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Dreamy Candlelit Winter Wedding

I'll be the rainbow...
wrap you in my colors and keep you warm
- Otis Redding
 

It all began with a language school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a Norwegian girl and a block of brown cheese.

Our bride, Melody (a beautiful girl from rural Northeast Pennsylvania), was studying Amharic at a language school in the same town where our groom, Dereje (a handsome film student from the capital of Ethiopia), was living. They had a mutual friend, Heidi (an amazing girl from Norway), who was in Addis Ababa working for a non profit organization. Although Melody and Dereje had bumped into each other several times at the school compound, their true connection came when Heidi entrusted Melody with a block of brown cheese for Dereje before she left for Norway. 

Dereje (hereafter referred to as 'Glad' - his childhood nickname), eager for his cheese, made an appointment to meet Melody for the drop off. Unfortunately, Melody forgot the cheese. This happened several times: Glad scheduling lunch dates to get the cheese, Melody showing up empty handed. Over time, the two became friends and began talking about their work, their lives and their dreams. Their friendship grew into romance which blossomed into a proposal of marriage. Then the separation began. Melody moved back to Northeast Pennsylvania to begin preparing for the wedding and advocating for Glad's visa.

After months of being apart, paperwork, lawyers, bureaucrats, and wedding date changes, Glad was granted a visa and the final wedding date was set! You could not find a happier couple.

The plan was to have the wedding in Melody's family barn. It was a fantastic space and I could not wait to get my hands on it! Unfortunately, it needed a very good cleaning, lighting installed and tons of work to make it into the dream space we were hoping for. This is a picture of the barn semi clean and semi lit. The task was daunting, but Melody and Glad and Melody's father were tireless in their efforts to make it happen (Melody's mother supplied hot meals, good tea and lots of emotional support. Afterall, someone has to be behind the scenes to hold it all togehter). My team and I also spent many, many hours in this barn in the cold of November and December, but it was a labor of love.

This is how it started.

And this is what we did to it.

 

Because it was December and the potential for cold was real, we decided to have the wedding ceremony inside the barn at one end of the barn. It was filled with candles, vintage chairs and sofas, a beautiful chandelier and flowers. Simple and beautiful.

So much beauty and so very much love here in their barn wedding ceremony

Instead of a wedding arbor, I decided to make this gorgeous old barn door a focal point by adding flowers and greens. The parents' property was an old Christmas tree farm, so I had lots of choices for evergreen foraging. I love the whites and soft pinks.

Melody's winter bridal bouquet was white with just the palest of pinks.

Melody's floral crown was wax flower and lisianthus buds: simple and perfect for her dark hair.

Even though they had worked so hard to hang hundreds of grapevine branches, Melody and Glad were not allowed to see the final product until this moment. And this moment makes all the planning and work and angst worthwhile. I love revealing a space to my couples: all the magic and all the feels.

This is one of the most romantic weddings I have ever designed.

Twinkle lights, hanging Edison bulbs and floating candles made this space the dreamiest I have ever seen. This is why I am an event stylist.

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Small details make all the difference.

I just love this bride and groom.

The dance and bar space for the wedding reception were heavily draped with cedar and spruce branches. We also carried out our theme of light throughout the entire barn.

Father-daughter dance.

Without a doubt, the most international wedding party I have had the privilege to work with - and one of the sweetest. I believe there are five nationalities represented here.

(By the way, our heroine, Heidi, is the bridesmaid wearing the cardigan.)

Over the wedding dessert table, we suspended a vintage shutter decorated with greens, flowers and candles.

Crossing oceans and countries and cultures, we have our Happily Ever After for Melody and Glad. Perhaps love...and cheese...really do conquer all.

ps Glad never got the cheese, but he did get the girl.

If I was the sun way up there
I'd go with love most everywhere

I'll be the ocean so deep and wide
And catch the tears whenever you cry

- Otis Redding

 

The most excellent photographer for this wedding was http://www.kaseyivanphotography.com

Real love at Historic Shady Lane

When he whispers,  'You love me, real or not real?' I tell him

Real.

- Suzzane Collins

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Megan and Gabe are one of those couples you can't forget. They are not only very much in love, their friendship is very real. They met in college, went through dental school together and supported each other through all the pressures and stresses of finishing up classes and beginning their professional careers. I love these two and feel very honored to have been even a small part of their beginning as husband and wife.

Their fall wedding was held at the beautiful www.historicshadylane.com in Manchester, Pennsylvania. And it was glorious from beginning to end.

 

We made a natural altar for the wedding ceremony on the grounds of Historic Shady Lane. Simple, organic and elegant.

Megan wanted a whimsical and romantic flower crown andbridal bouquet. She wore them both beautifully.

The moment you deliver and the bride is thrilled!!

 

I have never seen a wedding that looked more like a moment from Midsummer Night's Dream. The bridesmaid's dresses were amazing and the wedding bouquets were soft and romantic and fit the day perfectly. And these girls...!!

A little fun for the men (and women too) - the coolest little cigar bar in town.

Megan carried that flower crown off amazingly. She was a beautiful bride.

The wedding reception tables were set with mismatched vintage china with a natural floral runner on top of long wooden planks. I love the contrast of the heavy wood, textural florals and delicate china. Wedding styling is the best job.

We draped the sweetheart table with a glamorous glittery tablecloth and repurposed the bridal bouquet for their centerpiece

There are so many beautiful images of this day and this great couple, its hard to know when to stop. 

So I will end with this last image...

Real or not real?

Very much Real.

 

 

 

Amazing photography provided by http://sarahbfotography.pixieset.com