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Hoak-Leed October 23, 2018

Kristen Hoak of New Providence and Joshua Leed of New Providence have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Sandra Hastings of Kirkwood. She graduated from Solanco High School in 2006 and YTI in 2011. She is a stay-at-home mom.

The groom-to-be is the son of Carole Billet of Quarryville. He attended Solanco High School and is employed by Daily Heating and Cooling in Quarryville.

A November 2019 wedding is planned.

Anniversary


Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary October 17, 2018

Bob and Judy Lease of York celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 18. The couple was married on Oct. 18, 1968, in St. Mary's Church in York.

Bob and Judy celebrated their anniversary during an October weekend trip Washington, D.C., where they visited the White House and museums. They are planning a Mississippi River cruise in the spring. Bob and Judy have visited all seven contintents and 40 of the U.S. states during the past few years.

Bob and Judy have three children: David of Emmaus, Michael of Lititz, and Jennifer of Hellam. They have six grandchildren: Rebecca, Alex, Nate, Jon, Zac, and Charlotte.

Meet Nina And Jerry January 18, 2018

bride's hometown: Sinking Spring, PA

groom's hometown: Roulette, PA

current place of residence: Conshohocken, PA

bride's occupation: accountant

groom's occupation: social media specialist

proposal story: While visiting his family in picturesque Potter County, PA, Jerry took Nina for a little hike on a hill nearby. "At the top of the hill was a gorgeous view of mountains covered in fall foliage, so we decided to set his camera on the tripod and take a couple self-timer photos," Nina recalls. "After about two photos, I looked over and he was on his knee! I was so caught off guard ... and it was all caught on film."

length of engagement: one and a half years

honeymoon destination: Iceland and the Amalfi Coast of Italy

The Wedding

wedding date: June 3, 2017

ceremony and reception location: Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens, Gordonville, PA

menu: chicken breast with a tangy bacon marmalade, marsala beef bistro tenders, and whipped sweet potatoes

a special facet of the ceremony: Nina and Jerry's good friend was able to make it home from deployment in Kuwait just in time to be the officiant for their ceremony.

first dance song: "Coming Home" by Leon Bridges

favorite decoration: "I was obsessed with my bouquet," says Nina. "The peonies, the colors, the wild leaves - so beautiful!"

favor: mini bottles of Papa Picarelli's homemade limoncello

something worth splurging on: "A venue you are in love with!" says Nina. "Although Stoltzfus Homestead wasn't that much of a splurge compared to some other places, it was worth every penny because of its fun and relaxed, yet beautiful environment," she explains, adding, "The staff there was phenomenal. We felt so at home, and the venue really made the wedding. Guests are still commenting about how beautiful it was on the Homestead."

Vendors

photographer: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA

cupcakes: Oregon Dairy, Lititz, PA

hair and makeup: West London Salon, Intercourse, PA

catering: Artistic Foods Catering, York, PA

flowers: Pearls & Petals, Intercourse, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Nina: Besides estimating the guest count, shopping for venues was first! We felt that everything else - decor, theme, vibe, etc. - would mold around that.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Nina: We both just love being outdoors, so we were thrilled to find a venue with a lot of outdoor space and also beautiful indoor space. It allowed us to incorporate a little bit of what we each wanted. For me: elements of nature and home - a mix of bright and pastel flowers, comfort food, and photos of the family. For Jerry: outdoor activities such as cornhole and a fire pit with s'mores.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Nina: Working with your budget.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Nina: It's probably been said a million times, but just have fun and try not to stress too much! Focus on the few things that are truly important to you and don't sweat the small stuff. I kept on reminding myself that the guests at our wedding are our closest friends and family ... if something didn't go perfectly right or if it didn't look like photos out of a high-end wedding magazine, they would not judge us (if they even noticed). What matters the most to everybody who matters is having fun celebrating love.

