Written by: Chelsea McKamy
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When it comes to a wedding day, it is hard to narrow down a top five list of what is significant or most valued within your day. What will stay with you? What will resonate when reminiscing five, ten…fifty years later? Depending on personalities and passions, any number of things can be recalled first. Not everything, however, always lines up perfectly, and there can be a certain charm in that. We have heard about the day a thousand different ways; for some, the day just seems to fall into place in every sense. And for Lindsey and Matt, you could say, they were always falling into place.
Like a small town tale, one of old fashioned flair and fiction, Matt and Lindsey grew up 20 minutes away from each other but as serendipity would have it, it was actually London that would play match-maker for them. They were lucky enough to fall into each others space while both attending Susquehanna University while there studying abroad. 8-hour city strolls were first dates that ended with the sun rising and new experiences. These set a foundation for a vintage kind of love. It is not hard to imagine the scenic story and heart seeds that were planted. So for Lindsey and Matt, you could say, from their meeting, to their love story, to their wedding day, they were always falling into place.
The engagement …
The engagement only continued to elevate their story. And like a card carrying romantic, Matt brought his future bride to the McBryde Botanical Gardens in Kauai. If ever there was a symbolic backdrop for their past and future, this was it. A location where legends once upon were made, with tree roots carved deep and structurally into the earth’s soil, symbolic of all love’s ambition. Lush, botanical and tropical; this special place rounds out an all seasoned love affair. On one knee he dropped when she ran ahead framed by the picturesque display of tree crowns and tap roots. Turning to see Matt was like a dream sequence for her. She lost her words and couldn’t formulate speech, so she took matters into her own hands, literally. While nodding she took the ring and placed it on her own hand out of pure thrill and impulse.
From the beauty and balm of Hawaii to the fullness of fall’s foliage, Matt and Lindsey were ushered into their latest sequel. In all the glory of fall, Lindsey and Matt wed at the Saint Joseph’s Church in Coopersburg among family and life long friends. The morning getting ready with bridesmaids proved to be one of the most special of the day. Creating these intentional moments of relaxation, calm and fun proved to be needed and welcomed – especially with the happy tears sneaking just around the corner. Filled with emotion, father and daughter had their own first meaningful reveal which was so special to lead into the walk down the aisle to see Matt.
As new and debated legend would have it, right after Lindsey’s dad gave her away, Matt seemed to want to break tradition and go in for a kiss with his bride before they walked up to the altar. Laughter was had by all guests but thus began the telling and retelling of different sides as to who really went in for the pre-wed kiss. The ceremony was rounded out with segments of deep meaning; friends Kate and Dennis singing with piano accompaniment and best friend Leah playing the violin. It was an all encompassing family and friends affair with moments that set the ceremony apart and personalized it for Matt and Lindsey in many ways.
Moving from the ceremony to the Glasbern Inn was the bride and groom’s genius move of the day. They made sure to incorporate relaxing moments into their transitions throughout the day so that they had time to reflect and take a breath. Sneaking away with the bridal party after the ceremony to a bar adjacent the reception, was where Matt and Lindsey practiced their dance, her sisters bustled her Anna Maier gown and the bridal party was able to take a moment between events.
With the Glasbern Inn and property as their magnificent backdrop, the visuals only continued to compliment their love which has grown in sentiment and aesthetic. If there was any way to predict the weather, foliage and colors of the wild blue yonder on your upcoming big day in order to harmonize with your blossoms, blush and bridesmaids, then Allium Floral Design & Event Styling must have that intel. It is truly remarkable how every shade and tone in the bouquets mirrored everything from distant leaves, to the water’s reflection, aged barn wood, or even the bride’s sun kissed shoulders. Everywhere you looked it was a display of elevated detail and curation that created a fully tangible experience.
In the midst of this canvas, Lauren Fair Photography captured what was the most meaningful moments they wanted to remember. Seeing each other for the first time with the excitement and spirit of it all in sweeps and waves of emotion on film is something they have to cherish for a lifetime. The photographs also reveal the class and style, the understated, clean and refined elegance that Lindsay and her mother worked so hard to achieve over their cherished months of planning. But what also translates through the film is the warmth of their love and the unifying spirit of two families.
Some say you need “something blue”, but Matt and Lindsey may have convinced us that you also need a “dash of red”. A red bicycle with a gorgeous Allium Floral eucalyptus design was a very resourceful and creative solution as part gift, part favor and part photo prop. An honestly clever staple to enrich their theme. A donation to the World Bicycle Relief was the suggested gift, their calligrapher, Nancy scribed a beautiful work of little drawn bicycle signs for each table, and some of their most charming images were of the bride and groom posed atop their vintage bicycle fixed with a basket of Allium designed florals.
Proud to Plan managed all of their expectations and visions. The team ensured Lindsey and Matt had everything they needed throughout, according to schedule and with blessed assurance, which created a relaxed mode throughout the day. It allowed them to be present, instead of thinking about what came next. Wesley Works provided the lighting and entertainment, creating a spirit of fun and energy the couple wanted for their guests. Bridesmaids comfortably danced in their Bill Levkoff dresses and because of True Beauty Marks who did the hair and makeup of each, their hair and makeup stayed in place with all the dancing throughout the entire night. As they say, the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, Lindsey sweetly surprised Matt and his men (in their Black Tux gear) a late night snack of mini cheeseburgers from the Glasbern’s caterer. And late night is where the Glasbern really pours on the romance, with their fire pits and stars, the quiet waters reflection and intimate settings. An autumnal evening nightcap and compliment to an entire day’s festivities which will reflect a new lifetime.
|| Photography: Lauren Fair || Planner: Proud to Plan || Hair/Makeup: True Beauty Marks || Floral Design: Allium Floral Design || Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church, Coopersburg, PA || Officiant: Father Thomas Buckley || Wedding Gown: Anna Maier from Wedding Pavillion at Van Cleve || Veil: Sara Gabriel Veils || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Menswear: The Black Tux || Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Sorrelli || Bridal Earrings: BHLDN || Engagement Ring/Wedding Band: Allure Diamonds || Reception Venue: Glasbern Inn || DJ: Wesley Works || Rentals: Omnievents || Lighting: Wesley Works || Favors: Donation to the World Bicycle Relief || Calligraphy: Nancy Kaiser || Signage: Signed by M || Invitations: The Paperbag || Dessert/Cake: The Bakery House || Transportation: Corporate Limousine || Guest Accommodations: Glasbern Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton-Allentown West/Fogelsville, The Center at the Holiday Inn ||
For more inspiration see: Molly and Brett: Traditional Elegance with a Touch of Navy, Sasha and Chris: Movie Themed Rustic Wedding, or Kate and Chris: A Joy Occasion.