November 14, 2017

MontCo Wedding Photographer | Audubon Center | Christina + Jason

Wedding

My problem with Christina and Jason’s wedding was there was waaaay too much good stuff going on!  I was tempted to separate this post into two just so I don’t tire you out by the end but I think you have it in you.  After all, you’ll want to see how gorgeous this day was and how much fun these two had!

The bride and groom each started at their family homes.  I was with Christina in Holland, PA, where the house was aflutter with gold sequined bridesmaids and a pooch named Dexter.

Long before the big day, Christina purchased her wedding gown. Through some magic alterations, and the keen eye of her mother, it was transformed from a high neck, long sleeve, size 12 dress to this gorgeous beaded lace dress with detachable sleeves!  It was surprisingly light too.

Christina reminded me of a 1920s film star.  Her slender body and distinctive features made her look like she belonged in another era with a French cigarette holder and laying out on a velvet chaise (just wait).

Please note the impressive door that her father created for the day.  It was appropriately deemed “the wedding door.”

The guys were in Springfield learning how to tie bow ties and generally enjoying the day.  If this grooms looks strangely familiar, it’s due to his twin brother and former LDP groom, Jeremy.

groom and groomsmen getting ready before wedding

A trolley ride took the groups to Villanova University where Jason went to college.  They married at the gorgeous St. Thomas of Villanova Church.  It is always a joy to photograph ceremonies there.  The interior and exterior are incredible!

After a handful of pictures there, it was off to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.

The Audubon Center as one of my favorite venues in the area.  It’s such a beautiful and private space.  We took in the light and greenery for some formals.

Then I had some time for Christina and Jason around the grounds.

I could do an entire post just on their reception décor.  If the fallsy burgundy bouquets were beautiful (they were!), the reception was extraordinary!  Gold high and low centerpieces graced every table with grapes, roses, berries, dahlias, amaranthus, astilbe, scabiosa, runuculus, and greens.

As if that weren’t enough, the gold sequined sweetheart table was highlighted by a multiple chandeliers and a magnificent suspended floral wreath.  Can every wedding have one of these, please?!

The parents and wedding party danced their way into the reception.

Christina and Jason twirled in and shared a dance to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.

Christina’s sisters and Jason’s brother all shared warm, funny toasts about their siblings and the process of their love.

The evening was a frenzy of dancing like I’ve never seen though Christina assures me that this was par for the course at all of her family’s weddings – hats, maracas, a conga line, mummers umbrellas, and a finale of a serenade!

It was something else!  After the cake cutting, guests were treated to monkey bread and hot baked cookies.  To add to the visual, the room smelled delicious!

emerald cut diamond ring and diamond gold wedding bands

I have no doubt that I forgot to mention a dozen other things but suffice it to say that everything was perfect!  Congratulations, you two!

bride and grrom on velvet sofa at Audubon Center wedding

I’m so in love with you
And I hope you know
Darling your love is more than worth its weight in gold
We’ve come so far my dear
Look how we’ve grown
And I wanna stay with you
Until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go
~ James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Wedding Ceremony: St Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, PA
Wedding Reception: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Pawlings, PA
Engagement Session: Ridley Creek State Park
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Hair Stylist: Jessica Coates
Makeup Artist: Brandy Beltz-Simmons
Wedding Dress: Eve of Milady
Wedding Gown Shop: La Bella Donna
Veil: La Bella Donna
Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Bridesmaids Dresses: Sorella Vita
Groom’s Suit: Enzo
Ceremony Organist: Bob Beatty
Cocktail Hour Musicians: Elegance Quartet
Reception Music: Steve and Company Disc Jockeys
Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering
Videographer: Martin’s Video
Wedding Rings:  D’Antonio & Klein
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