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Happily Ever After

Posted 03/08/2010 by in DIY, Favors \ 10 comments

First, I want to thank all of you lovely and supportive ladies for sharing this experience with me. I appreciate your advice and sweet comments, and I hope you’ve enjoyed following along in our wedding preparation and celebration.

My advice to the soon to be hitched is this: Savor. Every. Single. Moment. I know invitation construction can seem tedious and table …

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How Sweet It Is

Posted 01/27/2010 by in Cakes and Catering \ Leave a comment

When we first considered desserts, we envisioned a rustic assortment of cakes and pies. And then I tasted a cupcake from Providence Divine Cakes and Pastries in York, PA. “Divine” is the perfect adjective to describe the moist, flavorful cake and the swirl of sweet buttercream on top. Naturally, our plans changed.

There’s a reason why cupcake towers are a wedding …

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Challenging Traditions

Where has the time gone? It’s been nearly five months since we said “I do” and one month since my last post. (Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my goal of finishing our wedding recaps before the calendar turned to 2010. I apologize!)

Since August, my husband left a good job in northern New Jersey and accepted an even better job in central …

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Just Dance

Posted 12/07/2009 by in Music and Entertainment \ 5 comments

(Alright, my friends, I’m making it my mission to finish these recaps — and maybe even tell you about our fab honeymoon in Mexico — before the end of the year. Onward we go!)

My father and my mother-in-law had no choice but to join us on the dance floor following dinner. The parental dances were one tradition we definitely did …

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Let’s Get This Party Started

While Nick and I were taking photos, our guests headed to the reception tent for the cocktail hour. They were supposed to gather around the rectangular pool — amidst round high top tables and mason jars of candles tied with red and orange ribbon — but the wet weather prevented that from happening. However, I heard they still had a …

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Posed Portraits

Posted 11/09/2009 by in Photography \ 10 comments

No wedding photography package is complete without a few posed portraits with the most important people in your lives.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for crafting and constructing and helping to bring all of our wedding day dreams to life.

Thank you, ladies! For being beverage coordinators, for arranging our flowers, for remembering an emergency kit, for bringing extra bobby pins and …

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Umbrellas and Our Chariot

Posted 11/03/2009 by in Photography \ Leave a comment

Following our ceremony, we greeted every guest with a hug, and then we climbed the stairs and walked through the pool house to the lawn where everyone had gathered.

There were lots of hoots and hollers as we walked by our family and friends, and I didn’t hesitate dragging my dress through the mud. As we reached the bridesmaids and groomsmen, …

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A Ceremony Fit For Us

Posted 10/27/2009 by in Ceremony and Reception \ Leave a comment

We designed a ceremony that addressed what is most important to us in a successful marriage. It’s a union of ourselves and our families. It’s a promise to passionately and considerately love one another. It’s about sacrifice and compromise. And it’s finding comfort and completion in one another.

And to make it even more personal, we asked Aunt V to officiate. …

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Our Guests Arrive and We Wait

Posted 10/14/2009 by in Logistics \ 2 comments

Before our guests reached the Sunken Garden and its storybook setting, they were greeted by attendants on horseback. Lauxmont Farms is a horse farm, after all.

Our out of town family and friends took a bus from the hotel to the venue. And, yes, it was raining when they arrived.

{photo credit to wedding guests}

After they climbed off of the bus, they …

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Becoming a Bride on a Rainy Day

Posted 10/08/2009 by in Beauty, Photography \ 9 comments

Yes, I woke up to rain on my wedding day. Every bride’s worst fear. I laid in bed for 20 minutes, listening to the raindrops hit my window, but I felt surprisingly serene.

Then it was off to Escape Salon, where all of my best girls met me for primping and pampering. The salon staff couldn’t stop talking about the weather. …

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Gifts Galore

I knew I would be giving gifts during our rehearsal dinner, but I did not I would be receiving gifts, too!

While we were waiting for our food to arrive, my soon-to-be father-in-law gave a touching toast. He even choked up a bit when he acknowledged that his “baby boy” was getting married.

He then turned it over to my soon-to-be mother-in-law, …

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Rehearsing for the Main Event

Posted 09/21/2009 by in Logistics, Rehearsal Dinner \ Leave a comment

What a picturesque evening we had on Thursday, the night before our wedding. There was a slight breeze and a pleasant orange glow as the sun set over the River. (I was reminded of why we chose this location.)

We were greeted in the garden by our coordinator, Betsy, who instructed us where to put the mason jars, the bird cage, …