Sarah & Matt | State College Harvest Fields Weddings

“I love him, but I also just really like him.”

She wrote these words about her future husband, Matt, as part of a list of things that she loved and appreciated about him, and immediately Sarah knew what they meant to her. They weren’t just a nice sentiment and they certainly weren’t an afterthought. After all, it was that very friendship, that huge enjoyment of being in Matt’s company that first sparked the thought in Sarah’s mind that there may be something more there. The words held in them the promise of exploring the world together and adventuring through their life and their faith each and every day. They meant that the intelligent, kind, Godly man who she knew as her best friend was about to become her husband.

Matt and Sarah were married just outside of State College, Pennsylvania at Harvest Fields a gorgeous lake-filled property that overlooks the college town and boasts amazing views of Mount Nittany, and the day couldn’t have been more wonderful. Rain threatened the morning but by mid afternoon the skies cleared and golden sun poured out onto the mountain-side property, illuminating all of the handmade details that Sarah and Matt planned and coordinated and executed flawlessly. As everything came together, friends and family ran from the lodge to the ceremony to the reception tent finalizing details, and it what was expressed during the evening’s toasts became evident: people who are great friends have great friends. Sarah and Matt,  thank you for being great friends. I can’t thank you enough for inviting me along to document the huge moment in the story of your love!

Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Garver.

Loved Sarah’s gorgeous dress! To say that I loved Sarah’s gorgeous rose bouquet would be an understatement. I could have photographed it all day!! So dreamy! Matt’s pre-wedding note to Sarah. Using the best materials he could find ;) Sarah, if it were possible to be TOO beautiful a bride, you’d be pushing it!
How perfect are the handmade boutonnieres the boys wore?
Mismatched wooden chairs at the ceremony! My heart!
And how cute is this guy? Not a bad view :) MARRIED!!! We didn’t have much time for portraits before the reception, but Matt and Sarah absolutely WORKED it!
Confession: these next few were snapped when I stole Mr and Mrs Garver away from their reception for a moment during sunset. Worth it, I’d say!! BAM! Work it, y’all! You guysss…

Sarah and Mat’s reception details were amazing and fit in so well with the rest of the day! Everything was handmade too!

The the balloons came out for the last few dances and Sarah and Matt’s exit. Such a fun and original idea!


Many thanks to Sarah and Matt’s wonderful vendors!:

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  • August 9, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    joyce - Stephanie, These are wonderful! You captured the beauty of the entire day! Of course, you had two pretty amazing subjects!! Love your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    Emily Schmader - Stephanie, these are so so lovely!! Thank you for capturing Sarah and Matt’s day. I am a friend of Sarah’s – we met on her first trip to Namibia – and I was so sad to miss her wedding. But, you have given me a perfect peak into the day.
    Sarah, you look so beautiful and happy!! Congratulations! =) lots of love,

  • August 12, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    Lisa Bontrager - Awesome photos Steph, of a BEAUTIFUL bride and such a LOVELY wedding day!!! So sad that we were away. Loved sharing with these amazing photos! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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