▣ Aimee + Scot | Wedding at Penn Scenic View
Wedding rewind!! I got a request this week to see photos from a very unique venue the Penn Scenic View which I had the privilege to visit back in July to shoot Aimee and Scot's wedding ! I decided it was high time I blogged all of this goodness!
The Penn Scenic View is a special place, it reminds you of what summer camp was like as a kid. There's a lake, lots of fish, tons of pine trees, a lodge, small cabins to rent, and a lookout tower on top of acres and acres of fields and forest. When Aimee and Scot saw it, they knew it was the perfect location for their wedding ! And on a sunny afternoon in July, we all met in the foothills of the laurel mountains to witness them tie the knot.
The girls were finishing up hair and make up in the chalet when Anna and I arrived on the scene. Aimee's dress was light, classic, and comfortable for the outdoor ceremony. Left image by Anna.
Aimee's mom and sister helped her plan out all of the DIY details of the event from the decorations to the music.
Bottom right image by Anna.
They quickly slipped Aimee into her dress since she didn't want to be late !
Aimee and Scot planned something special for each other on their wedding day, a first look. Instead of sticking to rigid tradition, they opted to set aside some time for themselves and agreed to meet half an hour before the ceremony to see each other for the first time. Scot was to wait for her at the top of the hill by the lookout tower.
No wonder Aimee was nervous about running late - she had a handsome groom anxiously waiting for her.
When she arrived, it was like a scene from a movie. She crossed the field and crept up behind Scot. He waited facing the view for her to reach him. They had the whole field to themselves. Just the two of them and the grass and the sky on their wedding day. (Anna and I hid in the pines ;-)
When he turned to see his bride for the first time, I've said it before - it was like magic. Elation and pride and surprise and joy. They had all the time in the world to enjoy the moment without a hundred pairs of eyes watching them. It was perfect. Whenever a couple is comfortable with the idea, I always recommend that they agree to see eachother before the ceremony. When they do, they always agree it was one of the best decisions they made during the whole wedding. It's an opportunity to make a memory that will be etched on your heart forever. And it makes for amazing pictures!
Since we were all together, it was a great time to get photos of the whole bridal party and free up time later in the day.
Love this image by Anna.
It's like the opening scene of the The Sound of Music with the helicopter circling over Julie Andrews..... "The hills are aliiiive !!!!....." Ok - so I might have done some singing while we were shooting...
After seeing Scot and having some fun time with the wedding party, Aimee was totally relaxed and all smiles :-)
Once Scot and the wedding party had left the lookout tower, we stayed with Aimee while she waited for her Dad. It's tradition in their family for the Dad to transport his daughters to their wedding. Except that 15 minutes after the ceremony was set to start - it was still just Aimee, Anna and I alone on top of the hill ! Apparently communications had gotten crossed and Aimee's Dad had mistakenly received a message that she was riding to the wedding with Scot. We waited on the hill and the three of us giggled that they couldn't possibly start the wedding without Aimee ! Just a few minutes later, her Dad rounded the bend in his Jeep. And after having the opportunity to photograph Aimee and Scot seeing eachother for the first time already that day, we were right there for the first moment that Aimee's Dad saw his little girl in her wedding dress.
Then we totally booked it to the ceremony.
This was a shot taken of the ceremony area earlier in the day before the guests arrived. Aimee and Scot took advantage of the lodge's deck which held all of their guests, the musicians and provided and elevated view over the lake.
They crafted a lot of their own wedding details. They printed the programs themselves and made small drawstring bags of dried lavendar for guests to throw like rice. One of my favorite details of the day was the ceremony music and how it set the scene. They hired three folk musicians who played a mixture of relaxed blue grass and soft waltz. When Aimee's Dad brought his daughter down the aisle, there was not a dry eye on the deck. Even Scot fought back tears seeing her for the second time that day.
Their vows were honest and sweet :-)
After the recession, the guests lined up and Aimee and Scot ran through tunnel as they were showered with lavendar buds. The smell was heavenly ! Anna and I each brought a sachet home and store them in the camera bag so every time we unzip the top to get the cameras out, we recall that perfect sunny afternoon.
Their cocktail hour was a blast with lawn games and an ice cream station where you could make your own sundae!
A few family photos in the shade by the lake.
The sweet beginings of a long happy marriage.
Bling on ice ;-)
*swoon* Having a great time at their wedding and hamming it up a little for the camera.
Since the weather was nice, their reception was held under the outdoor pavilion complete with plaid table runners, lots of mason jars and milk glass vases, and homemade fabric penants.
The usual suspects were in attendance ;-)
Dinner was grilled on site and smelled delicious!
Later on the pavilion was lit by strings of white lights through the rafters as they cleared the tables from the dance floor.
One of my favorites from the day.
It was a great party that went long into the night!
This is a repost for this image, but when I did Aimee & Scot's engagement photos we all talked about how cool it would be to get photos with fireflies. Thanks to chilly nights leading up to the wedding, there was not a lightning bug to be found. So before we left, Anna and I drove to the top of the hill to the lookout tower once more to do some painting with light. It's not a field of fireflies, but a night with that many stars was worth the shot!
It was a long drive home from Rockwood that night, but looking back it was one of our favorite weddings of the summer!
Rehearsal Dinner: Oakhurst Tea Room (the food was sooo good)
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Penn Scenic View - Rockwood, PA
last edited on February 1st, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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