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Brittany + Eric | Married

A Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens Wedding | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I first met Brittany and Eric at their engagement session last year.  They were so excited to be engaged and were totally in love! They had met through mutual friends at Tellus 360, a popular hangout in downtown Lancaster, Pa. Neither were looking for love at the time, but they quickly found out they had a lot in common and started dating. On a hiking trip at Black Moshannon State Park, Eric asked Brittany to spend the rest of her life with him. 

They chose Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens as their venue for many reasons. Looking back, they’re both so glad they did. Even though the property is absolutely stunning in the summer, the staff is what really made it the best wedding venue they could have chosen. Brittany couldn’t say enough wonderful things about Dawn and her husband, Brian, co-owners of the venue. Dawn was also their officiant, and she was amazing. Her sincere care and guidance for them was incredible and will never be forgotten. Throughout the day, Dawn and Brian made everything so easy for them, so they could totally enjoy the day, and focus on each other and their guests.

Their wedding day started off very low key, as Brittany and her ‘ladies’ drove to the venue in her parent’s ’66 Mustang, which would also be the couple’s get away car later that night.  After arriving, Nicole and Shannon, from Serrano’s Serenity Spa began to work their magic, making the girls look absolutely stunning. Brittany was surprisingly at ease, and knew that everything was planned perfectly and had no doubt that the capable staff at Stoltzfus had everything under control. But, even the amazing Dawn and Brian, couldn’t control the weather, so plans had to be tweaked just a bit. Rain was coming, and if they wanted exceptional photos, they’d have to move quickly. 

It wasn’t the first look they had planned for, but it turned out to be one of the best choices made on Brittany and Eric’s wedding day.  They had originally opted to have their first look happen as Brittany walked down the aisle to marry Eric.  With rain in the forecast, they knew there was only a window of time to get some amazing photographs taken, so Eric gave up his wishes in order to please his bride-to-be. Before they even said “I do” he was already putting Brittany first. And from the photos you see below, their choice was an excellent one. Brittany said they were both so glad they made that decision. The pictures they have to remember that special moment are absolutely priceless. “Seeing Eric alone, just him and I, made any bit of nervousness disappear. I honestly do not even remember seeing John taking pictures. We felt like we were in our own little world.”

The skies began to darken, and it had just started to sprinkle as the wedding party began entering in the Tobacco Barn. It held off just in time for everyone to get inside. As Brittany made her way down the aisle, the emotions she felt were overwhelming. Her heart was so full of happiness and gratitude. After the crazy year we’d all had, seeing all of their friends and family there to support them was the best thing she and Eric could hope for. The ceremony was beautiful, complete with an adorable ring bearer and a flower girl that looked like an angel.

After the ceremony, we took some more photos, and then realized the rain was coming again! It held off until the entire wedding party made it into the Grand Barn, then it poured while everyone ate.  No one really wants rain on their wedding day, but this was the best case scenario for it. It never really affected them. Eric and Brittany felt so blessed with how it all turned out. Throughout the reception, we went out a few times to get more photographs, especially of the gorgeous sunset over the hills. The lighting was just perfect, and their images turned out so well!

Following the reception, Brittany and Eric had a fun sparkler exit, leading them to the awesome 1966 Mustang convertible. Their original honeymoon to the Dominican had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but, just like everything else, it all worked out for the best! They did one of their favorite things…camping! No busy airports, no time lines, just the two of them enjoying nature together. It was the best thing they could have wished for.

I’m so thankful that I could be part of your amazing wedding day, Brittany and Eric! Congratulations on your marriage and I wish you the very best! It was my pleasure to capture your special day!

“And so together, they built a life they loved.”

Photographer | John Malloy Photography

Venue |Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens

Florals | Pearls and Petals Designs

Wedding Gown | Renaissance Bridal

Bridesmaids Gowns | Azazie

Groomsmen Attire | Joseph A Banks

Hair and Makeup Artist | Serrano’s Serenity Spa

Caterer | Yoder’s Catering

DJ | R Lawrence, DJ

Invitation Suite | Shutterfly

Videographer\Live Streaming | Bridge Perspective

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