At Allenberry, our memorable brides and grooms forever become a part of our history. Recently, we incorporated Michelle and Ryan’s beginning as husband and wife into our history with their charming Central PA wedding here at Allenberry.
On May 5th, 2018, Michelle Bert and Ryan Coyle celebrated their love at Allenberry. The serene outdoors and our storied, colonial buildings gave the couple exactly what they dreamed of for their wedding backdrops, ceremony, and reception. Sunshine highlighted our vibrant natural grounds and the temperate weather set the mood for the romantic day.
Before the ceremony, the groom and the bride used two of Allenberry’s quaint cottages, illuminated by the sun, to get ready for the ceremony. Michelle and her bridesmaids beamed with excitement for the upcoming event while getting their hair and make-up done.
Tying the Knot, Creekside
Michelle and Ryan love the outdoors, so the decision to have their ceremony by the Yellow Breeches Creek was easy. Their ceremony site separated their Central PA wedding from others. Guests arrived by the pavilion near the creek to watch the couple share their “I do”s. A string quartet played gently while Michelle’s father escorted her down the aisle to the arbor. The surrounding hills, verdant plant life, and aforementioned Yellow Breeches enhanced the idyllic portrait of the vow exchange.
Cheers to the Newlyweds
Eventually, guests made their way to the overlooking 1798 Terrace to start cocktail hour perched above Allenberry’s grounds. While mingling, the guests enjoyed an assortment of appetizing hors-d’oeuvres. Fresh tomato mozzarella bruschetta, spinach and artichoke tartlets, and sirloin pub burgers whet guests’ appetites for the main entrees.
Stationed hors-d’oeuvres were also provided, which included a cheese board with fresh fruit & assorted crackers and antipasto with assorted Italian meats, cheese, olives, bruschetta, smoked nuts, and dried fruits which made up an earthy charcuterie.
During hors-d’oeuvres, guests had a variety of drinks to choose from, including signatures from the bride and groom. Ryan’s “The Grinning Groom”, a specialty Jack and Coke, and “The Blushing Bride”, containing vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, and a Maraschino cherry top, preferred by Michelle. Once the happy newlyweds finished taking pictures around the property, they joined the rest of their party.
Hungry For More
When cocktail hour was over, the guests gathered to the Carriage Room, where the rustic-chic theme continued. Picturesque decorations, including lanterns surrounding the fireplace, floating candles, and centerpieces from Sarah’s Floral Designs, filled the room. While the guests were taking their seats, dinner was served.
A roasted chicken breast with prosciutto, fontina cheese, and mushrooms, and a New York Strip with sauteed onions and mushrooms with baked macaroni & cheese and grilled asparagus placed the guests in a win-win situation for dinner.
Ending the Night, Right
Once everyone finished their meals, it was time for the couple to cut their cake. Pennsylvania Bakery provided two cakes for the wedding guests. One was a carrot cake that was served specifically to the bridal party, while a chocolate marble sheet sated guests’ sweet tooths. Allenberry’s famous sticky buns rounded out the desserts.
The rustic interior of the Carriage Room, with handpainted murals of the property throughout its history, exemplifies the charm of Allenberry. The adjacent Stone Tavern made sure a drink was never too far away. The dance floor allowed for a jovial reception for the couple and their welcomed guests. The open reception space allowed enough space for guests to spread out and enjoy their time together.
After a night of dancing, the newlywed couple carried the joy of the day through the evening by relaxing in one of our cottages tucked peacefully among nearby hills and farmland. Ultimately, Michelle and Ryan’s day was a successful celebration of the bond they share, and one we were privileged to be a part of.
All photography by Jeff Benzon Photography