Not every bride wants to have the traditional “picture-perfect” wedding. Instead, tattoos, piercings and dreadlocks may star in the contemporary bride’s vision of the perfect wedding. Several special-event-focused companies at Pod 2 at Rock Lititz collaborated to create a rock n’ roll wedding — a fantasy photo shoot that showcased the hipness of getting hitched.
The modern-industrial feel of Pod 2 at Rock Lititz is true to its purpose. “The companies at Pod 2 are makers,” says Rock Lititz General Manager Andrea Shirk. “From world-class audio speakers to pyrotechnics to huge concert-sized video screens, these businesses combine technology and creativity to deliver world-class productions for live performances.”
Nestled alongside those live-event specialists are businesses that serve the public in similar ways: Stray Production Services creates lighting, staging, sound systems and décor for weddings, corporate events and private parties. OPUS produces videos for corporate and personal clients. Gravie Kitchen + Commons caters the events that are held in Pod 2 public spaces. Simply Events plans weddings and events in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. The building itself offers over 15,000 square-feet of public areas for special events accommodating up to 400 seated guests, plus a 3,500-square-feet rehearsal space that doubles as an event space for weddings, local nonprofit organizations and corporate clients.
“We are finding more and more clients who are no longer interested in just ‘pretty,’” says Melody Strayer, event designer at Stray Production Services. “Instead, they want something that will distinctly tell their story through great design.” Inspired by the need to think outside the norm, Melody became the ringleader that brought together dozens of Lancaster County businesses to stage a fantasy wedding that reflects the edginess of the increasingly diverse demographics of brides and grooms.
How did you do that?
Photography – Trinity Walker Keefer/Trinity Photography
Venue – Pod 2 at Rock Lititz
Event planner – Nicole Amspacher, Simply Events, Lititz
Lighting/design – Melody Strayer, Stray Production Services, Lititz
Invitations and event signage – Melissa Weiler, Persnickety Invitation Studio, York
Flowers – Tara Folker, Splints & Daisies, Lancaster
Catering – Josh Funk, TFB Hospitality, Lititz
Cake – Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe, Lititz
Makeup/Hair – Stefanie Burket, The Bonafide Ginger, Lancaster
Vintage car – Keller Brothers Ford, Lititz
Videography – Lexi Detweiler, OPUS, Lititz
Jewelry – Koser Jewelers, Mount Joy
Artwork – Alastair Blake Peters, Lititz
Live music – 3 West Productions, Lancaster
Linens – Special Occasions, Lancaster
Cigars – Stephen Saudarg, Garcia Garcia (not shown in photos)
Guitars – Tone Tailors, Lititz (not shown in photos)
Bikes – Lititz Bikeworks, Lititz (not shown in photos)
Cookie dough dessert – Dough and Co., Lancaster (not shown in photos)