Eliza and I used to work at the same café together, Chestnut Hill Cafe, until she got married to Caleb and moved further south to Baltimore, MD. Here is their story and some pictures from their wedding day!
Caleb and Eliza met after she returned to the States from a trip to Scotland. At first there was nothing too special about their meeting and neither of them thought much of it. However, a couple of months later they ended up bumping into each other at Square One Coffee and sparks flew! Dating followed directly after seeing one another. In the beginning of the relationship it was hard because Caleb worked in MD so they didn’t get to see each other as often as they would have preferred. Their relationship is built heavily on driving around together, taking walks, talking and enjoying each other’s company over coffee, food, and beer. As Eliza would say, ” It was a cozy dating experience.”
Our bride decided to wear her grandmother’s dress from 1955. They were almost the same size so there was not a need to re-fit hardly at all. A dear friend helped spruce up the dress by making it a little less scratchy and she also made the hair piece/vail for Eliza. For the bridesmaids they chose their own dresses, she just told them to pick a grey tone and knee-length.
“The results were great!”
All of the girls wore different colored heels, most from salvation army. Totally unplanned, but just look how cute it turned out! Eliza bought the girls a custom-made brooch from Designed by Jane from Etsy; as well as one for herself to attach with her veil.
In the planning stages there was no theme to go by, yet when things moved along Eliza ended up using the image of her tattoo. A little Sparrow. From there the colors came were grey with blue and yellow accents. Perfect for a rainy April wedding. Eliza put most of the wedding together. She DIY all the invitations, programs, guest book, signs, etc. And Caleb laboriously made each of the paper flowers that they used as center pieces for the reception. The engagement was 7 months and planning took up about 4 of those months.
“I had two lovely women in charge of logistics on the day of, but we mostly did everything else. I’m glad we did it DIY but it was very time-consuming. I think the only way I was able to do it was because I was working part-time. Also, I had wonderful friends and a fiancé that helped me out when needed. I made the originals of the invitations/programs using, card stock, my handwriting and a pen. I took them to Staples and made copies. Then my younger siblings helped add color to each one using colored pencils.”
The groom wore dress pants and a dress shirt along with a cardigan. The groomsmen wore shirts and pants with varying sized suspenders. The Ceremony was held in Eliza’s home church Wheatland Presbyterian Church. Over the last ten years it has held a very special place in her heart. It also has a simple gorgeous sanctuary which the couple loved.
I find this photo of them hugging out their happiness immediately after the ceremony precious. Their photographer is an acquaintance that Caleb has known from past church functions. As Eliza said, “She is a truly wonderful photographer. I had an eye on her wedding photography for a while, and when she told us she was free to do ours I could hardly believe it! ”
Even though it was pouring rain, chilly and slightly miserable on the day of their wedding I think it makes these April wedding photos so much more special. As they say: April showers bring May flowers. Plus, all the girls with their rain boots… so Awesome!
Eliza’s sister’s sister-in-law made the bouquets. Since it was April, it was still a bit early to find a big selection of flowers to choose from. The bouquets that she did make out of daffodils and other yellow and white flowers were spot on in my opinion. Our bride wanted something yellow especially since it pops against the gray dresses. I think it was a success!
“We had our reception at The Iris Club, a hang out for old ladies. 🙂 We chose it because it was functional and not too expensive. And it was big enough for our 180 guests! It turned out to be a cozy and great spot.”
The food was all made by Caleb’s mother along with the cake! She chose the menu, ran it by the couple, and went for it. Overall it was great and delicious (and one less thing for our couple to worry about! )
Congratulations Caleb & Eliza! what a beautiful wedding and thank you for letting me share all of your hard work!
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//////// Photographer: For You Love Me- http://foryouloveme.com
//////// Reception: the Iris Club, Lancaster, PA
//////// Food & Cake: Caleb’s Mom
//////// Dress: Vintage 1955
//////// Centerpieces, Invitations, Programs: All DIY from bride & groom
//////// Flowers: arranged by a friend