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Summer Historic Ashland Wedding

Jul 21, 2022

As we stood under the covered porch, the rain softly fell around us for this summer Historic Ashland Wedding. Lauren’s dad and mom were posing for a picture together. 

Little did he know what was about to happen.

Lauren had reached out to me a couple of weeks prior to their wedding day with an idea. She asked if there was any way she could do a first look with her dad without him having any idea it was happening. She knew if he was prepared he wouldn’t give a genuine reaction. I have done a lot of father/daughter first looks, but none quite like this.

I love a good challenge.

As wedding day rolled around, Lauren’s dad arrived right on time. We came up with the game plan that Lauren’s mom was going to meet him out on the front porch for a couple picture; then Lauren would come around the corner and surprise him by coming up behind him. As he was standing with his arm around his wife, I asked if he was ready. He excitedly said, “Yes!” At that moment, I saw Lauren start to step around the corner. I quickly backed up to pretend to get one more photo of her parents together, but instead, let the magic happen!

It was the sweetest moment.

Lauren quietly made her way behind her dad and tapped him on the shoulder. His face instantly switched to curiosity and confusion. He turned around. Those emotions quickly changed, though, to absolute joy and astonishment! He couldn’t get over how absolutely beautiful she was. He had no idea how she got there, but it didn’t matter at all. His daughter was the most beautiful thing, and he was so proud of her!

The surprise was a success!

He promised me before she came around the corner that he wasn’t a crier. That I shouldn’t expect any tears from him. That thought didn’t last very long because he couldn’t hold back the tears of joy when he turned around and saw Lauren. What a special moment for them to always remember. There were so many parts of Lauren and Collin’s day that will be hard to forget. Unlimited amounts of memories for these two to look back on. 

Just wait till you see a few of my favorites below from their summer Historic Ashland wedding.

Lauren and Collin, I can’t be more happy for the two of you. You made my job so easy! I know you always thanked me for making photos fun, but I can’t thank you enough for welcoming me into your family for the day with open arms! It was an honor to be a part of your special day! Sending you the biggest hugs and the loudest congratulations! You deserved every minute of that beautiful day!

XOXO ~ Heather Marie

historic white farmhouse with gray shutters and beautiful manicured lawn and flowerbeds at historic ashland
close up photo of wedding invitation surrounded by white flowers and pink roses and rings and perfume bottle in lancaster county
wedding rings resting inside one another atop wedding invitation at historic ashland
bride's parents and sister standing on front porch of farmhouse and smiling at camera at historic ashland
bride's crouched down beside decorated wagon with her pet dog inside at historic ashland
bride standing on front porch of farmhouse with her back towards camera and her dress train displayed at historic ashland
bride surrounded by her seven bridesmaids in muted green gowns on farmhouse front porch in wrightsville pennsylvania
groom with his four groomsmen all in light gray suits walking towards camera by stone building at historic ashland
bridesmaids on upper porch and groomsmen on lower porch of white farmhouse deck at historic ashland in york county
wooden sign with couples' names displayed with greenery by rows of white chairs for wedding ceremony at historic ashland
couple sharing their first kiss as they exit their wedding ceremony at historic ashland
couple surrounded by their wedding party on lawn by gray barn at historic ashland
bride and groom walking towards camera and looking at each other with bridal party behind them at historic ashland
bride and groom walking away from camera towards gray barn on sunny summer day in york pennsylvania
close up photo of bride and groom's table at reception with flowers and candles at historic ashland
couple sharing a kiss during their first dance at barn wedding reception at historic ashland in wrightsville pennsylvania
groom twirling his bride under his left hand in front of farmhouse at historic ashland
couple holding hands and walking towards camera as they look at each other in front of farmhouse at historic ashland
couple sharing a kiss in between aisle of guests with sparklers as they leave their reception at historic ashland

The Amazing Vendor Team:

Wedding Planner | Historic Ashland

Venue | Historic Ashland

Wedding Dress | Bridal Garden

Wedding Dress Designer | Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid’s Dress | Azazie

Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Groomsmen’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Florist | Everyone Deserves Flowers

DJ | Mixed Up Productions

Videographer | ValCinema

Hair Stylist | Ardor and Sage

Makeup Artist | Ardor and Sage

Invitations | Minted

Caterer | Legends Catering

Wedding Cake | The Golden Whisk

Rentals | Creekside Charm

More HMP weddings:

Elegant PARQUE Ridley Creek Wedding

Intimate Barn at Silverstone Wedding


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Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania