July 8, 2014

Reading Wedding Photographer | Stokesay Castle | Becca + Mike

Wedding

Hey Lindsay, want to photograph a petite curly haired bride and her hilarious groom on a beautiful day in Reading, PA?

Um… yes!

Great!  How about we throw in fantastic weather, family heirlooms, a long veil, a few forgotten vows, and a gaggle of flower girls so adorable you’ll explode with cuteness and ruffles?

Game on!

And that’s how it went down.  I started with the ladies at Becca’s family’s house.  There were some amazing little touches that had been passed down through her sister’s wedding and beyond – her mother’s blue stick pin for her something blue, her grandmother’s prayer book that so many before her had carried with them on their wedding days, a beautiful gold purse.

Grandmothers prayer book for wedding daygold wedding jewelry for bridepink and white wedding bouquets for bride and bridesmaids

There were 4.5 little flower girls in sweet ruffled dresses that mimicked the gorgeous dress that Becca wore.  (She imagined she would end up in a very simple or lace number but this one was The One.  I adored her asymmetrical gown and thought it fit her like a glove.)

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The guys were doing guy stuff at the hotel.  Namely learning how to tie a bowtie.

groom and groomsmen learn how to tie a bowtie

Becca and Mike were married at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church.  Though they memorized their vows and bets were on Mike to be the one to slip up, it was Becca who forgot “in sickness and in health.”  I’m going to go ahead and say things are still legit.

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Their reception was held at Stokesay Castle, inspired by a 13th century English castle of the same name and built in 1931 as a wedding gift.

wedding day bride and groom at Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

The wedding party was a trip and a half.  Mike is obviously the gregarious one but Becca shines the brightest when Mike is goofing off and making her laugh.

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I got to stroll around the picturesque grounds with them.

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How perfect that Becca landed a ladybug just like she did during our Valley Forge Park engagement session.

ladybug wedding and engagement ring shot

Tell me that Becca and Mike’s guest sign-in artwork isn’t amazing!  Becca’s amazingly talented mother hand drew the castle and guests signed around the mat.

pen and ink wedding gift drawing of Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

One of the prettiest aspects of the day was the escort card display – tables upon tables of small bud vases with pink blooms, one for each guest.

pink bud vase place card wedding display

There were also little touches like signs on the back of their chairs, a gilded wedding cake, and this cute sign at their sweetheart table (dressed in a luxe sequined tablecloth).

cute wedding sign on sweetheart table at Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

After a royal entrance, Becca and Mike danced their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  With a couple this good-looking, there was bound to be a crowd.

wedding day bride and groom enter reception at Stokesay Castle in Reading, PAwedding day bride and groom first dance at Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

Revelers were treated to a slideshow of the couple, lots of booty-shaking, and a scrumptious dessert bar.

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It was such a beautiful day and everything went off superbly (good thing Mike wasn’t sick).

wedding day bride and groom at Stokesay Castle in Reading, PA

Baby, 
We’ve come a long way, baby.
You know, I hope and I pray that you believe me
When I say this love will never fade away
~ Ray LaMontagne, “You Are The Best Thing”

Wedding Ceremony: St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Sinking Spring, PA
Wedding Reception: Stokesay Castle, Reading, PA
Engagement Session: Valley Forge National Park
Wedding Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography
Officiant: Monsignor James Treston
Wedding Dress Designer: Anne Barge
Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Bride’s Veil: The Wedding Suite 
Bride’s Shoes: Henri Bendel
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Florist: Sue Weisser Yerger
Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen and Associates
Ceremony Music: Theresa Eaman (organist), Mia Van (violinist), Cara Wojciechowski (soloist)
Reception Music: Joey Reimels
Caterer: Stokesay Castle
Wedding Cake: Stokesay Castle
Calligrapher: bride’s mother
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