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Waterfront Wedding in Pennsylvania: Jessica & Bridget

Smile Peace Love Photography

Oct. 9, 2015

Bridget and Jessica met in the summer of 2011 through a mutual friend. When they first met, Bridget was unaware she was being set up. Dressed in jeans and old gym sneakers, she wasn’t quite prepared for a blind date.  She was quiet and did not seem interested, but they got together again the following night at a local gay bar.

After a first kiss on the dance floor, sparks flew and they began dating.  They moved in together about two years later and became engaged on June 29, 2014.  Jessica wanted to propose to Bridget on the day of the New York Pride Parade in a park located in front of the historic Stonewall Inn, the setting of Bridget’s novel.  However, the park was blocked off for the parade, and it was so crowded that Jessica convinced Bridget to go to Washington Square Park.

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Jessica was just about to pop the question, when they were interrupted by a boisterous stranger, killing the mood. Jessica was determined to make the proposal work, so she later got down on one knee while walking along the piers on the Hudson River.  Bridget was completely overwhelmed.  In shock, she asked, “Is that a ring?”  Amid a shower of tears, she accepted.
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Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography

The brides wanted a rustic, elegant fall wedding with an intimate outdoor ceremony and a lake view.  Bridget and Jessica visited at least 10 wedding venues before finding the perfect one at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania.  They were surprised that they were greeted with open arms by all of the venues they visited, since same-sex marriage had just become legalized in their state. Karen, their wedding planner at Ehrhardt’s, was very enthusiastic and genuinely excited to be working with them. They met their wedding photographer, Jill, at a local Pride festival, and after meeting with her and seeing her work, they knew she was “the one.”

Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Bridget and Jessica worked on several DIY projects in preparation for the wedding.  They made their own wine to provide as place card holders, S’mores bags as table favors, and personalized ceremony signs.  They also created anniversary wine bottles where guests were asked to place marriage advice for milestone anniversaries. Jessica’s close friend from high school made their wedding cake and cupcakes.
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Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Smile Peace Love Photography
Although it rained on their wedding day and the ceremony was moved indoors, the wedding was perfect and there was a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. There was plenty of dancing at the reception afterwards, and many of their friends stayed overnight in cabins.  The next day, they were completely surprised when they received a handwritten letter of congratulations from a married couple staying at the resort for their 20th wedding anniversary.  Bridget and Jessica left the next day for their honeymoon in Ireland.
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Photographer:  Smile Peace Love Photography // Event Venue: Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort 

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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