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Wintry Hotel Wedding That’ll Give You All the Cozy Feels

Christmastime may have come and gone but we’re still reaping the benefits of it’s magic. Case in point? This cozy fete at Cork Factory Hotel captured by Tina Jay Photography. The kind of ceremony where the Bride and Groom asked their grandparents to be the flower girls and ring bearers—how sweet?! There’s even more charm in The Vault.

From Tina Jay PhotographyI just adored Jess + Eric’s winter wedding at the Cork Factory Hotel! They were married on 12/9/16, and included the most delightful Christmas decor. It was so beautifully done, without screaming CHRISTMAS in your face. From Jess’s gorgeous gown that fit her like a glove, to the suspended floral ladder above the ceremony space, every last detail was perfect. They also added little touches that I loved. My favorite? They had their grandmas serve as flower girls, and their grandpas as ring bearers. I love when couples truly make their wedding their own! They also ended their night with a sparkler send-off. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day.

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Photography: Tina Jay Photography | Floral Design: Petals With Style | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Reception Venue: Cork Factory Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Stella Maris | DJ: Klock Entertainment | Hair/Makeup: Plum Spa And Salon

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A Wedding that Fully Embraces Spring

There is a reason Spring weddings are insanely popular and it has a lot to do with the crazy gorgeous flowers. And if you can land yourself a venue like the Farm at Eagle’s Ridge with flowering trees, well then consider yourself blessed by the wedding gods. These high school sweethearts fall squarely in that category and with the crafting of Oleander Floral & Events, their Spring floral infused barn wedding is one for the books. Sneak a peek at more of the romance through the lens of Lauren Fair Photography.

From the Bride…Jimmy and I are high school sweethearts, so when he proposed almost 9 years after our first date, we couldn’t wait to finally promise our lives to each other. We wanted our wedding to feel like a relaxed, effortless, romantic dinner party where all of our closest friends and family could gather and celebrate the love that we had built over the years.

When we first started looking at wedding venues, my only requirement was that the ceremony be outside. We came across the Farm at Eagle’s Ridge and the grounds blew me away. We knew pretty immediately that we wanted to be married there by the water. From then on, everything else fell into place.

We were intentional about working with inspiring, passionate, and just overall genuinely good people. We put a lot of trust into our vendors, which allowed us to keep the planning and wedding day as laid back as possible. Needless to say, we worked with some seriously incredible people. Lauren and Tim of Lauren Fair Photography captured our day with such ease and beauty. Cynthia at Oleander managed to create the bouquet & floral installation of my dreams, incorporating floral elements that I didn’t even know existed. The staff at Jimmy Duffy’s were incredible and so accommodating. Janelle from Janelle on Location made me feel beautiful, but more importantly, like me. Our amazing vendors allowed us to enjoy every second of our wedding day, and for that, we are forever grateful.

I have a handful of moments from our wedding day that I keep close to my heart, but one of my favorite moments was just after our ceremony ended. We had a minute or two to ourselves after the processional, and we held each other finally as husband and wife. My advice to other brides is to keep it simple and easy. Try not to overcomplicate and overthink. Oh and dance. Always dance under the stars with the one you love.

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Coordinator: Fancy Peacock Events | Event Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Floral Design: Oleander Floral & Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Couture Cakery | Reception Venue: The Farm at Eagles Ridge | Hair + Makeup: Janelle on Location | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Hair for Bridesmaids: Janelle on Location | Wedding Dress Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop

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Classic + Elegant Pennsylvania Winter Wedding

Winter weddings seem to be full of seasonal magic, and this one has it in spades. I’m not just talking about the cozy, warm, and romantic vibe of the Cork Factory Hotel or the lush, wintery florals. It’s so much more than that, like that the Bride wore her mother’s veil and that the Groom walked down the aisle to a surprise performance of the “Game of Thrones” theme song. See all the pretty from Brianna Wilbur in The Vault!

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From The Bride…To be perfectly honest, I had never pictured a winter wedding. But when my fiancé proposed at Christmas last year, I realized a one-year engagement brought us to my least favorite season. A quick Pinterest search was all it took to sell me on a fur stole, gorgeous winter florals, and some dark green long bridesmaids dresses.

Although I looked for him everywhere, I finally met The One on a dating website. I actually remember looking across the table at him on our first date thinking, “Could this be my husband?” Two and a half years later, he is. I think I love my now-husband about double what I did before the big day, if that’s possible.

We envisioned an elegant and classic affair, with very traditional details, from the invitations to the ceremony. I wanted to highlight winter while creating a cozy, warm, and romantic vibe. I imagined greens, creams, and blacks. The Cork Factory Hotel could not have been more perfect: once our guests arrived on Friday for the rehearsal, no one had to leave the hotel until after brunch on Sunday. The convenience for the guests was of utmost importance for us. The airy ballroom, chandeliers, and fireplace didn’t hurt, either.

It is so special to me that I wore my mom’s veil, which was perfectly preserved and absolutely gorgeous. The Silverwood Trio surprised my husband with the “Game of Thrones” theme song when he walked into the ceremony, making him laugh and diffusing some of his nerves. I cherish the memories I have of us reciting our personally written vows to each other and that special trip down the candle-lit aisle with my Dad.

The pinecone escort cards were one of my favorite details. Last summer we started collecting pinecones and glueing them to birch rounds. Painting each one and applying glitter was another endeavor entirely! We wanted little mementos of me and Ryan everywhere, from doors plastered with childhood photographs to our birdie guestbook and cake toppers. We made our wine-bottle table numbers and then gave them away in a musical-chairs-type game at the reception, a crowd favorite!

I didn’t even know I was a flower person until I found Sullivan Owen. It’s like lightning struck, and I became absolutely obsessed with her floral works of art. I can now spot one of her bouquets even before knowing it’s her design. I was bursting with excitement before they arrived on our wedding day, and when they did I was blown away. I will never forget those flowers.

My groom tapped my shoulder and said, “Can I steal you for a second?” He took me out to the terrace and slow danced with me, alone, away from the guests, to Nora Jones’s “Come Away with Me.” I will never forget resting my head on his chest, and feeling unbelievable, overwhelming love from friends, family, and my new husband. It is a perfect memory from a perfect day.

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Photography: Brianna Wilbur Photography | Floral Design: Sullivan Owen | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: The Baker’s Table at Cork Factory Hotel | Makeup: Allyson Brittany Aesthetics | Hair: Blush Style Studio | DJ: Central PA DJs | Venue: Cork Factory Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Bijou Bridal

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