Chrissy and Robert both graduated from Penn State and wanted to reflect their love for their alma mater throughout their wedding. This Penn State inspired wedding is classic and personal with each detail. Not to mention the gorgeous landscape of Brookside Country Club, and the stunning images from Jennifer Green Photography!
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How did you meet?
A mutual friend from our hometown of Allentown, Pa suggested we meet since we both lived in Arlington, VA. We met up at a local Penn State bar/restaurant in Arlington and hit it off right away.
What was your proposal like?
Robert and I were living together in an apartment, which happened to be across the street from the bar/restaurant where we first met. Unfortunately, they tore the bar/restaurant down and began construction of a new high rise apartment building. Since it was no longer there, Robert proposed in our apartment (the closest we could get to where we first met without being in a construction zone). The night of the proposal, we were getting ready to leave for Thanksgiving break to head home to PA. He surprised me as I was finishing up packing by coming into the room and proposing. It was very special and such a surprise! Afterwards we drove 4+ hours back to Allentown, where we met our families at his parent’s house to celebrate the engagement with champagne!
What was most helpful in the planning process?
Having our wedding coordinator, Abby, at Brookside was very helpful! I had all the details and ideas and it was helpful to have someone to execute those plans on the wedding day.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Having our wedding coordinator take care of everything for our reception. Also, I had timelines of the day for the videographer and photographer, which was helpful to have a plan and keep things on track.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
I did a first look with my dad before the ceremony.
What made you cry?
There were many moments that I was emotional for, but seeing Robert for the first time as my dad was walking me down the aisle. Also during the speeches of our maid of honors and best men.
Leading up, what moment was most important to you?
Getting married to Robert and exchanging vows in a church ceremony.
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
It is hard to pick just one moment, but I think seeing Robert for the first time as I was walking down the aisle.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
I was trying not to cry too much and ruin my makeup! But I was so excited and happy to see Robert at the end of the aisle and to finally become husband and wife!
What surprised you?
People tell you how quick the day will go, and I was surprised by how quick it really did go!
What would you do differently?
I think the only thing I wish I could change would be to have more time at the reception! The day goes by so fast and you are pulled in so many directions that afterwards you realize you didn’t get to savor in all the amazing moments.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Don’t stress too much, there will always be something that goes wrong. And that is okay because the main thing is that you are marrying your best friend. Also…creating a timeline of the day is helpful!
Do you have any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share?
We had disposable cameras at each table during the reception. Guests had a fun time taking pictures the “old fashioned” way!
What was something unique that you did?
We had the Nittany Lion mascot come surprise our guests during our reception! We also had Penn State pom-poms for the guests after the church ceremony. They waved them (instead of doing bubbles) as we came outside the church. Our guest table cards for the reception resembled PSU football game tickets, which were attached to either a mini toy football or a mini PSU football helmet.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
One special surprise we had for our guests was a special appearance by the Penn State Nittany Lion. It was so much fun to see the guests’ reactions to his entrance and it was a lot of fun to have him interact with us and the guests (especially since a lot of the guests are PSU alums).
What was your favorite design detail?
Since Robert and I both went to Penn State, it was easy and fun to go along with that theme for the entire wedding and incorporate lots of little details. I really loved our cake topper, which was custom made from Etsy. It was Nittany Lions dressed up in the same wedding attire Robert and I wore for the wedding day.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? I am sure it was nice to relax after all your planning!
We decided it was important for us to relax and enjoy the time together so we did a Norwegian Cruise to Florida and the Bahamas.
Thank you Chrissy and Robert for sharing your Penn State inspired wedding with us!
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|| Photography: Jennifer Green Photography: Lehigh Valley, Pa ||
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|| Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Church St. Catharine of Siena || Officiant: Father John Rother || Reception Venue: Brookside Country Club || Videography: Rob McConahy Films || Floral Design: Wegmans || Event Planner: Abby Tate (Brookside Country Club) || DJ/Photobooth: Best of Times DJ || Caterer: Brookside Country Club || Dessert: Penn State Creamery and Louie’s Bakery || Favors: Josh Early’s Candies || Invitations: Minted || Guest Accommodations: The Center at the Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley || Transportation: Limo Today || Travel/Honeymoon: Norweigan Cruise || Wedding Gown: Rebecca Ingram, Connie || Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse ||
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