I mentioned in a previous post about a photographers bucket list for venues. The Bond in York was not even on my radar but holy potatoes (can you tell we’ve toned down the language with a toddler in the house) it’s pretty awesome and a venue we’re adding to our favorites list! The raw industrial space brings some serious detail love in the exposed brick wall and stunning chandeliers- a total package for those looking to bring in some DIY love to make it their own as did Kristen & Jeff for their late summer wedding.
Kristen not only is a way back when friend from 4-H and Dover High days, but also an absolutely amazing floral creative. Her designs are one of the best kept secrets in the central PA area and it’s so exciting watching her business, Blossom Bliss, continue to grow. Seriously- if you’re in need of flowers for your wedding day, she’s one of the best- call her!
Kristen, being a wedding professional, knew her vision and with the help of her family and friends, designed the most magical space, filled with yellow roses, white hydrangeas, succulents, and many more amazing floral details. One of my favorite details was the guest globe- truly unique!
The couple also shares a love of running (crazy cardio people) and their gorgeous fur babies, Tuna & Spark, which both made an appearance in their wedding day. Overall such a magical event for a super sweet couple!
Click here for more images from Kristen & Jeff’s wedding day!
Venue: The Bond, York
Catering/Lounge Design: JDK
Officiant: Laura Bair
Gown: Posh Bridal (Preferred Pro)
Video: Cinema Four40 (Preferred Pro)
Cake: Sweet Designs
Makeup: Brandi Hill
Flowers: Blossom Bliss (Preferred Pro)
Band: The Vibe Tribe
It’s always neat re-visiting locations that Jason and I had checked out when we were planning our wedding years ago and holy hell did we check out locations. I’d like to stack up the paper pile of venues to the paper pile of houses and see which had more. We’re what you’d call “slow to make decisions”. Not procrastinators, just we think out our decisions for bigger items, make a decision, then sleep on it, and make it again. Sometimes there’s a soft pretzel in there too, to literally “chew things over” and well.. I love carbs.
Michelle and Travis chose the historic Stone Mill Inn for their wedding, which looked much different today versus in 2007. The garden area near the home was stunning, the patio for cocktail hour was covered and had gorgeous crystal chandeliers hung from the tent. The rustic barn area was the one part that remained untouched, yet still held that elegant family feeling charm. My favorite feature was the limestone area where ceremonies are held. If the light hits just right, which it did today, it’s simply magical.
Michelle and Travis, two of my absolute favorite people this year, opted for a first look and to get the majority of their images done pre-ceremony. I loved the beaming smile as Michelle walked up behind Travis, seeing each other for the first time that day. Throughout their creatives, Michelle and Travis clearly were meant to be together, as they made our hearts swell (again.. might be the post kid hormones but shit they were awesome). One of my favorite additions to their day was a micro brew tasting during cocktail hour of the couple’s favorite beers. There was also some mad dancing to fantastic 80’s music all night. Travis’ brother has some killer good MJ dance moves!
I know these guys took their party afterward back to the hotel with tons of guest crammed onto their shuttle… I mean who wouldn’t want to drink Papa Nelson’s alcohol! Congrats guys and lots of love to you both and Mr. Jerome, the dog extraordinaire!
More images from Michelle & Travis’ wedding!
Venue/Flowers: Stone Mill Inn
Officiant: Dave DiRaddo
DJ: Tommy Gunn
Hair/Makeup: Blush Bridal Studio
Cake: Flour Child
Catering (AND OMG GOOD!!!): Unique Presentations
I’m convinced as a photographer, there is nothing more awkward than actually being in a friend’s wedding party. Don’t get me wrong.. it was an absolute blast.. but being on the other side of the camera is SO much easier! Photographers are infamous for being terrible at posing themselves, add in the intimidation of having your own team capture these images while in a frilly bridesmaid dress and primped hair and makeup… well no wonder I started drinking so early!
So a little back story.. Derrek is one of Jason’s close guy pals when he and I first started dating 11 years ago. Megan is one of my best gals that I had met in the days of banking years ago. I still remember Megan asking if I knew any great guys and the only one that came to mind that would be perfect for her was Derrek.. however he was in a relationship at the time. As time went on and their paths changed, they officially had their first date in early 2012 and shared so many crazy hobbies and interests it was pretty much fate.
Over the past few months of planning we’ve seen their love flourish, the expansion of a new furry friend and a new house that’s just blocks from ours (Score!). A big thing for Jason and I is creating “Friend Family” aka not necessarily blood but as close as any other family member. Derrek and Megan are most definitely some of the best friend family we’re blessed to have and have the warmest wishes on their future! Love you guys!