As you may already know, I am reflecting back on our weddings from this year. This week I am highlighting Lauren and Matt's wedding! Lauren was our "June bride" and I loved working with her and her entire family. Lauren and Matt are from the Pennsylvania suburbs, but moved to Boston after they graduated from Penn State University. So, for the planning, I mainly worked with Lauren's mom. During the planning process I got to know the entire Mills family and absolutely loved working with them.
Lauren is one of seven children-- yes I said seven! All five of her sisters served as bridesmaids and her brother was a groomsman. The Mills live on a non-functioning farm in West Chester. Growing up, the Mills' children each had their own cow to take care of. Their parents believed that by taking care of a cow they were learn how to be more responsible. Lauren's cow, Bessie, was a guest at the wedding. You can bet she was a big hit!
When Lauren and Matt got engaged, Lauren’s parents transformed their barn that was being used as storage. They wanted the barn to be a fully functioning event venue and added electricity, a workspace for cooking, new floors, and new stone and lighting. Lauren’s parents hope to host their other six children’s weddings here in the future.
The wedding took place on Saturday, June 18th and 165 guests attended. A lot of the guests were college friends from high school and Penn State. Lauren and Matt were high school sweethearts at then attended college at PSU together. They were both stand out cross country runners while at PSU.
The ceremony took place outside on the property, then guests moved to the upstairs of the barn for cocktail hour. After cocktail hour they were seated downstairs and sat at long farm tables, surrounded by lanterns.
Lauren and Matt describe their wedding as laid back, colorful, and happy.
Their Proposal Story: Matt took Lauren out to a fancy dinner for their 5th year anniversary of dating. The went for a walk beforehand, gave Lauren a letter he wrote, and got down on one knee.
Setting up and transforming this venue was truly a labor of love. But the end result was definitely worth it. Some of my favorite details were the table numbers that were wine bottles, and the ceremony programs that doubled as fans. There was definitely a sense of family throughout the day, since the couple said their vows in a place that was very familiar to them.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private residence, West Chester, PA
Officiant: Pastor Steve Godsall-Myers
Day of Coordinator: Table 1 Events
Photography: Pete Lounsbury Photography
Catering: New Street Catering
Florist: Flowers by Mary Elizabeth
DJ: DJ Johnny Johnson
Hair & Makeup: Avante Salon
Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Rings: James Allen
Click here to see more pictures from Lauren + Matt's big day