A Leap Day Wedding Planned in Just 10 Days: Jennifer & Michael

Jennifer & Michael were married in The Candy Factory, a warehouse in Lancaster PA, on February 29th this year. They picked the venue as Jennifer loves the space (she’s a model and has shot there a few times). They also planned their wedding in…wait for it…TEN DAYS! Jennifer told me all about it,

“Our wedding was planned in under 10 days. I went to my seamstress with a 7 day window, and the desire for a 50s style, tea length wedding dress and she pulled through. The venue is one of my favorite shooting spots as I am very fond of putting pretty things in old, ugly places. This spot just matched us so well. Even though there was no lighting or heat, my husband fixed all that with his all-knowing sensibility. We picked a very rainy day, so the roof leaked horribly and we had buckets everywhere, but I guarantee no one will forget this wedding!”

The day was beautiful and exactly how the couple wanted it to be. However the quick planning of this wedding was brought on by some very sad circumstances. “I was given just 6 months to live back in August of 2011 due to stage 4 cervical cancer,” Jennifer continued. “The spontaneity of this wedding was brought on by various health struggles, and turned it into something beautiful. We spent very little on the wedding due to the burden of medical bills. We then, with the gracious help of others, took our two young daughters to a short visit to Disneyworld for our honeymoon.”

“Almost this entire wedding was DIY and incredibly cheap with the exception of our photographers but they were donated to us anonymously. I doubt we spent $500 total and it was unforgettable for everyone involved. We made this wedding ours without breaking our wallets!”

“We took an old building, falling apart, and made it home,” Jennifer concluded when I asked her about their theme. “Our tattoos and rockabilly style, paired with the beauty of marriage inside that building… it all perfectly meshed into something so unique and unforgettable. Even if we had enough money, I wouldn’t spend it on a fancy venue because we are down to earth and like getting our hands dirty. Our wedding was entirely ‘us’. Simple as that. It fit our personalities, lifestyle and flair. And all you really need is love, right? Our wedding proved that you don’t need a ton of money or a ton of guests or months of planning to have a perfectly-fitting wedding.”

Wow, I don’t know what to say except thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to Jennifer & Michael for letting us witness their incredible wedding. I’m truly honoured.

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: (mattnnat) photographers
Venue: he Candy Factory, Lancaster, PA
Bride’s Dress & Veil: Michelle Rene
Flowers: DIY


  1. deerdonna

    wow, this is just gorgeous. what a beautiful REAL couple. i love them so much xox

  2. This is awesome! Congrats to the couple. I proposed to my future husband on Leap Day, and then he turned around and asked me!

  3. Amy D

    Gorgeous bride!!!! The love, personality and creativity just pour from the photos! x

  4. Post author

    I know Amy, isn’t it so sad.
    Such a beautiful wedding and couple though. glad they got to celebrate their love in a way that was ‘so them’

  5. I LOVE when couples create something special for themselves…a day they will never forget. No fluff, just fun and love 🙂

  6. Thanks for posting this! And thank you, everyone, for the well-wishes and love <3 im the bride of this story and so thankful for all the blessings!

    Ps shoes are from DEB 😉

  7. Amy

    Jennifer – you look beautiful on your big day and its obvious that its true love! I feel so sad after reading this though. Hoping for a miracle xxx

  8. Dora

    Jennifer is a true miracle – she gave birth over a month ago to a beautiful baby boy – for those that were asking for an update! True angels amongst us.


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