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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.


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!


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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Lancaster Wedding from (mattnnat) photographers + wildflowers by design

This bride is one lucky lady. Not only did she marry her love in what has got to be the prettiest ceremony ever, but her BFF is Lori of wildflowers by design, so you know that wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Gorgeous. All the beautiful details were captured by (mattnnat) photographers, and this gallery is a good one!


October 20th 2012 turned out to be a gorgeous fall day, a perfect setting for our glam estate wedding! Drumore Estate in southern Lancaster County is a breathtaking Georgian style mansion with panoramic views of the Susquehanna River Valley. Situated on 70 acres, the 16,000 square foot home is surrounded by immaculate, lush botanical gardens, a fountain garden & plenty of open space for dancing, dining & even a hot air balloon! Lori quickly became super involved in every part of the planning process, since she has many connections to industry professionals & friendships between vendors.

Heidi & Brian love chic, clean, sophisticated design, & love of family & celebration are who they are. All became the starting point of planning, it was so important to have a wedding to share with their guests, one remembered to be warm, loving, & harmonious to each detail. A color palette was quickly picked, embracing the fall season, with subtle sophistication. Warm peach, melon, & muted terra cotta tones, mixed with taupe, ivory & metallics. Stately Drumore, became more magical with all its trees showing orange & golden tone fall foliage. Many, many details pulled together to make the night completely magical. Crystal chandeliers, a draping fabric tent liner, speciality linens, beautiful chavari chairs, candlelight, delicious sweets & savory food, custom stationary & a celebratory table layout made it perfect to share with all our guests. Flowers of course, were a huge role, thousands of beautiful roses, orchids, & hydrangea were used. Tons of mercury glass containers, silver bowls, stemmed candle vases, silver candelabra & oversized glass vases brought beauty to each setting. We decided on a unique table layout mixing square & round tables to allow a huge head table for each bridal party member & guest, along with the bride & groom, completely centered in the tent. Two large additional tables were formed off of each end, so parents of the bride & groom could dine with their closest family members & friends.

Most important was us showing our love for each other & our Heavenly Father. We chose to exchange traditional vows & communion, & had a very special prayer of blessing from Brian’s grandfather, our only living grandfather. Few dry eyes & many comments followed the ceremony saying it was the most heartfelt union witnessed. Lori wanted to give something completely special & unique to Heidi, so a breathtaking aisle way was created for her to walk down, towards all her guests & groom! Over 3000 white rose petals were used to create a beautiful scrolling pattern; completed with fabric draped columns holding gorgeous white rose designs. Additional mercury glass bowls of white roses lined the aisle. Using the mansion as the backdrop & allowing guests to walk through the gardens to find seating, it was stunning. Guests were able to view beautiful canvases hand painted by the groom’s sister, with favorite scriptures of the couple, all while sipping fresh pressed cider from the neighboring farm at the welcome table. A scrolling “P” monogram was used throughout the custom printed programs & stationary suite, inspired in part from some of the beautiful linens.

One of the biggest challenges for me (Lori) was making sure Heidi & Brian were completely surprised by the tent reveal & all the elements inside. Since Heidi has seen so much of my work, & we worked closely together planning details, it was important to me to have her wedding like no other! In leu of a traditional wedding present, I decided to have crystal chandeliers added to the tent, bringing more light & sparkle to an already magical night. Hundreds of candles, twinkling lights, & reflective metal containers added even more ambiance. We had talked about color palette, flower choices & style, but Heidi was completely amazed when she entered the tent the first time. It’s a look I’ll cherish forever. Grand designs of white hydrangea, roses, & orchids, along with calla lilies graced the long tables, while mixed designs of peach, tangerine, melon, & coral toned roses, orchids, stock, & berries framed the tent. Guests found their seat by a custom printed napkin wrap featuring their name & menu. After eating savory steak & salmon, guests were treated to an elaborate sweets display. Complete with a tiered cake, 3 flavors of cupcakes & numerous sweets, everyone had fun sampling the yumminess! As a surprise, Heidi gave Brian a Philadelphia Eagles groom’s cake, & both amused the guests by entering the tent with NFL Monday night football theme song, since both are sports fans near the Phila area. After dancing under the stars, as a final farewell, guests grabbed bags of homemade cookies & watched Heidi & Brian light up the night in their hot air balloon!

Wedding Photography: (mattnnat) photographers | Wedding Venue: Drumore Estate | Floral Design, Event Design, + Event Planning: Wildflowers by Design | Wedding Cinematography: Ryan Stoltzfus | Wedding Cake & Sweets Table: The Couture Cakery | Catering: Karen Regitz (co-owner of Drumore Estate) | Wedding Stationary, Invitations, Menu Bands, Seating Chart, Welcome Sign, Bar Menu, Table numbers, Custom Monogram Stickers: Love Jessica | Makeup: Carmina Cristina | Hair & Nails: Plum Salon & Spa | Wedding Dress: Cocoa Couture | Veil: In White | Alterations: Country Threads by Gail | Bride’s Shoes: DSW | Bride’s Jewelry: Tower of London Jewelry Shop | Engagement Ring: Littman Jewelers | Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Emporium | Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Marc Anthony Designer Suits from Kohl’s | Linens: Special Occasions | Tent Liners, Chiavari Chairs, Chandeliers: Event Central | Hot Air Balloon: American Freedom | Custom Scripture Canvases & Here Comes the Bridge Sign: Janelle Parson | Custom Table Number Frames, Wedding Sign and Custom Signs for Bride & Groom to hold: Heidi Allison | Custom Hair Pieces for Bride: Jessica Bauer | Officiant: Pastor John Szymanski | Ceremony Musicians: Rick Taylor and Frank Grill

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