A Gettysburg College Wedding by Cardens Photography

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.

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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

 

A Bridal Styled Shoot by Blueberry Fusion

Ready for some truly gorgeous images? Here’s something a little different for you, a styled shoot designed to showcase a beautiful venue in North Carolina, Brick Landing. It is hard not to find inspiration in these images, from the stunning dress and amazing bouquet to the perfect location and romantic photography.

From the photographer, Austin, at Blueberry Fusion:

We were recently contracted to help with marketing materials for a new, yet old, venue: Brick Landing. The venue has re-opened for weddings in Ocean Isle Beach and is drop-dead gorgeous! We were lucky enough to work with some very talented vendors for this bridal shoot including BAO Events, Fiore Fine Flowers, wardrobe by Coastal Knot, and hair/make-up by Katelynn Derengowski. And who’s that stunning bride? Kelsey Childers did a phenomenal job and made our life easy behind the lens!

 


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vendors: photography: Blueberry Fusion // event planner:  BAO Events // floral designer:  Fiore Fine Flowers // dress store:  Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique // event venue:  Brick Landing Plantation

A Wine Inspired Virginia Wedding by Katelyn James Photography

Good morning, East Coast Brides! We are thrilled to share this beautiful and classy Virginia Wedding. Captured by the talented Katelyn James Photography and inspired by wine, we love the combination of navy, pink, and turquoise, especially in the bridesmaids attire. Perfection!

From the photographer, Katelyn James:

Joe and Kathleen tie the knot in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia and they theme fit in so perfectly with their surroundings. Their whole day was “Wine Inspired”. The corks in the centerpieces, the wine barrel cake stand, the cork monograms and the customized centerpieces displaying their favorite wines and a story for each tied everything together. It was a beautiful day!!

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vendors: photography: Katelyn James Photography // floral designer:  The Flower Cupboard // cinema and video:  Jillian’s Video Production // dress store:  Bella Rosa // lighting:  Big Top Entertainment // makeup artist:  Faces by Joy

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A Maryland Farm Wedding by Dunks Photo

Happy Friday, East Coast Brides! If any of you are educators like Keri and I, we sincerely hope you had a great first (or second for some) week back and wish you a fantastic school year! So excited to bring you this gorgeous wedding on a beautiful Maryland farm. From the rustic barrels to the amazing red barns (which make for the perfect photo backdrop), enjoy this fun wedding captured by Dunks Photo.

Congratulations, Holly and Steve!

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vendors: photographer: Dunks Photo // hair stylist:  Hair for a Special Affair // caterer:  Chesapeake Culinary Center // floral designer:  The Flower Shop // cake designer:  bay country bakery // dj:  It’s Your Day DJ // equipment rentals:  Ebb Tide Tent & Party Rentals // photo booth equipment:  Escudero Photography

A Backyard Games Inspired Wedding by Jessica Fike Photography

This backyard affair is personally a dream affair and a wedding I wish I was invited to! This crafty couple to DIY to an entirely new level by hand-wrapping individual books and creating corresponding bookmark escort cards. Seriously? Why didn’t I think of that! The couple also chose to keep their guests entertained with yard games such as bocce ball, hula hoops, and a handmade, personalized cornhole game. Thanks Jessica Fike Photography, for this gorgeous and memorable feature!

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From the photographer, Jessica…

Even though they spent most of their wedding planning days in Alabama over 800 miles from their venue, Meagan and Jim created a seemingly flawless event with superb and impressive details. From the unique collection of yard games to the individually wrapped (and meaningful) book favors, the details set the tone for their elegant yet relaxed wedding. The details were full of DIY-ness and Meagan was very proud of what they had put together to make their day unique. There was even some added flare with a pasta station at dinner and a 1929 Chevy classic getaway car. Two of my favorite parts of their wedding was the sunset ceremony beneath a HUGE tree at the farm and the opportunity to take pictures along the Chesapeake Bay.

Favors: Meagan collected used books that had significant meaning, many were she and Jim’s favorites. Each book had a handwritten note from the couple and all were wrapped in craft paper and tied with ribbon. Placecards: Meagan created book tags with vintage-designed paper Menu Display: Old window pane that Meagan found at a Habitat for Humanity store Outdoor Yard Games: Handmade corn hole boards with the couple’s last name, hula hoops, bocce ball, paddle ball.

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vendors: photographer: Jessica Fike Photography // reception venue: Swan Harbor Farm // florals Bella Fiori // cake topper: Etsy via Designed For Unique You // bride’s dress: Mikaella via Gamberdella // getaway car: City Lites Limousine // favors: handmade by the bride // placecards: DIY by the bride // menu display: Habitat for Humanity // yard games: handmade by the couple

 

 

Classic Florida Wedding by Laura Yang Photography

Happy Labor Day, East-Coasters! We hope you are enjoying your unofficial end of summer. Our next gorgeous wedding comes to us from Laura Yang Photography. We love the classic red, white and grey color scheme and the bride’s amazing Melissa Sweet gown. So sad about Priscilla of Boston, right? At least we can still swoon over their timelessly gorgeous gowns in pictures like these.

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From the photographer, Laura…

From her feminine eyelet lace Melissa Sweet gown (I melted when I saw that confection!) to the dainty garter that had been passed down from Nick’s grandmother to his mother and then to Kristy, from the groom and groomsmen’s striped bow ties to the homemade-by-a-friend wedding cake with the cute owl topper, from the classic rose bouquets to the oak grove where Kristy and Nick exchanged vows as thunder rumbled over the Atlantic, just a stone’s throw away, Kristy planned a wedding that will look just as beautiful and stylish thirty years from now as it did the day they got married, April 21, 2012. Kristy’s goal was simple, unfussy elegance, which always makes for a beautiful wedding. So do a stunning bride and groom — and Kristy and Nick made quite the dashing pair.
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vendors: photographer:  Laura Yang Photography // ceremony: Princess Place Preserve // reception: Oceanside Country Club // bridal gown: Melissa Sweet // bridal shoes: Nina // bride’s jewelry: her own // bridesmaid and flower girl dresses: Alfred Angelo // bridesmaid clutches: Coach // hair: sister of the bride // makeup: Betsy Smith // groom’s suit: Calvin Klein // bow ties: Etsy // flowers: The Village Greenery // cake: made by a friend

Rustic Florida Wedding by Stay Forever Photography

Happy Friday East Coasters! We hope you have a lovely Labor Day. I am headed to the lake this weekend for some much needed relaxation. Up next, we have a simply stunning Florida wedding submitted to us by the extremely talented, Stay Forever Photography. Charlene, the gorgeous bride is seriously photogenic AND stylish. I mean, look at that gorgeous dress. I loved my dress (which I will share with you soon) but if I could go back in time, I just might pick this one instead. Enjoy!

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vendors: photographer: Stay Forever Photography // caterer: Rockstar Catering Company