If you missed this wonderful Bellefonte inter wedding then you're not alone, so did the rest of Centre County. Sara and Mark masked their secret wedding as an engagement party and surprised all of their guests, who came to celebrate their "engagement".
Sara and Mark's Bellefonte wedding was a small and intimate celebration between their parents and a handful of their closest friends. They chose to have it at their favorite distillery in Bellefonte, Big Spring Spirits. It was such a lovely venue and had all the character that you would imagine (if you know Mark and Sara) be included in their wedding. It was a very rustic feel with a distillery twist. In fact, they got married underneath of swordfish, which makes for some great stories. Their officiant, Tim Parker, was amazing, funny, and brought to life the love and energy between Sara and Mark for their guests to witness. After the ceremony the lovely couple and I ventured outside of Big Spring Spirits patio for a private and more intimate portrait session, one of my favorite parts of the day. We took advantage of the recent snowfall and lovely weather to capture some amazing images with the snow-capped trees of Talleryrand Park. The chemistry between the two of them shined effortlessly, which made it easy to capture great photos. Afterwards, we traveled back to Big Spring Spirits so that they could greet and surprise all of they guests.
Here are some of images of the lovely couple. I hope you enjoy as I enjoyed capturing them.
On a personal note, I was extremely honored to be apart of this wedding, not just because I'm friends with Sara and Mark and I love photographing friend's weddings. Mark asking me to be his wedding photographer was heartfelt because it came from someone that I not only adore and respect, but am truly thankful for to have as a friend. I'm relatively new to the area, 3 years to be exact. My family and I moved here from Baltimore so that my wife could start a new job at Penn State. It was at this juncture that I decided that I was going to go into photography "full-time". Now while that may be a big deal, it's even bigger when you are doing it in a small town of people that you don't know and your closet network is 3hrs away. As I began networking, I met Mark, first online, then in person during Global Entrepreneurship Week at New Leaf. Little did I know that Mark was a master networker and knew literally the who's who of Centre County. He introduced me to State College Young Professional (SCYP), Chamber of Business & Industry in Centre County (CBICC), and key contacts in the wedding industry and State College as a whole. I am beyond grateful that Mark, the master networker, not only took the time to share his valuable resources with me, but he provided me the warmest welcome from his heart.
Thank you again Mark and I wish all the love and happiness in the world for you and your lovely wife Sara.