Photos by Emily Grace Photography, www.emilygracephoto.com

Meet Sierra And Shane January 18, 2018

bride's hometown: Manheim, PA -

groom's hometown: Manheim, PA

current place of residence: Manheim, PA

bride's occupation: administrative assistant and student

groom's occupation: landscaper

how they met: Sierra and Shane went to high school together and started dating during their senior year.

proposal story: Each Memorial Day weekend, Shane, Sierra, and Shane's family camp at a place called the Spring House in Juniata County. The highlight of the trip is canoeing down the Juniata River, and as Shane and Sierra were canoeing, Shane asked to pull over so they could stretch their legs. As they walked along the river, Shane stopped, got down on one knee, and proposed. But that wasn't the only surprise for Sierra. "My whole family and his whole family were standing behind trees taking photos of us," Sierra recalls.

length of engagement: 11 months

honeymoon destination: Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Wedding

wedding date: May 20, 2017

ceremony and reception location: Lakefield Weddings, Manheim, PA

wedding colors: blush pink, gold, and champagne

menu: beef brisket, cheesy potatoes, and fruit salad

cake: chocolate and vanilla cake with buttercream icing

first dance song: "You & I," which was customized by the bride and groom and was sung by a friend

favorite decoration: Sierra bought rustic doors off the Lancaster wedding yard sale Facebook page and painted "Love Never Fails" across the top for guests to see as they walked in.

favor: four kinds of homemade jelly made by the bride's family

something worth splurging on: photographer

Vendors

photography: Janae Rose Photography LLC, Myerstown, PA

cake: Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe, Lititz, PA

food: SEI Catering, Lititz, PA

bride's dress: Country Threads by Gail, Manheim, PA

decorations: Lancaster wedding yard sale page on Facebook

florist: Elm Family Flowers, Manheim, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Sierra: The first thing we did was pick the venue, which was probably the most fun part. The venue we had was beautiful, and it was the first one we looked at. I was inspired to do this first because it was our biggest expense and it was getting booked very quickly.

TWP: How did you select the bride's dress, the groom's attire, and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?

Sierra: I really did not have any idea as to what I wanted my dress to look like, but one night while driving home from work, I saw my dress in the window of a local dress shop and knew right away that was the dress for me. I called the next morning and bought it.

Pinterest helped me a lot with picking out the groom's attire, and I pretty much let it up to my husband-to-be to choose. After he chose what he liked, we could decide on the bridal party.

For the bridesmaids' dresses, each girl bought her own dress at the store of her choice.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Sierra: Enjoy each moment of the wedding planning process, because it will fly by.

Photos by Janae Rose Photography LLC, http://janaerosephotography.com

Meet Meena And Josh January 18, 2018

bride's hometown: Brooklyn, NY

groom's hometown: Media, PA

current place of residence: Brooklyn, NY

bride's occupation: middle school technology integrator

groom's occupation: high school guidance counselor

how they met: The couple met while teaching in Brooklyn. Meena was an art teacher, and Josh taught high school teenagers in special education. Josh flirted with her for a full year without receiving much of a response. Finally, he got his friends to convince Meena to go out one night in Alphabet City, and he joked his way into her heart.

proposal story: Josh surprised Meena with a proposal in a park in San Francisco. The couple was on a West Coast road trip for two weeks, and Josh popped the question on the first night of the trip. It was a complete surprise until Meena noticed that Josh was having a hard time breathing and was acting strangely, and she realized what was about to happen. At that very moment, a photographer Josh had hired popped out of the bushes and captured the moment.

length of engagement: almost two years

honeymoon destination: "Josh and I are lucky to enjoy our summers off together as educators," Meena remarks. "We enjoyed six weeks of adventure, romance, and sweaty heat in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam."

The Wedding

wedding date: June 24, 2017

ceremony and reception location: Historic Acres of Hershey, Elizabethtown, PA

wedding colors: "We chose to focus on vibrant colors like yellows and oranges for the ceremony and bright flowers with an organic flow for the reception," explains Meena. "We wanted our wedding to look different, not like the traditional 'all-white wedding.'"

wedding theme: colorful, vibrant, bright

bride's bouquet: fuchsia stock, delphinium, yellow button poms, white bouvardia, purple tulips, orange

spray roses, purple freesia, pink astilbe, burgundy garden roses, plumosa fern, olive branch, and seeded

eucalyptus

the ceremony: A Hindu priest performed the ceremony and read from ancient Vedic scriptures.

