Sara + TJ’s Spring Ford Country Club Wedding Photos at Pennhurst
One of my favorite weddings came at the end of the year in November. Fall in my favorite time of year anyways, with the colorful foliage and cooler weather. Well, for Sara and TJ’s wedding it was FREEZING and very windy. But no matter the weather it was an amazing, fun and definitely unique wedding experience! Sara and TJ are in the army, and I loved the military details throughout the whole wedding reception space. This Spring Ford Country Club wedding was the perfect day to (almost) end my super busy wedding season.
Wedding Photos at a Haunted Location
One of the coolest parts of the day was going to the Pennhurst State School and Hospital for wedding photos with the couple and wedding party. AKA Pennhurst Asylum, it’s a well known asylum that closed down in 1987 and had remained abandoned for many years. More recently it’s one of the biggest haunted attractions in the country. Sara and TJ have a history of exploring this location and knew they wanted to do their wedding photos here. We had permission to wander around the grounds and even had access to the Mayflower building – one of the only safe buildings to go inside.
It’s converted into the famous Pennhurst Asylum around Halloween time. I have been there before for the haunted house, but this was my first time during the day. Being the 2nd week of November, the haunted house had cleared out and we were left with the abandoned but beautiful grounds. I couldn’t believe how many gorgeous spots we could take photos, especially with the last remaining fall colors in the trees.
High School Sweethearts
Sara and TJ met in high school when they were 15. And just a few years later, they became engaged right before entering basic training this summer. I love how they integrated aspects of their personalities and interests through the reception space. Because it was so cold (and almost dark – their wedding was just after day light savings) they had a nice ceremony inside the Spring Ford country club ballroom.
With the sun setting right outside, it was a short and sweet ceremony. Followed by a really fun filled reception after. The dance floor was hopping the whole night. And the cake cutting was the most intense I’ve probably ever seen. Good thing these two have a good sense of humor – you’ll have to see the photos to know what I mean. All in all a super fun day and I hope these two love birds all the love in the future!
Venue + Catering – Spring Ford Country Club
Additional portrait location: Pennhurst State School grounds
Photographer – Melanie Weitzenkorn Photography
along with my awesome 2nd shooter Leah
Dress – David’s Bridal
Suits – Weitzenkorn’s & Son’s Inc.
Floral Design: Levengood’s Flowers
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
DJ – Mike Pitti at Sound Sensation