If 3rd time’s a charm, then what do you call the 4th time? Ask Sam and Roslayn Marquard because that’s how many wedding dates they had. Thankfully, I got to be part of the last date, and it was an absolutely stunning vineyard wedding.
When the first two dates had to be postponed, Sam and Rosalyn did what a lot of couples are doing these days and used their 3rd date as a “micro wedding”. Sam, who serves in the US Army in Colorado was under a travel ban, so not knowing what the future may hold, they spontaneously decided to get married at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. With about half of their bridal party, Rosalyn hiked to where Sam waited for her. When he took his blindfold off and saw Rosalyn, he was moved to tears. They still kept their 4th date open for the Pennsylvania wedding and I’m so glad they did, because that’s when I got to meet this fascinating couple.
Rosalyn is a vintage dancer, WWII reenactor, hair stylist, and model. Sam is a college graduate, Army officer and is most recently starting his own podcast geared toward men’s mental health and living life to the fullest. These two make quite an exciting pair, and their wedding was one of the liveliest I’ve ever photographed.
With so many friends and family in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, they had chosen Nissley Vineyards and Winery as their wedding venue early on. They had no idea how many changes and challenges would come their way before they finally found themselves at this gorgeous estate. After several postponements, lost wedding rings, and over half of their guests not being able to attend, they decided not to give up, but to make the most of the circumstances. And what a great decision this was…their wedding was beautiful, fun and full of celebrating! Nissley Vineyards is down a country lane bordered by tended vines and sunny meadows. Add to that the 18th-century mill, a Miller’s House, and a winding creek, and you have a photographer’s dream. We got so many beautiful photos around the grounds. And that’s not even the best of it…
Imagine a 1920’s lawn party, complete with so many vintage details, you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Many guests were dressed for a garden party, in flowing dresses, classy hats, suspenders and bow ties. Swing dancing, a 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan as a getaway car, and fabulous music playing made this vintage wedding extraordinary and incomparable.
On the morning of the wedding, Rosalyn and her bridesmaids got ready at one of the bridesmaid’s homes. Rosalyn did her own hair and makeup and even helped some of her girls get ready. From the photos, you can tell she’s really gifted at this. There were so many unique things about Rosalyn and Sam’s wedding attire. Rosalyn re-designed her David’s Bridal dress, sewing in Sam’s army name badge into the back of it. For her something “borrowed,’ she used Sam’s great grandmother’s clutch and brooch. She carried a vintage handkerchief and wore a vintage locket with Sam’s photo in it. She completed her look with fabulous bright red heels that peaked out from under her dress and looked amazing. Much to their delight, the army just released their new pinks and greens, switching back to WWII uniforms. Sam got his just in time for their wedding. They both looked incredible.
The wedding was a beautiful picture of the covenant of love, and a time for their friends and family to witness their union and commitment to one another. Rather than have their large bridal party stand up front the whole time, they had the attendants line the aisle as they walked through, then sit up front, where they could get a perfect view of Sam and Rosalyn, as they promised each other forever. With a “wine unity” ceremony, and beautiful vows spoken before God and man, the wedding was a long awaited success.
Dancing was a priority for Rosalyn, as she had at least 25 of her dancer friends in attendance. The garden party style reception and sparkler sendoff were the perfect conclusion to this incredible couple’s wedding adventure. And the get away car was the best!
It was such an honor to be part of your special day, Sam & Rosalyn. Your wedding was such a joy to capture.
I end this awesome wedding story with a few lines from the song that Rosalyn walked down the aisle to. It had been a long journey to Nissley Vineyards, and they had finally completed their wedding story.
“While I’m on this road, you take my hand
Somehow you really love who I really am,
Who am I, who am I, who am I
To be loved by you.” ~Who am I, by NEEDTOBREATHE