When a Thursday brings us a wedding as sweet as this one, you know it’s definitely going to be a good day! Allyson + Eric’s wedding at Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, Pennsylvania was a pretty combination of personal touches + DIY elements, a beautiful, nature-filled location, and amazing live music played by Eric + his band! Since music plays such a big part in A + E’s lives, it only made sense that it dictated at least some of the direction of the day. In fact, Allyson says, The first wedding decision we made was on the day we got engaged: No Slow Songs! We wanted to have a party that our guests would remember and have a ton of fun dancing at. We incorporated lots of personal elements, like old family artifacts, rocks and branches from our family cottage in Canada, and music that we grew up listening to. We’re a creative, quick-witted, and non-traditional couple and I think that our wedding represented us pretty well.
Big thanks to With Love and Embers for the beautiful images + congrats to Allyson + Eric’s on their lovely wedding!
Processional: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles + Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins (both performed on acoustic guitar by friend of couple, Dan D'Ippolito)
Recessional: Crazy Little Thing Called Love (acoustic) – Queen
First Dance: We didn’t do a traditional first dance – Eric sang 5 of our favorite love songs while all of our friends and family crowded around to dance along with us.
Shibori escort cards FTW!
When Eric and his band performed a bunch of classic, fun love songs to kick off the reception (like Queen and Hall and Oates).
Don’t feel pressured to do things the traditional way. And don’t freak out. It’s just one day!
photography: With Love and Embers // venue name: + rentals Historic Shady Lane, Manchester, Pennsylvania // event design: Allyson (the bride) // planning: Taryn Blake Events // florals: Splints and Daisies // wedding dress: Leanne Marshall // hairpiece: Splints and Daisies // bride's shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids picked their own outfits // hair stylist: Swell Belles // makeup artist: Swell Belles // groom attire: Suit Supply // paper goods: Designed by Allyson // catering: Altland House // cake: Allyson's Aunt Bena (grandma's carrot cake recipe), pies by Altland House // music: Chris Ward aka DJ BearBait // officiant: Blake (family friend) // save the date illustration: Tara Jacoby // live band: Eric (the groom) and friends