Mary & Bradley’s Snowy Engagement

A snowy landscape at Hopewell Furnace in Elverson, Pennsylvania was the perfect location for Mary and Bradley. “Since snow photographs so beautifully, we decided to have it be an addition to our photos. And since PA had such a tough winter, it wasn’t a problem to find the beautiful white stuff.

Colleen Schwulst captured the magic of falling snow along with the adorable couple. Mary added, “It is an historical site so there were lots of neat locations which provided an excellent setting for our engagement session. We especially like the photos where we are dressed to the nines in the snow. pennsylvania engagement shoot engagement shoot at hopewell furnace engagement shoot at hopewell furnace engagement shoot by colleen schwulst b&w engagement shoot at hopewell furnace How they met:Bradley and I met at a local bar called Red Hills Tavern, now known as Doc Watson’s, on Thanksgiving Eve in 2006. I was meeting a friend there and Bradley also happened to know my friend, so we were all hanging out at the same table together. Throughout the night we talked and got to know each other and we even unknowingly planned our first vacation together. At one point in the evening, I walked up to him and very confidently said,I know you want to dance with me,to which he replied,OK,and that was the beginning of this now 8 year journey.snowy engagement shoot in pennsylvaniaengagement shoot by colleen schwulst snowy engagement shoot at hopewell furnace engagement shoot by colleen schwulst snowy engagement shoot in pa engagement shoot by colleen schwulst engagement shoot in pa b&w engagement session in pennsylvania engagement shoot by colleen schwulst engagement shoot in pennsylvania b&w engagement shoot at hopewell furnace engagement shoot by colleen schwulst The proposal:Bradley works from home on Fridays and took that as an opportunity to prepare for the proposal. When I got home from work, I saw rose petals at the back door leading into the kitchen. Immediately I knew today was the day! I walked inside, mentally prepared myself for what was about to happen, took off my coat, and followed the rose petals from the kitchen to the dining room, where there were 6 dozen roses on the table, and then into the living room where Bradley was standing all dressed up including a bow tie. He walked towards me, gave me a kiss, and began telling me how he felt. My heart was pounding and his hands were shaking. His words were beautiful and expressed all of the things I had been waiting so long to hear. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the happiest moment of my life to date! It wasn’t until after the proposal I realized he spelled out Marry Me on the floor in rose petals. Best of all, he thought ahead and set up our video camera on a tripod to capture the entire thing. Now we can relive the moment whenever we want.engagement shoot at hopewell furnace reading/valley forge sign snowy engagement shoot b&w pennsylvania engagement shoot pennsylvania engagement shoot pennsylvania engagement shoot engagement shoot by colleen schwulst pennsylvania engagement shoot mary and bradley's engagement shoot snowy engagement shoot mary and bradley's engagement shoot Favorite inspiration sites?

Pinterest was the basis for a lot of my inspiration and Etsy made it all come to life! If there were such a thing as Etsy-holics Anonymous, I think I would need to attend.

Wedding details?

Actually we had a very quick engagement since we got engaged on 10/31/14, it was only 4.5 months. We were recently married at Blue Bell Country Club on March 13, 2015!

Our wedding had a very vintage feel/theme, from my lace wedding dress accompanied by a birdcage veil, to brooches on the bouquets and lace table runners. We decided not to get too bogged down on the details; instead, we put our focus, time, and energy into a few things we felt were most important. For example, we created a Meet the Bridal Party picture frame that included a photo, their names, and some fun facts about our relationship with each individual in the wedding party. And Bradley created ourguest bookwhich was a hand-cut, hand-painted wooden H for our guests to sign, which is now hung up in our home.

Lastly, we created our ceremony from scratch with the help of our officiant. Instead of having a cookie-cutter ceremony, it was one-of-a-kind, and truly special. We even wrote our own vows which was a wonderful experience along with a magical touch.