How did you meet?
We met at Kutztown University where we both went to school our second semester of freshman year. Fun Fact: We met as children and didn’t even know it! We had the same babysitter and lived in the same hometown! First time we found out was when I met Josh’s dad and he noticed I looked familiar! It was history from there.
What was your proposal like?
Romantic and thoughtful! Josh took me to the city that I’ve always loved as a little girl, NYC, for our four year anniversary! Both of us were not very great at finding our way around the subways and city avenues but we ended up commuting from NJ to NYC without a problem! Josh took me to the Museum of Natural History and we hung out all day walking around NYC and getting pizza at NYC’s finest brick oven pizzeria, Patsy’s. We ended the day strolling through Central Park and that’s where it happened! The first thing I thought when Josh proposed was, “Is this a dream?!” and the second was, “You carried the engagement ring around the city all day?!” Afterward we called our parents who were waiting for the news patiently by the phone all day.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Start with your budget and list out your priorities. What are you willing to spend more on and what are you willing to spend less on. It’s good to have an agreement with your partner before hand. This is usually the first and biggest of your life decisions together. It’s important to have a goal budget and stick to it. If you have the privilege of doing so, save up for your wedding so you can pay it all off without any debt. There will be less stress if you don’t have the burden of debt in your first year of marriage.
I would also say, take it day by day. You don’t have to complete everything on your list at once. Don’t let planning your wedding turn into a major chore that isn’t enjoyable. At the end of the day it’s about you and your partner and the love you share for each other.
What made you cry?
I think for Josh it might have been when he found out his father and I got him a custom made guitar with our wedding date engraved into it for his wedding gift. It was really a special moment. For me it was definitely when I was reciting my vows to him. I was just so happy the moment was finally happening!
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
I think the most important moment to us was our vow exchange. We both wrote our own vows and we couldn’t wait to hear what each other had to say.
I think one of the most important aspects of our wedding (especially when thinking about budget and expenses) was the photography. It was so important for us to have an amazing photographer that would take beautiful memorable photos that we could always remember, and that’s why we chose Birds of a Feather Photography. The photos that they took of our wedding day and engagement are hanging on walls of all of our closest friends and family members’ homes.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I think some of our most important photos were our family photos. I prepared a list before hand for our photographer of all the names and combinations we wanted to get. For instance all the sisters, all the brothers, all of the grandparents, things like that. As time goes on and our family grows older it will be nice to look back at the happiest day of our lives with the most important people in our lives.
What was your favorite design detail?
Definitely the flowers and decor by Mark Kintzel! He did an amazing job in the interior of the barn. From the fresh flowers and apples in the centerpieces, to the seating chart, it was amazingly stunning. And the barn itself was gorgeous. It helps to have the perfect atmosphere paired with the beautiful flower arrangements. Our guests still tell us how picture perfect our wedding was!
What was something unique that you did?
Our dessert table was filled with goodies from all of our family members; my mom even made our cake! We wanted to share our favorite desserts from our loved ones with all of our family and friends. Throughout the planning process I kept getting questions from family on how they can help. It was a great way to make my family members feel like they were contributing and part of our special day! I created a special wine label that matched our wedding invites that I designed to adhere to wine bottles, as a way to say thank you to everyone who helped out with the wedding. It was a unique way to say thank you and everyone loved it!
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
I wish someone would have told me to start writing my thank you cards before the wedding. After the wedding and honeymoon you get so exhausted and I personally was done with wedding chores. Things happen so fast and quickly you forget to write your wedding thank you’s and next thing you know you buy a house, start a new job and you run out of time! Definitely get a head start by writing out all the addresses and names on the cards so after you’re done opening your gifts from the wedding you can respond with a personal note and mail them out!
|| Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography || Ceremony Venue: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm (Apple Orchard) || Reception Venue: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm (The Barn) || DJ: On The Mic DJs || Caterer: Wholesome Food Catering || Dessert/Cake: Family and Friends || Floral Design: Mark Kintzel Designs || Event Stylist/Decor: Mark Kintzel Designs and the Bride (Hollei Anne Designs) || Event Planner: Mark Kintzel Designs, Hollei Anne Designs, and Ali at Rodale Institute || Rentals: Mark Kintzel Designs || Lighting: Rodale Institute || Invitations/Calligraphy/Signage: Hollei Anne Designs and some by Mark Kintzel Designs (seating chart, welcome sign, and drink menu) || Favors/Gifts: The Bride (Created homemade bath bombs and gave out flip flops from old navy to dance in!) || Hair: Larry and Stephanie Caton from Attractions Hair Salon || Makeup: Flawless Faces by Summer MUA || Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Revelry (White Heidi Top, Blush Skylar Tulle Skirt) || Menswear: MenLau custom ordered pink bow ties, Calvin Klein white button down, Kenneth Cole khaki pants || Jewelry: Mark Kintzel Designs custom created fresh flower crowns; Kay Jewelers (Necklace and Wedding Rings); MVMT (mens’ watches) || Guest Accommodations: Holiday Inn Trexlertown || Honeymoon: Carnival Cruise to Western Caribbean ||
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