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Pennsylvania Wedding from Jeremy Hess Photographers

As a girl who makes more weekly trips to Starbucks than I care to admit, this next coffee-themed wedding caught both my eye, and my latte loving heart. Set at the most picturesque Pennsylvania manor, the couple crafted a wedding paying homage to their English and Irish heritages, while celebrating their mutual love for all things coffee. wildflowers by design crafted the florals that stunned while Jeremy Hess Photographers captured each and every detail you can’t dare miss. Grab a refill of your favorite java and join me in the  full gallery right here!

From the Bride… Our journey began with a proposal that included photos, happy tears and a family heirloom art deco style diamond and sapphire ring. Chris asked me to be his wife while relaxing on our favorite bench in Seward Park, Seattle Washington in the shadows of Mt. Rainier. Being that Chris and I were both call Pennsylvania home a wedding back on the East Coast was only fitting. Though it made for some interesting planning via Skype, email and Google Docs no detail was overlooked. We could not have pulled our amazing day off if it weren’t for our wonderful families and incredible vendors. Riverdale Manor was chosen sight unseen as both our ceremony and reception venue and we could not have been happier. We stalked the weather in the weeks leading up to our day, the hurricane’s abated and we were blessed with a truly magnificent day. The grounds were breathtaking and we exchanged our vows to the soothing sounds of the Conestoga River behind us. The staff at Riverdale Manor was absolute perfection and helped my wedding dreams come to fruition. Our classically elegant, fall, coffee themed wedding was flawlessness.To pull off our fete we had quite bit of help that included a local farmer graciously donating an acre of land for us to plant heirloom white, brown and green pumpkins. Our families scoured antique markets and yard sales to collect antique white milk glass for the reception centerpieces. While all of this work was being done over on the East Coast I, in Seattle, was meeting with dress designer, Sally Crew and the gals at La Belle Elaine’s to design and custom make a sash which included lace from my mom’s wedding gown.

Our wedding day started with the bridesmaids and the mothers of the bride and groom adorning personalized ready shirts that I made and the champagne started flowing. The make-up artist arrived as did the photographer; the dress was donned and unveiled to the bridal party for the first time and then it was off to Riverdale. A basket of antique handkerchiefs greeted our guests as they arrived to catch all their “happy tears” along with a Program sign that I designed. I walked down the aisle which was lined with pictures of our grandparents and parents on their respective wedding days carrying a bouquet of flowers that included rosemary for remembrance and thistle in honor of the Grooms heritage. I was preceded by our flower girls who carried baskets filled with white pumpkins and gray tulle. Signature wedding drinks of Pimms Cup #1 for Chris’ English side and an Irish Kiss for my heritage were served at the bar decorated with the countries flags, shamrocks and thistle. The hour Cocktail Hour Games had a techy spin to them included guests scanning QR codes which then directed them to our wedding website.

Coffee sleeve escort cards in large wooden boxes packed with coffee beans helped guests to their seats where the flower girls found homemade coloring books and certain guests found a special note congratulating them for “winning” the 2 pairs of white pumpkin salt and paper shakers. The rest of guests were treated to travel coffee mug favors. The sweetheart table décor included Mr. & Mrs. chair signs that I made along with Mr. and Mrs. wine glass charms. Wooden cat cake toppers were on hand to represent the two furry family members who were left back in Seattle. An absolutely amazing DJ who in addition to spinning a phenomenal mix of songs got out and brake danced with the guests long into the night. Finally guests were escorted to the front of the manner house and handed massive to send us off. As the guests made their way to the hotel in the shuttle Welcome Bags that included local goodies as well as a picture of the bride and groom with each guests from days gone by greeted them as a final thank you. It was a truly magical day and I hope all the guests enjoyed all the personal touches as much as I did.

Wedding Photography: Jeremy Hess Photographers / Wedding Venue: Riverdale Manor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania / Wedding Planning+ Design: Riverdale Manor + Tara White  / Floral Design: wildflowers by design / Wedding Cinematography: Big City Video / Wedding Cake: Linda’s Cakery / Wedding Cake Toppers: Pokeberry Patch Handmade / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / DJ: DJ Freez / Wedding Dress: Sally Crew via La Belle Elaine’s / Bride’s Shoes: Endless / Hair: Fever Salon +  Visage a’ Visage / Makeup: Make-up by Chelsea / Bridal Party Gifts: Jill Griffin Jewelry

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Cork Factory Hotel Wedding from Brooke Courtney Photography

Get ready, because Brooke Courtney Photography is bringing it today. The wedding on hand is candlelight and romance, stunning fashion and flower girls, and a couple tying the knot with style coming out of every gorgeous corner of Cork Factory Hotel. wildflowers by design added to the romantic ambiance with their all-white floral design, and the best part? We’ve got a gallery filled to bursting with even more gorgeous.

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Joe and I met in college while working at a local bar together, and after being friends for over a year we realized this was something way more then a friendship. He was my best friend and the man I wanted to spend my forever with.

