Handmade Pennsylvania Wedding: Crystal + Andrew

bride and groom

Crystal + Andrew both wanted their wedding day to be a big celebration – filled with lots of help from friends and family! Crystal is lucky to have a sister who is also a talented photographer – Char Photography! Char split the day as a bridesmaid and the photographer. :) The whole family is pretty creative as Crystal’s brothers helped with the flowers, hairpieces + invites, Crystal designed her own dress and Crystal + Andrew together built their dance floor! The day was a combination of a little tradition, and a lot of charm, ease, sentiment and enjoyment. Big congrats to Crystal + Andrew!

southern house

bride

groom

first look

first look

Crystal: There are so many favorite moments! The most vivid one is in the morning. A few close friends made a delicious breakfast for us and we all sat out on the patio in the morning sun enjoying the beautiful start of a beautiful day. I was able to soak up the moments spent with those closest to me and feel the excitement of what the day had in store. My second favorite moment was square dancing at our reception! The lights strung over the dance floor were glowing warmly, the wooden dance floor was filled with merry dancing, everyone was having a great time, laughing and dancing, it was so much fun.

Andrew: All I wanted to do was give my bride her dream wedding! With all the detail and hours spent planning and preparing, walking around the grounds that morning and seeing everything come together just as we imagined was like a dream! Not to mention, the day was absolutely perfect – blue skies and fluffy clouds, just like we had hoped!

bride and groom

whimsical bouquet

wildflower bouquets

gingham shirts

vintage car

ring bearers

Processional: Canon in Gigue in D Major – Ragatal and Jason Carter

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

wildflower bouquet

wedding party

pear escort cards

backyard wedding

hanging jars

vintage plates

croquet

smores

smores

bird nest cake topper

string lights reception

first dance


Seeing our day come together just like we had imagined was so rewarding. Every ounce of time and effort was so worth it. From the drift wood we collected by the sea, to the dance floor we built ourselves out of reclaimed cedar, to the paper goods, bouquets and centerpieces carefully designed by my brothers, to the candy station (designed by my sister-in-law), my Grandmother’s antique dished used on the dessert table, and my sweet mother’s Bible used as a ring pillow. Every bit of the day was packed full of meaning, memories and so much love from those around us. It was such a precious day.

Take a break from planning every now and then and remind yourself what it is you are preparing for. Remember the excitement of what is about to take place! Don't miss out on enjoying such a precious season of life. And on the day of... soak in every bit of it. The smells, the sounds, the laughter, the tears, the love. Every bit of it, embrace the day!

photography: Char Photography // venue: The Tulpehocken Manor Myerstown, Pennsylvania // event planner: Alyssa Glick (friend of the Bride) // floral design: Daryl Good, brother of the bride, did all the bouquets and centerpieces. Bride and Groom built the wooden boxes used for the center pieces // wedding dress: designed by bride and made by Karen Chow, a local seamstress. The rich hue was made by tea dying the fabric! // hairpieces: Designed and made by Daryl Good – brother of the bride // shoes: Sam Edelman // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie // hair + makeup: You By Grace // groom suit: Urban Outfitters, Etsy // cinematography: Reflectionography // invitations + paper goods: Wes Good designed, brother of the bride // catering: Lititz Family Cupboard // cake: Bakery at the Cupoard // music: Weeping Radishes – local band + friends of Bride and Groom

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Comments

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.

  2. Too many cute things to name but how stylish is that wedding party!? Love the handmade details everywhere!

  3. The love of the couple is evident and so sweet! Love all the details they planned together!

  4. Love the whole theme of this wedding. The Smores are a GREAT idea…sounds yummy.

  5. the venue looks super cute. love all the little details!

  6. amazing venue! love all the little details – perfecft!

  7. Gorgeous, sweet and so perfect!

  8. Love the style of this wedding! Also love the classic red car and the music selections!!

  9. Super cute with loads of gorgeous details! Love the concept of displaying the table numbers on pears!

  10. This wedding is perfect! The couple’s happiness just shines through these pictures. The dance floor and cake topper are AMAZING.

  11. Very nice images! The couple look sooo happy! Also, cool croquet shot!

  12. Love the theme for this wedding. The men’s suits are really unique and the pear table numbers are great

  13. Your wedding looks absolutely amazing! I’m planning a wedding at Tulpehocken as well. Any tips are greatly appreciated :)

  14. Love love LOVE the mens attire! So different, really brings some attention to the men as well!

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