I had the best time with Lily & Kevin and their beautiful Omni Bedford Springs wedding in central Pennsylvania. Lily & Kevin have been together for 10 years and their wedding day was filled with love, laugher, and so many gorgeous details! If you are looking for dreamy romantic wedding attire and decor, you won’t want to miss this blog!
Why Rhinehart Photography?
Lily shares, “Kevin and I wanted beautiful photos, but are not fond of getting our picture taken, haha! We prefer a quick picture to capture the moment rather than a big production. We wanted a photographer with a lot of experience in the business. Someone who was able to capture us, our personalities, our love for each other, all of those special wedding day moments, etc. without too much time spent on photos. We wanted to enjoy the day as it happened, rather than be burdened by the photos.”
She smiles, “All of this and more was fulfilled with Lisa Rhinehart Photography. She was able to read my emotions and personality and knew exactly what I needed at the moment. On our wedding day, Lisa was able to adapt on the fly, even making major adjustments to our timeline. Lisa made us feel extremely comfortable and in times when we needed her direction or were feeling anxious in front of the lens, she knew exactly what to say and what to do to help us just relax and enjoy the moment.”
Saying Yes to the Dress…
Lily shares, “I knew I had always wanted an a-line or ballgown silhouette. That silhouette is so classic to me and something I’ve always pictured myself in as a bride, even as a little girl. I think it’s the princess feel that I love.”
I love capturing simple moments like when the bridesmaids are helping Lily zip up her dress from a unique perspective.
A Modern Romantic Dress
Lily says, “What I love about my dress is that, although it is a very classic silhouette, the color – cappuccino, the material, the criss-cross around my bust, and the asymmetry of the appliques really modernizes it by making it soft, feminine, and romantic. Most of all I love how unique it is.”
Such a beautiful bride!
Pretty in Pink
Lily shares, “For the color palette, blush pink was an obvious choice for me– pink has always been my favorite color.”
She continues, “The bridal suite was absolutely gorgeous and had a very large balcony that came in handy while getting ready, and for photos, too!
The bridal suite at this Omni Bedford Springs wedding was truly stunning!
Tears of a Mother
Lily says, “I think that my mom was really emotional during her first look because she had been planning the whole wedding with me and we just both couldn’t believe the day we had been waiting for was finally here.”
Lily shares, “I am extremely close with my whole family. I am truly fortunate to have grown up with and have a dad who works incredibly hard to support his family, a mom who goes above and beyond caring for her family, and sisters who are truly more like best friends.”
Kevin shares, “The moment I met Lily I fell for her kind heartened, caring nature. She is never in a bad mood, always has a smile on her face and making you laugh.”
He continues, “She is extremely easy to talk to about anything, good or bad. The day we met we just walked and talked for an hour or two, barely knew anything about each other but immediately had a connection. From there, our relationship grew and within no time we were best friends that couldn’t go without one another.”
Kevin says, “We both value our relationships and our time with friends and are lucky that we share similar friend groups so we are able to do things with friends with or without one another and not have any stress or hard feelings.”
I gave them some privacy by blurring the letter’s contents, but I’m sure Kevin talked about all his favorite things about Lily in the letter he gave to her before the ceremony.
Meet the Groom
Kevin shares, “We have been together for a while so we grew in our relationship and learned a lot about how we should treat one another. She has instilled in me that no matter what to always tell the truth.”
While I was photographing Lily and her wedding party, my second photographer, Sean was photographing Kevin and the groomsmen. He 100% nailed the look with this masculine, dapper, shot of Kevin getting ready!
Mr. Blue Eyes
Lily shares, “I immediately fell for Kevin’s beautiful blue eyes. In getting to know him better, I fell in love with his sense of humor and personality. Kevin constantly is making me laugh.
Lily continues, “I think, perhaps, the thing I love the most about Kevin is how loyal he is to his friends and family. If you have a friend in Kevin, you have a friend for life. I feel so blessed to have him as not only a best friend but my soul mate.”
Time to Get Married
Kevin shares, “Our friends have been close for so long and have seen our relationship grow so it was special having so many of them there.”
Everyone was all smiles, even on the Elevator, on Lily & Kevin’s long-awaited wedding day!
Omni Bedford Springs Wedding
The Omni is one of my favorite places ever. I work there (and am so proud to be one of their preferred photographers) and I have fun there, too! Spa day with my girlfriends, anniversary trip with my husband. I’ve even spent my birthday lounging at the pool there!
