When we saw the images of Kristina and John’s dramatic and timeless wedding shot by Nina Lily Photography of Allentown, Pa, we melted. The stunning details, color palette, and design showed such incredible attention to detail. Every aspect had purpose and meaning behind it. The love story between this couple is seen so clearly in this beautiful collection of images.
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How did you meet?
We met at the Public Health Masters Program at East Stroudsburg University. Throughout the program, we had many classes together. One day, he asked me if I wanted to grab a late dinner after class. This late night dinner trend continued. Fast forward we graduated together and have been inseparable ever since.
What was your proposal like?
On a random Sunday in July, John told me to pack a bag. A few hours later we boarded a plane outside of NYC and ended up at our favorite vacation spot. John checked us into a suite overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and ended the day by asking me to hang out with him forever.
What was your favorite design detail?
I am a super particular person, so that is a tough question for me. I wanted our wedding to have a dramatic timeless feel, and I feel like I accomplished that throughout. However, our wedding invitations were super unique to me. I spent hours designing them and it turned out to be better than anything I could have imagined.
What surprised you?
The amount of love we felt that entire weekend. We have amazing family and friends, but that weekend can only be described as indescribable love.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
I called my mom and my best friends daily to talk it out. That helped a ton. Also, delegate!
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
We all laid in my big bed the morning of hanging out and snacking on the brunch my mom prepared for us. It was a fun, relaxing morning with my girls before the craziness began.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Having everything organized weeks out. Made the day easy.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
EVERYTHING haha. I thought every second of the day out and it was all important to me. I understand this is a blessing and a curse.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Our first look. Got rid of all the nerves and I got to have a few moments with John before the day really began.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
“OMG he’s so handsome and OMG I hope I don’t cry and lose these lashes…also, I hope he doesn’t think I went to extra with my dress.”
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I never really had a moment I was specific with. I trusted Nina Lily immensely and knew she would capture everything, and boy did she deliver. P.S. I booked Christina before we even had the venue. I was obsessed with her work.
What made you cry?
Reading our vows to one another. Vows are not a part of the orthodox ceremony, but I wanted to include them in our day. We read our vows to one another with just the two of us before the actual ceremony. It was a super special moment and I recommend doing it for any couples who want that to be a little more intimate.
What would you do differently?
I wish I spent more time taking it all in. Everyone always told me to step back and take it all in, and I am not sure I ever actually did that. I wish I truly understood the magnitude of that statement. Luckily I had a great photographer and videographer to remind me of the day.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Do your best to focus on you and your significant other. There will be lots of opinions, but the only opinion that genuinely matters is yours. On the other hand, find someone to help run all your crazy ideas off of that is not your Fiance. Your future husband can only stand to hear you talk about the color palette for 5 minutes tops. Call your mom, Aunt, or BFF for that.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
While we were standing at the alter holding our candles, my husband’s candle was burning at a more aggressive rate and was putting out some substantial heat. I think the whole bridal party was smirking at the fire.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
We are planning on traveling the whole year haha. We did a cruise this past January to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize. This summer we are going to Greece!
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Soak in all the moments. Time flies when you are running around like a crazy woman! Also, don’t get caught up in the little details. The only person who is genuinely going to remember the font on your personalized napkins is you. lol! Now that I think about it, I wonder if people realized we had them.
What was something unique that you did?
Our table numbers! I actually hand-picked flowers from outside of the building where John and I met and pressed them. I then put the flowers in a floating frame with a table number. Everyone commented on how pretty they were, and it was special for us to know where they really came from.
Do you have any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share?
Invest in a good photographer and videographer. After it is all said and done, that is all that will truly remain from that day. When I look at my collection, I relive the day, and that makes me so happy. Also, pay for full coverage. You want to capture all the craziness to embarrass your family and friends for years to come.
Also, take someone close to you to pick out your dress. Someone who will make you feel like a million bucks no matter what you come out in. I said yes to the dress with just my mom, and that is one of my favorite moments in the planning process. Society tells you to take the entire girl squad; I encourage you to take just the person that means the most to you, possibly your mom.
Finally, don’t settle in any parts of the process. Ask a billion questions and don’t be afraid to be annoying-you get one shot at this!
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Thank you Kristina and John for sharing your stunning dramatic and timeless wedding!
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|| Ceremony Venue: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church || Reception Venue: Northampton Country Club || Videography: Ever After Studio || Band: Nikos Koutras Band || DJ: DJ Johnny the Greek || Hair: Taylor Werner from Grey and Graces || Cake: Custom Cakes by Adele || Favors: Kate Spade || Stationery: Minted || Wax Seals: Green House Wax Seals || Signage/Vellum Sleeves/Envelopes/Table Numbers: The Bride || Event Planning: “ME! I love planning and wanted to take this task on by myself. So many people told me it was the best-planned wedding,” -The Bride || Guest Accommodations: Hotel Bethlehem and Hyatt Place, Bethlehem || Wedding Gown: Park Avenue Bridals; Custom Justin Alexander Signature Gown || Veil: Amazon || Shoes: Bella Belle || Bridesmaids Dresses: Park Avenue Bridals: Bill Levkoff- style 1618 || Menswear: Michael Kors || Jewelry: Engagement Ring: I.d. Jewelry, NYC; Wedding bands: Roman Jewelers ||
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