This was an extra special wedding at The Mansion at Linden Hall in Dawson, PA. I have known bride Mattie, since we were in elementary school! Seeing her family and old friends made this day so fun. Mattie and the groom Joe have such great chemistry together they also made this day incredible to capture.
The outdoor ceremony went off without a hitch, it was a beautiful June day! As guests headed to the patio for cocktail hour we went and shot portraits. The mansion was a great place to explore and take photos, there are 35 rooms, 27 fireplaces, 13 bathroom and powder rooms, along with a bowling alley in the basement! Seriously a photographers dream. To give a little history of the mansion, it was the creation of Sarah Cochran in 1911, (Sarah Moore before she married Philip Cochran.) Philip's family immigrated from Ireland, they mined coal and manufactured coke. When Philip died he left a fortune for Sarah and their only child James. James passed away from pneumonia while attending the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah then traveled through Europe and was inspired to build this mansion upon her return to the states. Stonecutters were brought in from Italy along with other craftsmen from Europe. The mansion cost over two million dollars and was opened for visitors in June of 1977 after being occupied by different owners throughout the years after her death in 1936.
You will see below Joe and Mattie have a great sense of humor, they wanted to plank so of course we had to find a spot to pull it off, hah! There were so many cute details to the wedding but one of my favorites were the flowers in mason jars on the reception table. Overall the night was full of dancing, fooling around with the photobooth and guests hanging out on the patio to enjoy the gorgeous weather. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Bock!
Ceremony and Reception: Linden Hall Mansion, Dawson
Gown: Prom Shoppe, Union Town
Tux: Berks, Irwin
Florist: Blue Daisy Floral, Irwin
Cake: Spinola's Bake Shop, Murrysville