I DON’T THINK THERE ARE ACTUALLY WORDS THAT COULD POSSIBLY CONVEY HOW MUCH LOVE I HAVE FOR THIS COUPLE
When I think about all of the reasons why I decided to start photographing weddings, Mary and Brad completely encompass these reasons and more. From start to finish, their Honsberger Estate wedding was filled with anticipation, joy, and above all else, so much unparalleled love.
FROM THE BRIDE, MARY…
Brad and I met at summer camp when we were both teenagers, so having our wedding take place somewhere that really reflected our love for the outdoors with a relaxed and intimate feeling was incredibly important to us! Finding Honsberger Estate Winery brought this dream to life and allowed us to have an outdoor ceremony that was the perfect mix of elegance and rustic!
Having been to so many weddings together over nine years of dating, it was also really important to us to have personal touches everywhere that made the day feel like us. Brad, who is a full-time artist, made these amazing ceramic elements throughout our decor including shot glasses as favors for all the guests, and personally sketched and designed our save the dates! I took on the task of going to calligraphy classes while we were planning and preparing, so I was able to practice my skills by writing all the name cards, table numbers, and signs, and created a doughnut table in memory of the doughnut shop that my Poppa owned! It feels so nice to look back at the photos and see all our hard work captured so beautifully!
LOOKING BACK, I CAN’T IMAGINE CHANGING A SINGLE THING ABOUT OUR DAY OTHER THAN ACTUALLY GRABBING A SLICE OF THE LATE NIGHT PIZZA THAT WE SPENT SO MUCH TIME PICKING OUT!
Our band, The St. Royals, was so amazing that we got a little too distracted on the dance floor! From the poem my sister-in-law read at our ceremony that was so meaningful to us, to our couples photos at dusk that swept us away from our reception for some relaxing and calming alone time, everything added up to the best day we could have possibly imagined!
We learned so much throughout planning our wedding that we really had no idea about beforehand! One of those things being that the DIY details you’re dreaming about always take longer than you think they will. It is so helpful to finish those details as soon as possible so that you can actually enjoy the days (or weeks) leading up to the wedding. Also, I owe so much to my girlfriend and bridesmaid Michelle who got married two months before us. It was amazing to have someone to bounce ideas off of and help keep me on track!
IF I COULD SHARE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE WITH FUTURE BRIDES, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE THAT IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE VENDORS WHO YOU TRUST FULLY TO MAKE THE DAY RUN SMOOTHLY!
I was so confident that everyone was going to kill it which kept us calm throughout the planning process. This was by far one of the biggest reasons that our day was such a success, and definitely, the reason why we were able to relax and just enjoy our day together without stress!
Special thank you to all of the vendors involved in their special day!