Pammie + Blake's Hometown Wedding - Flora Corner Farm - aka the Home where Blake Grew Up!
Pammie and Blake Decided to Get Married in the Most Sentimental Place Possible - Blake's Family Home!
When Pammie and Blake got engaged, the natural venue choice was simple: Blake's childhood home, Flora Corner Farm
There are photos and paintings in the bridal suite of Blake and his brothers when they were kids; what we thought was so cool about that was that no other Flora Corner Farm bride - and few brides in general! - can say that their hubby was featured on the walls of their venue. lol And, just LOOK how cute this is!
Flora Corner Farm has been in Blake's family for over 150 years. After his sister got engaged in 2010, the barn was converted into a venue space to host their loved ones. From there, the progression was natural: the former Principal and Art Teacher decided to open their family home and begin hosting weddings!
While every wedding is special to the family, none more so than their children's weddings. So, Blake and Pammie's wedding was incredibly sentimental, emotional, and intimate. Their families were truly becoming one and embracing their love!
The day started out with steady rain that seemed as if it was never going to end
When we arrived, it was raining. One of the things Pammie was most excited about was their outdoor ceremony set-up.
Pammie was surprisingly calm about the weather, especially considering how important it was that the ceremony be outside. The rain may have been coming down pretty heavily outside, but inside everything was going perfectly!
The dress that Pammie's former ice skating coach made for her was just so absolutely stunning, everyone looked perfect, and the ladies enjoyed some mimosas and laughed while putting the finishing touches on and heading to the ceremony.
The chairs were out and the rain was coming down, but she made it a point not to make a decision about moving the location indoors until the very last second.
And, then, the rain stopped!
Luckily, about 5 minutes before they were going to start seating guests; not only did the rain stop, but the SUN came out! It was truly a wedding miracle. It was still wet, but everything looked lush, the flowers were vibrant, and it was almost even more romantic than the day would have been if the weather had been perfect throughout the day! Hooray!
Now, this whole rain situation did pose one obstacle: the guests were already seated, but Pammie was still in the house because she'd been waiting out the rain. In order for her to walk down the aisle, she needed to make it to the barn, but the only way to get to the barn would be to walk past all of the guests. With the help of the venue’s amazing planner, Amanda, we devised a plan to distract the guests.
Our rockstar of a photographer, Chris, stood on the opposite side of the ceremony space and asked everyone to face him for a big group photo. In the mean time, Pammie’s mom and bridesmaids carried a sheet in front of her so Pammie could sneak from the house to the barn.
It was so successful, we can’t even explain how it worked, but I don’t think we’ve ever laughed so hard at a wedding before!
The ceremony started as soon as Pammie was safely past the guests and the sun was shining - what's better than that? Having the couple's best friend, Neil, marry them!
Neil had us laughing, crying, and everything in between. It was a truly beautiful, sentimental ceremony. We couldn't have asked for anything better for Pammie and Blake; it was just so perfectly them.
It was like a little boys dream come true when Pammie and Blake asked me to be their officiant. I couldn’t be more honored to be standing here in front of the two of them today.
I met Pammie about 7 years ago and our first experiences were not the most pleasant. Her first impression of me was the guy who woke her up from her afternoon nap before class. From there I was doomed. The next couple of months we only exchanged a few words, mostly dirty looks whenever I would come over to her dorm room. I don’t remember any significant event happening but one day, Pammie and I were pleasant, marking it the start of our friendship.
Over the years, Blake has shaped up to be one of the finest people I have had the privilege to know. He’s honest to a fault, courageous, sincere, loyal and intelligent. He’s the person you can always count on. The guy who comes through for you even in the toughest of times. Blake is a man of his word. He couldn’t be more deserving to be taking Pammie’s hand in marriage here today.
You’ve both chosen to wear rings as a reminder of these promises. People often say wedding bands are a perfect circle, with no beginning and no end. But these rings did have a beginning. The stones were formed a long time ago deep within the earth. Eventually, a series of lucky events caused them to rise to the surface, where someone dug them up. Metal was then liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees — molded, cooled, and painstakingly polished. Something beautiful was made from raw elements.
Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, and through a combination of serendipity and effort, imperfect beings shape it into something extraordinary. It’s the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all. As you look at these rings over the years, I hope you remember that. You’ve created something invaluable, and just as I know you will protect these rings, I’m confident you will protect the commitments you’ve made to one another today.
Now by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife
To celebrate their unity, Pammie and Blake chose to plant a tree using soil from Blake’s home in Mechanicsville and Pammie’s home in Laurel, Maryland
The ceremony could not have been more perfect. You can read it in its entirety here.
This wedding was also very personal and close to Katie's heart
Now, to give you a little bit of background, Katie and Pammie skated on an ensemble team together. Ensemble is also referred to as "theatre on ice" where they would complete a 6-minute group program (not to be confused with synchronized skating because they weren't linked up and weren't all doing the same things at the same time).
Katie's mom and Pammie's mom were pretty much the parents in charge. They would organize all of our fundraisers, competitions, team trips, etc. And, Pammie and Katie were typically the ones that were sent out to pass out flyers for fundraisers together. Katie still remembers not being old enough to drive, but going out with Pammie for a day to different restaurants and local businesses passing out flyers for their Bingo fundraiser event.
So, being Pammie's wedding photographer was just ... really special!
The wedding parties Iced them. Pammie and Blake took it in stride! lol
Everyone was having so much fun and rocking out on the dance floor that they didn't want to leave at the end of the night! And, we cant blame them! We were having a BLAST!
The sparkler exit was just the icing on the cake (even though, ironically, they chose to have pies rather than a wedding cake lol)! Everyone was laughing, having a great time, and it was clearly quite a creative crowd!
We couldn't have been happier to be a part of this special day! It truly was a dream come true! :)
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Venue, Decor: Flora Corner Farm
Planner: Amanda Lozano
Catering: Putting on the Ritz
Pies: Dangerously Delicious
DJ: Dave Testerman
Hair/Makeup: Morgan Harant
Florist: Weavers Cut Flowers
Rings: Craig Coyne
Wedding Website, Save the Dates, Officiant: Neil Savage
Dad and Mom Burroughs(non-registered)
Love it! The photos of their special day will be cherished. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job of capturing their wedding!
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Photos from the Harty, a team of lifestyle, wedding, and event photographers, was founded by Sara (Hartenstine) Alepin in 2005 after she graduated with a BA in Art Studio & Education and began working on her MFA in Photography & Digital Imaging. After years of working together, Katie Lingan officially joined the team as lead photographer in 2013.
Over the years, we've learned a lot from capturing - and being a part of - all types of special moments, especially weddings. One thing that has really stuck with us: it's not only important that you love our images - you must also love your photographer. You will spend more time with us on your wedding day than anyone else. So, it's important that you enjoy being around us on your big day!
So, keep reading to get to know us better. If you like what you read and like what you see, please reach out to us. We look forward to meeting you!
xo, Sara + Katie
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