Cork Factory Hotel Wedding

Apr 10

Erin and Alex

black and white candid photo of bride and groom looking at each other lovingingly inside the hotel under a dim light

Besides the fact that I knew Erin since high school and we share a love for the arts; I fell in love with Erin and Alex right from the beginning of our journey together. I mean, their favorite thing about being engaged, they joked, was “the prospect of us becoming the proud owners of a KitchenAid stand mixer is a real possibility at this point.” I knew right then and there we were going to have not just tons of fun early on, but their big day at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancanster, Pennsylvania would be a roaring success! These two are very passionate about many things…including their alma maters. So naturally, their pride was included on the big day! Keep reading to see this dynamic duo!

Erin and Alex are so funny and totally in love – and it shows through in everything they do. They were such a joy to work with, as they were so hands on from the beginning, and really made their big day “their own”. From putting together so much of their decor on their own, to making sure each of their alma mater schools was represented not just with a group picture, but the flag of the alma mater as well, their wedding day was absolutely them.

I love shooting at new venues: I learn so much not only about the food, beverage, light, and great places for different aspects to capture the day, but how each venue comes about. The Cork Factory Hotel located in Urban Place in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, used to be home to multiple cork and bottling companies. It is now a Historic Hotel of America, and I can see why! From its original buildings, renovated with brick and Edison lights, to still preserve that time and essence, you walk in and you immediately know you’re in a magnificent location!

P.S. Did I mention how adorable their first look was? CHECK IT OUT!

Cheers to Erin and Alex on their becoming Mr. and Mrs! Thank you so much for allowing me to capture your big day! I can’t wait to see what comes next for you two lovebirds!


Vendors

Venue: The Cork Factory Hotel // Stationery: Basic Invite // Hair & Makeup: Khara Williams // Cake: The Bakers Table // Florals: Petunia Bergamot // Wedding Atelier: i do..i do… Bridal Studio // Bridal Gown: Blue by Enzoani // Brides Shoes: Journee Collection // Groom’s Attire: Prima Tuxedos // Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux // DJ: 3 West Productions // Engagement Ring: Heidi Gibson // Bride’s Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. // Brides Earrings: Kendra Scott // Groom’s Wedding Band: Jewelry by Johan // Lighting: Shumaker PDT //

navy blue and gold invitation suite with brides navy blue shoes and parfum against a brick background
brides crystal drop earings on navy blue fabric
antique oval engagement ring with flower shaped halo on blush rose
antique oval engagement ring with flower shaped halo, platinum mens wedding band and yellow gold ladies wedding band in a row
lace bridal gown hanging in brick stairwell of Cork Factory Hotel
grooms accessories of shoes, bow tie, cuff links, black watch and embroidered handkerchief
bridal party bouquet of dark red florals, cream and blush florals and greens placed in the brick window of the Cork Factory Hotel
black and white photo of bride with her bridal party in coordinating monogrammed flannel shirts
black and white photo of groom being assisted with his bow tie by a member of the wedding party
black and white photo of groom being assisted with his bow tie by a member of the wedding party
black and white photo of bride putting in her earring while looking at herself in the mirror with bridal party looking on
bride standing in front of full length wall mirror as her veil is adjusted by bridal party
bride under veil looking down
black and white photo of bride under veil looking down
black and white photo of bride holding her veil outstretched in her right hand
bridal portrait with brides veil in air under cafe lights
black and white photo of groom looking at his bride during first look
bride helping groom wipe away tears during first look

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My hands were shaky and I was full of nerves before our first look, but as soon as Alex turned around and our eyes met, all of the pressure of the day melted away. Having the chance to hug, kiss, cry and joke around was a special moment of connection that allowed us to be fully present with each other and truly enjoy our ceremony and reception.

bride smiling lovingly at her groom who is in tears during their first look
photo of bride and groom in front of brick and wood wall under cafe lights
black and white photo of bride and groom looking away from camera
bride wrapped up in grooms arms in sweet smiling photo
bride wrapped up in grooms arms in sweet smiling photo
close up of hands of bride wrapped up in grooms arms in sweet smiling photo
formal portrait of bride and groom outside the Cork Factory Hotel
bride and groom outside of the Cork Factory Hotel in front of brick building and fall decor
bride and groom portrait under brides veil

How did you two meet and fall in love?

After a matching on a dating app and messaging for a few weeks, we met at a bar for the first time on a snowy January Monday. We talked for hours over a giant plate of appetizers and never looked back 🙂

bride and groom portrait looking at each other in between brick pillars under an umbrella outside the Cork Factory Hotel
bride and groom portrait looking at each other in between brick pillars outside the Cork Factory Hotel
bride and groom portrait against a brick wall
close up of bridal party bouquet of white, pink and blush roses wrapped in navy chiffon ribbon in front of red lace bridesmaids gown
fun photo of bride and member of bridal party posing
bride and bridal party holding bouquets of red roses, blush roses, greenery and dark red misc florals
casual photo of bride and members of the bridal party looking at each other
silly photo of bride and members of the bridal party
super silly photo of bride and her junior bridesmaids sticking their tongues out
close up of bridal bouquet of red and cream roses, dark red and blush peonies and greens being held by bride
formal photo of bride and bridal party
bride and bridal party in red gowns
sweet photo of bride and bridal party arms hooked
groom in navy blue and black tuxedo posing in front of his groomsmen
grooms boutonniere of small wild flowers and greens on his navy blue and black tuxedo lapel
black and white photo of groom being helped with his bow tie while being hugged by his groomsmen
groom and groomsmen in formal photo
formal wedding party photo inside under cafe lights
brick walled fireplace ceremony location with greens and lamps hanging down under chandelier

