If you are lucky enough... you will find someone that looks at you the way Linda and Christy look at each other. It's one thing to say the word Love it's another thing to feel it and I felt it around Linda & Christy on their wedding day and then even more when I was editing through their photos.
Christy & Linny got married last month at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA. Doylestown is a really cute little town with lots of really amazing old shops and restaurants and also a really eccentric museum. Charles Mercer decided that one day people will want to see all the tools and objects that were used during his time. So he built a castle and started storing all sorts of objects in this building. There's medicinal tools, all sorts of household items, wagons, baby dolls, boats and even a hang mans allow. The museum itself is a fun little maze with so many fun nooks and crannies.
When Christy and Linny found the Mercer Museum they knew it was perfect for their wedding and I have to say I could have shot inside there all day!
Christy started her day at a local salon getting ready while Linny spent the morning with her family. They got ready at the Old Hargrave House. Another unique building in Doylestown. They got ready on rooms atop from one another being able to hear each others voices through the window. You could see the excitement and emotion bubbling up.
Mercer Museum Wedding Photography
They decided to do a first look so that they could have an intimate moment with just the to of them before the ceremony and their guests arrived.
From Linny- "My favorite memory was our first look, getting to see Christy in her dress for the first time, she looked so beautiful! And her walking down the aisle with her parents, even though I had already seen her, I was still caught off guard with how amazing she looked. "
"The first moment I knew I loved her is tough, I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment, but there came a time when I would get to see her at the end of my day or her day and it just felt natural, like that is where I was meant to be. The ease of which we both move through life together is still awesome to me!! "
Their ceremony took place in the atrium of the museum. It was really a cool place with stunning natural light. The ceremony was sweet and intimate. Christy's nephews and brother in law sang "You got a friend in me" with her mother accompanying them on piano. They passed their rings around for blessings from their closest family and friends.
And then there was the red string ceremony. Something Christy had seen a few times while she was working on a Semester at Sea. Red String of Fate: An East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
From Christy - "My favorite memory from the wedding was when we processed in for the ceremony and I saw all the faces of our friends and family together - all there for us. Some of them had traveled so far and to see all of them there together in the museum waiting to celebrate us meant so much. "
The moment she knew - "For me, I’m not sure there was one particular moment. I just remember realizing one day that life felt more “right” in every way with her then without her - easier, better, more joyful, more whole. If I had to pick a moment though, one would have been after she went to a VERY unusual show in NYC with me and a few other friends. It was an immersive theatre performance where you don’t sit in a theatre but roam around 5 floors of a warehouse with a mask on and find actors performing (with no words) all over the warehouse. What struck me was not that Linda wanted to go but that she was so open to something that was so unusual, different, sometimes confusing, and so far “outside the box” the box didn’t even exist. When she said she wanted to not only go again but take her niece I knew she was the kind of person I could not only love but travel through life with together. "