In the next two weeks we will be celebrating two milestone birthdays in the Rearick household, I will be turning the big 3-0 and our baby will be turning one. All of the party planning for our little one has me dreaming about cake. I have seen (and sometimes tasted!) many wedding cakes since beginning my career as a wedding photographer. From towering to tiny, from homemade with love to professionally sculpted, from traditional to modern – I have seen so many amazing cakes and here are some of the sweetest.
After dinner, formal dances and cake the guests moved outside the Inn at Westwynd Farm to enjoy mojitos on the porch and barefoot dancing in the grass. The dancing was lead by an Irish dance caller. Jacki invited me to put down my camera for a song or two and join in the fun. What a vibrant and unique celebration!
Congratulations Jacki and Thad, I hope you lives are filled with as much joy as your wedding day!
Jacki and Thad were surrounded by their closest friends and family during their ceremony and reception at the Inn at Westwynd Farm. The reception was cozy and so full of love. The guest seating encircled the dance floor where Jacki and Thad showed off some very impressive moves.
At the reception, love was in the details. Jacki chose cornflower and navy blues along with white to accent the charm of the inn. She handmade “confetti” hearts to scatter around the rustic flower arrangements. Amazing job, Jacki!
Jacki and Thad ceremony at the Inn at Westwynd Farm took place in the inn’s backyard. The ceremony, officiated by a friend of Jacki and Thad’s from the Pittsburgh Curling Club, began with a passage from The Princess Bride, “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam.” I love how Jacki and Thad found such clever ways to personalize their wedding day and really show the guests their collective sense of humor.
The ceremony ended with Jacki and Thad’s hands being tied together with a ribbon and cowbell. The cowbell was another nod to their love of curling. Spectators ring cow bells with their team scores, this was a win indeed.
Jacki and Thad decided to have a first look before their wedding ceremony at the Inn at Westwynd Farm in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For this first look, I took advantage of one of the barns on the farm. I decided to mix things up a bit and use the natural lighting of the barn to my advantage. I placed the groom facing the back of the barn, so that he was both literally and figuratively in the dark about how beautiful his bride looked.
After the first look Jacki and Thad did their best “American Gothic” impersonation and we visited with one of the horses who was snuggling up to Jacki, such a sweet moment.
Jacki and Thad picked a location for their wedding and reception that held a special place in their hearts, the Inn at Westwynd Farm, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Jacki and Thad had spent a weekend away a Westwynd and fell in love with the charm of the inn, beautiful setting on a horse farm, and wonderful hospitality of the inn’s owners. When I arrived at Westwynd I knew why it was the perfect spot for their intimate and lovely wedding.
The day began with Jacki getting ready in Harrisburg. I loved spending this time with Jacki. We were able to catch up on all I has missed in her life while we were living in North Carolina and reminisce about our time as design colleagues.
I have never seen Jacki more beautiful and I was so honored to be the one by her side, camera in hand, on her wedding day.
I first met my good friend Jacki in 2006. I was fresh out of college at my first job at a design firm. Jacki has such an amazing zest for life and a wonderfully perfect dry sense of humor. I was so excited to see Jacki when we moved back to Pittsburgh and hear that she had met a great man with whom to spend her life. I met Jacki and Thad in downtown Pittsburgh on a sunny morning for some engagement photos. We walked around from Market Square, the location of their first date, to the Clemente bridge and down Penn Avenue.