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Bobby & Joanne Wales; Wedding

True love, it's a funny thing really. It can happen in an instant, or it can progress over time. For some people it hits you like a baseball to the face, for other's it's a slow-and-steady type of thing. Somehow we always know. We know when we've met the one who sets our soul on fire, the one who makes every bad day-- good in some way or another, someone who can see the beauty in our early morning messy-selves, the person that flips our worlds upside down, and then right-side up. True love, it's a funny thing-- a miraculous thing, a mysterious thing-- but all in all, an incredibly wonderful thing! 

Last Saturday, June 9th; I met a true love struck couple-- Joanne and Bobby. They'd known each other for years, Joanne being a close friend of Bobby's sister. A wonderful story of love-- true love, meant to be love, progressing over time love, incredible love. 

I could tell this was going to be an incredible Wedding at the first time that we spoke. Such a fun couple, even through what little I had known about them, they were my ideal couple. They were full of life, and so excited to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. I was almost counting down the days to their wedding, maybe I was almost as excited as they were?! When the day came-- it was everything I imagined.. their love-- was everything I had anticipated. 

Joanne and Bobby decided on Woodloch Pines as their Venue. One of my favorite Venue's to work with. I knew everything was going to be perfect, as that is the following that Woodloch's Weddings are known for. Joanne and Bobby were from Virginia, and had searched high and low for a Venue that fit their exact expectations and needs-- and after so much searching, they decided on Woodloch. They had visited multiple times, and they said nothing quite compared to the area-- our little slice of heaven up here in NEPA. 

Their ceremony was set up to be very intimate, with a small guest list of just 37 people (including their bridal party). It was beautiful. Bobby was walked to the alter linked arm in arm with his parents, and Joanne was walked partially down the aisle by her two brother-in-laws, and then the rest of the way by her mother. Every detail of their Wedding was beautiful- was perfect. The colors, the weather, the smiles, the tears shed, the love of friends and family encompassed the entire day. As Bobby and Joanne said their vows, everyone was overjoyed. Such a beautiful union. Through the entire ceremony I watched as Bobby and Joanne gazed into each others eyes, smiling from ear to ear. You could tell that there was no place these two would rather be than in the arms of the other. Their intimate ceremony included a very special bridal party containing Joanne's two sisters, Bobby's sister, and daughter, and Bobby and Joanne's nieces-- as flower girls.  After the ceremony was over, and they vowed to be husband and wife, through the good and the bad, they walked down the aisle gleaming with excitement! 

Working with Joanne and Bobby was so great. They were so excited to take photos, and also to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. After we finished with portraits, we walked inside for the first dance, and parent dances. Watching Joanne and Bobby dance together was so enlightening, their love shown out of them like sun rays! Everyone watched as they glided along the floor, in that moment I was overcome with so much emotion and excitement for how happy they looked, and how in love-- in true love-- they were. Joanne danced with her mother, which was so heartwarming. We love to watch Mother-Daughter dances, as you can feel the strong bond between the two.. and the love and pride that mother's show for their daughters on their wedding day. We also watched as Bobby danced with his mother. It was a very emotional dance, which always brings a tear to my eye. So beautiful, so much love through both families; now joined as one. 

After all the formal dances were over, and dinner was served-- the excitement and energy filled the dance floor. The DJ's were incredible and got almost everyone out on the dance floor, moving to the beat. Everyone was having fun celebrating Bobby & Joanne and their future as husband and wife. It's always so exciting to see guests enjoying the day just as much as the bride and groom. The room was continuously filled with laughter, stories, and smiles. A beautiful day, for such a beautiful love story to continue.

As I reflect back on the day, I can't imagine a more perfect chapter in Bobby & Joanne's love story. As their lives continue, I hope that they always remember how much love they felt and shared on this day, and how rare and wonderful true love is. Congratulations to such a wonderful couple!  May your lives be blessed with happiness, love, and adventure for many, many, many year to come! We hope you return back to our hidden treasure-- NEPA to remember the glorious place that you made a memory.