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|| Nina Lily Photography: Allentown, Pa || Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals: Bethlehem, Pa ||
Written by: Chelsea McKamy
The story begins… Brett’s cell phone rang on the way to dinner. His friend on the line explained Brett’s wallet was found after theatre rehearsal, and naturally he could not take Alisa to their favorite restaurant for the “special menu release” without it. Dinner plans were slyly thwarted with an “unexpected” stop back to the theatre to recover it. Since Brett and Alisa were both a part of the Methacton Community Theater and currently in rehearsals, it was not unusual for Alisa to accompany Brett inside. She walked in and was emotionally stopped. The theatre was still, dark and quiet with a single spotlight shining down on the stage. With yellow rose petals for her walkway, Alisa made her way to the stage for what she realized was “The Moment”. With a photographer hiding in the wings to capture it all, Brett proposed to Alisa on the very same stage where they had first met. In a full circle moment Brett and Alisa went from being cast in ‘The Producers’ two years earlier, to Brett sweetly executing the role of proposal-producer for Alisa now.
Even though neither Alisa nor Brett were from Fogelsville, they looked in that area given the central location for both their out-of-town families in New York and Pennsylvania. Their search began, and if there was a love-at-first venue sight, The Glasbern Inn was the lead character. While trying to maintain their cool, they responsibly viewed surrounding areas and properties, but they knew in their hearts what they wanted all along. They booked the Glasbern Inn. With its rustic elegance and picturesque film worthy warmth, the Inn provided everything they needed from accommodations, to event planners and custom catering (with mouthwatering food from their own 150 acre farm), and a one-of-a-kind full service experience abundant in romance and special attention. Even though both families and bridal parties came ready to set up and help where needed for the days ahead, they arrived to find Amber at The Glasbern Inn had already done it all!
With her trusty Knot’s checklist in hand, Alisa went to work on all the details that would make up their special day.
The wedding party gifts were equally themed with both the rustic elegance and creativity the bride and groom wanted. Bridesmaids received monogrammed flannels with their initials from “Moomsieandme” on Etsy, while the groomsmen sported new watches from “Donebetter” from Etsy. Seeing a member of their wedding party wear these items now makes them feel extra nostalgic and thankful with their choices.
The exchange of their gifts, which was like that out of a holiday fable, was also important for them to have documented. They promised each other they would not spend any money on wedding presents to each other but that they would still do a sentimental exchange. Alisa made Brett stuffed peppers, which she knew wouldn’t get eaten but it was significant to them because these peppers were the reason he asked her out on their first date. They symbolized the spark and spice she intends to always keep.
Brett’s gift to Alisa was equally sweet but rather than a throw-back to the past, it was telling of their future. He gifted her with an “Open/Closed” shop sign. Alisa had been dreaming of opening a gift shop and this showed her how Brett would support and champion any dream or vision she may have in life and it was like a weight was lifted because it meant she didn’t have to make that big life change on her own or be scared to fail because they would be in it together.
But nothing could have predicted or planned for the weather. It was…perfect! From the beginning Alisa had said, “I hope we get enough snow that our pictures are amazing, but not too much where guests can’t make it… and we got exactly that! It was incredible!” So in seven inches of snow and with the Glasbern Inn for their backdrop they had their first look and most cherished moments photographed by Nina Lily Photography which was more than they could have ever imagined visually. Nina captured their private moment as they soaked each other in with giggles, nerves and excitement growing for the day that was about to begin.
But most important for Brett and Alisa was to have a ceremony all their own. And if there was any advice they would give to future couples, it would be to do the same. This truly was a family affair for them with the melting together of two traditions and lifestyles. Brett is Jewish and Alisa catholic, so they took parts of both customs to make it their own. Brett’s father became ordained to officiate the wedding and they felt it really made the difference to have a loved one who was up to the task. He cared for their hearts and took all the favorite parts of their religion and put them in one ceremony.
The instruments played, rings were blessed, poems recited, and songs were sung, all by their closest friends. With tears in their eyes they read their vows under the canopy her father built for the occasion. Then, as with Jewish tradition, the bride and groom took a few minutes for seclusion after the ceremony where they were able to enjoy what happened so far and to see each other alone before going into the reception with all the guests.
The canopy then became décor for their sweetheart table with a rented cozy couch from Fox and Finch which they were able to sit at for the entire dinner, and in rare form for a bride and groom – have a relaxing meal! Surrounded by floral designs from Stephanie’s Greens and Things, guests dined on the elevated and homegrown menu.
The Glasbern Inn catered the reception and true to form, Brett snuck in a surprise for Alisa with her favorite, Crab Fries! The Inn also created signature spirits as well, with an Old Fashioned for Brett and a Cranberry Mule as Alisa’s. After indulging in a striking cake (that almost looks like it feels flannel!) made by Cozze Cakes, they headed to the dance floor with music from The Bachelor Boys Band.
Guests need not worry about leaving their custom beverages at the table thanks to their “Don’t take my drink” coasters from Memorable Wedding. From the outside looking in, the event was straight out of a scene from your favorite holiday film.
From the dance floor to marriage Brett and Alisa have not slowed down. Alisa became Mrs. Carbon County America 2018 and also became 2nd runner up as Mrs. Pennsylvania, America as well. She has been working hard on her platform “bettering the lives of children in the foster care system”. Her foster brother, who is the “shy” one seen in the photos owning the dance floor in the spandex tuxedo, has been with them for 5 years. She is passionate about the many children in the foster care system that need good homes, sometimes temporarily and sometimes long term. “I personally feel that we need more adults advocating for these children to make sure that they are placed in good homes and have the necessary tools and guidance they need to be successful in life. There are organizations such as Together We Rise, who help provide children with “Sweet Cases” that have toys, coloring books, and toiletries. They also work to reunite children who are separated from their siblings, and support youth from the foster system with college scholarships. https://www.togetherwerise.org”. And if the shop sign Brett gave Alisa as a wedding gift is any indication, we think they will be up to the next challenge!
|| Photography: Nina Lily Photography || Venue: Glasbern Inn || Videography: Joey St. John Videography || Florals: Stephanie’s Greens and Things || Rentals: Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals || Cake: Cozze Cakes || Band: Bachelor Boys Band || Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal || Bridesmaids’ Dress: David’s Bridal and Lulu’s || Suits: Men’s Wearhouse || Wedding Ring: Katcher Fine Jewelry || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Stationary: Honeybliss Design and ShamelessStitch || Bridal Party Gifts: Moomsieandme and Donebetter ||