Nashville Musician Marries his Bride at Temenos Retreat Center


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.

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

3 thoughts on “Nashville Musician Marries his Bride at Temenos Retreat Center”

  1. Love that you have great team at Black White and Raw photography. Leah Gallo did a beautiful job capturing this rustic farmhouse wedding in Westchester PA. I absolutely love that horses were involved!

  2. Lori, I’m a little bummed not to see some of your work this week but you totally made up for it by sharing this gorgeous shoot by your team members Paul and Leah.

    I love watching the way different photographers can both have the same style of art and this blog is a great indication. If you hadn’t told me, I would have never know this wasn’t a wedding you shot.

    The colors are all awesome and as a guy who tends to gravitate toward darker tones, these ones really spoke to me. Wonderful work from the group!

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