Tyler and Lindsay met in the spring of 2010 as students at Bucknell University. Tyler, a sophomore, and Lindsay, a freshman, joined the leadership team for Bucknell’s chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship that spring. Up until the welcome party for new leaders, the two had never actually met, despite both attending Intervarsity’s weekly worship gatherings throughout the year. They became fast friends, and about a year and a half later (after leading worship for Intervarsity, running, biking and hiking together, playing in a bluegrass band, cooking and drinking beer together, and learning a lot about each other) the couple began dating. Both knew very quickly that they had found “the one”. In October of 2013, the pair planned a little weekend getaway to Chapman Dam State Park in Pennsylvania. On Saturday morning, Tyler told Lindsay he wanted to take her on a hike a little ways away from the cabin where they were staying. The couple began the hike in an area of the forest called “Heart’s Content”… Lindsay started to get a little suspicious, because she knew there was an incredible overlook somewhere on the hike, so she thought he might propose there. He surprised her, though, and in the middle of the hike stopped under a knotted old maple tree. He asked if she had ever heard about how different parts of trees grow. Lindsay wasn’t quite sure what he meant, but he began to tell her that trees carry signs of their struggles for their entire lives; knots form around scars to make the tree stronger after an injury, and strong winds strengthen its root system. Not seeing where he was going, Lindsay said “Oh yeah, I think I knew that…” and tried to keep walking. Tyler stopped her, though, and began drawing parallels between that tree and our own lives and relationship, and future marriage. After saying more sweet things, he got down on one knee! They cried together for a little while, carved their initials into the tree, and came back to our cabin, where some of Tyler’s family members had snuck in and decorated the entire place with Christmas lights (her favorite!). The best part was that they got to go back to Bucknell the following weekend for Homecoming to announce our engagement to our whole Bucknell family!
Lindsay Coffee, 23 of New Jersey, and Tyler Campbell, 25 of Butler, got married on August 9th, 2014 in Lewisburg, PA just a few miles from where the couple met. They tried to incorporate that tree/growth theme into the wedding, too. The RSVP cards featured a tree with their initials carved into it, the ceremony took place underneath a big oak tree, the guestbook was a thumbprint tree, and the favors were wildflower seeds with tags that said “let love grow”. The couple says they poured their hearts and souls into their wedding and spent HOURS making all the decorations, favors, and gifts for their wedding party. In the end, it was an extremely emotional and intimate wedding because of how involved each of the guests had been in the couples’ relationship, and in the wedding. It truly felt like all 110 guests were family that day, and the couple appreciated each and every one of them. There was barely a dry eye in the shade of that oak tree during the ceremony, and the pair have so many wonderful, joyful memories of their wedding. It truly was perfect, and really reflected them as a couple.
They now live in the Nashville area where Tyler is an engineer and Lindsay work as a television producer. They are also in the midst of starting our own wedding photography business!
Flowers: Bouquets and centerpieces by Daniel Vaughn Designs, State College.
Rings: Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, Chicago
Catering: Acme BBQ + Catering, Williamsport. Beer and wine DIYed by the bride, groom, and two close friends
Music: Local Motion, State College
Photographer: Janae Rose Photography (Janae and Hugo Tomas)