It’s not often that we photograph a Monday wedding, but Renee and Kole’s beautiful wedding at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Burritt on the Mountain reception has us wishing we did! Burritt on the Mountain happens to be closed to visitors on Mondays, so Renee and Kole enjoyed having the entire place to themselves. It made it feel a little extra special and exclusive, which was really fun!
Renee and Kole were originally planning a wedding next year in Pennsylvania, but they decided to completely change all their plans to be sure Renee’s precious dad would be able to walk her down the aisle and experience the wedding day as a family. I don’t think I’ve cried that many tears at a wedding before! I was sniffling hard behind my camera as Renee and her dad walked down the aisle together. Oh my! What a genuine, heartfelt wedding day they celebrated! They appreciated every moment for the gift that it was. My heart just squeezes thinking about this precious family and the moments they shared. What an honor and a joy to be able to capture that for them!
This was the first time we met Renee and Kole outside of Zoom, and they were just as wonderful as we knew they would be! Both they and their families welcomed us into their wedding day with open arms, big smiles, and funny jokes. We felt instantly at home with them and enjoyed every moment.
I don’t know how on earth Renee, her mom, and their support system pulled a wedding of this caliber together in such a short time. Everywhere I looked was another thoughtful detail or fun creation.
The Wedding Cookie Table was amazing! I’ve seen wedding cookies before, especially as wedding favors, but this was in a completely different league. The Wedding Cookie Table is a Pennsylvania tradition with a long history. I may or may not have just spent way too many minutes exploring websites describing the history and importance behind it. I absolutely love that friends and family come together to shower their love on the couple this way! Especially when they create a cookie that holds a special memory to them all, it’s such a heartfelt addition to the reception. I mean, there are cookbooks out there dedicated to cookies for the Wedding Cookie Table! I love learning something new at a wedding.
Renee and Kole chose to spread food stations around the reception venue instead of using one long buffet line. The wok station, fajita station, appetizer station, and the cookie table were all big hits! Instead of waiting around in one long line, people could wander freely between stations as they chose.
When the father/daughter dance invites all the dad/daughter combos to join in on the dance floor, it always brings a smile to my face. Every father/daughter moment during this wedding celebration was extra special! It was beautiful to see all the daughters on the dance floor embracing that heartfelt moment with their own dads.
They used family heirlooms throughout the day, from antique reception centerpieces to an heirloom watch Renee wore as part of her bridal ensemble.
And certainly not least was the Grandma flower girls!! Joel and I came across that idea a few years ago and always wished we had done that at our own wedding! Renee and Kole made our Grandma dreams come true by inviting the grandmas to join the wedding party as flower girls. They were adorable and I couldn’t get enough of them!
I could keep going on and on, but what you really want to see are the pictures. So without further ado…
Enjoy a little peek into Renee & Kole’s wedding ceremony at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Burritt on the Mountain wedding reception!
Renee & Kole – thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to witness such a sweet, heartfelt, family-oriented wedding celebration! You two are truly beautiful people, and we are thrilled for your future together. Hugs!
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