Living in Philadelphia the past few years has taught me to appreciate where I have come from, even more than before. Lancaster County is a safe bubble within a crazy world. The value placed on community and family is unmatched in any other place. The result is strong traditions and deep rooted ties. This is always apparent when I travel home to photograph a wedding. Steve and Lizzie’s day was no different.
January 11, 2014 was warm but rainy. I’m not talking “spritzing”, as Lancaster County folks would say, but rather, a full fledged downpour. This didn’t damper the mood of the couple. Their attitude stayed positive as we waited for the clouds to break so we could grab some images outdoors. The day was relaxed and laid back, similar to the personality traits of both Steve and Lizzie.
The ceremony and reception both took place at Ridgeview Mennonite. A charming church atop a tiny hill right outside the Village of Intercourse. The 250 or so guests took part in witnessing the union of this couple, as they vowed before God, family and friends to pledge their lives to one another.
Although crossing paths at a young age, it wasn’t until their early adult years that they noticed one another at their local rodeo. It was fitting that their marriage took place this year, being 2013 was the last time the rodeo would take place.
As with many Lancaster weddings, the reception was like one giant family. It seems everyone knows each other one way or another, even though the couple grew up in two different homes. There is something fantastic about this community, where everyone seems to somehow be connected.
Praying blessings over Steve and Lizzie’s new marriage. Thank-you for allowing me to be a part of it!