Emily and Scott had a gorgeous mountaintop wedding at Blue Mountain Resort on the perfect Autumn day. It was nothing short of flawless. We loved the details and fun inside facts that Emily shared about their big day!
What was your proposal like?
Well thought out! Kudos to Scott! Throughout our relationship, Scott and I would frequently visit NYC where his sister lives in Brooklyn. Around the corner from his sister’s place, is an amazing park with this beautiful boathouse that I have grown to love. Over the years, every time we visit the park, I make Scott take a photo with me in front of the boathouse. When it came time for Scott to propose, he knew that there would be no better place to do so then one of our favorite places in the city!
We were overdue for a trip up to the city, so he knew I wouldn’t think twice or be onto him and his plan to propose. Our day on this trip was much like previous trips to the city. It consisted of a Broadway show, dinner at a quaint restaurant and ended with a walk through the park. It was when we were walking through the park at night having a heart to heart conversation that I was starting to catch on to him. We were standing on the bridge across from the Boathouse admiring it, when Scott had randomly asked if I wanted a mint. When he was taking too long to get the mint out of the container, I turned around to find him down on one knee as he proceeded to ask me the question I had been waiting for years to hear.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Putting down the phone, which really allowed us to be present for the whole day. It’s so easy to be glued to our phones in today’s society but the morning of our wedding I didn’t feel the need to be connected with the outside world. Instead, I focused on being completely connected with everyone that spent our wedding day with us from start to finish.
What surprised you?
I feel like every couple says this, but how fast the day flies by. Being on the other side of the wedding dress really put that into perspective for me. Just when it feels like forever until your moment to walk down the aisle, you blink and the whole evening flashes before your eyes.
What was most helpful in the planning process?
Having a venue that supplied the absolute essentials (and then some!) for our wedding day! I may be biased in saying this as a Blue Mountain employee that is part of their wedding team, but it really did make a difference knowing that everything was handled in house and taken care of onsite. For starters, the Vista Ballroom is absolutely breathtaking, so minimal time and energy were needed to be spent on decor.
But the real deal for us was that all food and beverage services were presented in a nice package and taken care of all in house. Nothing is more stressful than trying to piece together more vendors than what is necessary – and this is coming from a coordinator who loves to coordinate things! I wanted to know that I could walk into our ballroom and literally not worry about a thing.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
Unforgettable in every way possible! We had gone to the top of the mountain to do our first look photos, and just as Scott was about to turn around to see me for the first time, a gust of wind came along and scooped my veil right up and out of my hair! Thankfully, we were able to stop Scott from turning around in time and caught my veil in the process. Sam was able to pop it back in my hair and we proceeded with our first look.
But apparently that wasn’t good enough and we needed an even better laugh. Not even two minutes after Scott turned around and take in our moment, an even bigger gust of wind came by and really took my veil for a ride … Lost and gone forever, my veil was stuck in a tree, at least thirty feet up. Not upset at all by losing my veil, I was prepared to walk down the aisle without anything in my hair. Sam, being the great friend, coworker, day of coordinator, etc. that she is, had her husband rush her veil up to the mountain just in time for me to walk down the aisle with the best something borrowed a girl could ask for.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
Other than, “I really hope my veil doesn’t fly out of my hair again!” … I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was to finally have been marrying my best friend. I truly am the luckiest girl in the world!
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
Not necessarily moments, but Scott would say the food. I would have to say the music.
What would you do differently?
The only thing that I wish we would have done differently was go on a honeymoon right away! I think there is something special about going away and taking a trip just for us immediately following the wedding. We had so many loved ones in from out of town for our wedding, that we felt bad missing out on the opportunity to spend time visiting with them.
What made you cry?
I would have to say the moment we turned around to face all of our loved ones before starting the recessional. Between the “Oh, crap! We are finally married” feeling and knowing we had 80 of our closest friends and family with us, it was such an overwhelming moment to take in. One I know we both will never forget. The best way to describe it, is that it was such an outer body experience.
What was something unique that you did?
Instead of traditional wedding favors, we decided to donate money back to the New Jersey Animal Shelter where we rescued our first fur baby. Our two rescue pups mean so much to us and since they couldn’t be with us on our actual wedding day, we were thinking this was a great way to have them play a part, but also give back to a mission very near and dear to our hearts.
We also had our place cards designed to have mini cut outs of both of our pups as another way to incorporate them into our special day!
What was your favorite design detail?
This is a tough one! I really never thought I would have found a dress that I loved as much as I did. It was just SO unique and different from what I have seen with past brides I personally have worked with. It made me feel like a princess! (but doesn’t every girl say that!?)
But, I would say my favorite design detail was our wedding cake! Catelyn hit the ball out of the park with our cake in every way possible. She took each design element of our wedding into account when it came to the design of our cake. We had touches of burgundy, marble and gold throughout our wedding, which she blended together perfectly!
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
My family is super crazy about Halloween. Long story short, they have this ‘scary’ Halloween guy that is supposedly a decor piece. My family has gone as far as to naming him, Chester, for inquiring minds. Let’s just say that Chester has somehow found his way into our family.
My dad thought it would hilarious to surprise us with him in the bridal suite as we got ready. Chester arrived in a fedora and blazer for the formal part of our day. He then made a switch over to a sombrero for the reception. The best part was knowing our bridal party embraced my family’s craziness. They even took part in bringing Chester out to the dance floor throughout the night. Chester is one lucky guy, because he made his way into our wedding album quite a few times!
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Having our dance floor packed with all of our loved ones surrounding us! My biggest fear leading up to our wedding, was that no one would dance. I am the type of person who worries way too much about everyone else and if they’re having fun. So knowing and seeing our dance floor packed ALL NIGHT LONG was the best feeling ever! Aside from that freshly married feeling, of course.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I didn’t know this would be a moment that would be so important to us until it happened. But, I would say when we escaped cocktail hour to do sunset photos with just the two of us. It was a moment for us to step away from the chaos before being bombarded the rest of the evening. And having an opportunity to do some fun photos!
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Don’t lose sight of who you are as a couple as you plan YOUR big day! It’s so easy to get caught up in how someone else does their wedding, but you aren’t them! This is YOUR special day and you have every right to do it your way. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box and personalize your wedding by adding a flare of your own. Those are the details that your loved ones will remember most.
|| Photography: Lisa DeNardo || Venue: Blue Mountain Resort || Event Planner: Samantha Cummings; Blue Mountain Resort || Floral Design: Fifty Flowers || Band/DJ: Blue Root Entertainment; Cleveland Morris || Officiant: Vicki Lightcap; Mayor of Pennsburg || Invitations/Signage: Invitation design by Kathleen Reilly (friend of the bride); Place Cards and Signage by Torie Dresher and Melissa Gerber (bride’s sister and mom) || Dessert/Cake: Blue Mountain Resort – Catelyn Strohl || Hair: Pure Salon; Sara Heckman || Makeup: Mary Umbenhauer || Bridal Gown: BHLDN Philly || Bridesmaids Dresses: Page Six It’s Haute: Harleysville || Jewelry: BHLDN and Sorelli || Menswear: Mens Warehouse ||
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