November 8, 2011

Media Wedding Photographer | Wallingford Community Arts Center | Rachel + Jon

Wedding

Rachel and Jon had a beautiful daytime wedding at the Wallingford Community Arts Center in Media, PA. This place is such a hidden gem. It’s an old estate that has been converted to a community arts center and is filled to the brim with character. The venue and grounds are fantastic. Rachel and Jon live in Chicago and actually booked the place sight unseen. If you’ve been poking around on this blog for a few months, you’ll easily remember their engagement pictures.

The previous days were rainy and wet but they lucked out on the wedding day with abundant sunshine. Unfortunately, the grounds were too muddy to have the ceremony outdoors as originally planned but it all came together beautifully inside the art gallery.

Rachel was cool and collected before the ceremony. She has such undeniable beauty and grace. I loved her hair and the fresh gardenia blossom that smelled heavenly every time you walked passed Rachel.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Her something old was a stunning 100+ year old necklace that belonged to her great grandmother. It was still kept in the old tin it had been carried in for the past several decades.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Rachel and Jon opted for a first look before the ceremony so they could spend more time with their guests later (a great move!). I’m so glad we had time to wander around the grounds and have time with just the two of them.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
How fantastic is this stone tower towards the back of the property?!
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Not to be deterred by the mud, Rachel simply kicked off her shoes. Gotta love a barefoot bride!
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
I loved her bouquet of whites, greens, and splashes of purple.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Right before the ketubah signing we had a quiet moment on the second floor. Love this!
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Rachel needed a small primer on her Hebrew before signing.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
The gallery looked fantastic. The huppah was set up in the middle of the room and was surrounded by the tables for guests. It made it feel very intimate and inclusive.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
I really liked that Rachel and Jon walked into their ceremony together, hand in hand. Rabbi David Ackerman was great. The Jewish service included thoughtful readings and words of wisdom.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Another very sweet touch was that Rachel and Jon requested some time alone immediately following the ceremony. They left for the upstairs ballroom to breathe it all in. They didn’t mind me taking a few shots on the staircase before the reception began.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
We were regaled with stories of how the two met, how perfectly they fit with one another, what they were like as children, and the love that they both bring to everyone around them.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
And I must give a shout out to Jeffrey Miller Catering for providing some truly delicious food and beverages (including a drink station with rosemary scented cucumber water and hibiscus iced tea).
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
They danced their first dance to the very appropriate “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Ray Charles and then had their guests come join them.
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
And it’s pretty impossible not to love a hora! (By the way, any venue with a balcony automatically gets 10 brownie points in my book!)
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding
It was a spectacular day despite the impending storm. Rachel and Jon, thank you so much for including me in your incredible celebration!
  Wallingford Community Arts Center wedding

I’m gonna love you, like nobody’s loved you
Come rain or come shine
High as a mountain, deep as a river
Come rain or come shine
~ Ray Charles, “Come Rain or Come Shine”
 

Ceremony: Wallingford Community Arts Center 
Reception: Wallingford Community Arts Center 
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography 
Hair: Up Your Do 
Makeup: Makeup by Aleksandra
Florist: Event Creations 
Wedding Gown: Demetrios 
Shoes: Benjamin Adams
 DJ: No Macarena 
Catering: Jeffrey Miller Catering 
Cake: Jeffrey Miller Catering 
Invitations: Vera Wang
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