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Sweet Rustic Barn Pennsylvania Wedding

What began as a casual introduction turned into a fast friendship. It wasn’t until years later they served in their siblings wedding and that friendship evolved into long-distance calls, letters, and one incredible love story. Shortly thereafter, they followed the same path down the aisle surrounded by sincere love and rustic sceneryJeremiah And Rachel and Lavon Films shared their Big Day below!

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From the Newlyweds… Jake, a tall, handsome, and witty Canadian met Heather, a young and free-spirited American girl met while visiting their siblings at college. She came to see her sister and he made the trek from Canada to visit his brother. They became fast friends but nothing more until a couple years later when her sister married his brother. Jake and Heather were the maid of honor and best man in the wedding. Another year passed, but this time with lots of letters and long-distance calls. Finally, on Christmas eve they were engaged and married by the spring. This time with their wedded brother and sister as maid of honor and best man. The wedding was simple and intimate with pretty, whimsical details, just like she had always dreamed.

From Jeremiah And Rachel Photography … Weddings like this feed our souls! This was our first time in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania, and we instantly loved the rolling hills and beautiful homes and farms. Heather and Jake are two amazing people, surrounded by equally amazing families. They are hopelessly in love, and it shows in every image. As photographers we love being apart of days full of laughter, tears, and real moments. We felt honored to be able to tell a truly beautiful story of two beautiful souls. Heather crafted a perfect day out of the things that really mattered to her and Jake, and made our work as artists easy. We love walking away from a wedding at the end of the night knowing we have formed lasting friendships with a couple, and Heather and Jake are the perfect example of that.

Photography: Jeremiah And Rachel Photography | Videographer: Lavon Films | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Ceremony Venue: Joanna Furnace | Reception Venue: The Old Summer House | Bride's Shoes: Target | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Shady Maple Catering | DJ: Complete Music | Groom's Suit: Express Men | Earings: Keka Jewelry | Groom's Tie: The Tie Bar | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Seating Cards: Parris Chic Boutique | Tie Clip: J.Crew

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Vintage Lancaster Gallery Wedding

Incorporating her love of art and his love of Superman comic books, this vintage inspired affair is the perfect blending of backgrounds. From the Bride’s DIY’d Brooch bouquet, to handmade comic book boutonnieres, to the reclaimed barn wood cupcake stand, every detail played a hand in their love. Shot in a photojournalistic style, Tennison Photography was behind the lens snapping up every detail here!

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From Tennison Photography… The couple, Courtney and Ryan Krumm were married at the Mulberry Art Studios September 27, 2014 in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We loved the unique blending of vintage and artistic tastes with the groom’s interest in classic comics. The community in Lancaster city provided artistic and classic motifs with venues from getting ready and hotel accommodations at the Lancaster Arts Hotel and ceremony+reception at the Mulberry Art Studios. The fun part of their day was the bridal party stroll in and through downtown Lancaster.

From the beautiful Bride… We met after college and grad school, respectively, by chance at a time when we were both making the tricky transition from the protective bubble of school life to the real adult world. We quickly discovered a bond among our distinct (and decidedly opposite) personalities. After several years of establishing ourselves in our respective fields, moving to New York City, the timing was finally right to plan the wedding we both envisioned. Once planning began, it became clear that we would have to think outside of the box in order for our differing aesthetics and interests to be equally represented. Though I initially feared the day turning into a “Superman” wedding, it was important to me for the day to represent both of us, which we accomplished through subtle and classic touches. Ryan’s intense attention to detail helped to reign me in and make choices from the seemingly endless options. We settled on a vintage inspired theme, incorporating my love of art with Ryan’s love of comic books, all tied together using gilded frames to keep the vintage feel, while elements of wood permeated throughout to balance things out with a nod to the rustic beauty of the farm-centric area.

