Since I got engaged in January, I have been planning my wedding for July of 2017. At first, I had a very rustic “barn yard” theme in my head…that was until I selected our venue. The Old Mill is a darling converted mill that is situated just minutes off of route 476 in Rose Valley, PA. You would not think that such a beautiful and remote place could exist so close to a main highway, but the building (complete with stone courtyard and wooden pavilion) is something out of a fairytale. Directly across from the courtyard and pavilion sits a small bridge that hovers over a babbling creek. The bridge leads to a meadow, surrounded by bamboo and trees and provides the most gorgeous backdrop for wedding ceremonies. Of course, once we booked the venue, my theme began to change. I decided to incorporate a lot of my Irish heritage into the details and while planning, I soon realized that I wanted to be able to photograph my own wedding because of the plans hat I had for it. Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to do that, so I got to work with Deb from Why Not Now? Wedding/event designs and we created an amazing stylized shoot worthy of any fairytale. The theme was “Celtic-Woodland” and Deb pulled out some brilliant and beautiful designs including two tablescapes, a unique cake display, a shamrock-covered veil, and a “foggy” drink choice. I put forth a few ideas including a floral anklet, a moss-covered sign, and a boutonnière made out of a pocket watch. Our models, Colleen and Shannon, were at a wedding that I photographed this past April and I loved watching them dance and twirl and smile at each other. I knew that they would be a beautiful fit for our shoot.
Our lovely makeup/hair girl, Kelsey, from the Co-Op Shop made Colleen even more stunning than she already is by incorporating a gold tiara into the braided partial up do. Colleen dressed in a beautiful WTOO by Watters gown and Marchesa necklace provided by the folks at La Belle Mariee in Newtown and wore nothing on her feet apart from the floral anklet created by our florist, Lodi Flowers. The cathedral veil was adorned with real shamrocks that my dad grows in his garden and a seller on Etsy provided a “ceremony” and “merrymaking” sign that I had mounted on mossy wooden arrows. After the regular portraits, I had the couple bind their arms with chords in a hand fastening ceremony that was a common practice among Celtic wedding celebrations. Instead of rings, the chords were used to symbolize the union of the couple. Another unique feature included the custom Celtic menu created by The Old Mill’s sole catering company, Conner Catering. They delivered gorgeous “Celtic-themed” foods including Colcannon Soup, Irish Soda Bread with Kerry gold butter, and Irish Bread Pudding. Our model Shannon had to keep himself from eating the amazing smelling food. It was a wonderful shoot and I cannot wait to work with all of these vendors again in an upcoming winter shoot. Stay tuned!
Below are some of the albums created for the vendors involved with the shoot. Wait until you see them!
Delaney Dobson Photography – Leather-bound 8×8 layflat.
La Belle Mariee – 8×8 layflat.
Y Knot Now? – 10×10 album
Conner Catering – 10×10 album