Mel and Josh had a fun and personal theme park inspired wedding. The wedding day is meant to reflect you as a couple and be entirely personal. They did the perfect job of that! Not only did their wedding reflect their passions, hobbies, and personalities, but you can see their love story woven throughout. It is truly beautiful.
How did you meet?
We met in 2008 while both working at Dorney Park in Allentown, PA.
What was your proposal like?
I bought us VIP tickets for a behind the scenes tour at Busch Gardens in Virginia. As part of the tour we were able to go on the catwalks on the top of the Griffon roller coaster. I asked our tour guide to take a picture of us and when I turned around Josh was on one knee. I started crying and to this day we still don’t know if I actually said yes!
What was most helpful in the planning process?
Staying organized and checking in with vendors.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
Reminding each other that this wedding is for us and we did not have to cater to what anyone else wanted.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
They captured the spirit of the event we created.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
My sister Angela took over the roll of my wedding coordinator. Without her I don’t know how it would’ve come together.
A little bit about the florals…
The bouquets, boutonnieres, garland and centerpiece flowers were designed and made by me. I grew the greenery and purchased bulk flowers from Produce Junction. My bouquet also had a photo of my parents on their wedding day and Josh’s parents on their wedding day.
Favors and Gifts…
There are so many opportunities to personalize different parts of your wedding day. The favors and different gifts that you give is an excellent example of that:
I proposed to each of my bridesmaids with rings when I asked them to be part of our wedding. I made the bridesmaids and mothers clutch purses that had an iron-on image of me and them.
Josh gave the groomsmen watches when he asked them to be part of our big day. We also bought the them personalized cufflinks. I gave my father cufflinks with a baby picture of me and Josh gave his dad cufflinks with a baby picture of him.
At the wedding, we had a candy bar for favors. As a thank you from the bridal shower, I sent postcards from different parts of Germany (our honeymoon) back to all the guests that attended my bridal shower.
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
I ran in a giant hamster ball on the beach with my bridesmaids. Josh and his groomsmen went to Dorney Park the night before the wedding.
The Perfect Personal Touch…
The invitations, programs and logo were designed and made by us. We wanted to create an event, not just another wedding. The theme for our wedding was an amusement park that we called Forever Funland.
We created a logo for our park which we used on all of the stationary. The invitations were amusement park tickets and the programs were park maps. Each table at the reception was named after an amusement park ride. Instead of place cards, we listed the guests in the park map under their table’s ride. Throughout the day we liked to make jokes to lighten the mode. On the front of the park map it said FOREVER FUNLAND and underneath it in small print it said “One day only, No rain days, No refunds”. On the back of the park map we listed “Sponsors” for our park (the vendors) mixed in with advertisements for fictional companies from TV shows we enjoy, such as Futurama, The Office and Bob’s Burgers.
What was something unique that you did?
In addition to the decor we hand made, for the processional the harpist played the theme to Jurassic Park and for the flower girl/bride entrance she played “Married Life,” the theme to the movie UP. The flower girls walked down the aisle with giant white balloons. I also played and sang an original song at the reception, on the ukulele for Josh called Forever Funland.
What surprised you?
Josh would say, “When Mel ran down the aisle”. I decided to run halfway down the aisle and hug Josh.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
Josh: “She’s going to do something ridiculous.”
Mel: “I’m gonna totally run and jump on him.”
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
My strapless bra was sliding down so, in the middle of the ceremony I started wiggle and adjusting my bra and said to everyone “sorry, I hate strapless bras”.
What made you cry?
One of my brothers suffers from agoraphobia and does not usually leave the house. When I saw him at the wedding, I broke down in tears because I was so happy to see him. I know being there was difficult from him and it meant the world to me that he was there for my wedding.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Plan head, don’t procrastinate, and don’t forget it’s about the two of you.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Take it in because it goes by fast.
Do you have any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share?
Be original, be creative, and bring personality to your wedding.
What was your favorite design detail?
90% of the decor was made by us. Josh designed and 3D printed models of amusement park rides for the centerpieces which were unique for each table. Then, I painted the models and landscaped the centerpieces. We spent months making them and raffled them off with 50/50 tickets.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Josh and I had a light saber battle in the middle of the reception to the Mortal Kombat song.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
We went to Germany for two weeks. We took a cruise on the Rhein, hiked the Black Forest, biked around Berlin, ate our way through Oktoberfest, toured Neuschwanstein Castle, and of course rode roller coasters at Europa Park.
Featured Adore Vendors
|| Birds of a Feather Photography: Emmaus, Pa || Alisha Nycole and Co: Easton, Pa ||
|| Photography: Birds of a Feather photography (Emmaus, Pa) || Videographer: Art Video Productions || Ceremony Venue: Packer Memorial Chapel || Officiant: Rev. Dr. Lloyd Steffan || Ceremony Music: Linda Umstead || Florals: DIY by the Bride || Reception Venue: Iacocca Hall || Decor: DIY by the Bride and Groom || DJ: DJ- Steve Vazquez from Soundfactor Entertainment || Rentals: Carousel horse from Leiser’s; Games from Metz Amusements || Photobooth: Soundfactor Entertainment || Caterer: Lehigh Catering || Dessert/Cake: Lehigh Catering; Cake topper: TheCelticLaser || Transportation: Bride and Groom’s Tesla Model 3 || Caricature Artists: Kaman Art Shoppes || Favors/Gifts/Signage: DIY by the Bride and Groom || Wedding Gown: Designer-Oliv’s; Bridal Shop- Harleysville Bridal || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie; The bride made the flower girl skirts. || Menswear: C E Roth Formal Wear || Jewelry: Engagement Ring- Brilliant Earth; Wedding Bands- Milanj Diamonds; Bridal Earrings: Swarovski || Hair and Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co. (Easton, Pa); Makeup Artist- Kait Gann || Travel/Honeymoon: Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Europa Park) ||
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