanks to Sommerfield Designs. They whipped up bright, orange blooms for the occasion and when paired with vintage details (including the bride’s own dress!) it’s a match made in wedding heaven. Do yourself a favor, and hop to the gallery for so much more.

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Fall
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Farm
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Rustic

From The Bride…Radnor Hunt was the very first venue we toured together as we started the wedding planning process. We adored the fox hunt décor inside, and fell in love with the giant tree in the back, which would soon come to be the gorgeous backdrop of our ceremony. I’m a DIY-nut, so I instantly started planning every tiny detail that I could make to fit our simplistic vintage theme. I went to many flea markets and sidewalk sales over the course of 10 months to find the vintage glass bottles and old books for our centerpieces. Our florist totally understood my vision and the tables turned out to be more beautiful than I imagined on the day of the wedding. I made sure to add personal touches to almost every detail, from the seating charts, to the window display and the ‘LOVE’ sign at the entrance to the ceremony. I even enlisted my mom to help, and she made all of the beautiful place cards.

The guys’ outfits were constructed of J. Crew gingham shirts with orange ties. We left it up to them to choose their gray suits, and collectively they all looked so put-together and handsome. My (now) husband even got them all monogrammed tie-bars to complete the look.

The girls’ gray lace dresses were from Nordstrom. I gave them all spoon bracelets that I found on Etsy, which fit in with our theme, and looked stunning with the dresses. The orange floral bouquets were perfect and a great contrast with the grays.

My dress was actually constructed from my own mothers wedding dress. She has said for many years that she kept it preserved for the very reason to hand it down to me for my wedding day. Over the course of the engagement, we took the dress to an amazing seamstress in Lancaster, PA, who changed the dress from an ‘80s gown into my own modern vision. It turned out beautifully and meant so much to my mom as I walked down the aisle in something so dear to her heart. The leftover lace from my mom’s dressed was turned into and used as our sweetheart table’s tablecloth.

With the forecast scattered with rain and cold weather the week before, we wound up having an absolutely perfect early fall day. Abundant sunshine and mid 70s – we couldn’t have asked for a better day to become husband and wife.

I, of course, couldn’t hold back the tears for my long walk down to the tree where my fiancé waited with a big smile. The emotions were overwhelming as 130 of my closest family and friends were waiting for me while our good friend played such graceful acoustic melodies for my walk with my dad. It was the best moment of my life, and thanks to our incredible husband-and-wife photography team, I will never forget it. They captured every single moment that went by so incredibly fast – that I will now remember for a lifetime.

Photography: Brittney Kreider | Floral Design: Sommerfield Designs | Cake: Clay's Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Anne Klein | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: J. Scott Catering | DJ: The Peoples DJ | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Seamstress: Lois Buckwalter | Ceremony/Reception: Radnor Hunt | Spoon Bracelet: Mon Petit Chou Boutique

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Snowy Winter Wedding In Pennsylvania at the Cork Factory Hotel

This little snowy soiree at the Cork Factory Hotel is so darn lovely, I almost couldn’t believe it was real. It’s as though the perfect amount of snow fell just in time for this couple to say I do, and then stopped just in time for the sun to shine over this couples’ gorgeous day. Caroline Frost was behind the lens to make sure every magical moment was captured beautifully, and you can see them all here.

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From Caroline Frost PhotographyThese two Naval officers and their gorgeous snow-covered wedding will make you gush. Plus it was set in Lancaster, such a romantic town with so much lovely red brick everywhere, it was made for a winter wedding! And I just adored their pinecone cake on a wooden “snow-dusted” cake stand.

From The Bride…Alex and I were not originally planning for a small winter wedding. In fact, we thought we were going to have a large garden-party gala in late spring. Since we are both naval officers, some of our closest friends are in the military and in talking with a few of them, we realized three of the groomsmen would not be able to make our originally-scheduled May wedding date because of deployments/training/other military obligations. One of the most important aspects of our wedding day was who we would share it with, so without hesitation, we moved our date up to January. The new date was a little over two months away so we really had to hustle with the planning. (We also changed the location from Long Island, NY (the middle-ground between our hometowns) to Lancaster, PA (where I grew up) for feasibility.

Though we were having some issues deciding on details about the May wedding, events flowed flawlessley once we moved the date up to January, as if it were meant to be. We realized having a cozy, intimate affair was so fitting, so… us. We wanted a rustically elegant celebration and the Cork Factory Hotel, a historic site turned boutique hotel, with it’s antiqued wood floors, cork-lined walls, and picturesque chandeliers was the perfect spot for it.

Though some grooms may not get excited about the details of the day, Alex did. Being quite the literary intellectual, he added his own personal touch to the decorations with naming the tables after book titles by a few of his favorite authors. He went even further by printing first edition covers for the table cards and bringing part of his library along for added adornment.

The last thing we hoped for was something we could not plan for… snow. Our wishes were answered with a few inches falling the day before the ceremony. (Luckily, the accumulation was not significant enough to keep our friends and family away!) The snowfall, in its peaceful beauty made for a magical landscape at the Rock Ford Plantation, the site we chose for our “first look”.

It’s exciting, planning a wedding, and Alex and I had such a fun time doing it. What we didn’t plan for, however, was how much the day would mean to us after it was all over. I find myself reflecting on our wedding more than I would like to admit, and each time, I hold the day’s events closer to my heart. For all the brides and grooms to be- may the outpouring of love on your special day carry with you both for the rest of your lives together… because that’s truly the best part of it all.

Photography: Caroline Frost Photography | Floral Design: Petals With Style | Wedding Dress: J. Crew | Cake: The Baker's Table | Ceremony: St James Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Cork Factory Hotel | Brides Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaid Dresses: After Six | Hair: Luxe | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Assistant Photographer: Jaine Kershner | Portraits: Rock Ford Plantation

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