I was blessed with a crafty family who were instrumental in helping me gather frames, brooches, and other items, not to mention putting everything together, which was a nice way to connect throughout the planning process. My sister was the main crafter, taking elements from several sets of instructions for projects to make something wholly unique. The brooch bouquet was the biggest challenge as gathering them can be very time consuming and expensive! I countered this through my savvy mother-in-law’s access to local flea markets for vintage pieces and supplemented with cheaper plastic versions, that we “antiqued” with black shoe polish. We incorporated the comic book theme visually through my sister’s handmade paper boutonnieres and cake topper, which also included brooches to tie things together. We also added it into the table assignments, where each table had a different superhero wedding comic cover. Ryan’s personal interest in graphic design helped us tremendously in saving on costs through developing our own signage (table assignments, menus, information/instructions for guests, etc.), which were all encased in eclectic frames that added to the vintage feel and now can be reused for our wedding photos. The last element of wood was found in the centerpieces and custom cupcake stand made by my father using reclaimed barn wood.

Our reliance on DIY elements was not only a way of bringing together our interests, but also a way to cut costs without sacrificing on details and classic style. Early on, we decided that photojournalistic style photography, inventive food, and a DJ who shared our musical tastes (as well as helping us end the night with karaoke!) were the elements to splurge on while saving in other areas through use of handmade projects and finding ways to trim excess expenses. I saved quite a bit on flowers through the use of the paper and brooch projects and centerpieces using bottles with less room for blooms rather than large vases that still created interest. Choosing a venue that came stocked with decorations and visual appeal (art we could customize, light fixtures and canopies) allowed us to get away with foregoing added lighting, flowers, and decor. Besides creating and printing much of our own signage, we also saved on postage weight and paper through using post cards for the RSVPs and front and back printing on the invites. Also going with a vintage style retailer for non-traditional bridesmaid dresses allowed me to keep the vintage theme and add texture when compared to my more simple gown, while also giving my girls freedom of choice on dresses they really did like and were affordable.

Lastly, it was important for me to carry over all of the themes in the visual details to the ceremony, where my love of classical music and Ryan’s movie buff nature came together better than expected. Luckily, even the Superman theme sounds classic and timeless when performed by a string trio! Overall, we were so thrilled with how everything came together and the reactions from our guests, not to mention the stunning photos, showed us that our opposite likes could come combine in a beautiful way.

Photography: Tennison Photography | Floral Design: Florals By Heather Ann | Wedding Dress: In White | Cake: Lancaster Cupcake | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Mulberry Art Studios | Reception Venue: Mulberry Art Studios | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Modcloth | Catering: Platinum Catering | DJ: Klock Entertainment | Hotel Accommodations: Lancaster Arts Hotel | Makeup & Hair: Platinum Hair Salon | Music: The Stone Quartet | Nails: Onyx Salon | Rentals: Eagle Rental Center

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Industrial, Romantic Pennsylvania Wedding at the Cork Factory Hotel

Brooke Courtney is serving up a wedding today that is so sweet yet so stylish, it will make your heart sing.  It all starts with that gorgeous Hayley Paige gown, and is then quickly followed by an overflow of pretty blooms from Petals With Style and stunning stationery by none other than Rifle Paper Company. Well, right when you think it just couldn’t get better, Cork Factory Hotel hits the ball out of the venue park – making this gallery a show-stopper.

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From The Bride…Sarah and Chris Simco were married on a bright crisp Spring day in the Pennsylvania Dutch town of Lancaster. The ceremony and wedding both took place in an immaculately renovated Cork Factory now known as the historical Cork Factory Hotel. The exposed brick and industrial factory accents were complemented by the charcoal bridesmaids dresses, and softened by the feminine white, blush pink, and coral peonies and ranunculus of the bouquets made by Stacia from Petals with Style.

The indoor festoon lighting brought a warm and inviting glow to the already picturesque indoor ballroom of the hotel. The romantic centerpieces were perfectly orchestrated collections of antique vases and candles with flowers ranging from sweet peas, and linzanthius, to astilble, veronica, and white freesia.

The Rifle Paper Company provided chic, yet rustic invitations, place setting cards, table numbers, and a Wedding Certificate for all of the guests to sign adorned with perfectly illustrated versions of the bride and groom. The bride and groom’s specialty cocktails both included the elegant liqueur St Germain from Paris (the couple’s favorite getaway destination); his with an orange twist, and hers with a single raspberry garnish! The photobooth from Smilebooth kept the guests entertained when they weren’t on the dance floor cutting a rug!

