Janelle + Dave’s Spring Wind in the Willows Wedding Day

Janelle had Dave convinced she was going to wear a red wedding dress. Convinced. And, he was legitimately worried about it and kind of freaking out. So, when Janelle dressed up her male cousin who is “built like a Viking” in a red dress complete with red veil and bouquet for the first look it was priceless. Almost as priceless as his reaction to seeing his real bride for the first time on their wedding day. And, yes, I included both in the blog. 😉 You’re welcome.

Janelle and Dave’s wedding day was saturated in emotion ranging from real hearty belly laughter to sobbing cries of joy. Janelle told me a month before, “I’m going to bawl my eyes out.” What she didn’t prepare me for was everyone else bawling their eyes out along with her!

Wind in the Willows was the venue of Janelle and Dave’s dreams with their large pond and gorgeous willow trees by the water accented beautifully in the teal and grey of their wedding party. During the ceremony by the pond, Janelle surprised Dave again (there were 5 surprises for him in all). After the two of them exchanged “repeat after me” vows, Janelle turned to Dave’s daughter, Lola, and said her own written vows to her promising to always be there to tuck her in a night and to care for her always. She thanked Lola for sharing her daddy with her…and EVERYONE cried. I’d like to say I kept my cool but I was sobbing along with everyone else…including Lola. To top it off, LOLA surprised BOTH with her own speech granting her blessing of their marriage. I’ve never met a 7-year-old with such zest for life coupled with maturity and grace. She is something to behold.

All-in-all it was a fantastic way to kick off my 2019 wedding season and I hope you enjoy this sample of photos from their wedding day.

Janelle and Dave, we’ve been getting to know each other for the last 18 months. After meeting at Giant in Elizabethtown because our original meeting location was closed on a Sunday, you told me that you two got in the car, looked at each other and said, “Well, we found our wedding photographer!” What I didn’t tell you was that I thought to myself, “Well, I just found a couple of lifelong friends.” Dave’s quirky humor combined with his enormous heart and calm pares perfectly with Janelle’s zeal for fun and constant thoughtfulness for those she loves. I’ve never seen a bride go to such lengths to ensure her groom enjoys HIS day. We share a love of self-help quotes and strong women figures and I adore you Janelle. You were such a beautiful bride and I hope your wedding day was the day of your dreams because you deserve it. You are so good to Dave and to Lola. You ALL are lucky to have each other. I hope you love this sample of photos from your day. Many more to come in a few weeks. And, because I know how hard it is to wait, there is a surprise in your inbox RIGHT NOW, so go check! XO – Megan

Venue: Wind in the Willows

Photographer: Megan Hoffer Photography

Second Photographer: Tina Gibson Photography

Caterer: Mission BBQ

Makeup: Audrey Vazquez (bride); Jamie Zarr (bridesmaids)

Hair: Audrey Vazquez

Forist: Bixler Blooms

DJ: Klock Entertainment

Donuts – The Filling Station, Palmyra

Cake Bakery – Lancaster Cupcakes

Cupcake Bakery – Lancaster Cupcake

Other cupcakes – Various Relatives and Friends

Dress Designer – Maggie Sottero

Dress Boutique – Coco Couture

Jeweler – Kay Jeweler (bride); Brent L Miller (groom)

Suits – Men’s Warehouse

Linens – Table Cloth Factory

Vinyl Signs & Seating Chart – Advert Graphix

Invitation Suite – Persnickety Invitation Studio


  1. Tammy Love

    May 16th, 2019 at 3:18 am

    These are beautiful pictures, as was the wedding itself! I love how Jasper is included in the puzzle 🐾. Love & happiness to you all

  2. Megan Hoffer

    May 21st, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Can’t forget the fury family members!!!

  3. Courtney Utterback

    May 16th, 2019 at 5:00 am

    There are no words. I felt just by looking at these photos and how you had them laid out that I was there. Janelle’s promise to Lola talk about tears r us. Looked absolutely amazing and Janelle you looked so beautiful and truly happy and Maurer you did as well. I wish you nothing but a life full of happiness and surprises and I love you both!!❤️😘😘

  4. Megan Hoffer

    May 21st, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    You are so sweet Courtney. 💕💕💕

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