Romantic Winter Wedding at Riverdale Manor • Be Photography


It may have felt like summer here in the tri-state this weekend, but today's wedding from Be Photography is here to remind us that cooler temperates are right around the corner! Christine + Scott's Lancaster wedding is proof that December doesn't mean your day needs to be overly Christmas: deep bold colors, vintage candelabras and lush greenery makes this winter-wedding perfection. From Christine's gorgeous lace dress and colorful bouquet to the deep green bridesmaid dresses and the warm woods at the Riverdale Manor, this wedding is gorgeous on every level. And the only we love more than these two, is their adorable love story: high-school friends reconnecting later in life, and a fortune cookie that sealed their fate.

Christine and Scott’s love story is truly an age-old story- the two met back in high school, Scott was a football player and Christine a cheerleader. Despite running in the same social circles in high school and eventually ending up at the same college, the two spent lots of time together, but never dated. The two lost touch after college but re-connected online, and Scott asked Christine out for sushi. At the end of their meal, Christine opened a fortune cookie that fatefully read “There’s a secret romance blooming! Go for it, in spite of your hesitation.”

Inspired by the holiday season, the pair opted for a December wedding—but didn’t want their event to be, as Christine put it, “overly Christmasy.” Vintage candelabras provided romantic candlelight, and old photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents on their wedding days provided gorgeous personal touches to the occasion. The groom had one request for the day- no cake! An avid pie-lover, the couple opted for a pie bar, as well as gingerbread cookies and gourmet coffee.

Bride Christine offers up some helpful advice for couples planning their wedding, stressing the importance of leaning on your partner during the process. “Wedding planning can be stressful, but Scott always reminded me that the end was in sight—and that the ‘end’ was actually our beautiful beginning. Also—remember that the most important opinions are that of you and your partner. Lovingly accept others’ advice, and then happily make your own decisions.”

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Photographer: Be Photography | Venue: Riverdale Manor | Videographer: SU Wedding Cinematography | Florist: Sheila Smith | Stationer (Invitations): Preston Stationery | Caterer: Thyme & Seasons | Wedding Dress & Accessories: Jennifer's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amanda Ritchey Bridal & Beauty | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Warehouse | DJ: Friendly Entertainment | Makeup: Makeup by Farren | Hair: Alison Caslin