Emily and Dan were married on July 4th. That seems fitting because they certainly asserted their independent streaks in planning and orchestrating their wedding celebration. From Emily’s choice of dress to the guests participating in the entertainment, it was a unique wedding. It was great to be able to stretch and test my abilities outside of the typical course of events.
The wedding was held at Lingrow Farm, near Leechburg. We were blessed with warm weather and clear skies, which allowed us to take advantage of the great natural beauty of the farm.
Emily and Dan chose to do their formal shots before the ceremony. Here’s Emily trying to figure out how to pin the boutonnière on Dan’s suit.
Meanwhile Dan’s dad and nephew had a little fun:
Emily looked absolutely fabulous in her copper colored dress.
Emily and Dan stayed out of sight in the farmhouse while they watched their guests be seated:
A chuppah held by loved ones provided a bit of shade on the sunny day:
Emily and Dan make a few last minute adjustments before walking down the aisle together:
The ceremony was held in front of the dock at the pond:
Fans were provided so that guests could stay cool out in the sun. I’ve got to get one of those straw boaters!
Caroline’s shot of Emily getting a little emotional:
Emily made sure that Dan’s ring went on all the way:
Incorporating an ancient tradition, they literally “tied the knot”
Another tradition, the breaking of a glass:
The couple headed back to the farmhouse for a few minutes alone while the guests went to the barn for the cocktail hour:
The table assignments were hung by clothespins:
A little video game action:
Before cutting the cake, Emily and Dan thanked their guests for coming:
There is always that moment of negotiation before a couple feeds each other a bite of cake. You never know when someone is going to go rogue and shove the cake in their new spouses’ face. Emily and Dan behaved themselves:-)
Emily’s mom and dad gave a funny speech about the couple:
Dan’s parent’s enjoyed it!
Dan’s buddies roasted him with some really funny imitations of him. During this part of the evening guests were encouraged to provide some entertainment – whether it be a song, a story, or a poem – in lieu of the tradition where guests clink their glasses to get the couple to kiss. Emily and Dan have some talented and creative friends:
This group rapped and beatboxed:
These folks brought down the house with Smog’s “Dress Sexy at My Funeral”
A freakin’ trombone solo! How often do you see that?
As the light got nice we went outside for some portraits:
Back inside, The Turpentiners started their set:
…and Emily and Dan had their first dance:
Everybody was invited to the dance floor to join them:
Hava Nagila anyone? Yes, let us rejoice!
Emily and Dan: Thank you, thank you, thank you. We truly enjoyed photographing your wedding.
Here’s a slideshow with all of these images and more: