Autumn is by far my favorite season. I love the colors of the changing trees, the temperatures are just right, football is in the air, and all types of food and drink come pumpkin flavored. This amazing autumn wedding is extra special to me because it was submitted by a sorority sister of mine from Gettysburg College. You see, fall was also my favorite time of the year at Gettysburg and this fall inspired wedding, beautifully captured by Cardens Photography brings back so many wonderful college memories. Thank you Katie + Ben for sharing this wedding with us!
From the gorgeous bride, Katie…
I was inspired by the season – fall is Ben’s and my favorite time of year. Anyone who knows us is aware of how obsessed we are with Halloween, a fact further evidenced by the dozens of Halloween decorations given to us as wedding gifts! Given this, everyone naturally expected us to get married at Halloween. But, we wanted to keep that holiday special and separate from our wedding date. Instead, we decided to bring October in with a bang and have our wedding on the first day of the month. Though this meant no over the top Halloween décor, we incorporated fall elements into the wedding. From the locally-grown mums to the arbor covered in fall leaves, we wanted our guests to get a feeling of natural autumn.
We decided against traditional marriage vows and used instead a set of vows that emphasized equality, support, and commitment in our relationship. In lieu of guest favors, we donated an equivalent sum to the Harrisburg Area Humane Society from where I adopted my cat, Turkey. We included a placard with a picture of Turkey and his story, highlighting our personal connection with this charity.
There is NOTHING we love more than a party and we wanted that to be priority numero uno at our wedding. So, we wanted to nail the fundamentals of a great party: good music and booze! As for the music, we hired a traditional Irish band, Across the Pond, to play the ceremony and cocktail hour. Being half Irish, I grew up with Irish music and find its range from beautifully haunting ballads to drunken pub songs to be the perfect combination for a wedding. We hand-picked their set list and the band learned several songs just for our wedding (including the Boondock Saints theme and “Red is the Rose”). Given the rainy day, I had a countless number of guests come up to me and exclaim “I feel like I’m in Ireland!”
We also knew we wanted a band at our wedding that didn’t feel like a “wedding” band. The last thing we wanted to hear was another mediocre cover of “Brick House”. Living in State College, we’ve had ample opportunity to see bar bands rock out at drinking establishments all over town. Nothing compared to the pure talent of Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fis. We also had a sentimental connection to the band as we caught one of their performances at the Phyrst on our first “official” date. Getting Ted and the Hi-Fis to play our wedding was very important and they were the first vendor we booked. We incorporated our style into their set list which ranged from the True Blood theme song to “Seven Nation Army” and the Stones’ “Paint it Black”. Ted, Molly, Renee, and Darryl killed it that night and had the dance floor literally overflowing from their opening set to the very end.
Finally, we tried to showcase Central Pennsylvania through our selection of locally-sourced food and alcohol. Many of our friends are self-proclaimed “beer snobs” so we incorporated many craft brews into our beer list. In keeping with the “local” theme, we highlighted Hershey-based Troegs brewery through their Dreamweaver Wheat. We also wanted to include Ben’s hometown of Ann Arbor, MI into our “local” theme and did so through Wolverine Brewery’s Wolverine Lager (it also helps that Ben is old friends with Wolverine master brewer, Oliver Roberts!) Finally, we showed our support for Adams County farmers with the locally-sourced vegetables and local free-range chicken on the dinner menu.
vendors: photographer: Cardens Photography // venue: The Lightner Farmhouse, Gettsburg, PA // event coordinator: Elaine Streeter // dress: Allure Bridals // hair & makeup: Industry Salon // jewelry: Mountz Jewelers // bridesmaids’ dresses: their own // men’s attire: Strictly Formals // florals: Flower Boutique // music: Across the Pond, Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fis // stationery: The Nittany Quill, Josie Jean Design // rentals: Event Central