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

So many people have asked if Alex or I have a family connection to Lancaster, or some other reason that we chose our venue, but the truth is that we just really LIKE it! The Cork Factory Hotel is a “Historic Hotel of America,” and was built in 1865 as a cork and bottle manufacturing plant. It was recently converted to a boutique hotel, but it maintains its’ original character: high ceilings, wooden beams, red brick walls, fireplaces and large windows. All of these features are especially prominent in the ballroom where we had our ceremony and reception. When decorated with Edison bulbs, greenery, florals, lanterns and candlelight, it became a warm and joyous space despite the crisp and rainy weather outside the hotel walls on our November wedding day.

simple black chivari chairs with white linens and white candle lantern with red and white rose accents ceremony decor at the Cork Factory Hotel
black and white photo of father of the bride walking bride down the aisle
candid shot of groom smiling proudly at the altar waiting for his bride to meet him
wide angle shot of bride and groom during the wedding ceremony in front of brick wall and brick fireplace with entire wedding party
black and white photo of bride and groom taking their vows in front of brick walled fireplace and officiant in white tuxedo jacket
black and white photo of bride and groom's first kiss as husband and wife in front of brick walled fireplace with hanging florals and lights
unique place card set up on antique green slatted doors
unique place card set up on antique green slatted doors
unique jenga guestbook for guest signatures
white linens and white candle lantern with red rose accent reception decor at the Cork Factory Hotel
simple black chivari chairs with white linens and white candle lantern reception decor at the Cork Factory Hotel

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

Our colors were burgundy and navy with gold accents. The feeling of our wedding was largely informed by our venue – if I had to put it into words, I guess I think of it as a “warm industrial elegance” (words that don’t typically go together, I know).

black and white photo of bride and groom first dance
candid black and white photo of father of groom hugging best man
black and white photo of bride and father dancing the father daughter dance
black and white photo of groom and his mother dancing during son and mother dance
maid of honor in red gown giving speech during toasts
best man in black tuxedo with red bow tie giving speech during toasts
best man in black tuxedo with red bow tie giving speech during toasts
young male guest with comic book bow tie dancing during reception
guests doing a Conga line during wedding reception
father of the groom in black suspenders and navy blue bow tie dancing during reception
male wedding guest in suspenders and bow tie holding paper dolls of friends
bride and groom posing with Lycoming Warriors flag with fellow alumni
bride and groom with Mizzou flag and fellow alumni

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

We wanted this celebration to “feel like us,” so we chose a good friend as our officiant, wrote our own vows and hand-made many decorative details. Of course we also wanted our guests to have a blast, so we chose great food and drink options 🙂

bride and groom with Mountain Lakes flag and fellow alumni
bride and groom with seton hall flag and fellow alumni
male and female guest dancing during wedding reception
female guest in floral print dress dancing during reception
guest in blue teal gown dancing disco style during reception
mother and father of the bride dancing during reception
bride and groom with young guest in comic book bow tie
4 tier semi naked wedding cake with red and white rose accents and monogram initial cake topper
bride and groom cutting their 4 tier semi naked wedding cake with red and white rose accents

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

There is SO MUCH pressure surrounding wedding planning these days – in the moment, it almost feels like our weddings are the yardstick with which we will be judged for the rest of our lives! Of course, this isn’t true, but here’s what I would tell future brides and grooms:

– Choose your vendors carefully! Make sure to read reviews, look at portfolios, and take in-person meetings with them when possible. Talk to them early and often about your wedding day vision to build a rapport and make sure you’re both on the same page – don’t be afraid to speak up about what you want, NOW is the time to make changes. Then on the day of your wedding – LET GO and trust their expertise.

– Always remember who this wedding is for – you and your partner! You will hear a lot of surprising opinions (often from the people closest to you) and be tempted by a lot of trends (don’t just do it for the ‘gram!), but when making decisions, always consider whether or not it makes YOU happy above all else.

– Know that things will go wrong. No matter how prepared and detail-oriented you are, not everything will be as you imagined. And that’s OKAY!

Most likely, these will be small annoyances that no one but you will notice – take a deep breath, ask family and friends for help, and don’t let these worries take over your day.

bride about to toss the red and white rose bouquet
guest fun dancing after the bouquet has been tossed
bride and groom under dim light against brick Cork Factory Hotel building
black and white candid photo of bride and groom looking at each other lovingingly inside the hotel under a dim light

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Cork Factory Hotel wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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