Caroline & Ben

I spent the first 18 years of my life living in Pennsylvania. In fact, I lived in the same house for as long as I can remember. I’ve traveled around PA – going skiing in the Poconos, watched football games in State College, visited campuses in West Chester and Pittsburgh, and explored Valley Forge National park on many occasions. However, until Caroline & Ben’s wedding, I had never been to upstate PA. I’m talking UP STATE PA. . . like 15 minutes from the NY border.

Starrucca PA is a small, quiet, lake town with beautiful sunsets, and even more beautiful thunderstorms. The night before the wedding there was a crazy lightning storm over the lake. But luckily, nature got all her storming out the night before, and the day of the wedding was rain free !

I arrived at the venue (which was their parent’s beautiful lake house) early to find Caroline and Ben totally relaxed and excited for the day.

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We hugged, briefly chatted, and then took a tour around the grounds. From the moment I walked onto their property, I was absolutely in awe. I knew it was going to be an amazingly beautiful day.

1details-42 1getting ready-17 Caroline and Ben went their separate ways to start getting ready with the bridal party.1hTeam Ben was getting ready inside the house, while the ladies were getting ready at a neighbor’s house ! 4p1details-242h2h1getting ready-20Caroline did a ‘first look’ with her bridesmaids ! I always love this3h While Caroline and Ben put the finishing touches on, I grabbed some sentimental objects and headed for the woods. You know me. . . always sneaking off for those detail shots. . .

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Caroline and Ben chose some passages from this book to be read during their ceremony. . . the level of intimate details was  absolutely perfect !1details-121h1details-111details-2Caroline’s mom escorted her as they headed over to where Ben was getting ready. They made a pit stop to help Caroline’s dad with his boutonniere. . .

4hAnd this sweet moment was born. . .1preceremony-11With everyone dressed up and ready to go, it was time for some GROUP PHOTOS !4h13As you can see. . . it was no fun at all ! 3h1h21h1211I stole Ben and Caroline away for a few intimate photos. . .

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Before the ceremony began there was one more thing Caroline and Ben needed to do. With the help of some friends and witnesses, they signed the Ketubah together – an integral part of the Jewish wedding ceremony1h1ceremony_license-2With the Chuppah set up, it was almost time for the ceremony to begin !1preceremony-16Guests began to arrive, mill about (for a pre wedding cocktail hour) and catch up with family and friends ! 5h6h2h3h1ceremony-41 1ceremony-65They asked for some family members to read passages during the ceremony. It was a very touching and personal gesture !  4h5h 6hWhen the glass doesn’t break so you throw it into the woods. . .but you’re still married anyhow !  1ceremony-801ceremony-841ceremony-86THEN IT WAS TIME TO PARTY !!! (and boy. . . did we party)

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One last kiss for the night !!!!4h

Caroline and Ben, I hope to see you again soon !

-Sam

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