Marianne and Mike are a seriously cool couple and their winter wedding in Easton, PA was memorable for so many reasons.
We met Marianne and Mike at the Bank Street Annex where the bridal party and groomsmen were getting ready. The night before, Mike’s groomsmen fashioned a custom beer chest out of wood and a styrofoam cooler, giving an antiqued look with a creme brulee torch. These guys were certainly resourceful as they drank cold brews from the chest that morning. With hair and makeup done by Suddenly Samantha Salon, the girls had a great time preparing for the day. Marianne’s floral tatoos were complemented by her stunning vintage tea length dress.
The couple shares a priceless first look; it was a fusion of cold weather and warm emotions. I must give credit where it’s due, despite the freezing cold weather, the bride, groom and their company kept the energy up the entire time! The wedding was right next to the Crayola Factory which made for a fun shoot with the wedding party where we played around with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Bob the Builder. The street, lined with murals and mosaics, was a colorful setting for our portrait session. There were some familiar faces present, former JPG couples Bill and Jill, and Cheryl and Dan.
The Bank Street Annex was once the Easton National Bank known for being the 6th oldest bank in Pennsylvania and the oldest bank in the Lehigh Valley. Transformed to an elegant wedding hall, the architectural structure was classic with large surrounding windows that filtered the natural light beautifully. In an intimate ceremony, Mari’s vows moved Mike to tears. As the newlyweds were presented to their guests, Mike reached out a his hand to fist bump his mom. Repeating this several times throughout the day, we could tell that their bond was unbreakable.
The reception was great fun. Flowers were arranged by Ross Plants and Flowers and guests danced to sounds of Rockin’ Ramaley. We were moved in an emotional moment when Mike’s mother mustered the strength to come out of her wheelchair to share in a dance with her son. Mike held her as they danced. Mari’s father gave a beautiful toast. Their love for Disney was reflected in their Mickey Mouse wedding cake. The groom ate his cake from the bride’s chest at which point everyone was shocked and impressed. The JPG photo booth was a smash. Later, we got the couple out in the snow for a romantic winter wedding kiss.
Thank you Marianne and Mike for a wonderful day! We hope your honeymoon in Disney World was magical. May you be forever happy.