Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sabrina and Anthony's wedding at Bushkill Falls


Sabrina and Anthony's
Wedding at Bushkill Falls
and Reception at the Bushkill Inn

{Poconos Wedding Photography}


I just had a baby and have been out of commission for a couple weeks, so before I jump back into featuring our lovely weddings from the fall, I thought I'd sneak one in from earlier this summer...

Sabrina and Anthony's June wedding in the Poconos was a bit unconventional. It was on a Tuesday for starters and it involved a bit of a hike to a deck overlooking the beautiful Bushkill Falls on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. They have both been married before and have children from those marriages. You might think these factors would lead them to plan a  more utilitarian wedding. But clearly Sabrina and Anthony are romantics at heart.

But maybe you'd feel like going above and beyond for your wedding too if you were in their shoes. You see, Sabrina and Anthony were high school sweethearts who grew apart, led separate lives and came together again over 20 years later. The wedding they actually hoped for was a bit grander still - but due to family needs they scaled it back a bit. So instead of the waterfall in Costa Rica they dreamed of, they opted for the Poconos. And it was beautiful!

I shot this one solo. I arrived to find all the crew getting ready in their suite. It was kind of fun and tricky since Sabrina and Anthony didn't want to see each other before the ceremony! Things were going great until Anthony discovered that the tux company neglected to include his shirt in the order. Disaster was averted thanks to the staff at the Bushill Inn who located a suitable replacement for him.

The ceremony was officiated by Susan Wilson of Journeys of the Heart. She was great. She shepherded the group through the woods to the overlook and was so warm and professional throughout it all. I loved the look in Anthony's eyes as Sabrina came down the stairs to join him at the ceremony site. The couple decided to include a ring exchange with the children as part of their ceremony to celebrate the melding of their families. So sweet!

The reception that followed was beautiful. Sabrina and Anthony's hand crafted signs and favors tied in nicely with their outdoor ceremony and the florals and table settings echoed the rustic feel. I have to give props to the Bushkill Inn. This was our first time working there and I was impressed. The food was exceptional and the interiors were fresh and modern thanks to some recent renovations. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a wedding location in the Poconos.

Scroll on to check out our favorite moments from the day!

Credits: Wedding at Bushkill Falls. Wedding reception at the Bushkill Inn. Officiant - Susan Wilson, Journeys of the Heart. Cake by Merry's Cakes. Bride's bouquet - Flowers by Melanie. Centerpieces were made by Patricia at Price Chopper in Marshals Creek.









































Friday, November 8, 2013

Jodi and Justin's wedding at Woodloch


Jodi and Justin's
wedding at Woodloch Resort

{Poconos wedding photography}


Jodi and Justin had a beautiful lake-side wedding at Woodloch Resort (aka Woodloch Pines) in Hawley, PA. We've photographed weddings at Woodloch in all seasons but autumn prior to this wedding. I was amazed at the difference the fall color made! The ceremony site was so serene yet practically on fire with light and color. The weather was warm and sunny with not much wind. It was hard to believe how perfect it was!

Jodi and Justin planned a fun-filled weekend getaway for their nearest and dearest. When planning the wedding, Jodi and Justin had this to say:
We wanted an entire weekend get away and will be doing a fire and s'mores the night before the wedding after the rehearsal dinner. We envision our wedding to be a happy, fun gathering of people we love. We chose to have it in the fall for the beautiful colors of the leaves that will be around. It is an outdoor wedding by a lake with a cocktail hour on a porch right next to the wedding spot. The reception will be through the doors of porch. Nice, easy and close.
One part of the day that wasn't what they initially planned was the first look. Justin is a pretty romantic guy and he was hoping for the aisle to be the first place he saw his bride on their wedding day. However, after considering the timing of their ceremony (which wrapped up just before sunset), he came around to the idea of doing portraits earlier that day. Otherwise, it seems their wedding turned out just how they envisioned it! Jodi's uncle officiated the ceremony, adding a personal feel to the proceedings. DJ Billy D did a great job of keeping the action going on the dance floor. And as always, the staff at Woodloch were extremely professional, friendly and helpful and made sure everything went off without a hitch (thanks Cara!). 

Thanks Jodi and Justin for trusting us to capture the story of your day! Scroll on to check out some of our favorite photos from the day!

Credits: Ceremony and Reception at the Inn at Woodloch in Hawley, PA. Wedding flowers by Michaels House of Flowers. Wedding cake by Woodloch Pines Catering. Hair and makeup by The Lodge at Woodloch. Bridal gown by Maggie Sottero. Bridesmaids dresses from Weddington Way. Groom and groomsmen tuxes by Men's Warehouse. Entertainment by Billy D's Ultimate Entertainment.