Hello again. World’s worst blogger here.Seriously. I’ve been posting updates on facebook, but I think I prefer the blog method of sharing better, so I’m going back to it and may do updating on the AKP facebook page with a few promotions and so on here and there. Although these were placed on facebook, I’ve got a ton of blog posts to catch up on from way back.
I always love to hear how couples decide upon the locations they select. Like many brides, Amy is no longer living locally, but returned to where she grew up to get married at Grace United Methodist Church – the church she has belonged to her enitre life. She and Steve chose the Indiana Country Club for their reception because they liked the classic setting and that it provided a nice place to take outdoor pictures.
I think that I’ve mentioned it before, but I will again…love the “getting ready” part of the day – it seems like it’s when it all becomes real. Some get nervous. Others are just eager to see the day that they’ve been planning come together. Regardless, there’s always a million things going on and I love documenting the anticipation.
The brooch sewn into Amy’s dress belonged to her maternal grandmother, Margaret. It’s always extra special to be able to incorporate bits and pieces from loved ones into part of the day – the perfect way to “carry someone with you” if they are unable to be there in person. I think that the brooch was absolutely perfect on the dress. LOVED it!
Sometimes couples opt to do a “first look” session prior to the ceremony, others like to hold a bit more tradition. Amy and Steve did something that allows a couple to have contact with each other without seeing one another. If a First Look session isn’t your preference, this may be something possible to do.
After the ceremony, Amy and Steve went out to greet their guests with a reading of an Indian blessing and butterfly release. One of the butterflies stuck around on Amy’s bouquet for a while, move onto her hand, and then flew off.
I had the first ever altar “group photo” with a dog – they brought their beagle in to the church after the ceremony to get a few photos.
To get from the ceremony to the reception, a family friend offered his beautiful 1925 Model T.
The couple put their dance lessons to use by dancing their first dance to Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra.
A little later in the evening, Amy and Steve took a few moments to slip out of the reception so they could have a little bit of time to themselves and allowed me to come along to get a few photos.
After the wedding, the couple headed off to Italy on their honeymoon and visited Florence, the Cinque Terre, and Venice.
Ceremony: Grace United Methodist Church, Indiana, PA
Reception: Indiana Country Club, Indiana, PA
Reception Entertainment: Mobile MIX Entertainment
Floral Designer: Ellie’s Flower Shop, Shelocta, PA
Bakery: Gail’s Custom Cakes and Cookies, Indiana, PA
Hair Stylist: Renaissance Stylists, Kathy Stossel, Indiana, PA
Flowers used: Asiatic lilies, calla lilies, alstroemeria
Transportation: 1925 Model T, private owner
Butterfly release: Magical Beginnings Butterfly Farms
Colors: chocolate, burgundy, burnt orange, yellow
First Dance: Fly me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra
Father/Daughter Dance: What a Wonderful World/Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Mother/Son Dance: I Can See Clearly Now