April 7, 2020

Geena + Darius at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens | A Lush, Candid July Wedding in Lancaster | Delaware County Wedding Photographer

Quarantine day 8 million nine hundred thousand bagillion and two:

I got a sunburn yesterday, so it’s officially summer. Spring is  basically canceled anyway so I hope y’all don’t mind, but I thought I’d share a gorgeous— no, freakin’ lush—Lancaster country wedding to combat my cabin fever.

To be honest, I’m shocked I haven’t shared this particular wedding because if you know me, you know I’m a complete sucker for high school sweetheart stories. Oh my gosh. Teenage love stories always give me the biggest crushes. Give me a high school drama show (sup, OTH fans?!) and I am on board with it even after all of my favorite characters’ contracts have run up.

There is something about teenage love that is truly incredible. You can’t recreate it. It’s wild, on fire, and also totally innocent at the same time. To love someone as a teenager means you love them unconditionally and without reservation— there are no expectations. To love someone madly during the course of their life where they are going to do the most growing, changing, and being in their feelings (constantly, all the time, if you were anything like 16 year old me), is magic.  High school sweethearts are the epitome of true love. Change my freakin’ mind.

What makes this high school couple even sweeter (if it were possible) is that they went to my high school. With me.  And right from their initial inquiry, I was practically doing cartwheels. Go AG! From our Longwood Garden engagement session all the way through their sunset portraits, Geena and Darius (though to quote them, they are “super awkward”… not) helped me capture what I think may be the truest, most candid gallery I’ve ever taken.

Geena’s attention to detail and her soft vibe brought all the things I love about summer weddings literally to the table. Deep greens, rustic atmospheres, candle light, vintage glass— my. goodness. gracious.  Paired with those things was their family’s eccentric and earthy flair.

Special shoutout to Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens for treating this couple like family on this busy, beautiful day. Scroll down to see Geena’s black diamond engagement ring, a DJ you can text requests to, and just about the best dance floor in wedding history (decked out in multiple bowties).

Wash your hands and be well, babes!

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