With a lush secret garden inspired theme, Christine and Michael had a magical spring wedding. The fresh florals and details completed the personal look they desired and made their day absolutely breathtaking. Spring is quickly approaching and this wedding is the PERFECT inspiration.
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|| Birds of a Feather Photography: Emmaus, Pa ||
How did you meet?
What was your proposal like?
In line with how important family is to us, Michael proposed at our families’ annual Christmas get together. We always do a Yankee gift swap game where the gifts are a mystery, and we get to steal from each other, etc. Michael rigged the game with everyone else ahead of time so that I would end up picking the last gift, which turned out to be an engagement ring! As soon as I realized what was happening, I started crying, happy tears, throwing off Michael’s planned speech. He said it to me after the fact though, and it was beautiful. It was so special to have both our families there for that moment. I also found out, that he had enlisted my mom and sister, as well as his mom, to help him pick out the ring – and of course, he also asked for my parents blessing.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
The fact that I had planned large events before for work was very helpful in terms of knowing how to manage a lot of moving pieces.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Stroudsmoor provided us with a personal attendant for the day of the wedding. She was amazing and we still talk about her! She always had our drinks of choice before we asked, helped fix the bustle of my dress (she had pockets full of safety pins and other emergency items), and made sure we didn’t forget anything.
What was your favorite design detail?
I love flowers and knew I wanted fresh florals to be a big part of our wedding. We had gorgeous flowers hanging from the trees along the walkway to our ceremony that made the space magical.
What surprised you?
The weather! We took a big risk picking April and wanting an outdoor wedding. Lucky for us, it was a beautiful 80 degree day – not to hot and not too cold. It looked like it was about to storm at one point, but it never did.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I think the look on both Michael’s and my face when we saw each other for the first time. I need to say too, that Birds of a Feather Photography (John & Tassia) were such a pleasure to work with. I’ve seen wedding photographers in the past that are a bit pushy to get their shots – John and Tassia far exceeded expectations in terms of the shots they got and they also had very calming and pleasant presences. They are hands down the best choice we made in all of our wedding planning.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
I think just pure joy and happiness. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have married my husband and to have experienced all of the love that surrounded us that day.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
One of the readings that we picked talked about “when storms hide the face of the sun in your lives”. My cousin was doing the reading and at that point she paused and looked up at the sky. I hadn’t even realized, but the weather was looking pretty threatening at that point, and we all started laughing. Then, at the very end of the ceremony, our officiant said a line about the sun shining on us and at that point the sun was completely out.
What was something unique that you did?
We did a ring warming during our ceremony. So right before we exchanged rings we asked our immediate families and bridal party to pass around our rings, holding them for a second while giving a silent wish/thought for our marriage. For us, it was an opportunity to again bring in our families and closest friends as part of our ceremony. The string trio played “Make You Feel My Love” during this piece and it stands out in my mind as one of the most touching moments of the entire day.
What made you cry?
Our vows (we wrote our own) and had no idea what each other was going to say. I think we nailed it! Also, my Dad’s toast. He gave a beautiful speech revolving around a card I gave him when I was very young. I think there were a lot of (good) tears in the room at that point.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
Saying our vows – which was also the part I was most nervous about. It is intimidating to speak in front of 200 people, let alone sharing your deepest feelings and trying not to cry!
What would you do differently?
It’s hard to say because it truly turned out even better than we could have hoped for. Maybe stress less over the details!
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Let your wedding reflect who you are and what’s important to you. I love when a wedding is personalized to the couple and you can feel their love shining through the details.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
It is really, really hard to pick! One of the top moments would be right after the father/daughter and mother/son dances, we asked everyone to join us on the dance floor to start the party. We were completely surrounded by all of our family friends on the dance floor just rocking out to “Shut Up and Dance With Me”.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
We were lucky to get so much great advice leading up to the day, I can’t think of anything. Maybe remember to take your things with you when you make your grand exit! We left the wedding on cloud nine, drove to our room and realized we had forgotten everything – our phones and more importantly our room key for the night!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
We went to the beautiful Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida Keys.
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|| Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography || Videography: D&P Multimedia || Venue: Stroudsmoor Country Inn-Ridgecrest || Officiant/Celebrant: Lois Heckman || Ceremony Music: Penn Strings Trio || Cocktail Hour Music: Penn Strings Piano Player || Reception DJ: Weddings by Paris || Photobooth: Weddings by Paris || Floral Design/Lighting/Decor/Rentals: Stroudsmoor || Event Planner: Stroudsmoor || Catering: Stroudsmoor (late night snacks (mini grilled cheese, tomato soup shots, sliders, fries). Ice cream truck) || Dessert/Cake: Stroudsmoor || Invitations: Stroudsmoor || Wedding Gown: Purchased at The Bridal Chateau in Berwick, PA. It is a Maggie Sottero dress. || Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo || Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse (BLACK by Vera Wang) || Jewelry: Engagement ring/wedding bands from Van Scoy Diamond Mine in Wilkes-Barre || Favors/Gifts: Mini succulents and begonias in mercury glass votives. The plants and potting was done by Larry O’Malia’s Farm & Greenhouses in Wilkes-Barre. We also offered slip on flat shoes for the ladies from Cinderollies.com || Transportation: J&J Transportation || Honeymoon: Little Palm Island Resort in the Florida Keys || Guest Accommodations: Stroudsmoor, Hampton Inn Stroudsburg, Holiday Inn Express Stroudsburg || Rehearsal Dinner: Blue Ridge Estate Winery and Vineyard || Additional Mentions from the Bride: I also want to recognize that my Dad built a beautiful glass terrarium for us to use for our cards. My Dad also hand cut and sanded pieces of wood that my husband wood burned to serve as escort cards ||