Sue and Erik’s Intimate Garden Wedding in Erie, PA

On Friday, July 17th, Sue Kupkowski and Erik Thompson got the moment they’ve been anticipating since the end of their first date. Close family and friends gathered to celebrate their love in a gorgeous back garden wedding. Despite a smaller guest list due to COVID-19 limitations, Sue and Erik’s intimate garden ceremony was a beautiful declaration of their obvious love for each other, and we were so happy to be a part of their special day!

Bride touches groom's cheek during first look portraits before their intimate back garden wedding


Although Erik and Sue originally met at an airport in 1993, it wasn’t here that their romance took off. They reconnected 23 years later and, after their first date of dinner and a movie, Erik says he knew Sue was The One. He couldn’t know it at the time, but this was just one of the many things they had in common.

Groom smiles excitedly as he sees bride for the first time during first look portraits

On Christmas of 2019, he officially sealed the deal with a ring at Barcelona Harbor. For us, it sounds like the perfect happily-ever-after for their fairytale romance. But for Erik and Sue, it was just a symbol for what they’d both known for a very long time: they wanted to be together forever.

Now, as husband and wife, these two lovebirds look forward to doing everything together, as it’s sure to be fun. Whether it’s a road trip to nowhere or a year-long escape to England, Erik and Sue have plenty of love and laughter to enjoy as they grow old together.

Bride and groom dance in portico of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA



We know that Sue put a ton of work into getting their home ready for their intimate garden wedding, and it did not disappoint! This home-grown venue was the perfect place for their intimate ceremony, and the ideal setting to capture their first looks.

Couple exchanges vows during an intimate back garden wedding

Couple shares first kiss at the end of their back garden wedding in Erie, PA


Bridal portraits took us to the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The gorgeous building, complete with a chapel, sanctuary, and plenty of stained glass, was a fitting backdrop for the beautiful bride.

Bride and groom walk down steps of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Erie, PA


Finally, we headed to the Concourse at Union Station for the couple’s reception. Located in the center of the city, Erie’s 1927 train station made for the perfect last stop! The classic design and joyful group made our job as photographers easy.

Bride and groom share first dance at the Brewerie at Union Station in Erie, PA

We had so much fun helping to capture Sue and Erik’s perfect day. If you’re interested in having professional preservation of your favorite moments, please contact us. We would love to work with you.

If COVID has caused you to scrap your big wedding plans in favor of a more intimate celebration, check out some of our couples who had beautiful, intimate weddings at their homes:


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