To finish the night, the couple’s favorite chocolate company, “eclat” (voted Best Chocolate in America by Bon Appetit), located in West Chester, PA provided chocolate covered caramels that melt in your mouth finished with delicate flakes of sea salt as a wedding favor the guests.

Photography: Brooke Courtney | Florist: Petals With Style | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Stationery: Rifle Paper Company | Ceremony Venue: Cork Factory Hotel | Reception Venue: Cork Factory Hotel | Bridesmaids Dresses: Kennedy Blue From Wedding Shoppe Inc | Lighting: Shumaker PDT | DJ: Roger Campbell TopHat DJs | Favors: Eclat | Ceremony Music: Vivace String Quartet | Bridal Shoes: Benjamin Adams 'Catherine' Pump | Photobooth: Smilebooth

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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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Americana Wedding from Brooke Courtney Photography

I have my own special Veteran at home; my dear, sweet husband. So I know all too well how important and special this day is and in honor of all the service men and women who have so bravely served for our country we wanted to celebrate you in true SMP style; with a wedding that embodies all things Americana. It’s a red, white and blue extravaganza captured by Brooke Courtney Photography and you can see even more right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… At Temple University, Kyle & I made what seemed like a simple decision that had a huge impact on our lives. We decided to take a dance class. It filled some University requirements and Kyle thought he would be able to meet girls in a dance class. Kyle Burns is a smart man. At first, I only noticed Kyle a little bit. Kyle spent the first few weeks ruling out all the girls he didn’t want to dance with. I was obviously in his “to dance with” list. After a few weeks, it was time to study swing dancing and we needed partners. Most students had friends in the class, but we looked around in search of an adequate partner. Our eyes met, we pointed at each other and with that silent agreement, something divine happened.

We danced, and talked, and may have flirted a little bit. At one point, the professor instructed everyone to switch partners, but Kyle & I looked at each other and shook our heads at the same time. We were perfectly fine where they were. As we walked out of class at the end of the night, we were talking about where we lived. I was a junior and Kyle was a freshman. It was definitely a surprise to me. As I biked home, I couldn’t get Kyle out of my head. It was the beginning of something amazing.

There were 2 main reasons we chose this venue. The first reason is that we were only going to have a 6 month engagement. The second was that I was looking for a big open beautiful barn! The loft at the Country Barn has beautiful hardwood floors, lovely farm tables, exposed brick, beautiful lighting & was a big open space.

When Kyle & I started talking about when we would get married and narrowed down the timeframe, we chose red, white & blue because we, particularly Kyle, just love America. I always knew I wanted to create a unique & personal look for our day. I didn’t want any “cookie cutter” wedding decorations and had a lot of fun designing each table to be unique with the items I had found at thrift stores leading up to the big day. We wanted everything to be fun, unique, personal, cool, vintage, Americana.

We did our best to add special touches everywhere. Our wedding program was one of my favorite aspects of our day. It had a lot of information about Kyle & I, our bridal party, and the day including a Q&A section and “random facts that you might find useful.” As I designed each table, I thought about who was sitting there to connect something to them. For example, at my Popou’s table, there was a photo of him and my Yai Yai from their wedding day. At a table full of Temple friends, there was a Philadelphia bell & vintage postcards from the city.

I remember the nerves and excitement I felt leading up to our first look. Kyle knew I designed my own dress, but had no idea what it looked like, so I was pumped for him to finally see it! We were so excited to see each other and it is captured so well in our photos.

Photographer: Brooke Courtney Photography | Cinematography: Brooke Courtney Photography | Event Design: Bride + Brooke Courtney Photography | Flowers: Splints & Daisies | Dress: Karen Chow | Shoes: Volcom | Ceremony + Reception: The Country Barn | Paper Goods: Brooke Courtney

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wedding from Brooke Courtney Photography

Let’s talk about DIY for a minute. It’s a great way to save a little money when it comes to your wedding, so you can allocate those funds to something you can’t do yourself. But it’s also an amazing display of love. This bride made just about everything for her wedding. So on the big day, not only were she and her betrothed displaying their love to everyone, but she showed her friends and family ones just how much they meant to her by providing a decor so personal and heartfelt. Every pretty little detail, along with all the love, was captured by Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography, and we’ve put it all right here for your viewing pleasure!

