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Brittany + Travis | Married

A Lancaster County Wedding | Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens

When I saw Travis’s cowboy boots and Brittany’s sparkly heels, I knew I had seen their personalities in  true “shoe form”.  Their wedding was a beautiful combination of class and elegance with just a little touch of country.  Set in the gorgeous Amish countryside, Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens was the perfect place for this amazing couple to say “I do”.

It’s often said that “opposites attract”, and in the love story of Brittany and Travis, it couldn’t be a more accurate description of their relationship. Brittany says, “Travis is a country boy. He grew up riding horses, hunting, fishing, and working on local farms bailing hay. His family enjoyed going to watch bull riding and just spending time outside. I’m pretty much the total opposite. I grew up as a competitive baton twirler, so I was/am all about sparkles, make up, and dressing up. My family always took trips into the city to go to museums (especially the art museum which is one of my very favorite places to visit in Philly). We never let our differences in how we grew up or what we enjoy doing keep us from spending time with each other. I can honestly say, that before starting to date Travis I would have never seen myself going to watch bull riding, riding horses, or fishing. These differences are something that we love and have embraced in our relationship. We have both opened each other’s eyes to new experiences. We love that we’ve always had a relationship where we allow each other to be our own person and do our own things, but also allow each other to experience what the other loves. Travis has also been a good sport about going into Philadelphia with me, taking me to museums, or dressing up to go to fancy restaurants. He even planned a whole day in Philly to propose to me.”

So, how did these two opposites meet? They went to the same high school but didn’t actually meet until a mutual friend introduced them at the end of their senior year of high school. A few weeks later, during everyone’s favorite week, “Senior Week” at the beach, they got to spend more time together. During that week of fun and celebrating the end of one era and the beginning of another, the bud of romance began to bloom. Even though they went in separate directions for college, they decided to try a long distance relationship and after 4 years of traveling back and forth to visit each other, they were still together. 

Fast forward a few years, and Travis had the perfect plan to ask Brittany to spend forever with him. She has always loved going into the city of Philadelphia to shop, sight see and enjoy the amazing restaurants. Travis planned a day trip to her favorite art museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not suspecting Travis’s plans, Brittany said she was frustrated about how to dress for the day, and a little bit of her sassy personality came out. When Travis got down on one knee at one of her favorite places on earth, she can’t remember if she said yes first or apologized for being a brat. Either way, it was the most special and romantic proposal she could of dreamed of. Her sister was there taking photos and after the museum, they met both of their families for a celebration dinner.

It was an incredible day, and they both were so happy to know they would be getting married…which led them to Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens, and gave me to the honor of documenting their amazing wedding through photographs. 

Brittany’s day started with her and her bridesmaids getting ready in the Bridal Suite at Stoltzfus.  Getting her hair and makeup done with her best friends was so much fun. The morning was relaxed and the ladies enjoyed having time to laugh and talk as the moments got closer for her to become Mrs Wunderlich. They reminisced about her relationship with Travis, and how suprisingly, he had helped with a lot of the wedding planning,.  The first look with Brittany’s father was special. His eyes were filled with wonder as he saw his little girl all adorned in white about to be a married woman. With rain in the forecast, Brittany felt no worries, as she knew the amazing staff at the venue had everything in control and would take care of it all, even the rain.  She remained calm and cool, until she and her dad were standing at the barn doors waiting to walk down the aisle to promise Travis forever. With butterflies of excitement, the doors rolled back and she began her walk toward her future husband. When he saw his bride coming towards him, Travis’s look of admiration and love was priceless. The ceremony was perfect. They wanted it to be short and intimate, so they would have plenty of time to celebrate their love and commitment with their family and friends. The rain held off until later at the reception, which made it impossible to play yard games and do their sparkler send off, but caused the dance floor to be the happening place all evening.  In spite of the rain, the staff at Stoltzfus did make it possible to have s’mores under one of the roofs! And since rain supposedly is symbol of good luck on your wedding day, who can really complain about that? We got some stunning photos, had a fun and lively party, and enjoyed everything about the day. 

Travis and Brittany, it was an honor to capture the memories on your special day! Thank you for letting me be a part of your celebration of love! 

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

Photography | John Malloy Photography

Venue | Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens

Wedding Dress | Kenneth Winston Agnes Edmunds Bridal and Formal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Agnes Edmunds Bridal and Formal

Hair and Makeup | Hair Today by Chrissy & Co

Floral Design | Pearls and Petals Designs

DJ | Portable Soundz

Invitation Suite | Zola

Caterer | Weddings by Hess

Wedding Signs | Wisteria Lane Wood Designs

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