the menu: signature cocktails, a specialty keg, three wedding cake flavors, and an ice cream sundae bar

cake: a two-layer sheer red velvet cake

first dance song: ortoPilot cover of "Grow Old With You"

favorite decoration: wooden farm tables

something worth splurging on: travel and experiences

Vendors

photographer: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA

bride's dress: RK Bridal, New York, NY

tuxedo rental: The Tux Shop, Bayonne, NJ

hair and makeup: Bombshell Brides, Hershey, PA

traditional Indian sari draping for bride and bridesmaids: Deluxe Hair and Beauty Salon, Mechanicsburg

ceremony pergola flower design, farm table garlands, and hanging mason jars: Roots Cut

Flower Farm, Carlisle, PA

bridal and bridal party bouquets: Royer's Flowers & Gifts

carnation ceremony garlands and reception centerpieces: Wegmans Floral Design

antique furniture styling: Swoon Vintage Rental, Hummelstown, PA

catering: Passage to India, Harrisburg, PA

wedding cake: Rosie's Creative Cakes, Manheim, PA

ice cream sundae bar: Leo's Homemade Ice Cream, Carlisle, PA

specialty keg: Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey, PA

servers and food cleanup: MACK Employment Services

hotels: Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey, Harrisburg, PA, and Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA

transportation: Rohrer Bus, Duncannon, PA

The Wedding Planner: What was the first thing you did when you began to plan your wedding? What inspired you to start there?

Meena: The first thing we did was to find venues. We knew our wedding was most likely going to be outside New York City. We looked for a venue that that had an open feel and included a lot of green space, something we knew we wouldn't be able to find in NYC.

Josh was totally a "groomzilla" when we began wedding planning. He did hours of research on venues and wanted to talk about it often. Little did I know how helpful that was going to be. (Thank you, Josh!) He made a spreadsheet with the maximum number of guests we could have at each venue, the number of hours at the venue included in the rental, and a list of items that were included at each venue (because tables and chairs were not always included in the rental). I poked fun at Josh for being SO into the planning; meanwhile, I was clueless where to begin. I am so glad we got a head start on the venue search because of him.

TWP: How did you select your dresses and the outfits of the members of the wedding party?

Meena: I loved picking out my dresses; I had two outfit changes. Traditionally, Indian wedding ceremonies and the reception are not held on the same day, but we decided we wanted all wedding festivities on the same day, which meant we both had to change for the reception. We both knew we wanted to have fun with our outfits and we didn't want the "traditional" look. I knew I did not want to adhere to the traditional pure red outfit for the ceremony. Instead, I looked for an outfit that included a lot of pink, which is my favorite color, and had a regal, elegant, and sophisticated feel. As soon as I tried on my outfit, I knew it was the one.

I purchased my ceremony outfit first and then looked for my white reception dress about five months before our wedding date. I went to RK Bridal in New York City and loved my experience there. I went by myself for the first appointment and tried on a few gowns. I fell in love with the first wedding dress I tried on! That same day, I tried on several other dresses with different shapes and cuts and took photos of my favorite ones and texted them to my friends. They were eager to see the dresses in person, so a few weeks later, I asked them to come with me to choose the dress. Everyone had a different opinion of what they liked on me. In the end, I was glad I chose what I liked. I knew immediately that the dress complemented my petite figure and was elegant, and - most of all - the train wouldn't get in the way of me dancing.

Josh and I are super laid back, so we asked our closest friends to choose outfits they would feel comfortable in and would flatter them. The groomsmen wore handsome suits, and the bridesmaids wore beautiful, flattering dresses they could dance in all night.

Josh and I loved the outfits we chose. They were very flattering, and we have received so many compliments.

TWP: How did you incorporate the tastes and personalities of both the bride and the groom into the wedding?

Meena: Since we had a long engagement, we had ample time to put a lot of thought into different aspects of the wedding. We used our strengths to make large decisions about decor, food, and design. I used my creative art background to design the mandap (pergola) for the ceremony. Josh was in charge of choosing the food, beverages, and desserts.

TWP: What did you find to be the biggest challenge in planning a wedding?

Meena: The biggest challenge as a couple was creating a wedding that was our vision. It was challenging to respond to questions from family about why we weren't adhering to "traditional" wedding expectations.

TWP: What is the most important piece of advice you have for other brides and grooms planning a wedding?

Meena: Consider the importance of all the decisions you make. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Photos by Emily Grace Photography, www.emilygracephoto.com

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