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From the gorgeous bride … It’s safe to say our wedding day was a long time coming. Luke & I have been together for almost four years- he’s in the U.S Army and the majority of that time has been spent apart. A month after we got engaged in November of 2011, Luke was deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months. During that time, I poured my heart and soul into planning our wedding. It was the best day or our lives!

Before Luke left, we were able to choose the venue together and decided on Landis Valley Farm Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We took a risk for an early March wedding; they usually do summer weddings due to inclement weather. But as soon as we saw their gorgeous property, we knew it was the place for us. We chose to have the ceremony in their small firehouse, and the reception in their gorgeous 100 year old yellow barn. I fell in love with the old wooden beams, brick floors, and twined white lights.

I found my dress at David’s Bridal, and decided to add the lace pearl buttons down the back. I had an amazing seamstress who made the dress fit my body like a glove- and made it look exactly how I imagined. I wore my mom’s veil- which matched perfectly with the lace on my dress. Luke’s & the groomsmen’s suits where custom made through a company that Luke’s cousin owns. The color of the girls dresses contrasted beautifully with the creams, purples, and minty colors of their bouquets. I loved the succulents that were incorporated!

So much about our wedding was DIY, which I loved. I took it on myself to design our invitations, programs, and menus. It saved us so much money, and although it was tedious at times- it was so much fun! We chose to use small airmail envelopes as our table seating cards, and we wrote a personal letter to each guest. We wanted a personal touch to our reception, and wanted each guest to know that we appreciated them and their role in our lives. I also found my old stamp collection from when I was a kid and we were able to add vintage stamps to the envelopes.

Early on in our wedding planning I saw a picture of mix and match china, and knew I had to do it! I spent so much time at thrift stores collecting dinner and salad plates. It was a huge feat, but I had so much fun with it! It came out beautifully and added so much to our table settings.

My mom and I spent countless hours making burlap roses for our centerpieces. I also collected vintage books, teacups, lace doilies, and mason jars. A friend of mine let me borrow table numbers her father had cut out from an old metal barrel that hung from the mason jar vases. One of my bridesmaids made burlap and lace table runners and a good friend of our family dried hydrangeas to set on the tables. They were a perfect touch of color, and the dried flowers were great for a winter wedding. We also did a dessert table with homemade desserts from friends and family! The fact that so many people were involved in helping and collecting things made our wedding feel even more like a culmination of love & community.

One of the my favorite pieces at our wedding was our guestbook table- I rented an old sewing table, and found a vintage typewriter at a local thrift store. The guestbook was ordered off Etsy and was handmade with our colors and favorite quotes. It looked like an old scrapbook, and guests could grab any piece of paper to sign. Guests loved it and it looked stunning!

I also loved our lace wedding cake, and we decided to hang an American Flag (that belonged to one of Luke’s great grandfather’s) behind the cake table, which made for awesome pictures. We also decided to cut the cake with a military saber. Even though we didn’t have a formal military wedding, we wanted this part of our lives reflected throughout the night.

Our wedding day was truly amazing. From the ceremony, to dancing the night away before exiting through a path of glowsticks! We were in awe of how blessed we are, to be surrounded by so many people we love- and the feeling of their support was overwhelming. We’ve never been happier!

Photographer: Jeff Frandsen of Brooke Courtney Photography | Venue: Landis Valley Museum | Cake: Bella Manse | Caterer: Hess’s Barbecue | Bouquets: Petals with Style | Dress: David’s Bridal, alterations by Mia’s Alterations | Shoes: Etsy | Earrings: Anthropologie | Jacket: Forever 21 | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair Clips: Anthropologie | Suits: Aspetto | Wool ties: The Tie Bar

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