Lancaster

Julia & Corey : Winter Cork Factory Hotel Wedding | Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Julia and Corey planned the perfect winter wedding, elegant and timeless yet relaxed and easy going with the perfect hint of Christmas… And the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster was such a beautiful backdrop. Julia handmade her invitations and did such an amazing job, I love the rustic stamping and rich color tones… And her gorgeous jewelry and hair pins from BHLDN were stunning accents to her timeless gown. I just love her taste!

While Julia and the girls were starting on hair and makeup, Corey and the guys were getting dressed, hanging out, having a few drinks and trying to figure out how to fold the perfect pocket square, all while bustin out moves to ‘90’s hip hop… I knew from that moment the dance floor would be awesome later that evening… :) They were hilarious and so fun to hang out with while getting ready.

Back in the Bridal Suite, Julia and the girls were equally as fun… So many laughs, stories being told, and even excerpts from an old fortune book. Julia’s my kinda girl with a smile on her face and whiskey in her glass… :)

It was drizzling outside so we snapped a few photos under the canopy before heading to St. Joseph’s down the street to get hitched! These girls are simply gorgeous…

The interior of the church was absolutely breathtaking… The dim lighting during the ceremony gave such an intimate feel, and I loved the arches and rich color tones inside. Julia’s mom, Mary Lynn, walked her down the aisle so proudly, taking in the moment step by step. I’m very close with Mary Lynn so I may have shed a tear or two once those church doors opened… <3

We were happy that the rain stopped in time for a few outdoor portraits before it was time for Cocktail Hour… Julia you are just gorgeous!

Together they have their little son Jack, who was dressed all fresh in his suit for the ceremony, but once it ended, it was PJ’s time! He was snuggling upstairs with a sitter at the hotel during the reception… :) Isn’t he the cutest??

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The Cork Factory is so cozy and warm with the red brick and dim lighting - the perfect setting for a winter wedding. I loved the Christmas tree decorated with wood cut-out ornaments for everyone to take home with them. :) Their guests mingled and enjoyed the delicious spread of olives, cheese, mini sliders, and signature drinks! And the beautiful ballroom candles were lit and waiting for guests to come sit down for dinner…

Julia had a really sweet dance with her brother after she and Corey’s first dance, and he shared a special song with his mom… And the speeches from their besties were so funny and had everyone laughing. The dance floor was an absolute blast and I loved watching everyone have fun!

Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs! I loved being part of your day and wish you nothing but the absolute best!

Makeup // Jenny B Hair & Beauty
Venue // Cork Factory Hotel, St. Joseph’s
Dress // BLHDN

Artistan/In-Studio Portrait Session | Reagan Ashley Pottery - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Pottery has always been something that has interested me. When I was in connection with Reagan to come to her studio to photograph her at the wheel, I was thinking about so many life-parallels about her as an artist, molding the clay. I was also thinking about how soothing and relaxing this type of expression must be, and how satisfying I imagine the feeling when your piece is finally finished, having been processed through each stage, and finally ready to be on display.

I met Reagan at her resident studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Lancaster Clay Studios, where you can take class or even rent a space to do your own work. The lighting inside was beautifully crisp and clean, with white walls and pottery materials tucked into every corner. Some of the artists' finished pieces are shown on display when you walk in too, which were fun to look at and see all the different styles of work. I loved Reagan's pour-over coffee cups and some of another artists' hanging planters.

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As she worked, I asked Reagan questions about where she was from and what got her started in pottery. She grew up in northern Virginia and settled in PA after college with her husband of three years. She had taken a pottery class in high school and fell in love with it. She loves to make the pour-over mugs but has recently been making more vases, and has a few projects going with some local florists.

First, she starts with a weighed-out chunk of clay and kneads and works it a big until it's malleable enough to throw onto the wheel. Then, once it's on, she has a petal she pushes with her foot, similar to a sewing machine, that spins the wheel while she molds it with her hands. It's important to feel the clay as it spins, not only to shape it, but to make sure there are no air pockets or bubbles in the clay. She also has to make sure the clay contains just the right amount of moisture so that it doesn't crack but isn't too wet to topple over or deform. She worked on a little mug and then a vase while I was there. 

The tools in the box you'll see are for "trimming". After the clay piece has been formed and dries out, it gets trimmed and perfected before going into the kiln for firing and then glazing.

It was such a pleasure to meet Reagan. She's so down to earth and conversational, and has such a talent for sure. Her work can be found and purchased at reaganashleypottery.etsy.com.