I discovered the Cork Factory Hotel while searching for wedding venues with my cousin and I made a mental note that when it was my turn, I had to be married there! Luckily, when Joe proposed a few months later, he fell in love with the venue as much as I did.

We wanted our wedding to be laid back and fun, but also elegant and classic at the same time. With such a beautiful backdrop, we decided to keep the details simple. We chose a variation of all white flowers. The bridesmaids wore gray chiffon gowns and the groomsmen were in classic black suits. One feature that I think really represented us was having two acoustic guitarists play and sing throughout our ceremony and cocktail hour. They played “Stand by Me” as the bridal party walked down the aisle and “Here Comes the Sun” as Joe and I were pronounced husband and wife.

It was extremely important to me to involve our family in the wedding process as much as possible. The table numbers were made from my aunt and uncles’s old slate barn roof which we cut and painted numbers on. The jelly favors were handmade by my family as well as all of the chalkboards. Another resource I used was etsy. There are such creative people and ideas on there, and I highly recommend utilizing it.

My favorite part of our wedding day (can you really have a favorite?!) was our first look. Because we were having a night wedding, we wanted to take outdoor pictures beforehand. I loved walking up behind Joe and tapping him on the shoulder and then seeing his face when he saw me for the first time. I will always cherish that moment!

From the time we got engaged until the last day of our honeymoon it was a complete whirlwind. We are so grateful to everyone who helped make our dream wedding come true. It was the best day of our lives!

Photography: Brooke Courtney Photography / Flowers: Wildflowers by Design / Event Coordination: Planned Perfection / Venue: Cork Factory Hotel / Food and Cake: Cork Factory Hotel / Wedding Gown: Essense of Australia from Renaissance Bridal / Sash: Custom made / Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Stationery: Persnickety Invitation Studio / Hair and Make Up: Plum Salon and Spa / Ceremony Music: Hake and Jarema / Videography: Post Script Productions / DJ: Occasions Disc Jockeys / Jelly Favor Tags: The Ruffly Owl / Guest Book Stones: The Papery Nook / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff

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Lancaster Wedding at Rockmill Brewery by Studio Uma

I think I’ve found the cutest chapel in the entire world and it’s tucked away in the woods on an old horse farm turned brewery and seats just sixteen people. It’s almost too cute for words. This adorable couple is all about supporting local businesses so everything from the beer to the flowers to the food was sourced nearby. Responsible and oh-so-pretty have collided and the result is one fabulous party with perfect images from Studio Uma. Click here for all the fun details.


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From the Bride… When Donnie and I started planning our wedding, the most important thing to us was that it be FUN and feel like us. So we focused less on the traditional wedding components and more on throwing a fun party. Because Donnie owns a wine shop, libations played a big part in the festivities. We had over two dozen craft brews by the bottle, plus Columbus Brewing Company on tap, over a dozen wines and a handful of signature cocktails featuring locally-made liquors like OYO vodka and Watershed Distillery gin. We also are very into food and are big supporters of all things local, so we tried to feature as many local products as we could, from the flowers grown on a farm up the road (we ran very close to the end of the season but luckily had a late frost!) to having a friend design our invitations that featured our heart (over the wedding location) in Ohio logo. For centerpieces we cleaned and spray-painted lots of bottle and jars, and I popped flowers in them randomly. The invites were a great precursor to the evening’s fun, from the cheeky wording and fun chevron envelope lining (hand-cut and glued by me!) to the mad-lib style RSVP postcards.

The party took place at the local Rockmill Brewery, which is situated on a beautiful old horse farm. We set up a tent outside the beautifully restored farmhouse, which we surrounded with food trucks! Wanting something for everyone, we had tacos, gourmet sandwiches, pizza, and local favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream. Jeni’s crew even made a special flavor for the evening featuring Rockmill’s Dubbel beer. We had Rockmill’s owner Matthew do a beer tasting at the beginning of the party, with which we paired cheeses (some local) and chocolate, plus my dad’s famous pistachio pork pâté and crab dip. For dessert, in addition to Jeni’s, we set up a s’mores bar down by the fire. Our guests were sent home with dark chocolate truffles I made with Rockmill beer and topped with sea salt we brought back from our first vacation together.

The party was preceded by a very intimate ceremony in the tiny chapel sitting on the property. It barely seats 16, so only our immediate family and closest friends were able to join. Even that felt festive because the small space meant that we could laugh with each other during the personal ceremony. We escaped for a few moments for photos with Uma afterwards to take advantage of the naturally beautiful setting. It was truly an amazing and fun day, and we love that our friends and family are still talking about how unique and awesome our wedding was!

Wedding Photography: Studio Uma / Wedding Venue: Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio / Floral Design: Sunny Meadows Flower Farm / Wedding Invitations: Marit Hanson Weddings / Food Trucks: Mojo Tago, Skillet, Mikey’s Late Night Slice + Jeni’s Ice Cream / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee via Wendy’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Hair: Max the Salon

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