February 13, 2017

New Hope Wedding Photographer | Holly Hedge Estate | Ali + Mike

Wedding

December in Pennsylvania is a great but difficult time for a wedding.  It’s cold, the daylight hours are few, the freezing temps hinder a lot of super cute bridal/bridesmaid dress options, and did I mention that it’s really cold?  (Maybe that was Mike talking.)  On the other hand, winter weddings have a crisp, festive feel with twinkling lights, evergreens, and beautiful nighttime moments snuggling close.  Perhaps you decide to have a winter wedding because your coffee shop is opening soon after and there’s no time for a break when you’re running your own business!  That’s how things worked for Ali and Mike and I feel very lucky that I was there for it.

I absolutely love Holly Hedge Estate in any season.  It has beautiful grounds with lots of trees, a pond, plantings, a lovely historic inn, and a fantastic old barn with a picturesque brick patio, complete with wrought iron gates, twinkling lights, and a fountain.  It’s one of the most charming venues in the area.  Ali and Mike (and Ali’s mom!) chose well!

bride and groom walking outside Old Barn at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hopegroom before ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope holiday fountain and statue on patio at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hopegroom in blue suit in front of Inn at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

Ali chose a ballgown with rhinestone straps and belt and a sexy plunging v neck.  She bought this *second* dress the month before the wedding and had it fitted within a week.  She told me that the first one was lovely but it just didn’t feel special.  This one fit the bill!

ballgown wedding dress veil and heels on gate at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate rhinestone bridal heels and veil on holiday greens at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

Ali remained amazingly calm as a half dozen people worked to get the dress zipped the final few inches over a seam.  None could do it and we already had people looking for a sewing kit to sew her into the dress.  Feeling like Arthur from The Sword in the Stone, a certain magical photographer gave one gentle tug and up it went.

mom watching daughter get ready before ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bridesmaids and mom helping bride get into dress at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride with deep red flowers and ballgown dress at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

Ali looked the part of a giggling Disney princess.  Ali Rapunzel’s bright green eyes, Snow White’s creamy complexion, Cinderella’s golden hair, and Elsa’s cold tolerance.

beautiful portrait of bride with updo at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

She carried a cascading bouquet of burgundy and white flowers with wintry soft greens.  The handle was specially designed to hold her grandmother’s prayer book.

bride holding heirloom bible in fur coat at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

Mike gallantly stuck it out for some pictures while we still had some winter daylight.  The Old Barn is one of my favorite places for pictures!

groom kissing brides hand inside Old Barn at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride and groom dancing on brick terrace at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate groom cuddling with bride outside at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride and groom at winter Holly Hedge wedding in the chapel

The bridesmaids were amazing!  If you ever feel the need to hire some for your own wedding, I can’t recommend this trio highly enough.  All coming from Ali’s musical theater background, they were a hoot!  Their expressions, comfort, looks, and ability to laugh at will was A+.  Oh!  And they’re talented as hell!  (Ladies, charge extra for the serenades!)  Each of them could have been one of the daughters of Triton.  Ali had a collection of her grandmother’s heirloom furs that were utterly perfect for these foxy sirens.bridesmaids in fur coats having fun at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hopeholiday wedding party outside at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

This is completely appropriate since their wedding ceremony was influenced by musical theater.  Friends PERFORMED a series of musical numbers from Fiddler on the Roof, Once, Les Miserables, Children of Eden, Memphis, Bridges of Madison County, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and Jersey Boys.

indoor ceremony in Old Barn at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope Old Barn setup for indoor ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope father looking at daughter at end of aisle at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope musical theater performance at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope musical theater based ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride looking at groom during indoor ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hopemusical number at ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

Add to that the fact that the minister was Ali’s step-father and the pianist was Ali’s childhood music teacher.

indoor ceremony with patio in Old Barn at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

Mike, a sommelier, contributed with a special wine he had picked for them to share on this occasion.  A 100 point wine.  Ali contributed… tears.  Lots and lots of tears.  It was wonderful and emotional.

groom sommelier presents bride with wine at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride and groom end of indoor ceremony at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

The reception space was warm and inviting.

reception setup at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope placecard for bride and groom at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

The two entered and shared their first dance to Landon Pigg’s “I Fell in Love in a Coffee Shop,” a cute nod to the venture they started mere weeks after the wedding.  They swept across the dancefloor like Belle and Beast (sorry, Mike!).

bride looking into grooms eyes during first dance at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope bride groom first dance at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

As expected, the guests and the dancing were phenomenal!  If you’re going to party, party with creatives.  They know how to get down!

happy dancing at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope couple partying on dance floor at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope guest singing at reception at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope groom and mother dance at reception at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope ridiculous dancing at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope tossing bouquet fail at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope wedding cake in reception at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope

The day was all things magic, music, laughter, and romance.  A total fairy tale.

bride and groom in Christmas lights at winter wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much
All of the while I never knew
I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop
I love so much
All of the while, I never knew
All of the while, all of the while,
it was you

~ Landon Pigg, “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop”

Wedding Ceremony: Holly Hedge Estate, New Hope, PA
Wedding Reception: Holly Hedge Estate, New Hope, PA
Engagement Session: New Hope, PA
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Officiant: Rev. Dr. Ed Kimes
Hair Stylist: Natural Concepts
Makeup Artist: Taffeta Design
Wedding Dress: Calla Blanche
Wedding Dress Shop: Bridal Elegance
Shoes: BCBG
Groom’s Suit: Gallini
Ceremony Musician: Scott Besser
Cocktail and Reception Music: Synergetic
Lighting: Synergetic
Caterer: Holly Hedge Estate
Wedding Cake: Holly Hedge Estate
Calligrapher: Pat Pinciotti
Wedding Rings: TRAXNYC
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