james & noel’s summer countryside wedding

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

James & Noel were married on June 8, 2013 in Mechanicsburg, PA, where the bride grew up. The ceremony was held in Noel’s family’s backyard, while the reception was held at Stock’s Manor, an historic inn.  The intimate wedding was full of personal details – the bride’s family dog was the flower girl, family and friends baked sweets for the dessert table, and the groom designed the printed materials. The couple wanted the wedding to feel like an elegant summer dinner party. While they had gorgeous flower arrangements, they didn’t have to provide much in the way of décor since dinner was on the covered patio, with sweeping views of the Pennsylvania countryside.

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

summer countryside wedding by camera box photography | amanda jayne events blog

Unique ideas: The couple hired a historic trolley to transport guests from the ceremony to the reception venue

Steal this idea: The escort cards were displayed on empty frames – it was a simple but beautiful detail that was an elegant step above just having the cards on the table.

My favorite detail: At the cake table, the couple featured photographs of their parents and grandparents cutting their wedding cakes.

Bride’s favorite moment: “I loved that we wrote our own vows and my favorite moment was when I said my vows to James in front of all of our friends and family. It was right after our friends, families and our parents had given their blessing to our marriage, and I could feel the palpable love and support around us.”

Groom’s favorite moment:  “Our first dance was a rumba; neither of us knew anything about dance when we started and dance lessons slipped through the cracks of our busyness until about two weeks before the wedding. So we crammed, working on the moves together multiple times a day. We built the confidence we needed together and learned just how much fun dancing with the person you love can be.”

Best wishes, James & Noel!

Vendors: Photography by Camera Box | Wedding Coordination by The Wedding Lounge | Venue: Stock’s Manor

 

are cake pops here to stay?

daisy cake pops | amanda jayne events blog

Cake pops are one of those trends that just kind of snuck up on me. Before I knew it, they were everywhere. Caterers are featuring them instead of mini-cupcakes. Hostesses are finding ways to include them in their menus. Moms are making them with their children as edible crafts.

For people like me who don’t like cake (I know, I know… it’s just not my favorite!), cake pops are nice because it’s a little taste of cake without having to commit to an entire piece. My biggest complaint about cake is that it tends to be dry, and that is rarely (although not never) the case with cakepops. And let’s be real – sometimes people just like to eat things on a stick. Although there’s always the – what do I do now with this stick problem.

Here are some ideas that show just how creative you can be with cake pops – although while I love to bake, I would leave the execution on these to a pro.

anchor cake pop | amanda jayne events blog

I love the nautical theme, could be used for any number of events. Photo via Raleigh Cake Pops.

pirate cake pop | amanda jayne events blog

These little pirate cake pops are fun for a pirate-themed birthday party, or for when you host a watch party for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Photo via Spaceships and Laserbeams.

BBQ cake pops | amanda jayne events blog

This is what I like to call: someone has way to much time on her hands… I mean, adorable! Photo via Party Frosting.

christmas ornament cake pop | amanda jayne events blog

These Christmas ornament cake pops are amazing without being over the top. Photo via And Everything Sweet.

spa cake pops | amanda jayne events blog

Spa cake pops, obviously! Perfect for bridal showers, girls night out, bachelorette parties, your weekly mani/pedi… Photo via Cake Central.

Cake Pop Wedding Cake | amanda jayne events blog

Would you have cake pops in lieu of a wedding cake? Is this the new version of the cupcake tower that became so popular a few years ago? Kind of cute, but I would say this should be in addition rather than in place of a traditional cake (just for the sake of your guests’ expectations). Photo via Colin Cowie Weddings.

What are your thoughts? Are cake pops here to stay? And is anyone else hungry after looking at all these cake pop photos?

Top photo via Catch My Party