After spending the last two wedding seasons up here in New England, I was really looking forward to traveling to the quaint and historical little town of New Hope, PA for Lauren and Dan’s wedding in September.
Ceremony and Reception: Pineapple Hill Inn B&B
Hair and Makeup Artist: Pure Skin Makeup and Skincare Studio
Dress: Justin Alexander
Flowers: Supplied by Flourish of East Earl, and arranged by the Bride
Caterer: Joey D’s of MetuchenCake: Custom Cakes by Adele, LLC
One of the greatest things about this particular wedding…well, actually, there were actually *two* greatest things:
- They did a first look. This takes so much pressure off the timeline for photographs after the ceremony, plus the couple is always so much more relaxed going into the ceremony. I love first looks! No, it’s not traditional but the images are always so cute and we can get the formals all finished before they say “I do”.
- They left right before the ceremony to go see the Budweiser Clydesdales! It was the COOLEST thing ever. Lauren and I met originally through our mutual love of horses so when she told me that the Clydesdales were going to be in New Hope that very same day, I said let’s do everything we can to make it work! Don’t get me wrong, it was totally crazy and we may or may not have had to literally run through the streets of New Hope to be in the right spot at the right time but it was so worth it.
The details in this wedding were all exquisite. Dan and Lauren are both highly skilled entertainers and it really showed in the way they planned and pulled off their big day.
The whole atmosphere was so relaxed and zen. The bridesmaids all gathered round for a pink champagne toast.
Lauren, of course, looked beautiful. Her hair and makeup were both timeless and fresh.
Yeah I was totally giddy…already. I love my job!!
Funny story about these Clydesdales. We knew they were coming and we had a general idea of the timeline. They were making something like ten stops this day and each stop was only a few minutes long. We knew if we were going to make it, we’d have very little wiggle room. Luckily my trusty husband was there and agreed to go wait in Downtown New Hope so that he could give us the minute-by-minute updates. We never would have made it without his help, or the DJ’s chauffeur services. She drove us as close as she could to where the horses were, then circled around the block (there was no parking! told you..it was very tricky!) while we got the shots, then picked us up at the end.
The entire street was packed full of people who were all saying “congratulations!” to Dan and Lauren. I will never forget this! It was incredible.
We were on our way out when one of the horse handlers called Dan and Lauren back over. He said, back right up into these horses for a photo! You can just barely see him hiding back there. No one else was allowed anywhere near the horses so this was very cool!
On our way back to meet the car. They were so happy! Dan later told me that Lauren had been talking about this constantly and he was just relieved it all worked out in the end. “Happy wife, happy life!” he said. I patted him on the shoulder and said he was going to be a great hubby.
Then something amazing happened. We were just about to reach the car when a couple said, hey, would you like to take some photographs in our beautifully landscaped yard? They welcomed us into their garden, where there were endless spots for portraits. It was such a kind gesture!
Back at the Pineapple Hill Inn B&B, I took portraits of the wedding party and families.
It was time to line up for the ceremony. Dan escorted his Mom down the aisle, and Lauren was escorted by her Dad.
I love this image of Dan looking at Lauren as her Dad walks her down the aisle toward him.
It was a very hot day so Dan and Lauren chose to do the ceremony in the one shady area that could fit everyone.
While the guests milled around for the cocktail hour, I took Dan and Lauren to do some portraits of them both.
Can I just take a moment to gush about this incredible venue? The Pineapple Hill Inn B&B is not only exquisite inside and out, but it is run by two of the most gracious hosts I have ever met, Roy and Scott. I was able to stay at the Inn for two nights and enjoyed myself so much that I hope I can go back some day soon.
The dinner and desserts were delicious. Lauren’s mom baked the desserts herself and even had a gluten free cake!
Congratulations, Lauren and Dan, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!