It was frigid outside. The roads were getting more dangerous as more and more of the soft, white, perfect-for-packing-into-snowballs snow fell silently and softly to the ground. Some guests had even called to say that it was just a little too dangerous, and they wouldn’t be able to make it to the celebration. After months of planning a Lancaster, Pennsylvania wedding from Lubbock, Texas were they serve together in the Navigators Texas Tech ministry and weeks spent hand-creating centerpieces, table numbers and escort cards, It would have been easy and made abundant sense for any bride and groom whose wedding fell on a day like this one to be stressed, anxious, and worried. To harp on the details that wouldn’t go as planned or fret about the timeline with the added stress of snow-speed travelling. It would have been perfectly understandable.
But it wouldn’t have been Lorielle and Mike.
She stood surrounded by her most-loved friends, watching herself in the mirror as her mother draped her veil around her shoulders and atop the gorgeous lace of her dress. She had jitters—the good kind—that kept a smile painted on her face. The day far from ruined, Lorielle had wished for months that there would be snow on the ground when she and Mike shared their vows in front of family and friends packed into the church that Lorielle had been raised in. It was a day fit for a snow queen—the good kind—as she walked towards the man that she would spend the rest of her life with to see him for the first time that day, crystal flakes adorning her hair and his jacket. He turned around and, speechless, took in the beauty of the woman that he would spend the rest of his life with. The dress, the hair, the shoes, but also the kindness, the creativity, and the generous heart. They promised to support each other wherever they are called to go, to fight for, not with, each other no matter what, and to remember that Love—the good kind—is the center of their marriage.
Surrounded by those that have loved and supported Mike and Lorielle even before they were Mike and Lorielle, they celebrated the day under the glow of lanterns. I feel so blessed to have been a small part of a day that celebrated love, beauty, and two truly wonderful people. Enjoy the gorgeous day and details put together by Lorielle, Mike, and their family and friends, and without further ado,
Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Anderson
I love a good first look. Even better if it’s in the snow!
The sweetest moment.
Honestly, these two know how to work it.
A snowy favorite!!
Adored the bouquets of red and white roses and holly berries!
At first the guys looked at me funny when I asked for a “GQ pose,” but I have a sneaking suspicion that they knew what I meant the whole time…
Lorielle and Mike chose a creative alternative to a unity candle or sand and chose to paint a unity canvas together at their ceremony. I LOVE this idea! Super creative and can be displayed in their home forever.
The reception at The County Barn was absolutely gorgeous.
Lorielle and her family designed the centerpieces themselves, and it was truly a labor of love.
A full, roast pig was the main course at dinner! A little creepy at first, but mostly awesome! And delicious :) A new wedding tradition: cutting the pig. And I’ll leave you with this sweet moment between Lorielle’s parents.
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Many thanks to the following vendors for their part in creating a beautiful day:
Ceremony» New Danville Mennonite Church
Flowers» Assemblage of Grace Custom Floral Design
Cake» Ferguson and Hassler Bakery
DJ» Dare 2 Dance Productions
Reception Venue» The Country Barn, Lancaster, PA