Laura and Jon had the sweetest March wedding full of joy and laughter, held in Bethlehem, Pa. You can join in the joyful, festive occasion simply through looking at these images. Their love is contagious!
How did you meet?
Jon and I met online in August of 2013. Our first date was to match a Jets vs Eagles preseason game at a bar called Jake’s in Flemington, NJ.
What was your proposal like?
It was perfect! We were up in Vermont for an annual ski trip with Jon’s friends from college. Jon and I had planned to go to a brewery we liked called Alchemist and take the day away from the group. We were going to get beers there and take them to the top of Mount Mansfield. However, there was so much snow that the road to the top was closed! So, we decided to walk up, without the beers, and got about 100 feet up the trail and decided to turn around because it was too windy. We took a few photos and when we went to turn back Jon popped the question, which came as a complete surprise! Apparently, he had tried two other times to propose on the trip but the plans and weather just didn’t work out. I think when and where it happened was just perfect.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
Having a rough timeline of when to do things. There are a ton that you can find online that are helpful. We made a spreadsheet for the 12 weeks leading up to the wedding with things to do each week. Some kept getting pushed back, but having that to guide us and stay on track was very helpful.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Our wedding coordinator Kelsey at Hotel Bethlehem was a rockstar. Every detail that I went to remind her of, she had already taken care of. Knowing that she was on top of everything let Jon and me relax and not have to worry about any setup.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
It wasn’t any particular moment, it was all of the candid photos that Maggie took throughout the day that were important to us. While posed photos are great to frame, you really see people’s emotions and capture the mood of the day so much more with the candid, unposed photos.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
We both wanted a first look. We wanted to be able to see each other and have a special moment before anyone else did (aside from our wedding party). Maggie our photographer helped make the moment extra special and I am so happy she captured it so beautifully on camera. Doing a first look made us much more comfortable going into the ceremony and it allowed us some extra time together before all of the craziness of the day started.
What made you cry?
Our first look. It was so hard not talking to Jon all day, and that moment when we were able to reach our hands around a wall to hold hands and talk before seeing each other was very emotion filled.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
So many things! I was so nervous to see him that day and I never get nervous to see him. I also wasn’t sure what mood he would be in. Jon went to the University of Vermont and they had a basketball game in the NCAA tournament that day that they lost about five minutes before Jon and I were set to meet. I had no clue if he would be sad, distraught, drunk…who knows! Turns out, the basketball game had no affect on his mood and it was the special moment we had hoped for.
What would you do differently?
Nothing! I wouldn’t change a thing. Maybe it could have been a few degrees warmer for our photos, but other than that it was an absolute perfect day.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Don’t get hung up on the little details. No one will notice them except for you. Try to just enjoy being engaged. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in planning and only talking about the wedding, so you need to still “date” each other and remember that being engaged isn’t just about planning a wedding.
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
We had a room to ourselves before and after the ceremony with food and drinks. It was so much fun to hang out with everyone before they all went their separate ways once the party started.
What was something unique that you did?
Instead of the sand or candles that many people do during their ceremony, we blended wine! Both my dad and Jon’s uncle make their own wine, so we decided to make a “family blend”… it did not taste that great hahaha!
What surprised you?
How calm I was the second the doors opened for me to walk down the aisle. I was so nervous in the minutes leading up to it since everyone would be looking at me. There is even a photo of me with my dad before the doors opened and I am taking in a big gasp of air. What surprised me, though, was when the doors opened I realized it was all of our best friends and family and there was absolutely nothing to be nervous about. The hunky groom waiting at the end of the aisle helped too!
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
Jon and I spend most of our time laughing together. We always have a blast and our wedding day was no different. Our officiant made us laugh the entire ceremony, as evident by every photo taken by Maggie. Also, our siblings knocked both of their speeches out of the park.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Jon and I got ushered into a small room after the ceremony so that our guests could process out and head up to cocktail hour. Those few minutes alone with Jon were much needed and something I will never forget. We were able to finally spend some time together without a photographer or our entourage and just be us for a few moments.
What was your favorite design detail?
Our donut cake! Emmaus bakery did a great job with the design and our florist was able to add flowers in all the right places. It was something unique and very us.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
The honeymoon was awesome!! We flew to Barcelona a month alter. Spent a few nights there and then hopped on a seven night cruise. We sailed around the Mediterranean and then flew home from Barcelona. It was a perfect trip with my perfect man.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Let people do things for you. I tried to do everything myself, even when people were asking if they could help. It is definitely worth taking people up on their offers — it will help with your sanity.
|| Photography: Maggie J Photography (Allentown, Pa) || Venue: Hotel Bethlehem || Floral Design: Pondelek’s Florist || Officiant: Rev. Rob McMahon || DJ: Eclipse Entertainers || Photobooth: Eclipse Entertainers || Wedding Gown: BHLDN || Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group || Jewelry: Badgley Mischka (earrings and bracelet). The necklace was a gift from the bride’s dad to my mom on their wedding day. || Menswear: Ralph Lauren || Dessert/Cake: Emmaus Bakery || Favors/Gifts: Homebrew Beer made by the Bride and Groom || Invitations: Etsy- Tranquillina || Guest Accommodations: Hotel Bethlehem || Honeymoon: Barcelona and a Western Mediterranean Cruise through Royal Caribbean ||
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