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Colleen and Patrick got married at The Old Mill at Rose Valley. They made the perfect choice for the venue because they hosted 240 guests and wanted them to really enjoy the free flowing party following the outdoor ceremony. There was no sit down dinner but Connor Catering did a wonderful job with the stream of guests coming in and out of the Old Mill to eat and dance when they wanted. By the end though, everyone was inside dancing and having a great time. While Colleen and Patrick let go of some of the formalities such as the organized cake cutting (they did an impromptu cutting of a fabulous cake by Doughmain Bakery) and sit down dinner, they incorporated many wonderful tributes during the celebration. I was touched when they had their entire families join them up front as they said their vows and when their nephews presented two certificates for donations they had made to organizations that have touched them, Susan G. Komen for The Cure, to honor Colleen’s mother and Patrick’s Pals, a foundation set up by Colleen’s brother and sister in law to raise funds for children with special needs, to honor their son Patrick, Colleen’s nephew.
Many thanks to Tania Lezak for second shooting with me. She did a wonderful job shooting the following two images of Colleen and Patrick near the bamboo using her Canon Tilt Shift lens, which gives you that dreamy effect. I’m all Nikon so I was happy to have her help round out the shoot.
The weather was glorious but Colleen still needed a break to refresh herself with a cold one!
A good friend of Colleen and Patrick performed during the cocktails. Raymond McGroary has everyone singing and even got Colleen and Patrick to sing to their guests.
Many couples tell me how important their guests are so I always make sure we get good coverage of people having fun. Almost all of my albums include a graphically designed spread of guests like this one.
Colleen and Patrick chose to dance to I Cross My Heart by George Strait.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the arrival of The Fralinger String Band. Colleen’s mom arranged to have them come and Patrick and Colleen, huge Mummer’s fans, were truly delighted.