The first day back after a long weekend is always hard, but today's summer wedding should certainly make it a little brighter. Tyler and Hope's Wedding at Ironstone Ranch is quite literally what dreams are made of. A gorgeous couple, a stunning venue, blooms so beautiful you get lost looking at them. And just when you thought that this wedding couldn't get any better, Tyler and Hope's servant hearts steal the show. Purposely choosing wedding vendors with similar philanthropic values (like their incredible photographer, Rebekah Viola!), they decided to make their wedding day about those less fortunate, rather than just about them. Now THAT friends, is the epitome of beautiful. We could go on and on, but we'll let you grab a cup of coffee and settle in to enjoy this one.
It was quite evident that when Tyler proposed to Hope in June 2014 after 4 years together, their life would be filled with outdoor adventures. They were currently in the Outerbanks, North Carolina with family, spending their days with the wild horses, biking, and the beach. However, it wasn’t until the next summer while on a hike in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine that the couple decided to finally get started on the planning process. Both Hope and Tyler greatly connect with nature- from Tyler’s days as an Eagle Scout to Hope’s constant search for a new trail to hike. Summer was both of their favorite seasons; Hope wanted a soft, romantic feel throughout the day and wanted a general pallet of white, peach, and grey accented by greenery. Hope took it upon herself to style and design her entire day based upon their love of nature with summer florals. With this came the idea of a floral pallet of bountiful greens of silver dollar and eucalyptus and large florals of white and peach garden roses speckled with ranunculus. Hope and Tyler’s invitation suite featured watercolor florals in grey on crisp white with whimsical calligraphy.
They were faced with a dilemma with the venue however; both Hope and Tyler wanted the wedding to take place in PA (where they both were raised, went to college, and met) but they were troubled by the idea of spending money without it directly helping anyone besides themselves. Both live the life of humanitarians- Hope was a teacher and now works for a non-profit that directly helps children and Tyler, through his kindness and generosity, has volunteered time and labor through many years to better his home community. In the wedding planning process, they were constantly reminded that the money would be better spent on someone in need instead of a lavish affair. First, Hope came across a wonderful photographer named Rebekah, whose love is in helping orphans in Central America. The couple instantly felt comfortable in her presence. Immediately after, Hope accidentally stumbled upon Ironstone Ranch, a venue that dedicates its profits to their charity Brittany’s Hope as well as providing horse camps for special needs children. To add to the good cause, their caterer donates excess food from events to the local shelter. Hope and Tyler fell in love after their first visit- not only did it offer a beautiful outdoor ceremony spot in the orchard, but the barn provided a sweet spot to share their first dance as husband and wife in candlelight. Sweeping views of beautiful land and horses of Pennsylvania gave the finishing touch.
The wedding day brought intense heat, and the cocktail reception was moved indoors to the barn. This didn’t stop Hope and Tyler’s dream ceremony in the orchard. The shade provided to relief as guests watched Hope and Tyler plant a maple tree with soil from each of their childhood homes. The love felt during the ceremony gave way to the perfect start to the evening- as the heat lifted, guests ventured outdoors as the dusk was settling and one of the most magical and romantic settings was created as laughter and music could be heard across the grounds. Tyler’s favorite lawn games were out for friends to play as others petted the resident horses and donkeys. Summer favorites were served family style for dessert- cherry pie, apple pie, strawberry shortcake, and double chocolate cake with an ice cream bar. Guests enjoyed the couple’s favorite signature drinks and wine and beer from PA-native companies, before taking home their favor of homemade rosemary-infused olive oil, a favorite of Hope’s since her first trip to Italy in 2012. Family and friends celebrated into the evening, finishing the classic summer night with sparklers as Hope and Tyler started their journey together as husband and wife.
Vendors: Photography: Rebekah Viola Photography | Videography: JHC Videography | Make-up & Hair: The Bonafide Ginger | Dress: In White Bridal Salon | Floral Design: C&J Florals | Ceremony: Ironstone Ranch | Reception: Ironstone Ranch | Catering: C&J Catering | Cake: Wegman’s Bakery | Favors: Homemade by Hope and her mother | Wine: The Vineyards at Hershey | Beer: Victory Brewing Company | Music: John Udinsky Jr: Guitarist, DJ Tony Brooks