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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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