I had the absolute pleasure to photograph Samantha and Ryan’s wedding day last June at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek. This wedding was full of laughs, tears and good old fashioned love.
The Manor House at Prophecy Creek is an 80 acre venue with meandering paths, gorgeous gardens and gems like stone bridges, fountains, waterfalls, a couple’s private island, but most impressive is the sycamore tree:
“Prophecy Creek Park is home to the largest sycamore tree in Whitpain Township. The tree was recognized in 2009 as a Pennsylvania Champion Tree. Planted in 1736 the tree stands tall overlooking the twin ponds and is one of the many photo opportunities at the manor.”
Sam and Ryan chose to spend the hours prior to the wedding getting ready and having lots of laughs. One of the most poignant moments of the afternoon was the exchanging of gifts. Ryan gave Sam a crystal rose – symbolizing their everlasting love. Sam gifted Ryan a map with pins in each city they’ve travelled together. Tears of happiness and love were definitely shed.
The first look for this loving couple was extra special. As Sam walked toward Ryan, he stood facing his groomsmen and family, watching their reactions to the beautiful bride before turning around.
Each detail of the wedding was perfectly planned by Samantha and Ryan. June 23rd, 2017 came to life for this bright and cheery couple who held their ceremony among the strolling paths of the Manor House’s 80 acre landscape. Surrounded by friends and family, Sam and Ryan devoted themselves to one another by taking part in four rituals.
The first was the warming of the rings. I had never heard of this tradition before, but I know hope that every wedding I shoot does this from now on! A ring warming is when you give your friends and family the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. The second ritual was a series of readings by family; followed by a handfasting ceremony and then finally a musical performance by the bride’s friend and the groom’s cousin. In all, this ceremony was truely Sam and Ryan.
The wedding decor was not to be missed as Samantha hand crafted almost each element – from the wall of family wedding photos to the colorful centerpieces. Each detail was full of meaning and love.
Sam and Ryan’s reception was a true party that raged on until close to midnight. There was tons of dancing, tons of singing and many, many laughs. Towards the middle of the reception, Sam and Ryan toasted to Ryan’s grandparents who had just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
It was a true pleasure to photograph Ryan and Sam’s fun and heartfelt wedding. Each moment was filled with love and each detail truly showed off the couple’s fun personality.
Check out some more pictures of this beautiful day below.