All of that to say, I know this place like the back of my hand and love it as much as my clients do. I knew the grotto would give me the perfect vantage point of the ornate Victorian hotel architecture, and if you look closely you can see Lily and her father, preparing to walk down the aisle.
Teary First Look
Kevin shares, “I always knew I would get emotional when I first saw Lily in her dress. It has been a long time coming for us. Lily and I always talked about getting married and it felt like everything was going just as we dreamed it would be.”
Grotto Wedding Ceremony
Lily shares, “Although I had always dreamed of a ballroom wedding indoors, I had always pictured the ceremony outdoors. When we walked up to the grotto for the first time, it was like we could picture ourselves getting married there. It is so beautiful, green, and secluded.”
The Grotto was the perfect ceremony location for this Omni Bedford Springs wedding.
Now it’s the mother of the groom’s turn to cry ;). I believe that all emotions are beautiful, tears especially speak volumes.
An Emotional Day
Kevin shares, “Everything about the wedding was pretty emotional because it just felt like a long time coming for Lily and I.”
Lily & Kevin have been together for 10 years so it was definitely a long-awaited wedding day!
It’s all About Perspective
I move around a lot on a wedding day. I’m near, far, high, low– in this case, I wanted to show the layers of this scene from the grotto itself and waterfall, to the couple, trees, guests, wedding party.
As I backed up this single leaf dangled in my frame, and I knew it was perfect. It added that final layer to this photo and gives it the private secluded vibe that the wedding was completely surrounded by trees.
The Perfect Match
Lily smiles, “I am happy to be married to a man who is loyal and honest and who puts his family and friends first. I’m looking forward to raising a beautiful family of our own.”
Kevin says, “I already know without a doubt she will make the best mother. She has talked about having kids since the day we met it has been always been a dream of hers to raise a family and I am so lucky to be her husband.”
Sometimes the moments aren’t visible to the full audience, sometimes even the way they hold hands can be so beautiful and say so much!
Exchanging of Rings
I love the way Kevin looks down at his hand while Lily puts on his wedding ring, finally!
The First Kiss!
Having two photographers offers two very different perspectives!
Reliving Special Moments
Lily & Kevin share, “When we look through our wedding photos we are hoping to relive our wedding day. We want to see all of those special moments we shared day-of and experience them again.”
Here the wedding party cheers on Lily & Kevin:
Husband and Wife, Finally!
Kevin shares, “We started dating in freshman year of high school, our relationship grew quickly and before I knew it we were best friends. We’ve been together for a whole decade now and I feel like I’ve know Lily my entire life even though it’s only be these 10 years.”
For this shot, I wanted to capture the happy couple and frame them in all those gorgeous flowers!
A Moment Alone
As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife they took a moment alone as the rest of the bridal party processed down the long aisle. Shortly after they made their way to the steps.
Kevin shares, “It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the day, but some definitely stand out. Just after the ceremony, it was so nice to get a moment of fresh air and just be together.”
10 mins, and go!!!
Haha, Lily and Kevin are both camera shy and really didn’t want to spend much time taking photos.
Lily laughed, “I remember Lisa and I made eye contact once we crossed the bridge towards our reception. In my head, I thought, “I am about done with pictures for the day.” While I was thinking this, Lisa looked at her camera, scrolling through a few photos, and looked back up at me. Lisa said, “We have some beautiful photos, we could get more, but if you prefer downtime before the reception that would be OK, too.”
She smiled, “This was so great to hear and just the reason we chose Lisa as our wedding photographer. With all of the experience Lisa has, I’m confident that she was able to capture every moment we wanted and more, even in the little amount of time we allotted for photos (which was cut even shorter!) She read my mind and was able to go with the flow. How could I ask for more?”
I’m always game for whatever my couples want and gave them 100% during the ten minutes we had, even without knowing we’d be cut short! I’m super happy with the results!
As they crossed the bridge, the wind blew Lily’s veil and train— I loved the dramatic look of this and framed them both with the bridge and the hotel, just as the wind blew Lily’s hair and they stopped for a kiss!
Amazing People & Service
Kevin shares, “I have so many memories and favorite moments from the wedding it is hard to choose. The whole weekend in itself was special being with both of our extended families, friends that came in from out of town, and so many nice people at the resort.”
Once we arrived at the other side of the bridge staff from this exquisite Omni Bedford Springs Wedding arrived with buttled hors d’oeuvres and Lily popped one in Kevin’s mouth, haha!
