It was a beautiful fall day in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania- the leaves had just started to change color, and when the sunlight hit them a certain way, they seemed to sparkle. As we drove through the grounds of Hidden Valley, I was completely in awe of how gorgeous these surroundings were. I’ve only been Hidden Valley in the winter, so seeing colorful foliage on the ski slopes was breathtaking.
As we walk into the lodge, we find Haldis having her makeup done, while her bridesmaids are scattered about, watching the final touches being put on this beautiful bride. Haldis has a constant smile on her face, and you can tell how much she is enjoying the moment. At one point, Haldis’s mother enters the room, takes Haldis by the hands, and with excitement tells Haldis how absolutely gorgeous she looks. One of my favorite moments of the day.
Another touching moment was during Haldis’s first look with David. As Haldis walked down the steps into the courtyard towards David (who was facing away from her), you see her take a deep breath as she fought away the tears. You could tell she was thinking “this is it… the moment he sees me as his bride.” As David turned around, his expression said it all- he was enamored and teary eyed at the same time. Watching them interact was like what you would see in a romance movie- they held hands, talked about their love for one another, and even danced in the courtyard together. It was a beautiful moment for a beautiful couple.
And even though threatening clouds rolled in during their outdoor ceremony, the rain held off until the very end, and only lasted for a brief minute. I think the purpose of the rain was to create the vibrant double rainbow that arched above the autumn trees.
We stayed through the bonfire after the reception, which was incredibly fun to photograph because we got to play around with our lighting, while Haldis and David casually hung out with their guests.
But enough talk, take a look below to see some of the images that depict Haldis and David’s wedding day…