My little sister has grown up. It’s hard to believe that the youngest Speicher is now married, holds a masters degree, and will be teaching at a local college starting this fall. To top that off, she is now going to be spending her life with her best friend Jonathan.
I couldnt be prouder of her.
Usually I would want to just participate in a families wedding, but the desire for strong photos for them won out. So to help me out I brought my friend and fellow photographer Kristi Jan Hoover along to cover our immediate family photos, have a fresh set of eyes, and allow me to really engage during the emotional moments that were sure to happen.
The wedding took place on our family farm in the Laurel Highlands. Its a bit rustic, and for now, the barn is a barn, though one day it may become an incredible venue. The morning was perfectly foggy, but the sun was warm and the mist burned off quickly.
The day began with the girls getting ready, and a private ceremony at a beautiful clearing with a well, on the property next to ours. After the ceremony and formals, we headed back for a light lunch and waited for the guests to arrive.
This was truly a family event. My father and I had weeks of work into the farm to bring it up to where it needed to be. My mom put more work into planning flowers, decorations, and preparing the gardens, farm, and house than is imaginable. Our sister Elle, helped keep things on track, and planned a great bachelorette weekend. My Aunt Missy (and Uncle Scott) and Aunt Sherri, along with Kelly (my wife) made sure flowers were ready, and decorations were finished, and Krista’s friend from grad school Brooke, a wedding planner with a solid future, came in Thursday night to help pull everything together. If you need a wedding planner, get her while she is just starting. She is incredible to work with.
The details matched K&J perfectly. Centerpieces of books and cigar boxes aptly describe them, while burlap covered hay bales for the ceremony, and runners for the tables.
The Supper Break String Band provided the music for dancing, and they had the guests dancing late into the evening. Four Seasons Brewing provided a great IPA, Brown Ale, and Hefeweizen.
Krista, it was a pleasure to be a part of this day. There were moments during your vows that I had a hard time making photographs because my eyes were teared up. Jonathan, welcome to the family. I am looking forward to many cigars and bourbons on the porch with you.
All the vendors were amazing to work with.
Tent tables and chairs: Windswept Rentals
Food viaPittsburgh BBQ
Music: Supper Break String Band
Wedding Planner: Brooke Driver (Harrisonburg Virginia)
Photos: Dan Speicher | photographers
Beer: Four Seasons Brewing