Second Shooter Jackie Pursell
Mike & Karlyn have been together for over 11 years. Not many childhood sweethearts find themselves beside each other at the end of the white aisle. But being joined by a beautiful bond has allowed for these two high school love birds to finally take the next step. I’ve also known Karlyn since high school, so seeing these two finally tie the knot was incredibly exciting and even more so, because I got to photograph it! Karlyn was already dressed in the bridal suite with her mama when I arrived on a dreary misty day in late May. I photographed all of her many details until the rest of the bridal party arrived. Mike and his men hung out in a room not too far from the beautiful bridal suite. The couple did not share a first look but they did share a first touch…using a large painted canvas…because we didn’t have a door that could work. The couple pronounced their vows in the ballroom with their families and friends all around them and then they proceeded to take all of their formal photos in the misty weather….Their reception was unlike any I had every seen. They took part in a Macedonian tradition called “the pig dance” that symbolized fortune for the future. The pig was presented to the bride and groom on a silver tray and then processed around the reception area where the guests slapped dollar bills onto it. Then, the couple broke a special bread in front of everyone to see which of them would be the head of the house…(it was split evenly.) And finally, the couple opted for a less traditional cake smash where they actually asked the guests help in choosing who would get their face smashed….Mike won and Karlyn had to take the cake to the face. It was a beautiful day and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this wonderful couple. For more work from this Pen Ryn Estate Wedding photographer, click here.
How they met….
We met through mutual friends when we were in high school, and we have been together for 11 &½ years.
How he asked….
We were visiting his family one spring in FL and on the second night there we all went out to a lovey restaurant on the beach. While waiting for our table, Mike asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach so we did. As we’re walking, he points out something sticking out of the sand and as we get closer there was a bottle in the middle of a heart drawn in the sand. He wanted me to look but me being the consciousness person that I am kept saying “No, we can’t! What if that’s someone’s proposal set up?!” (little did I know that it was for me). But he insisted I take a peek so I did, and when I picked up the bottle, a note was inside. He told me to open it and see what it said. And as I did I read, “Will you marry me?” and when I looked up at him with tears in my eyes, he was down on one knee. It was so romantic and sweet.
Some of the decor and colors….
Rustic/Romantic, periwinkle, light peach with gold accents. Pilsner Vases filled with iridescent stones and sticks to fill, with the floral arrangements placed on top. Pictures of Mike and I at the tables to match the table number with our ages. White votive candles with the tops dipped in gold glitter.
All the decor for cocktail hour was done by my Mom and I, bridesmaids, family and friends. Honeymoon Fund sign, candles for the cocktail hour rooms on the fireplace mantles, votive candles on the reception tables, corks for the place cards, Message in a Bottle (replaced the guest book)
Special Moments & Highlights….
Having some of my fathers traditional customs done at the reception was very special to Mike and I. The pig dance was my favorite! We enjoyed listening to the music and dancing to the traditional songs with all of his extended family. I know it meant a lot to them as it did to us.
Advice from the bride & groom….
Don’t rush planning, take your time and enjoy the process. When the big day is here, just take a step back and appreciate what you have done and who is there to enjoy it with you. It all goes by in a blink of an eye so savor every moment of it.
Venue: The Pen Ryn Mansion
Florist: Doylestown Flowers
Shoes: Nina @ Macy’s
Cake: Isgro’s Pastries
Favors: Bucks County Cookie Company