Hello and Happy Friday! I’ve got a whole lot of beautiful photos to show you (and a lot of words, per the usual) in the next couple of days. Are you ready?! I’m ready! Lakin and Michael’s (Mike’s) beautiful, fall, Gathering Place wedding is live! It was my first time at The Gathering Place on Darlington Lake. So, before I get too crazy with ALL the Hannah words, please give these two all your Hannah Barlow Photography love! ENJOY!
Last Saturday, I grabbed up Becca at home and we traveled out of town for this wedding to Darlington, Pennsylvania. Kari was planning on meeting us there. I was so pumped to see Kari too and to shoot a wedding with her. She used to second shoot all weddings with me but now she only gets to do the ones close to her home (North-ish of Pittsburgh)…which adds up to be only one or two a year. We miss her so much so it’s always exciting to see her and see her photos on the blogs again (shoutout to both Becca and Kari because we took SO many photos I can’t keep track of whose is whose). Add in a new venue and it was shaping up to be a good day before we even started. We pulled in to The Gathering Place and it was just beautiful. Then, we quickly met up with Aaron Woods (of Aaron Woods Productions) and got right down to wedding details! Fun fact…those shoes came from Shien and they were so beautiful!
We even got to do groom details! If these colors don’t set the tone for a fall wedding, I don’t know what will!
I absolutely know I had my nervous t-rex arms activated after details. HA! We were starting to run a weeeeeee bit behind and needed to get Lakin in her gorgeous dress (it was one of Becca’s favorites to date). We had some rain and drizzle in the forecast on top of racing a timeline where the men would be arriving for their photos…so…I was a little nervous sweaty but holding it together and boy was it worth it.
BECAUSE…Feast your eyes on these beauties! Lakin got ready with the help of her Mom!
Then, Lakin wanted to do a first look with some of her best friends! Cue all the friend emotions!
The mom’s got in on it too!
Time for the ladies’ photos! I was a squealing machine…especially when the wind whipped that veil!
I still can’t put my finger on what I’d call this color but it’s unique…and you all know I love having something new to photograph! Also, Lakin’s sister’s dress was velvet and I ADORE velvet dresses! Not that that is too important for the blog but I do love a velvet dress!
We added the men back in there!
We got the ladies back in hiding since we were getting close to the men arriving and then we went inside and photographed the reception hall. HUGE shoutout, praise and hallelujah bows to Jacob and Jon (above) who became the de facto wedding planners and helped me get things set up to be photographed (and generally kept the day rolling by organizing, fixing bouquets, fetching key members when I needed them, etc.). I ADORE AND APPRECIATE YOU BOTH!
The groom’s brother may be deployed overseas and unfortunately couldn’t make it…BUT they were everywhere. You’ll see!
Then, the men arrived! The one thing about my second shooters and team is that they don’t have big opinions on things and all of them are super laid back and nothing like me (Type A control freak, yes?)! So, when they DO have opinions on things…I listen. And Kari had big opinions about this building and wall. She was right…it matched the aesthetic of this wedding JUSTTTTTTTTTT right.
A group hug for the men and then Mike pulled out the model stops and I was SHOCKED and SO pumped up! Look at him go…
It was definitely crunch time and we made it! Now, time for the ceremony! This is such a unique set up for a ceremony and I loved that the guests (and the groom) had a nice long time to really appreciate the bride coming down the aisle.
Here comes the bride…from Kari’s angle!
Kari literally booted me out of the photo…can you believe it?! For sake of a photo like this? I’m A OK with it! Isn’t this view breathtaking?!
Mike’s brothers were live on Facetime to watch the wedding ceremony!
It sure was a beautiful ceremony!
And THEN…it happened. What happened? Well, Lakin asked some of her BEST friends to be the officiants. They took that job very seriously. I even saw them (AND photographed) the practice earlier in the day (see below)…so let’s rewind the day for a second, if you will!
Back to the present…and they STILL (just lookin’ at you Jacob) got the name wrong when pronouncing the couple. The great news? Kari, Becca and I…that’s right all three of us…got allllll the angles so Jacob will never…EVAAAAAAAA…be able to live this down. The other great thing? Everyone laughed. I got permission to positively shame and roast him in this blog too! HA! So, here’s the “moment”. I said we should make a tik tok out of it! But honestly…the “wrong name” sounds bad. He just said her maiden name instead of her new married name (she’d only been a Reese for a SECOND…we can let it slide, yes?)
Nonetheless, the photos are hilarious! Uh oh…wrong name!
All in good fun…the day wasn’t ruined! It left us with great memories to laugh over! So, after family formals…we got RIGHT down to bridal party because for some reason…my brain shorted out…and I didn’t ever think about the the fact that the sun was setting earlier these days and an overcast day means even darker conditions so we had to hurryyyyyyyyyyy! First up…bridal party!
Shoutout to videographer Aaron Woods for being one of the best side kicks in this kind of scenario. He’s so laid back and he’s so chill and just goes with the flow and that meant tons of coverage for the both of us! I do NOT apologize in advance…nope…I’m so proud with the absolutely load of photos we got! It’s a lot of photos so here we go!
…and that’s just a small bit of that bunch. To the next location!
Presenting to you…some more…very fall photos! There are SO many options at The Gathering Place for photos. You all know me…I like to think outside the box and that’s just what we did!
…and to the next place!
You know…I’m not sure how I’ll pick favorites from this wedding!
Once again, Kari had big opinions. She loved these doors earlier in the day and she wasn’t about to let me forget! It was the perfect location to end bride and groom portraits AND…with a dip!
Once the couple was announced, we went right into all the formal reception things…complete with a surprise speech from afar from Michael’s brothers that made even me tear up (being a military wife of three deployments and 22 years of service…it ALWAYS gets to me).
Then, after dinner (from Medure’s which is always 10/10 amazing), the couple started to mingle and then we snatched them up for a gazebo photo. This was a photo Lakin requested…and we put a full moon twist on it!
THEN, it was time to let loose and let them party!! And they did NOT miss a beat! No pun intended!
Whewwwwwww…that was a long one but I couldn’t help it!! Lakin and Mike have been such an easy couple! There was so much I had to leave out for length or you would have been here reading this for a long long long time. From dad first looks to first touches and shots prior to the ceremony to Jacob, Jon and the bridesmaids helping fix bouquets and dresses…you name it. There was MORE and IS MORE in their full gallery! I can NOT wait to see Aaron’s full film (teaser on Aaron Woods Productions page). THIS…was quite a day! Give the Reeses’ (NOT the Fatulas)…all your Hannah Barlow Photography love. They’re MARRIED! Their fall, Gathering Place wedding is complete!
Disclaimer: Hannah Barlow Photography blogs only represent a small portion of photos the couple actually receives in their private gallery. The blogs are meant to highlight favorite photos and favorite moments of the session/wedding day and do not represent an entire gallery.
Venue – The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake
Wedding Coordinator – Events 143 – Kate
Bride’s Gown – Bridal Beginning
Bridesmaids’ Attire – Azazie
Men’s Attire – Alfani Suits
Hair – Courtney Ross
Makeup – Paige McCabe
Florist – Theresa Zugay
Cake/Desserts – Sweets by Annette and Carlie (Cake), Nancy Kizemchak (Cookies)
DJ – DJ Bruce Matteo
Catering – Medures
Transportation Bus – McCarter Tours
Stationary – Truly Engaging
Officients – Jacob Durila and Jonathan Guaetta (Friends)