Mr. and Mrs. Coulter - A Rustic April Wedding in Central Pennsylvania
May 17, 2019 | By: LLF Photography
Neil and Abby were the absolute sweetest couple and working with them was a dream. Abby is a teacher and was the perfect combination of extra organized and laid-back. I knew I’d love working with them from the moment I arrived at their engagement session - their casual and relaxed vibe was so refreshing and I loved hearing their story.
Abby and Neil got married on April 5th at Strock’s in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Their ceremony and reception were both in the large barn on the property and it was absolutely stunning. The rustic wooden beams running throughout the barn combined with lights and tulle were the perfect balance of elegance and rustic charm that so many brides strive for. I had the pleasure of working with Jenna from Unique by Design Weddings as the Day-Of Planner and she made sure everything was smooth and easy.
They decided to have a “first look” and to complete their family pictures prior to the ceremony (SUCH a time saver, and we weren’t rushed for creatives) so we were able to include every family member in every combination Abby could dream of.
We ventured out to a sweet little pergola on the grounds for their first look and seeing Neil and her sons (Wes and Gage) see their mom/future wife in her wedding gown for the first time was such a special moment.
Unfortunately the weather was less than cooperative, but we managed to take lots of fun pictures on a beautiful little porch on the property, and included a swing in lots of pictures (a specific request of Abby’s).
The ceremony was extremely sweet and her boys walked her down the aisle (sob!). Abby made Corinthians aisle runners, and it was probably one of my favorite details from the entire day. The altar was decorated with a beautiful copper kettle filled with baby’s breath which Neil painstakingly restored himself. It was absolutely stunning and served as a beautiful piece of sentimentality.
The reception kicked off with the couple’s first dance together as husband and wife (and they looked at each other with such love I was obsessed), followed by a beautiful Mother-Son dance to “I’ll Always Be Your Mom,” and I’m relatively certain there wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the end. For dinner Neil and Abby served the most amazing bacon wrapped pork tenderloin (seriously, wow) and guests enjoyed watching the kids tear up the dance floor after the best man and maid of honor speeches.
Abby and Neil chose to end their evening with a sparkler send-off despite the drizzle of rain and it was such a fun way to wish them well at the end of the night and start them on their new life together.
I was so honored to witness such a beautiful wedding with two truly wonderful people merging their lives and families together. Congratulations to the happy couple!