At the onset of the pandemic, engaged couple Hannah and Gina embarked on the trip of a lifetime: visiting national parks along the northern border of the U.S. They took engagement portraits and celebrated the next chapter in their lives at Shenandoah National Park, then continued their adventure until they reached the iconic Crater Lake National Park.

Hannah and Gina married a few summers later in the Laurel Hills area of Central Pennsylvania, just a stone’s throw from Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water. In keeping with the couple’s love of the outdoors, their nature-themed wedding focused on national parks. From the invitations to the reception decor, the entire event was affordable, DIY and cleverly tied together the couple’s shared adventures.

After getting ready separately with their mothers’ help, Hannah and Gina met for a first look before a stroll over a stone-walled stream and wooden bridge. The couple’s dogs, Tomkin and Nippet, served as ring bearers for their summer wedding.

Their reception was open-air, with a giant sprawling tree in the middle of the covered pavilion adding to the romantic woodland atmosphere. The couple collected vintage plates for each place setting, and Hannah’s brother baked and styled the cake. Their creative guest book was in audio format, so their guests used a green rotary phone to leave voice notes for the newlyweds to enjoy on a vinyl record for years to come. During the reception, Hannah and Gina changed into matching linen jumpsuits and colorful sandals, ready to dance the night away in comfort and style.

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Photographer: 3 Cats Photo

Floral Designer: Bella Floral

Ceremony Location: Fernstone Retreat

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