I am so honored that you stopped by today! For me, life is one big adventure and the more trips I take around the sun the more I find the beauty in each part of the journey. Whether you are blissfully engaged, happily married, preparing to bring forth new life, or find yourself rekindling the spark, we want to hear from you. It is our mission to serve and support couples no matter what stage of life you are in.
So this wedding right here was so special to me for many reasons. Not only have I known Maria, the stunning bride, her entire life, but I was the flower girl in her mom’s wedding and our families have been friends for longer than I can remember. It was such a blessing to see everything come full circle and get to photograph her beautiful day when she married her best friend, Ryan.
Ryan and Maria met at Messiah College. And whether they are staying in to binge watch Netflix or heading out to check out the latest movie, their time is always full of laughter (mostly do to Ryan and his jovial nature) and love. When I met with Maria and Ryan for the first time to chat about their wedding day I also learned that Ryan and I shared a love for The Game of Thrones and I knew he and I were going to get along juuust fine.
The two began their wedding weekend at the forever stunning Lily Manor which just so happens to be one of my favorite wedding venues! While the girls relaxed while getting their hair and make up complete, the boys took advantage of their down time joking around with one another. When I arrived the vibe was completely serene and you knew it was just going to be one of those amazing days witnessing two families coming together. It came time for the ceremony and we traveled down the road a bit to the couples’ church where Maria and Ryan took a quiet moment to pray over their day and then immersed themselves into their beautiful ceremony. And as Maria made her way down the aisle holding on to her dad and her late grandmother’s handkerchief, Ryan beamed from ear to ear. Led by family friends, Ryan’s dad, and Maria’s sister, the ceremony was full of awe-inspiring music and beautiful testimony as everyone sang along and took in the message.
After the ceremony we ventured back to Lily Manor for photos and cocktail hour. And when it came time for introductions and toasts Maria’s sister, Brooke, presented the sweetest surprise for her sister and new brother-in-law. We all knew Brooke was musically gifted, but as she played the piano and sang the song she wrote for Ryan and Maria we all teared up and smiled at the beautiful words she sang.
The rest of the evening included dancing, LOTS of laughter, and amazing food. And can we talk about those ah-mazing floral pieces that hung above each table?! Such a cool idea and allowed their guests to chat over dinner without anything obstructing their view of one another plus extra table space to showcase their favors; tiny bottles of Heinz Ketchup in honor of Ryan’s passion for it. It was exactly the perfect kind of wedding day I would wish for, for this adorable couple and I am so honored I got to be a part of it. Congratulations Maria + Ryan!
Venue | Lily Manor
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit | The Suit Store
Flowers | Harrison’s
Caterer | Bread of Life
DJ | FM Sound Productions
Cake | Wendy Weis