Lehigh Valley wedding portraits of Kate & Ryan|Coopersburg, PA

Final post from Kate & Ryan’s wedding. Enjoy!

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Hair: Absolute Hair Design – Whitehall, PA
Dress: Flair – Boston, MA
Suit: Banana Republic
Venue: Childhood home of Kate (and her dad) – Coopersburg, PA
Venue coordinator: Donna Haggerty
Wedding coordinator: Helena Lindquist
Catering: Rodale Catering – Emmaus, PA
Desserts: Lovingly baked by friends and family
Flowers: Patti’s Petals – Bethlehem, PA
Invitations: Whistling Sparrow Designs – Watertown, MA
Cocktail hour beer – Niteshift Brewing – Everett, MA (moving to the Philly market soon!)
Programs and calligraphy: Yennygrams – Somerville, MA
Officiant: Laura Madden
Band: Start Making Rent

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer – Leslie Barbaro

Lehigh Valley wedding reception of Kate & Ryan |Coopersburg, PA

Planning a wedding from out of town is never an easy task, especially one at a private home where every detail must be considered. Kate & Ryan completely lucked out on this account with friends and family members who are former event planners. Kate’s mom Donna and family friend Helena did an amazing job coordinating the day… and I understand Kate’s dad spent quite a bit of time landscaping the property.

lehigh valley wedding reception by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

Kate and Ryan focused on using local vendors from the Lehigh Valley and their home in New England as much as possible. Yennygrams from Somerville, MA did the beautiful calligraphy the couple used on many of their details, including the wedding programs and guest place cards.

beautiful hand made ring box at lehigh valley tent wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

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Rodale Catering & Events is local to the Lehigh Valley and associated with the Rodale Institute – which has been on my list of places to visit for a while. It’s a farm and research facility dedicated to the study of organic farming and they’ve been educating consumers, policy-makers, farmers and scientists for more than 60 years. The associated catering company focuses on using seasonal, local and organic foods and it was a perfect choice for Kate & Ryan. A sampling of the cocktail hour offerings…amazing cheese & fruit plates at lehigh valley tent wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

gorgeous details at lehigh valley tent wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

Tell us about your decor & flowers.
The feel we were going for was a vintage wood and lace. We wanted it to feel classic, but also natural. We tried to go with flowers that were seasonal to add to that. Some of the decor was taken away by the threat of rain, but it ended up being beautiful. Kate’s mother’s friend had a great eye towards these details and made it happen.

stunning tables at lehigh valley tent wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

A favorite brewery, Nighshift, from Everett, MA provided a selection of beer for the cocktail hour and vintner neighbors made wine for the wedding toasts…

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We didn’t have a cake, but rather our family members and local friends in PA made desserts, so we just had a large medley of desserts, which we loved.

beautiful details at lehigh valley wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
Just enjoy the whole process as much as you can. Surround yourself with dependable people and don’t be afraid to delegate. And know that many wedding vendors are only open during weekday business hours, so plan accordingly for work!!

night portrait at lehigh valley wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

Hair: Absolute Hair Design – Whitehall, PA
Dress: Flair – Boston, MA
Suit: Banana Republic
Venue: Childhood home of Kate (and her dad) – Coopersburg, PA
Venue coordinator: Donna Haggerty
Wedding coordinator: Helena Lindquist
Catering: Rodale Catering – Emmaus, PA
Desserts: Lovingly baked by friends and family
Flowers: Patti’s Petals – Bethlehem, PA
Invitations: Whistling Sparrow Designs – Watertown, MA
Cocktail hour beer – Niteshift Brewing – Everett, MA (moving to the Philly market soon!)
Programs and calligraphy: Yennygrams – Somerville, MA
Officiant: Laura Madden
Band: Start Making Rent

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer – Leslie Barbaro

Lehigh Valley wedding of Kate & Ryan |Coopersburg, PA

Kate & Ryan were married in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on the grounds of a home that has been in her family for more than 70 years. Both Kate and her father grew up there and it was a perfect location for a wedding.

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Kate described her vision for the wedding…
A celebration of love vs a new beginning – we’ve been together a long time, so this is a chance for us to formalize it and have our friends and family be a part of it. We want it to be classy, but casual. Vintage-inspired, with lace and wood elements. We each really love the outdoors so – weather permitting – we just want everyone to enjoy being outside. We have a very supportive family and group of friends, for which we are so grateful. Getting married outside, and where Kate grew up will be special.

 

black & white bridal portraits from lehigh valley wedding by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbarohand made ring box at lehigh valley wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbarobridal bouquet at lehigh valley outdoor wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

black & white moments from lehigh valley wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Kate: The number of people who made it there to join us (and who were willing to help us put it all together – we had amazing support from friends and family), the personalization our friend Laura (our officiant) brought to the ceremony, and Ryan’s band Fiesta Melon playing late night!
Ryan: Vows with Katelehigh valley outdoor wedding ceremony photographed by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

Kate’s maid of honor sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria as Kate walked down the aisle – in memory of her grandmother Grace…

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beautiful details from lehigh valley wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
The weather. Having the wedding outside was a big piece of the day, and we knew we couldn’t rely on it being perfect. The weather ended up being quite dicey all day, but it held out through the ceremony and most of the reception. There was a hazy/misty feel to the day which guests ended up loving, and it kept what would have been a very hot and humid day cool!

bride and groom at lehigh valley wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

When was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
Probably about a year after we moved in together and knew that worked :)! And this followed moves and lots of travel together.

lehigh valley outdoor wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

How does it feel different being married?
We’ve been together for 11 years, so it’s hard to say it feels too different, but it definitely feels like we’ve made a great next step!

What’s next for the two of you?
We want to put some roots down somewhere soon – including a house. TBD on the exact location, but it will be in New England!

first kiss at lehigh valley outdoor wedding ceremony by Philadelphia & Delaware wedding photographer Leslie Barbaro

More photos and thoughts from the couple coming soon…

Hair: Absolute Hair Design – Whitehall, PA
Dress: Flair – Boston, MA
Suit: Banana Republic
Venue: Childhood home of Kate (and her dad) – Coopersburg, PA
Venue coordinator: Donna Haggerty
Wedding coordinator: Helena Lindquist
Catering: Rodale Catering – Emmaus, PA
Desserts: Lovingly baked by friends and family
Flowers: Patti’s Petals – Bethlehem, PA
Invitations: Whistling Sparrow Designs – Watertown, MA
Cocktail hour beer – Niteshift Brewing – Everett, MA (moving to the Philly market soon!)
Programs and calligraphy: Yennygrams – Somerville, MA
Officiant: Laura Madden
Band: Start Making Rent

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer – Leslie Barbaro

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