Rosemary and Joe had the most breathtaking winery wedding. Tradition and elegance meshed flawlessly together to form a memorable and stunning day. We are honored to share it with you.
How did you meet?
Joe and I went to the same high school (Emmaus), and he was a year ahead of me. We met through a mutual friend at the end of the school year when Joe was a senior and I was a junior. Immediately, we hit if off and shortly after, went for a coffee, where we ended up talking for over six hours. It didn’t take long before realized we had a lot in common and a real connection.
However, Joe left for college soon after and we eventually lost touch. We reconnected when Joe was a senior in college (University of Connecticut) and I was a junior (Cornell University). Again, we found ourselves losing track of time talking, like we did in high school. Eventually, we started visiting each other and going for hikes. We dated long distance while Joe was in grad school at Villanova and I was in grad school at Cornell.
What was your proposal like?
Joe proposed while we were living in Atlanta. He planned a trip to hike at Amicalola Falls; which is the tallest waterfall in the southeastern U.S. While we were on the hike with our dog, Shane, we stopped at a secluded spot and Joe proposed. We then had a picnic at the top of the waterfall before heading over to Cartecay Vineyards to celebrate.
What was something fun that you did with your wedding party?
I went to college in Ithaca, NY and one of my favorite parts of living there was doing wine tours. So for my bachelorette party we did a wine tour by boat around one of the finger lakes. It was something I hadn’t done before and we had a lot of fun!
What was most helpful in the planning process?
I used a binder that The Knot sells to keep everything straight (appointments, vendor contact info, guest list, etc.). It even had tips and lists for each part of the planning process. I found it really helpful, especially since we did not use a wedding planner.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Everyone always says this but it’s true, something will go wrong. Before our wedding, my Grandad said to me, “at the end of the day, all you need is yourself, Joe and the preacher”. I kept that in the back of my head. It really helped me keep things in perspective through the planning process. What was most helpful was to pick the things that are most important, iron out all the details, and get really specific with the vendors. Then just accept that something may go wrong and remember the whole reason you’re having a wedding – to get married! Plus, in all likelihood, it will be something small and you’ll still have an amazing time. You may not even notice amidst all the love and excitement!
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
We chose not to have a first look because we wanted that special moment when Joe first saw me walk down the aisle. So for us, that moment was the most important to have captured by the photographer.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
I was so nervous to walk down the aisle, with so many people staring at me. I do not like being the center of attention! So, when I first saw him, I immediately felt calmer and just focused on him and how excited I was to spend the rest of my life with him.
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
During the ceremony, after Joe had said all of his lines, repeating after the priest, the priest turned to me and there was a pause. It probably wasn’t that long of a pause, but I was so nervous it felt like an eternity. I thought he was waiting for me to repeat everything. I said “Oh shoot do I have to remember all of that?”, totally forgetting about the microphone. Everyone heard it and burst out laughing. It actually helped me relax though, it broke the tension and I was less nervous after that!
What was your favorite design detail?
I used my Mimi’s (grandmother) watercolor paints to paint the olive branches on the wedding invitations and programs.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Take as many moments as you can to just pause and soak in whatever is happening. Whenever I did that it filled me up with so much love and now those are the moments I remember the best. I wish I had done it more!
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
If I have to pick one it would be when Joe and I danced all out to “Shut Up and Dance”. We didn’t dance to many songs, as we were caught up with mingling and taking photos, but we made up for it with this one, and totally let loose. Our family and friends on the dance floor ended up around us in a circle clapping and cheering. We were both so happy and it was just so much fun!
What made you cry?
Dancing with my Dad to The Beatles “Blackbird”. He used to sing this song to me every night as a kid. It was just a really special moment.
What would you do differently?
I would have danced more! We were so caught up with taking photos and chatting with guests, we really only danced to a couple of songs when people pulled us onto the dance floor (which I am grateful for!)
What was something unique that you did?
We are both Italian, so during the reception we had the band play the Tarantella. This is a dance traditionally done at Italian weddings. All of our family and friends made a giant circle and joined hands and those who didn’t know it learned on the fly. Everyone had a great time with it!
Do you have any additional thoughts or comments you would like to share?
At one point during the reception when everyone was seated and all together, I just looked out from our sweetheart table and thought about how all of these people were here just for us. I just kind of soaked that in, it was the most incredible feeling to realize how many people loved us and were there to support us and celebrate with us on this special day. I definitely recommend taking the time to do something similar, it was a small thing but is something I will never forget.
|| Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography || Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More Church || Officiant: Monsignor Murphy || Reception Venue: Folino Estate Vineyard and Winery || Floral Design: Allium Floral Design || Rentals: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals || Hair: Les Cheveux || Makeup: Alisha Nycole & Co. || Band: Bachelor Boys Band || Cake: Louie’s Bakery || Invitations: The Paper Bag (The bride painted the olive branches and they printed it on invitations and programs) || Wedding Gown: Jon’s Bridal by Suzanne || Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew || Menswear: The Black Tux || Jewelry: Kendra Scott (Designed through the Color Bar) || Transportation: Corporate Limousine || Guest Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Allentown West ||
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