Chrissy and Mike’s fall DIY wedding was a true celebration of family, friends, and local, seasonal inspiration. The couple knew that with their large families and many close friends, their guest list would top 200 people, so they cut costs by putting their DIY talents to work! Chrissy grew all of her stunning flowers for the day in her back yard. She also used local farm stands and produce from the area as decor and favors around the venue.

Their sweet ceremony at Jacobsburg State Park was officiated by the friends who introduced the couple in 2001, followed by a pig roast reception at Bady’s Grove in Wind Gap, Pa. The spot is a special one to Chrissy’s family and a delicious pig roast with lawn games and a perfect fall sunset was an ideal setting. Family and the bridal party decorated the pavilion with paper decorations that were made from scratch. Chrissy refers to her theme as “Paper and Pig” and if that’s not a pinterest inspiration board waiting to happen, I don’t know what is!

From Chrissy on her DIY decor:

“My sister, mom and I actually hand-picked all of the gourds and pumpkins from a family friend on the Thursday before the wedding, which was a funny story because we thought they were going to have them in crates that we’d just stop by and pick up.  We showed up and my friend’s Dad pointed out to the pumpkin patch and we were like ohhhhh shit we have to pick them ourselves!  So we made a mad dash around the pumpkin patch and picked everything in like 15 minutes because we had SO much to do that day, including putting together our bouquets and boutonnieres.  I grew my own flowers in our backyard and then I bought some greens and filler from an online shop and from our local grocery store.  We assembled all the flower arrangements on Thursday night, which was a lot of fun.  We gave apples from Scholl Orchards as our favors, and thankfully we did not have to grow or pick those ourselves!  The variety was “crimson crisp” which were just so beautiful, and super delicious too.  After we polished them and set them out on the tables at Bady’s the whole place smelled like apples, it was kind of magical. We really did a lot of work to put the wedding together because we did so many DIY projects, which was hard and stressful at times, but I think we did a good job.  It was like one big family bonding experience culminating in a marriage, which is pretty appropriate!”


You may be seeing some new faces these days at Black, White and Raw Photography!  Leah Gallo, of Gallo Imaging is one of our all-time favorite female photogs when we need an addition to our team. I love the dynamics of having a male/female photography team, and when Allison reached out to us for her rustic wedding in Westchester, Pa, I immediately knew Leah was the perfect choice to work with Paul.

Allison and Tony, currently live in Nashville where Tony is a musician. For their wedding, they returned to Pennsylvania for a sweet ceremony at Temenos Retreat, one of our favorite rustic venues, and where we shot one of our very first weddings together.  The 18th century stone farmhouse sits adjacent to a brick patio surrounded by beautiful landscaping and gardens, which Allison’s father spent months working on. He weeded, cleaned, planted and stacked hay bales to make his daughter’s day perfect.  Potted geraniums were a constant theme throughout both the ceremony and the venue, in honor of Allison’s grandmother, who passed away when she was 20. She had kept a hanging basket of geraniums in her dining room until she died. When the couple got engaged, Allison’s dad started propagating them so they would have her with them at the wedding. 

Allison’s stunning, curve hugging wedding dress was perfectly accessorized with handmade, custom jewelry by Appaloosa Designs, a silversmith in GA. Her handmade ostrich skin boots were a purchase from a flea market near their home in Nashville. The turquoise felt heart that her mom pinned into her dress was the same one her grandmother pinned to her wedding gown in 1981. The design for the bouquet and the boutonnieres from Kati Mac Florist in West Chester was based off Allison’s request for something wild and organic that would work with the seasonal wildflowers at the reception. There were a few perfect photo ops on the way to their reception at Northbrook Marketplace, a family owned and operated venue in a beautifully restored 1850s fieldstone barn. The venue was enormously sentimental to Allison. Her first job at 13, was at Northbrook weighing pumpkins and apples when it was a functioning orchard. The reception flowers were all local wildflowers from Schaeffer Flowers.  The warm and homey reception, decked out with rustic touches and yummy food was the perfect place for Tony, Allison’s dad, and their friends to take over the stage and keep the crowd dancing all night long. Absolutely perfect.

All photos by Paul Cofield and Leah Gallo for Black, White and Raw Photography