Shyla and Mark were married on Sunday at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Ma on one of the most beautiful winter days you could ask for. The Salem Cross Inn is a beautiful location, the barn is decorated with a variety of antiques that compliment the dark wood work throughout and really add to the charm and romance of the space. There was even a horse drawn sleigh ride that the whole wedding party hopped on for photos and that guests were able to go on later.
I was introduced to a new tradition at Shyla and Mark's wedding too, which I absolutely loved. After their indoor ceremony, Shyla and Mark went outside for an old German wedding custom, the tradition of cutting a log. This custom represents the first obstacle that the couple must overcome in their marriage. They must work together to “overcome the obstacle” by sawing through the log. Using a large, long saw with two handles, the couple demonstrates their teamwork to friends and family, and their willingness and ability to master the difficulties that inevitably arise in a marriage. These two made quick work of it with plenty of smiles and laughs! It was easy to see how good they are together and how much love and support surrounds them.
Below are a few more photos from their day. I can't wait to get the rest edited to share, after Shyla and Mark see them of course!