Romantic Elopement at Rock Spring Lodge | Bedford, PA | Christopher + Sarah

It’s safe to say that I’ve gotten to know Christopher Marx and Sarah Linder pretty well since they booked their wedding back in February, 2019. Nearly two years has past since we first met for coffee at the same Duquesne Union Starbucks, where I’d spent dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars throughout my four years in college there.

Filmed by Alex Mowrey and edited by Shannon Chavez

In my daze of reminisce over being back on campus, I felt right off the bat that I was meeting up with old friends. We had so much to talk about and discovered quickly that we had a lot in common!

At the time, I was planning for a 2020 wedding of my own and I remember thinking, WOW! These two are really on the ball!!!

Who would have thought that a year later, we’d all be forced to change our plans?

Long story short, Chris and Sarah cancelled their May date at Heinz Chapel and moved on for the time being.

When covid hit in March, they were some of the first to experience the mess that would become of 2020 and at no surprise to me, handled every curve ball with poise and grace.

They had no intentions of putting their friends and family in harms way, so decided that it’d be best to hold off on the large, Sunday celebration they’d so perfectly timed to throw just after their 10th anniversary.

After a few long months in quarantine, they had to do something, so they decided to elope!!!! Chris and Sarah planned the most romantic (or should I say, heart wrenching) self-uniting ceremony at a beautiful, private mansion in Bedford, PA.

When they called and asked if I’d be one of just eight people present to witness their vows, I wept a tear of joy. The first of many, shed since that emotional day.

I’d fallen head over heals for Chris and Sarah during their engagement photo session at Kennywood park the Spring before, so to have this opportunity to photograph them during such an intimate time in their lives would be an honor.

Little did I know that in a month’s time, Chris and Sarah would pull together the most amazing day that would go down in history as one of my favorite.

They arranged their own flowers, designed handwritten place cards and wrote their own vows. They even pronounced themselves husband and wife, which made for an adorable sigh of comic relief after the most tear (and snot) filled wedding ceremony I’ve ever seen.

Chris, his brother and his dad built the wooden arbor that he and Sarah stood beneath as they transitioned into a new and sacred stage of life, and kindly gifted me the same arbor that will stand at the alter when I finally get to walk down the aisle towards my husband next year.

I am honored to know this kind and gracious pair and I’ll forever be blessed with memories from this wonderful experience.

Cheers, to Sarah and Chris!

Venue:  Rock Spring Lodge in Bedford, PA 

Catering:  Jackie’s Catering

Florals:  Roxanne’s Dried Flowers, Arranged by Sarah

Wedding Arbor:  DIY by Andrew, Matthew, and Christopher Marx

Dinner place cards: handmade by Sarah Linder

Hair and Makeup:  Sarah Linder 

Bride’s Dress:  Anomalie with Custom alterations and redesign by Debbie at Exquisite Fit

Groom’s Suit:  Joseph Orlando Clothiers

Rings:  Heidi Gibson and Studebaker Metals

Shoes:  Bella Belle Sadie Block Heels, BHLDN

Accessories:  Pearl Crown by AnnaMarguerite, Pearl Drop Earrings by Mejuri