Champagne Place Cards? Yes, Please!
Lily shares, “I liked to tell vendors that I wanted it “classic and simple but over the top,” which totally sounds like an oxymoron but they all seemed to get it!”
Every detail was on point, including the place card champagne wall.
Lily says, “Flowers, although there were A LOT of them, they were very simple and consistent. We stuck to just 3 types of flowers and only whites and pinks.”
Sometimes simple is best! These centerpieces were so elegant and gorgeous.
All the Romance
Lily shares, “Romantic was the vibe I was going for. I wanted a very classic, clean, and elegant wedding and that really showed through all of the details.”
She continues, “In changing our venue from the ballroom to the tent, I had to adjust my vision a tad bit. I started to envision somewhat of a spring garden, and added some more greenery to tie in the grass floor.”
I love the touches of greenery along the center of the table here.
New Last Name!
I loved this small touch of the place card with Lily’s new last name!
Kevin shares, “I always have dreamed of having a family with Lily. Our future aligns well given we both come from families that value the same things. We are looking forward to building a life and a family together.”
I love the bridal party’s reaction in the background! So many tears were shed on this long-awaited wedding day.
How Sweet It Is!
Kevin shares, “I think that we both compliment each other well in our relationship. We are easy-going people and our relationship is that way as well.”
Lily & Kevin were such an easy-going couple on their wedding day as well. They went with the flow and everything turned out perfect! I mean, look at this gorgeous cake!
Daddy’s Little Girl
Lily shares, “Our only viable option was to have our wedding in a tent on the front lawn. I am definitely not the most outdoorsy persona and having my wedding in a tent made me seriously consider canceling or postponing.
She continues, “I was reassured by my amazing wedding planner, Christina, that we would be able to make the tent absolutely gorgeous and that it would be everything I wanted and more. I’m happy to say that was she was right!”
The tent and wedding party table though, what a stunning backdrop! And the white dance floor with the manicured green lawn peeking through– wow!
I love this sweet moment shared between Kevin and his mom during their mother-son dance.
For this shot, Kevin and his mom dance, & his sisters watch, leaning on each other, framing the mother-son duo.
Let’s Get This Party Started!
Lily shares, “I knew I wanted some live music aspect to the reception and Brian Fitzy (the violinist) was the obvious choice. Fitzy is a childhood friend of my brother-in-law and they had him pair with a DJ at their wedding and he is just so amazing!”
She continues, “I mean the dance floor was constantly packed at our wedding, just the way I wanted it!”
The electric violin was such a fun way to keep people on the dance floor!
A True Reunion
Lily shares, “As much as planning a wedding throughout COVID was a pain, it really made the wedding extra special. After over a year of not seeing most family and friends, it was truly more than a wedding, it was also a reunion.”
I loved watching twilight through the tent at this Omni Bedford Springs wedding — it really has to be one of my very favorite tents ever from All Occasions Party Rental!!
Dance: Lily’s Wedding Goal!
Lily smiles, “I absolutely love music and dancing! I told all of my vendors that I just wanted to dance on my wedding day, and I made sure to allow the maximum amount of time possible for open dancing.”
Lily & Kevin’s Wedding Slideshow
See even more photos from Lily & Kevin’s Omni Bedford Springs wedding set to music in the slideshow below!
Hungry for More?
- See Lily & Kevin’s engagement photos here
- View other Omni Bedford Springs weddings here
- Check out this Omni Bedford Springs sample album here
Omni Bedford Springs Wedding Vendors
They smile, “Truly everyone is deserving of a special shout out, every single one of our vendors were absolutely amazing, we were so lucky.”
- Venue, Catering & Cake: Omni Bedford Springs
- Officiant: Sandee Monahan
- DJ: DJ Gaetano
- Videographer: K + A Films
- Lighting: EF Lighting
- Florist: Sarah’s Floral Designs
- Transportation: Bollman Charter
- Wedding Planner: Hello Productions, Christina McLachlan: I could not have planned a wedding throughout covid without Christina. She was more than a wedding planner she was also a therapist and friend!
- Hair Stylist, J Stephens Salon & Spa, Sarah Weiner: There’s never been a question about who would do my hair on my wedding day, and having Sarah there made it much easier for me to relax and just try to live in the moment. And to top it all off she is the most talented hairstylist and my hair was perfect on my wedding day!
- Makeup Artist: Heather Kirk
- Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
- Wedding Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
- Invitations: Shine, Ophelia Set