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Disney Fairytale Wedding in the Grande Hall, Johnstown PA Wedding Photographer
 @Jill Gearhart Photography | www.jillgearhartphotography.com

If you love Disney and donuts, puppies and popcorn, macarons and movies, fairytale venues, and believe that everyone deserves to have the wedding of their dreams, then buckle up and hold on for this amazing Johnstown wedding! I met Eden and Rochelle in a fun twist of fate when I walked into a local distillery and was introduced to these amazingly down-to-earth and kind women that were planning one heck of a wedding. Through several meetings, lots of emails and texts, and a super cute engagement session, I got to know these two amazing people and call them friends!

Eden and Ro met 8 years ago during a complicated time for the both of them, and Eden became a light during a dark time for Rochelle. They've been together ever since. Eden always begged Ro to propose to her in Disney World, and it was always a joke of how amazing it would be. The two took a trip to Florida with Eden’s family in October of 2017, and they shared that one of the best parts was going to Animal Kingdom. Little did Eden know, Rochelle had the ring.... but it was back at the hotel! She waited until the next day at their favorite beach in Clearwater. Ro knew she wanted to ask the big question at sunset, but Eden decided she needed pizza right as the sun was setting! So with a slight delay, they sat in the sand and Ro told her that she had a letter for her to read. When she opened the envelope it was her beautiful ring. She paused for what seemed like forever, and then said, “WAIT. Did you ask my dad?!?!?” (of course she did!) Another long pause... then Ro just had to ask, “so is that a yes?” …YES! She said yes! Later on that evening Rochelle distinctly remembers Eden saying, “Wait, you couldn't have done this yesterday at DISNEY?!?!” Either way, she said yes! …and then FaceTimed every human imaginable that entire night to tell them!

Their favorite thing to do together is travel. They’ve done some amazing things: hiked the Smoky Mountains, watched dolphins migrate up the coast in Cape May New Jersey, been to Florida so many times, enjoying sunsets, Disney, and Harry Potter World. The very first vacation they went on, Eden surprised Rochelle with an experience of holding a baby tiger (her favorite animal)! They have always loved traveling together, and long car rides don't bother them, it gives them time to always connect and fall even more in love with every adventure!

And what an adventure this wedding was! The day started at the Hampton Inn where everyone in their 16 person bridal party got ready for the big day, all in the same hallway! I snuck in some shots of their incredibly fun and thoughtful details, like the grape soda cap pins from “Up”, Ro’s Gryffindor socks and Harry Potter handkerchief, and their something old, new, borrowed, and blue which were special gifts from their grandmothers, aunts. and mothers. Eden shared a beautiful first look with her dad, where he placed a penny in her shoe and then put it on her foot (how Cinderella-like!), then the two women shared their first look together in some peace and calm and quiet before hopping on the trolley!

The decor at the Grande Hall was spectacular, each table having a unique vignette of the couple’s favorite Disney movies, sprinkled with macaron’s under mini glass domes (hello, Beauty and the Beast!). All these nestled next to hot tea bags with “drink me” on the tag to match the “eat me” tag on the macs! Guests enjoyed a snack PRE ceremony, too, from a vintage popcorn machine, allowing them to munch through a 17 minute slideshow of the couples most treasured photos together to start off the ceremony. The couple exchanged their first “kiss” as married women by gifting each other necklaces with an acorn and a thimble pendant, reminiscent of the kiss exchange between Wendy and Peter in the Peter Pan movie.

After post-ceremony photos at the gorgeous Forest Lawn Cemetery, we returned via trolley to the Grande Hall where guests had been busy enjoying a dozen adoptable puppies from A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, and of course breaking the internet with the cuteness and kisses and all the pup-selfies! We snapped some quick photos with the adorable pups before grand entrances, and then DJ Jack Labarko started off the night with an awesomely curated Disney dinner music playlist, and then the best mix of dance music through the ages all night! My favorite was the cloud machine expertly used to make Eden and Ro’s very special choreographed first dance to “A Million Dreams” from the Greatest Showman look like there were literally dancing on a cloud!

Enjoy some of my favorite highlights from this extremely well-produced and insanely unique wedding!

Photography: Jill Gearhart Photography assisted by Rachel Russel

Venue: The Grand Halle Johnstown PA

Gown: Essence of Australia dress - White Lace Bridal Indiana PA 

Hair: Whitney Helman, Real Deal Salon; .Amber Mertens

Bridesmaids Dresses: White Lace Bridal

Tuxes: White Lace Bridal

Rings: Kay's

Invitations: Zazzle.com

Florals: Penna Flower Company @pennaflowercompany Taylor Pascuzzo

Cake: Peace, Love & Little Donuts - Monroeville 

Caterer: Anthony's Restaurant 

Favors: Macaron's from La Gourmandine (Hazelwood location) 

DJ: DJ Jack Labarko Inc.  

Transportation: Rix Limo (Trolley Service)

Puppy Adoption Event: A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue

 
 
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Cortney + Wayne | Gatsby Themed Wedding in the Industrial Chic People's Natural Gas Park, Johnstown, PA
Bride and groom in front of bright red church door

Cortney and Wayne's Gatsby style wedding in the industrial chic Peoples Natural Gas Park had every bit of class as the fictional high-roller's opulent parties, with a speakeasy themed reception and details straight out of the roaring 20's. 

When Cortney and Wayne met, it was definitely a collision of two full and fast paced lives, she working in the healthcare field and he working in politics as a PA State Senator. Add in three adorable girls, and a long-distance relationship as Wayne traveled often for work in Harrisburg. The fact that these two could orchestrate and blend their lives together into something so beautiful was so impressive to me. They were just so in love and so excited to spend their lives together. There definitely was no dry eye in the venue when Cortney's new daughter, shaking and sobbing from nervousness, gave a toast into the mic, telling Cortney that "I'm glad you're my mom and I love you." 

These little girls, as well as the rest of the bridal party, were a dream to work with as we traveled all over the city of Johnstown after the Orthodox Wedding at St John the Baptist in Conemaugh Valley. Seeking out the perfect classy, industrial, and natural backdrops to complement the style of the day, we then traveled to places like Central Park and The Inclined Plane.

Hors d' Ouevres and Martini Bars 

Once we got to the reception, the bridesmaids, wrapped in beautiful floor length black gowns, donned perfectly-period feathered headbands, which mimicked the towering ostrich plume centerpieces at the family style tables. Opting for  heavy hors d' oeuvres instead of a meal, every detail, down to the food, was classy and appropriate for the speakeasy style reception. Guests enjoyed martini bars, an assortment of cigars, a candy bar (with candy cigarettes), and a gorgeous patio dance floor outdoors under a pavilion by the water.

Gold and Pearls Wedding Details

Besides being a blast to experience the fun bridal party and guests, I adored  every detail that took the venue from a warehouse feel to absolutely exquisite. Tables were adorned with gold sparkling runners, feathers, pearls, and gold mercury glass votives. Not to mention all the florals - classic red roses of course! 

I hope you enjoy reliving this amazing day by some of my favorite moments and details highlighted below! 

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