Every girl dreams of two things with her father on her wedding day: when he walks her down the aisle, and when they have their father/daughter dance. Since she was a little girl, Amy and her dad had talked about it many times, but two years before her wedding, many thought that dream wouldn’t come true. Amy’s dad had become wheel chair bound. But they were not about to let their dream fizzle. Though Amy’s walk down the aisle and her father/daughter dance may have looked different than what you usually see–it was theirs…and to Amy, it was one of the most treasured moments of her life. And to the wedding attendees, it was a precious and sacred thing to watch.
Amy and Tyler’s wedding at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens in Lancaster, PA is not one I will soon forget. Emotional, sentimental and beautiful are three words I use to describe this amazing day. They had met in nursing school, but didn’t start dating until they were both ER nurses (step aside TV hospital dramas, this is a true story of love in the ER). After a romantic proposal at Jacobsburg State Park, the wedding planning began, which led them to me having the great blessing of being their photographer…and the beginning a friendship with this amazing couple.
Their relationship is sweet and built on a solid friendship. Tyler is the calm in Amy’s storm, and the best travel companion she could wish for. His balance of love for adventure and peaceful contentment is perfect for her. Tyler loves Amy’s fun personality, wittiness and intelligence. Her attempts at humor bring lots of laughs to their home. They truly balance each other.
For Amy, her wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. It started off with coffee and pampering from Darla’s Hair Care and Spa with all of her favorite ladies. When they all arrived at Stoltzfus that day, things began to feel real for Amy. The moment a groom first sees his bride coming down the aisle has always been her favorite part of a wedding ceremony, so they decided to forego a “sneak peak/first look”, choosing to only have a first look with her father. Amy and her dad have a very close relationship and their first look was emotional and precious. It was a special moment for just the two of them, before the busyness of the day began. I’m so thankful I was able to capture the love between them in their photos.
There were so many sentimental and traditional aspects to their day. Another tradition Amy stuck to was the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Her something “old” was her mother’s dress which she used fabric from to make a pillow for the rings. For her “new”, she gave each guest jams and jellies from Kitchen Kettle Village, a charming Dutch shopping village where she and her mother have loved going together since she was a little girl. “Borrowed” were her mothers pearl earrings and bracelet; and her something “blue” was Tyler’s grandmother’s handkerchief embroidered with a blue “M.” All of these beloved treasures came together to make the day even more special and sentimental.
The ceremony took place in the “Tobacco Barn” at Stoltzfus. With beautifully decorated columns and rafters, this gem of a venue was stunning. But, even more stunning was Amy. When the barn doors came open and she stood there all dressed in white, looking more beautiful than ever, all she could see was was the look of admiration and love on her groom’s face. Their decision not to see each other before the wedding was wise. Tyler was awestruck. All the preparations Amy had made that day were worth it. From her amazing hair and make up, to her stunning bridal gown, she was a vision of loveliness.
Following the intimate ceremony, they had a fun, yet elegant reception in Stoltzfus’s “Grand Barn”. They were finally able to enjoy their favorite part of the wedding…spending time with loved ones. They spent the evening dancing, mingling, eating, and sitting by the fire. There were a few moments we were able to sneak away for some outdoor evening photos. This gave the new “Mr. and Mrs. McLean” a moment to focus on each other and take a deep breath before continuing the festivities.
Photographing Amy and Tyler’s wedding was a joy to me and my team. From my point of view, it was a perfect day, filled with love, emotion and beauty. From Amy and Tyler’s point of view… “It was the best day of our lives. We are so grateful to look back and see pictures of all these people together. It was truly incredible to be surrounded by so much love.”
Photographer | John Malloy Photography
Venue | Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
Florals | Pearls and Petals Designs
Wedding Gown | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns | Lulu’s: The Bridal Shop
Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup | Darla’s Hair Care and Spa
DJ | Bob Lawrence
Videographer | The Wedding Bug