In the wedding world today, it is no secret that couples are having to postpone or modify their original wedding day plans. This wonderful couple, Becky and Chris, was one of those couples. Originally scheduled to wed in June, they postponed and modified their day to take place in July. But, let us be the first to say, it was stunning through and through. The simple, elegant, intimate country club wedding in July was absolutely perfect and had no shortage of joy and celebration. Congratulations to Becky and Chris!
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How did you meet?
Chris and I met through a mutual friend.
What was your proposal like?
Perfect. Chris proposed to me on Easter weekend in Ocean City, New Jersey – my favorite place. He surprised me with an intimate proposal on the beach. The two of us went to dinner after, and when we got back to the house, he had both of our immediate families surprise us for a celebration! It was so fun, and absolutely perfect!
What surprised you?
Becky– I realized that I only used the restroom once from leaving my parents house at 2:45 to head to the church to the end of the intimate reception at 10:30pm. I didn’t even think to touch up my hair or makeup! The day goes by so quickly, and I was just so present and living in the moment! I wasn’t worried or thinking about anything, I was just so happy!
Chris– How quick the day goes by. After over a year of planning, the day goes by in a flash. Soak up every moment you can.
What was most helpful on the day of the wedding?
Becky– My bridal party, but especially my mom and my sisters. They helped to make sure the day went by so smoothly and that everything was perfect.
What moment was most important for you to have captured by the photographer?
Becky– Getting ready with my mom and sisters by my side was really important to me, as well as having my dad see me once I was done getting ready. Also, it was really important to us to have both Chris’ expressions and my expressions captured as I was walking down the aisle. We trusted the photographers to capture the most sincere, intimate moments throughout the day, and they certainly did!
What was your favorite moment of the wedding day (if you had to pick just one)?
Becky– That’s such a hard question, because there truly were so many! But I would have to say having my dad walk me down the aisle and seeing Chris for the first time. It was a surreal moment. Something you think about your whole life. I think that my smile in those photos as I’m walking down the aisle really says it all.
Chris– The whole day was absolutely perfect, but the moment that easily topped everything was watching Becky walk down the aisle. I was absolutely speechless in that moment, and I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful bride.
What made you cry?
Becky – Two things: 1. The letter that Chris wrote to me that I read on the morning of the wedding. I sobbed! 2. The speeches. All three speeches (My dad, MOH (my little sister) and Best Man (Chris’ older brother) all gave incredible speeches that were so evidently genuine and from the heart.
Chris– I could not hold back my tears as Becky walked down the aisle. Her beauty, and the joy I saw on her and my father-in-law’s faces was a moment I will not ever forget.
What was going through your mind when you saw your significant other for the first time that day?
Becky– I am so lucky! Chris looked so incredibly handsome. His big smile and happy tears made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
What was something unique that you did?
Since we could not do a receiving line, my mom and mother-in-law drew hearts with chalk on the sidewalk outside of our church that were 6 ft. apart. We asked all of our guests to stand on the hearts, 6ft, apart, so that Chris and I could walk through the street and wave to everyone and thank them for attending our ceremony. It meant so much us that people were willing to be there on our big day, and it was so fun walk through the street and thank everyone!
What would you do differently?
Becky – The only thing I would have done differently was make a point to get more photos with some of our guests throughout the night. But, at the same time, I loved that I was so “in the moment” the whole night, rather than worrying about anything!
Chris – I would have had our bus driver take us on a longer route from the church to the reception. We were having so much fun with our bridal party and family on that ride – blasting music, dancing, drinking responsibly – that we could have definitely made it an extra 20 minutes.
What was your favorite design detail?
Becky– That is so tough. I absolutely loved my bright, vibrant flowers. I loved their pop of color, especially against my white dress and the colors of the bridesmaid dresses. And I also loved my pearl necklace. That was a gift from my grandmother, who passed several years ago. When we were little, my grandparents bought each of their granddaughters a pearl necklace, and added pearls on each year until the necklace was complete. They did this so that one day we could wear our pearls on our wedding day.
What advice would you give to couples who are currently in the planning process?
Becky– It’s all going to work out! Wedding planning stress is inevitable, but you will have a beautiful day. There’s so many aspects to planning, so my advice is decide what is most important to you and your fiance, and focus on those things.
What is something you wished someone would have told you in preparation for your wedding day?
Becky – Everyone just told me how fast the wedding day goes. And they were right, it does go by in the blink of an eye. Even though I was told this, I would still emphasize this to anyone who is preparing for their wedding day. When the day comes, just try to soak it all in and be in the moment. Don’t worry about any of the little things, just cherish every second!
What made you laugh? Did you have an unforgettable funny moment?
Becky– Again, the speeches. I think it shows how great of speeches they were, that I was laughing and crying during all of them!
Chris– My groomsmen truly had me laughing all day. We are a group that likes to joke around, and its hard these days to get together in one spot. So that was a lot of fun throughout the weekend. But one unforgettable moment that had me laughing was during my father-in-law’s speech. He shared a few very funny stories about me during, and had the whole room in laughter.
A note from the bride…
A few things to note about our wedding. We were supposed to get married on June 6th, and given the pandemic, decided to postpone to July 11th, with the hopes that we would be able to celebrate our wedding as originally planned. Given the circumstances as we approached July, rather than postponing our full wedding and reception a second time, Chris and I agreed that what was most important to us was officially becoming husband and wife. We decided to hold our ceremony, as our church was allowing 25% capacity. We wrote a letter to all of our guests explaining our feelings and our plan forward. We welcomed any guests that were comfortable attending the ceremony, and followed it with an intimate reception of just immediate family and our bridal party. Our full reception is put on hold, and we will schedule it when we know that all of our friends and family can come together to enjoy, celebrate, and dance together safely. We have not been able to utilize several of the vendors I have listed above yet, but, we can’t wait to once the time is right!
Although July 11th was not what we had originally planned, the day was more beautiful, and more special than we could have ever imagined! The day was filled with so much love and happiness, something that we all needed in our lives after these past few months. We truly could not be happier with our wedding day. Love, joy, and intimacy was radiating throughout the entire day. Our smaller, more intimate day made us truly appreciate and focus on the most important parts of the day, and I am beyond grateful for that.
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in Simple, Elegant, Intimate: A July Country Club Wedding.
in Simple, Elegant, Intimate: A July Country Club Wedding.
|| Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More Church || Officiant: Monsignor John Murphy and Fr. Rob Hagan || Reception Venue: Saucon Valley Country Club || Photography: The Markows Photography || Videography: Shutter and Sound || Hair: Apotheca Salon || Makeup: Face the Occasion || Band: Supposed to be Sid Miller Band, but for our intimate reception we had Rob and Marty Acoustic Duo || Wedding Gown: Candice by Anne Barge – bought at Elizabeth Johns in Ardmore || Menswear: D&B Tailors (Netown Square, PA) || Jewelry: Bixler’s Jewelers || Cake: Cozze Cakes || Transportation: J&J Transportation || Favors: In lieu of favors, we will be donating to Mercy School for Special Learning and St. Joseph’s Center ||
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